really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #5

Apr 212000

Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
After vehicle is parked in rainy weather, the brakes are extremely "grabby". during a moderate effort stop, the brakes locked and vehicle went into a skid (locked tires). This has been a problem since new. Had dealer look at this problem while under warranty and they found nothing wrong. Brakes become less grabby if brakes are applied momentarily while driving (throttle and brake applied at same time) for 5 to 10 seconds. This leads me to believe that there is a corrosion build up that is worn away after brakes are applied several times. A panic stop under grabby conditions would almost certainly result in an accident!

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 011997

Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes needed replacement.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 161999

(reported on)


  • miles
When driving at high speed and applying brakes, there is alot of vibration within the vehicle. On last inspection all four rotors were warped and the rear brake pads fell apart upon removal.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 201999

Cherokee 4WD

  • miles

- Fort Ashby, WV, USA

problem #1

May 011998


  • miles
While driving in wet conditions the consumer lost braking power, causing vehicle to hit another vehicle. Air bag did not deploy.

- Lancaster, KY, USA