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Jeep Grand Cherokee



  • janzjanz Posts: 129
    See below from I do agree about considering the V8 as opposed to the I6.

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Models: Jeep Wrangler Years: 2000-2002
      Jeep Cherokee Years: 2000-2001
           Jeep Grand Cherokee Years: 1999-2002
                                                                         Number Involved: 1,115,322
    Dates of Manufacture: June 1998 – March 2002
    Defect: On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with 4.0L engines, the design of the intake and exhaust manifolds could allow debris to accumulate at the #3 cylinder location, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.
    Remedy: Dealers will install a manifold shield to modify the airflow characteristics and to prevent the accumulation of debris in the area of the #3 cylinder. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began May 13, 2002. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
  • RWD drive should be fine in most winter conditions where roads are plowed on a regular basis. I first learned to drive in BC, Canada in a 2wd Chec s-10 with no worries at all. Putting weight in the back helped. I do recommend antilock breaks though. If you are still looking for a jeep I have one for sell it is an 01 with 39k 4.7 V8. Let me know
  • un-limitedun-limited Posts: 15
    I just purchased a 2001 JGC Limited 37,300 mi. I am shopping for a Chrysler Warranty and want to find where the best pricing might be and if the diff between the MaxCare and Added Care is worth the $.

    The Chrysler Warranty only goes to 7yrs from in-service & to 75K mi. which means I get 4 years and about 38,000 mi for about $1,500 with $100 ded.

    Any suggestions ? Tnx
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 867
    chryslerwarranty dot com in Iowa. They do list up to 84 months and 100,000 miles. Not sure if they will do that much since you are over 36,000. It is pretty expensive to got that many months and miles.

    To get details on coverage differences, etc go to

    My take was the Maxcare was worth it. The lesser coverage Added Care left out too many parts. Maxcare covers most things except brakes and wear parts such as wipers, etc.

  • un-limitedun-limited Posts: 15
    Thanks: I got a 7/75K MaxCare for $1,555 100 ded for my 2001 GC. That gives me 4 more yrs and about 37,500 miles. cost .04 cts/mile.

    I've only had my 2001 for a week and it handles great & rides nice. A/C is cold. I do hear some whine but not terrible or very loud..I don't think it's a problem (I hope)I'm the kind that I notice everything, so it's minimal. I've heard about rotor problems in the 2001 but mine seem ok. My last GC was a '93 & I traded it at 87K mi. Was getting expensive. I plan to keep this one until the warranty runs out & then either get another GC or check out a Toyota or maybe Honda Pilot depending where things are at in 4 years... I also checked the warreanty seller from Iowa, they were only $100 higher than I got locally $1,655 for MaxCare 7/75 chryslerwarranties dot com. If you are shopping for warranty quotes, they are definitely worth contacting.
  • luvmysuvsluvmysuvs Posts: 1
    Just a little (biased) history of my vehicles; I bought a '88 cherokee I6 in '90 with 30k on it - it now has 235k and still runs - just had it re inspected in NJ for 2 more years! - too numerous minor repairs but it still goes! the head has never been off, it is a stick, and I replaced the clutch at 190k only because the clutch master cylinder was leaking and the mechanic was "in there anyway" - the old clutch still had plenty of life on it! the main reason I keep it is for "home depot" runs, as the brakes tend to stop the wheels but not the vehicle - probably a tire issue but I don't want to spend money on it. btw, early in my ownership it was rolled in the snow and put on it's side on the highway median (drove away from both!)

    Jeep 2 is a '95 5.2 GC laredo - "the sports car of SUV's" - bought as a lease return in '98 with 55k on the clock whatever the problems, this kicks A$$ ! - I've driven 911s, BMW 850csi's, ferraris and still am surprised at the oomph of this truck - now has 170k on it. Trany replaced at 125k normal; eats batteries - every other year - they both do, eats rotors - big car, wife has lead foot and thinks cars have an on/of switch. Only niggling problems are the 4WD switch warning (a pain) radio console bulbs blowing (can't find replacements)front doors sagging - love to hear of any fixes to these.

    Bottom line - both these SUVs were relatively cheap to buy used (13k/16k respectively) aftermarket parts are reasonable and available and at this point don't owe me anything.

    footnote - as I'm a glutton for punishment, just added to the collection with a 2001 RR 4.6 HSE - THAT one has an extended warranty :)
  • lmigliorelmigliore Posts: 148
    I showed up in Boston, went to pick up a rental car and they had a bunch of JGC's at no extra rental cost. Never drove one so I tried it. 4WD Laredo with I6. I found it to be very comfortable, competent and easy to handle. Got 18MPG over a week of touring.

    Now I want one. Probably because of the I6; I like something about the power delivery of inline 6's. Edmunds says stuff about poor ride and handling. I failed to notice this.

    Presumably used ones are OK. Is there anything to watch for?
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Have owned 5 GC. 4 withI6 & now 2001 with V8. No comparison. Get the V8. Same gas milage;lots more fun. Plus you get 5 speed auto.
  • I have a 99 with this engine. I really like the reliablity to date. No probs. Very strong with good acceleration. Smooth and works well with the transmission. My vehicle also has the Select-Trac. This allows me to choose between 2wd, 4wd high, and 4wd low. I like the option to choose.
  • ilgymilgym Posts: 1
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    While waiting for input from owners you might want to look at TMV new car prices, used car pricing, used car values at Edmunds.

    tidester, host
  • oman9oman9 Posts: 97
    I have a 1996 GC Laredo inline 6 which I believe has a 3.0L displacement...didn't realize they did V6 4.

    Ours has 102K miles on it and runs like a champ. We had early issues including a cracked radiator, broken water pump, problems with the catalytic converter (I believe that was a recall issue) but all were covered under warranty...all but the catalytic converter occurred in the first 36K miles....very lucky. Cat converter covered too as Jeep/Chrysler extended coverage up to 80K for that one.

    We've had for over 7 years and it's proven to be a champ over the long haul. Just took it on a round trip of almost 1,000 miles the past few days, did great. Plan on keeping for a long time to come, at a minimum as an extra vehicle.

    Because of those initial problems I was a bit sour on Jeep. After longer term ownership I'm good with them and am strongly considering buying a MY 2006 Jeep GC with the V8 hemi MDC engine.

    Ask for maintenance records...the mileage is low. Good luck.
  • We have a 1995 jgc and when we turn on the heater we are getting a foul odor everything looks good no dead animals anywhere. I am having a hard time locating the evaporator drain. can anyone help me out....... Thanks
  • janzjanz Posts: 129
    It is probably an I6.
  • tloke1tloke1 Posts: 185
    An I6 engine was previously available in the Grand Cherokee. A new V6 comes out this fall in the new 2005 model, along with an updated V8 and the 5.7 Hemi.
  • elaine1elaine1 Posts: 1
    We have a 1995 JGC also. We have had musty smells from both the heater and AC in the past. We have also had trouble with the evaporator drain 3 times. As I understand it, the drain twists around and gets clogged. When that happens, the drain backs up and you get wet carpet in the back seat. The last time this happened, the Jeep dealer took the AC housing off because it had dead leaves etc. in it. Apparently there is no screen over the intake which allows leaves and grass to accumulate.

    Obviously I am not a mechanic nor can I tell you where to find the evaporator drain--but I'll bet that is your problem
  • fishrxmanfishrxman Posts: 31
    It's been awhile since I last posted here. I've racked up 58,400 miles on my 3rd Grand Cherokee without any major problems. It's almost ready for the big $$ 60K maintenance and probably should get new tires. I need a set of tires suitable for heavy snow, some off road, and mostly highway driving in northern Wisconsin. I realize there are several quality manufacturers (e.g. Goodyear, Bridgestone, Kelley, etc). Could anyone comment on +/- for these mfrs?
  • naatz1naatz1 Posts: 188
    I have an 01 loaded Laredo 4L 6 w/selectrac. It's been a pretty good vehicle: only snags were the brake TSB and leather seat heaters replaced twice plus a few other minor fixes under warranty. We bought the DC 70K Max Extended warranty (and musta got a heckofadeal @$700 as the dealer says they couldn't sold it for that but I have the check to prove it). I got the 6 based on a few friends experiences with it in GCs, Cherokees and Wranglers: all over 200K miles with no engine/tranny problems other than one transfer case. Yeah it's not as glamorous as the 8 but plenty of power for us; we rarely even pull a 2000lb Uhaul so no need for the AWD 8 setup (but we recently bought a 300M closeout with 3.5L 6, now that is one smooth powerful beast!)

    Sooo at 55K miles doing 5 tire rotations my Goodyear Wrangler SRA 24570SR16s are about due for replacement in a few months. I live in the woods in southern Minnesota so need something to handle a few months of some snow & ice. When new the dealer thought I should buy it w/the SRAs vs standard radial-like Wranglers and to be honest since I don't offroad I am not sure I really needed them along with the extra road noise and purchase expense, but they seem to last pretty good for a stock OEM tire.

    1. Any comments from someone that's used the "snow tire like" SRAs vs standard GYs or similar brands in snow?
    2. I have read good things about Michelin Cross Terrain and especially LTX M/S tires ... anyone with testimonials on them, are they worth the almost $150 ea?
  • oman9oman9 Posts: 97
    Hey Naatz1,

    I have a 96 JGC Laredo 6 cylinder, 104K miles and runs great. I'm a big fan of Michelins, have the LTX M/S the whole time except the first 36K miles which had whatever it came with, can't remember. I'm on the second set of LTX's, first set lasted about 50K miles, not bad...I'm pretty good about tire pressure monitoring and rotation.

    This morning, by coincidence, I got my LTX's rotated. I happened to be in the shop area when they were balancing one of them and the tech mumbled (he didn't see me) "Perfect rating, Michelins are the best..." This was not a Michelin store, but a tire store that sells most major brands. I guess it was perfectly balanced and he didn't need to adjust...

    I also have Michelin's on my Infiniti I30, MXV4 Energy Plus tires, they are quiet and last about 60K per set.

    Yes, they are worth the $. Don't know about the Cross Terrains, never used them...the LTX is what my research some 6 years or so ago led me to and they've worked great so I bought my second set at around 85K miles....this set is performing very well also.

    Good luck!
  • naatz1naatz1 Posts: 188
    Thanks oman9, the LTX's are topping my list so if my local dealer carries them and can give me a decent price I will probably go with that (I am still doing pretty much everything there other than minor stuff I do myself due to the extended warranty).
  • oman9oman9 Posts: 97
    If you have an America's Tire Co. or Discount Tire Co. (or Center, they are the same company) that's a great way to go. They match anyone's price as long as you bring in the advertisement or coupon and give you free lifetime rotate/balance. For $17 or so a tire, they also give you certificates (they keep in the computer too) that if anything happens during the life of the tire and they can't safely repair it (in the belt line) they give you a free replacement. I usually don't buy things like that, but I began about a year ago. Ironically within one week I had a tire on my JGC go bad and the Infiniti, both not repairable. I got a free tire (same Michelin replacement) for free....a good use of $17 times four for each vehicle...$68 for each car and if anything should happen to any of the tires again, free replace. When they replace you do have to spend $17 to get the new tire covered...

    Pretty happy with that outfit....good service too!
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 867
    I had a 2000 Grand Cherokee that came with Goodyear SRAs. When the originals got to over 40,000 miles and started getting noisy, I ordered 3 from Sam's Club for less that $130 each. Installation and road hazard was about $10 each, includes lifetime rotation and balance. I used the spare as the fourth one and put the best of the original 4 in as the spare (mine came with the wheel and tire on the spare matching the 4 on the gound.) That was less expensive that buying 4 Michelins. (I put 4 Michelin Select LT M&S on my 2000 Trooper for about $110 each plus $10 mount/balance/road hazard just before doing the Jeep. Both have the same size tire. Walmart carries the Select LT. Pretty good tires.
    Traded the Jeep in on an Envoy SLT XL in May. It came with the Michelin Cross Terrain... Great road noise or vibration. I would consider those for replacement as well. Sam Club shows those for about $137 each in the 245/70/16, so almost $150 each installed, plus your local sales tax, if you have a Sams close by. I would imagine Costo would have a similar deal.
  • kkics1kkics1 Posts: 11
    Hello all! I am looking at purchasing a 2004 Overland in Chicago. Dealers are advertising $10K off MSRP. This does not include the supplier discount that I have. Any thoughts on how reliable the Jeep is? I have had friends that have either loved or hated their trucks. I hope to fall in the love category, but that remains to be seen.
    Also, does the Overland need premium fuel, or can it get by on 87 or 89 octane?
  • janzjanz Posts: 129
    I love my 1999 Laredo. I purchased it new. Just know that most of the people posting here have had legitimate and significant problems though they seem to have died down as this body style has been around now for 5 years. It is those owners will speak up loudly and more often than those of us who are happy.
  • naatz1naatz1 Posts: 188
    You may have read my #1828 post on tires above. I don't have an overland but loaded Laredo w/6 so will keep it short but I am basically happy with the vehicle & give it around a 7.5 outa 10. An 04 should have the disc brake fixes on it and at the end of this body changeover be pretty good for you - as an engineer I bought the 300M closeout vs new 300 for similar reasons this spring (plus price which you'll benifit, style and FWD vs RWD). I have heard more gripes about the GC full time AWD eating tires than the engines. I agree with the other guy that the internet is a great vehicle for bashing; however these Edmunds posts tend to be somewhat less emotional especially if you read a couple hundred posts and pay attention to guys that have been on it for over a year vs the one time basher. Good luck!
  • evaddaveevaddave Posts: 156
    Reliability: The later the Jeeps are made, the more reliable they tend to be. I haven't had any reliability issues with my '02 Limited.

    Fuel: The Overland (or any trim level, actually) with the HO V8 only needs premium unleaded to get the extra power. It will run just fine on regular unleaded, just with slightly less power.
  • kkics1kkics1 Posts: 11
    We are going to be heading out next week to hopefully pick up an Overland. My wife is swaying towards a Montero due to the 3rd row of seats and extra room (we have 2 year old and twins due in early October.) The room in back should be alright for 3 seats in the Jeep. I know the Montero is much larger, but it does not feel or look as good as the Jeep.

    As long as it is reliable, I will be a happy camper...Thanks!
  • janzjanz Posts: 129
    Congrats and all the best to you on the twins, my boys are now 15 years old!

    I agree on space, I've had many conversations with friends (with twins and not) on how vehicle needs change when you go from 1 or 2, up to 3 kids. IMHO with 3 car seats in the back may find your space cramped pretty quickly in the JGC. Before you buy, I suggest actually putting or at least measuring for 3 seats. Even if they do fit, it may not be safe. Have you considered access to the middle seat? From what I have seen about 3rd row SUV's, often the back seat access is difficult as well. Probably ok for kids who can climb in and out on their own, but access to a car seat may be awkward and difficult over time.

    I wouldn't say that my AWD eats tires, but then I have fairly low mileage 45K on a '99.

    Mitsu's are pretty sharp, but I'd look closely into the relability and depreciation on the Montero. From what I've seen, their value drops faster than the JGC.

    My .02, you need to consider your space issues above all. If you cannot fit that need, the rest is moot. I'm sure this is not what you want if you are considering an Overland, but what you really need is a minivan.
  • kkics1kkics1 Posts: 11
    We have a 2003 Sienna XLE as our other car. The Jeep is for the winter and projects. I just want to make sure that we can use the Jeep in a pinch. My wife loves the look of the Jeep, so it will be her 2nd car and my first. I guess I got the better end of the deal. I am 6'4", so I hope that I fit. The adjustable pedals should help.
  • janzjanz Posts: 129
    Hy husband is 6'2" and not particularly large in build. He really doesn't like the closed in feeling in the drivers seat. He much prefers his full size 2000 Chevy truck for driving leg room and comfort.

    Also, you will have to move the drivers seat back, that will cut off back seat leg room. Not likely a problem with car seats, but be aware.
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