Penny wise, pound foolish
By DoctorJ on
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4dr SUV
Bought this vehicle off lease with 28k
miles. Needed a high-clearance
vehicle for work as I occasionally
have to drive on dirt/gravel roads. I
really wanted a 4Runner, but thought
I'd save $3,000 or so and "Buy
American" - BIG mistake.
Interior trim is peeling off of the
doors and the seat fabric failed
early. For some reason, I'm always
banging my foot on the door lip
getting in & out. Has that "tippy"
feel on corners. Worst of all, I had
to replace the transmission at 65k mi,
spending the $3000 I "saved" on the
purchase, but it still doesn't work
The engine seems to run reliably & the
vehicle performs reasonably well on
unpaved roads, hills, etc. Ground
clearance is good as advertised.
Cargo area is surprisingly small &
poorly designed. For example, the
spare tire is mounted on the "wide"
side of the fold-down rear seat,
making it narrower than the "narrow"
side for actually loading cargo. DUH!