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Road Trip

mr_pepsimr_pepsi Member Posts: 1
edited July 2016 in Jeep
I am moving and have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 196,000 miles and in pretty good shape other than very minor cosmetics. I am looking at a 2500 mile road trip from California to Georgia. Brakes are good, oil changes consistent every 4-5000 miles. Had a rear-end rebuild 3 years ago, a front differential rebuilt after overheating 2 weeks ago, tires good, replaced front bearings 2 weeks ago, no leaks, excellent mechanic that treats me right….I believe that is about it. It has done me well for the last 8-9 years after buying used. I could use some advice please. Should I chance it on the road trip? Are there any Jeep Grand Cherokee break downs at a certain point of year or mileage? Thank you ahead to all who respond.


  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Sounds like you've kept up with your maintenance. I've done long trips in my aged minivans - sometimes you get stuck, but usually you just cruise.

    Adding towing insurance to your car insurance is cheap (although you may have to have collision coverage to get it). The other wrinkle is that it helps not to be on too strict of a schedule in case you do get stuck somewhere for three days waiting on a part.

    Did your mechanic give you the green light?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 228,240
    I think I would join AAA, and get the Plus membership. Should be about $100, and would include towing up to 50-100 miles, I think. You'll have coverage for a year, and then you can drop it, after that.

    I certainly wouldn't avoid taking a vehicle that has been well cared for, like yours. Anything could happen, even to a newer car.

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