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Jeep Grand Cherokee: Help me decide!

kylitokylito Posts: 17
edited March 2014 in Jeep
I am looking at buying a Jeep Grand Cherokee between 2000 - 2002. I would like people to let me know whether I should stay away from these years or are they reliable.


  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    There were no major changes or problems that I am aware of. Should be a fairly rock solid Jeep.
  • They're pretty decent. I have 141k miles on my 2000 JGC. Problems are warping brake rotors, output shaft speed sensor and fuel pump.

    The rotor issue has been addressed in a TSB and class action suit. Cure the problem by replacing the calipers with Akebono brand calipers, new pads and rotors. Do this on all four wheels. It'll cost about $200 per corner. I did a 'fix' by deburring the slide pin holes and adding anit-seize compound. Do this only if you are mechanically inclined.

    The output shaft sensor failure causes the transmission to not shift or slow shift, especially from 1st to second. $20 for the part, $75 to diagnose and install.

    The fuel pump fails occasionally. Costs about $400 to replace. Mine failed because mice ate the wire leads!

    FWIW: go to and follow the links to used car reliability ratings. This is an excellent post of likely vehicle problems because it is based on actual service history.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    This may nudge you to go shopping:

    "To help allay concerns, dealers said Chrysler told them last week that the automaker will give them $200 for every 2007 model car or truck they take — if the dealers take the full number Chrysler has allotted them for November and December.

    Chrysler also will pay $400 for every 2006 model dealers take from the sales bank."

    Automaker offers dealers cash incentives in hopes they'll take on more 2007 models (Houston Chronicle)
  • Does anybody see a problem with the gas tank placed at the rear vulnerable to rear end collision? Many other vehicles now place the tank forward of the rear axel for more protection.
  • s54s54 Posts: 29
    Am considering moving to a 2007 Grand Cherokee with a diesel in 2007, but am concerned with quality issues - perceived or real.

    Having had only Japanese cars(Honda/Acura/Infiniti), and no problems whatsoever, what should I expect? Looking at Consumer Reports, I guess I should expect very poor reliability, but I am intrigued by the CRD engine.

    Any thoughts?

  • jhuckjhuck Posts: 17
    I have a Honda Accord and a Jeep GC - as far as reliability - the Honda wins everytime. The Jeep gets used because of the additional space for big bulky purchases and when I am transporting several adults. The Honda just goes and goes with its great fuel economy and reliability.
    When I compair the two; I am very disappointed in the Jeep - it doesn't even hold the value like the Honda. But we don't buy cars for an investment.
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