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Jeep Grand Cherokee



  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    Sounds like a mess. While waiting for responses in here, browse through the "No Start" Problems discussion; maybe you'll get some ideas. Good luck!

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  • tobintobin Posts: 6
    Thanks! I'll check it out.
  • lem9lem9 Posts: 1
    I had a 1998 JCG 4X4 with an inline 6 which got between 17 to 22 mpg; traded that for a 2001 JCG V8 not 4x4 and averaged 16 mpg. Once again just traded in - after MUCH agonizing as I LOVED the past two jeeps. . .but was not so fond of the new body style. . Ultimately went for it and got the 2005 JGC Rocky Mountain V8 4x4. . .i am averaging like 10.4 MGP!!!!! And I am not driving crazy or spending too much time in a lot of traffic. I DID NOT get the Hemi for fear of the low gas mileage. . I might as well have. I thought that the 2005 V8 was the same engine as I had before. . .but apparently I am mistaken? There's been what? some new "german engineering" added that has lowered the mpg? Are other people getting mileage this low? Or have I maybe acquired a lemon?? I am BUMMED. :(
  • tobintobin Posts: 6
    I believe I found the problem. The under the hood light had become detached and dangled remaining on. There is evidence on the plastic cover that the light has been on for extended periods of time. The plastic is burned and melted.

    I removed the light and had not driven the Jeep for a week. Battery shows no drain and car starts quickly.
  • Since my current 03 JGC lease is ending soon, I am beginning to look into my next vehicle. On the wk jeeps website, there is a news update (from September) that states in December 05, Jeep will begin producing the JGC Laredo with the Hemi option.

    Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks, Steve.
  • I have the same problem with my 98 GRC Laredo. It only lasts for about 20 seconds then it kicks back in and starts driving Ok for a while. I was told that it was the fuel injectors and then I was told that it was the fuel pump, but nothing has been fixed yet. I am taking it to the shop soon to get it checked out. Did you ever get your issue resolved?
  • tobintobin Posts: 6
    I have not resolved the issue. I have found posts from other boards that suggest it is the fuel pump too. It was mentioned that the behavior occurs when the tank is half full or less. I haven't driven to the half tank level and below yet.
  • I have owned a 2000 GC Ltd, a 2002 Overland, and a 2004 Overland. They have all had relatively low mileage when I traded them; however, I never had any problems with them and I really enjoyed driving them all....especially the 2004 which I thought (and still think) was (is) one of the best-looking SUV's on the market...

    ...I am very curious about the 2006 Overland and I am wondering if any current owners could comment on their driving experience with it compared to the earlier versions (if they did own earlier versions of this model)...

    ...also I would be interested in hearing from any current owners of the 2005/06 GC (any model) on their likes/dislikes and driving experience...
  • jeep4jeep4 Posts: 1
    I bought a brand new 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited any haven't had any problems besides the power window motors. 3 out of the 4 window motors have already been replaced !!!and they keep replacing them with the same obviously faulty motor ?!?! Does anyone have any suggestions before my warranty runs out and the replacements start coming out of my pocket ? Maybe a different motor or how to fix the old one when it goes out because from my experience with them they will fail. Thanks Kirk
  • I am hoping Daimler/Chrysler puts a diesel in the 07 or 08 GC (especially the Ltd and Overland) to boost fuel economy and range...I would definitely buy one...
  • According to, DC will have a Diesel option for the JGC in 2007 or 2008. I don't know why it's taking so long to get it here in America--it's been available in foreign markets for over a year now. I'm also waiting for the Dynamic Handling System, because without it the JGC doesn't corner as well as it should.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    I test drove a JGC Limited 5.7 today. Some observations: I didn't notice the problem with driver seat headroom that all reviewers comment on (I'm 5'11"); I didn't see where the back seat was as awful as all reviewers report; I thought the ride smoothness and quietness were good; I didn't think the quality of the interior was as awful as has been reported; and I thought the power seemed less than I expected. One criticism that I've read from all reviewers is right on: the unsettled ride on a curvy road. For a year the press has been told that a "Dynamic Handling System" is going to be implemented on the JGC. Evidently it hasn't happened yet. Does anybody know whether it is ever going to be implemented?
  • t40tt40t Posts: 1
    Although I've built several computers, I've never messed with the internal workings of a car before. The battery of my 1997 Grand Cherokee Laredo TSI died from lack of use. It has become my secondary car. I just bought a new battery today, but I couldn't remove the old one. I got the terminals removed, but there's housing around the battery and an attach metal bar thing. It's all got corroded stuff around it, and I'm not sure what kind of tool I should use, and what part to dismantle. Maybe a hex wrench, but I don't know. Any ideas?
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    If you have jeeps secerity key you have to make sure that it reads the key

    ixplanes it in your oners manual
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    Most batteries are held in by a bracket that is screwed into the bottom of the battery casing with a hexhead bolt, anywhere from 3/8" to 9/16" and this is only an estimate from me...hopefully it is not metric...

    You will probably need a rachet set with a 6-9" extension to reach down there, assuming I am right on the type of may need a wire brush to remove the corrosion so the socket will fit over the bolt head...

    And, I may be wrong in all of this...:):):)
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,704
    I'm the current owner of a '97 GC Laredo (ZJ) with 120k miles which I really love. It has not given me one lick of trouble since I purchased it with 60k three years ago.

    I have just one question: Is it true that DaimlerChrysler hired Porsche to do some consulting work on the body design of the 1999-04 WJ models?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    I found this:

    "Porsche Engineering, in Troy, Mich., was brought in at the beginning of the program to optimize the body structure for strength, mass and cost. "They applied `holistic' design practices," says Mike Doman, "using the entire body-in-white to counteract load inputs." Porsche's six-month involvement created a virtual production engineering team comprised of Porsche senior and CAD engineers, their counterparts at Jeep, "and even some of our Tier 1s hired Porsche people to design stamped components." notes Doman."

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  • i have a 97 JGC and it has so far been the best automobile i have ever had. i just bought a lift kit... and i have just installed a new sterio system... its one nice vehical
  • mykemmykem Posts: 203
    Hello. I recently (two days ago) purchased my first Jeep - a 2006 Silver Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4.

    I also own a 2001 Black Chrysler 300M and a 2001 Silver Sebring LX sedan (which we are selling to a family member).

    So far, I like it a lot. I've been reading the last couple posts here and I'd like to share some comments.

    For rcf8000:
    I'm 6'4 and the way I like to position my seat (front legs full up, posterior full down, seat back full up) I notice my head is almost uncomfortably close to the roof. If I recline some, it's still comfortable and I've gotten used to it already. However, the legroom is so spacious, I have to push my seat forward a couple inches whereas 99% of the other cars that's fully back as well.

    For frostyy:
    As far as my driving experience, it's a little early to tell, but I am having a blast in it. Coming from a long line of owning cars and renting the occasional minivan when travelling, the 06 Overland is pretty impressive, to me at least. Driving it is quiet, and even though I've only had it on the highway a couple miles a day going to work, it seems quiet there as well.

    Starting it up, and standing on the gas, I can tell it's a V8 from the roar, but to me that's a contributing reason to get the big V8.

    Plus, I love it when I'm discussing the new car to everyone, and everyone seems to have the same interrupting, amazed response after I mention that it has a HEMI...

    Anyway, I look forward to reading and hope to contribute when necessary.

  • Hello:

    I’ve recently bought a new ’05 Grand Cherokee with a 3.7 engine. It was a demo model with 4200 miles. (They already fixed the recall involving the transmission tube.) I’ve put about 2000 miles on it and it has stalled on me about 15-20 times. It’s been to the dealer 4 times already and its going back on Monday. It stalls while I’m driving steadily at city speeds, and also when I’m slowing down or just about to drive away after starting it. It doesn’t make any indication on when it stalls and no instrument panel lights on. It just seems like someone just turned the car off, with no ability to steer and very hard to brake when it does. The dealer has been using it to shuttle people around when they have it and they haven’t been able to make it stall. This has been very frustrating, has anyone else had this problem and what can I do? My wife doesn’t even want to drive it b/c of this.

    Thank you.
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