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A practical, luxurious, tough and entertaining 'go anywhere' Jeep Cherokee Limited (KK) - ready to be enjoyed.

 

At a glance:

- 2009 Jeep Cherokee (KK) Limited

- 2.8 litre CRD engine

- 6 speed manual gearbox

- Selectable 2 and 4 wheel drive

- Extremely clean and tidy interior

- Heated black leather seats

- Long MOT to 21st October 2019

- 157,741 miles

- Full service history

- Will have a 12,000 mile annual service before sale - so ready to enjoy

- HPI Clear 

 

The Model:

The iconic Jeep Cherokee has been in continuous production since 1974. The fourth generation Jeep Cherokee (designation KK) was introduced for the 2008 model year as a successor for the third generation KJ - the one which looked a bit like a smoothed off version of the Wrangler. This is a rare car, as only limited numbers were available new in the UK, so it is sure to stand out from the crowd. They were sold from 2008 to 2013, before being replaced by the slightly unusual looking Cherokee KL with the narrow headlights. Personally I much prefer the chunky/boxy squared off styling of this KK model, which looks like a cross between the classic boxy 1990s Jeep Cherokee XJ (the first model to be sold in the UK) and a Land Rover Discovery 3.

 

The specification:

This is the 2.8 'Limited' edition, in eye-catching rare 'Red Rock Crystal Pearl' paint finish. The Limited was the top of the range trim level. Features included a 2.8 CRD engine producing 175 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, 18" tyres and alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, heated dual power front bucket seats, a split-folding rear seat, remote audio system controls mounted on the steering wheel, a full-sized spare tyre and wheel, a leather steering wheel with remote audio system controls, a power front driver's seat, a security system, a vinyl rear cargo shade, an AM/FM stereo with a single-disc CD/MP3 player, a six-speaker sound system, removable tow bar, the list goes on and on...

Interestingly, at the time this car was built the Daimler Chrysler alliance meant that there was a lot of technology and parts sharing between Mercedes and Chrysler. Examples of this being the Chrysler Crossfire being based almost entirely on the underpinnings of Mercedes SLK. So inside this 2009 Jeep Cherokee, there is plenty of Mercedes parts and solid build quality. The gearbox was built by Mercedes in their Stuttgart transmission factory and the electric window and mirror controls on the drivers door are identical to those found in my other half's 2009 Mercedes 350ML, as are the heated seat switches, and many of the other controls within the car. This helps to give the interior a feel of German build quality and reliability.

 

Mileage:

This car has covered 157,741 mostly motorway miles - higher than some but backed up by full service history. Its priced accordingly with low mileage examples normally being advertised for £6000- £8500. However, when driving you'd think it had only covered half the distance as it still feels very sharp to drive and still performs like a new car. Modern diesels are capable of extremely high mileages, as low mileage, short range town and city driving is not ideal for modern diesel engines. 

 

On the Road:

I absolutely love driving these big luxurious Jeeps, they are so much fun. They have immense charm and character, incredibly solid and have a fabulous 'Tonka Toy' feel to their classic, chunky design, both inside and out. The Jeep starts first turn of the key, and runs very smoothly with no unusual behaviour or untoward noises. It surges eagerly under acceleration, starts, stops and does exactly what it should. I really enjoy driving this car, with a great raised driving position, superb visibility, and it really drives superbly. The ride quality is far more refined than the earlier models, it's very luxurious and it's very engaging to drive, happy at any speed and goes wherever and whenever you need it to. These cars can be used for everyday commuting if required, as reliable family and pet transport, as a working thoroughbred 4x4, full on mud-plugger, or just for pleasure as a weekend treat - by being capable of all uses these Jeeps are brilliant all-rounders. They are great fun to own and very sturdily built, being far less 'agricultural' than many other 4x4s.

 

Engine:

This car is fitted with the VM Motori R 428 DOHC 2.8 litre common rail turbo diesel engine, also found in the Jeep Wrangler of the same era. The car starts eagerly and idles well. There is impressive torque and generous pulling power throughout the rev range and everything performs as it should. Decent economy can be achieved with the six speed transmission, making relaxed motorway cruising an efficient pleasure.

 

Transmission:

The Chrysler NSG370 is a six-speed overdrive manual transmission sourced from Mercedes and built in their Stuttgart Transmission Plant. It is Jeep's first six-speed manual transmission and Chrysler's second after the Dodge Viper T-56. It changes gear as it should and the clutch works smoothly as you would expect it to, with a positive bite point. The main gear levers selects the forward and reverse gears, whilst the smaller switch in front selects either 2WD (two wheel drive high ratio) for normal driving conditions, 4WD Auto (automatic four wheel drive high ratio) if you need some more occasional traction on slippery surfaces, or 4WD Low (four wheel drive low ratio) if you need to drag yourself out of a bog, up a slippery mountain face, through desert slopes or face the ultimate challenge known as Waitrose car park in the snow. 

 

MOT:

Sold with long MOT until 21th October 2019.

 

Condition:

This car appears to have been extremely well cared for over the years, as you tend to find with cars which have such good service history. Mechanically it seems excellent for its age, and structurally it seems to be in good condition too. As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep is very presentable but upon close inspection does come with a little 'patina' as these Jeeps all tend to do, the odd stonechip or light mark. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this lovely four wheel drive. The best way to work out if it is the right car for you, would be to come and have a look. The Jeep also will undergo an annual 12,000 mile service so it will be ready for immediate enjoyment by the next owner.

 

Pricing: 

The general value range for these legendary KK Cherokees in very presentable condition with long MOT and low mileage is normally £6000 - £8,500 but this car is priced far lower due to the higher than average mileage. This Jeep is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £4750.

 

Conclusion:

This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, always fun to drive with superb traction and ultimate 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. If you are looking for something different & interesting to liven up your day to day motoring, I'm quite sure you'll love it. I'd be proud to own this very enjoyable 4x4 myself.

MANUAL - 2009 - 2.8 CRD DIESEL - 157,741 MILES - £4,750

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