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Jeep Grand Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lightweight unibody construction, excellent on and off-road manners, optional V-8, standard ABS, dual airbags, lots of standard equipment

  • Cons

    Spare tire hogs cargo area, engines hog gas, not as roomy inside as some competitors, price climbs rapidly as options are added

  • What's New for 1997

    Last year's integrated child safety seat has mysteriously disappeared from press kit and dealer order sheet radar. Other big news is the availability of the optional 5.2-liter V8 engine in 2WD models, and a six-cylinder that qualifies the JGC as a transitional low emission vehicle (TLEV) in California. Refinements have been made to the ABS system, entry-level cassette stereo and floor carpet fit. In January, a sporty TSi model debuted with monotone paint, special aluminum wheels and other goodies.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 18
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



V8 laredo 4x4

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD

This was the first car I had when I got my license and I bought it becouse it looked very good and I wanted the V8 power. Soon after I bought it though I relized that it was a typical Mopar useless and unreliable. I figured out that it leaked oil and it began to make a popping noise which was the drivers side C/V axle shaft boot had worn out and soon after the whole thing snapped and I had to replace it. But the engine itself has never had any major problems and currently it has 136k miles. The interior is nice but the stock speakers were blown when I got it and the passenger side heated seat refuses to work on high but the leather is very nice.



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178,000 miles and adding more

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD

I love my 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee! I found her next to a garage covered in green goo, from setting underneath some pine trees for -FOUR- years, asked the owner if they were interested in selling, they said yes. I paid $700.00, stuck in a new battery and she fired up and I took off down the road towards my garage. “Let the fun begin” Flushed all the systems, changed the exhaust, brakes, rotors, calipers, shocks, fluids, sparks plugs, wires, cap & rotor, all had rusted, but after four years setting she still ran great! Took more time cleaning the exterior then actual replacing parts, but she turned out great!




Going-goning

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD

We have owned this since it was new. Has run well over the years. Now a second car for just running around town.Hope it last , but slowly problems. No A/C, many leaks , shocks on rear hatch gone, no 4 wheel drive. Paint has held up great.




Not what i expected

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD

I got this 97" Jeep in 2006 with approx 60k on it... with in 6 months I had to have the Rear-End rebuilt... $1600 Water Pump replaced in 2009 for $450 Transmission Rebuilt 2010 for $1600 This Jeep has been leaking Oil from day 1 (Minor Dripping) The front end needs to be Rebuilt also.. but where I live there is no need for 4X4, so it will stay the way it is... I love the interior , look and overall ride.. Just too many issues with me even driving it rough. When I drive, I drive it with care.. Still it seems to not want to play fair and stay repair free... Why me... PS: The Infinity speakers seem to be blown... may be due to the age... oh well



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Would not consider any other

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD

If it is a reliable, safe SUV you are looking for, then Cherokee should be your choice. We have owned jeeps since 91 and have had on since. We have a 97 GCL and LOVE IT! The clock JUST turned over 100K... We figure it should last for OVER 300K! So we may have it until 2040 something. lol VERY RELIABLE... VERY SAFE... AND FUN TO 4X4!!




Reliable work horse

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Vehicle: 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought this as a third vehicle. I also have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 1997 Nissan Maxima that I keep on Long Island. I bought the 1997 Grand Cherokee with 138,000 miles on the odometer to keep at my other residence in upstate New York. As with my 1996 model it has been a reliable work horse. My '97 has the SelecTrac system that allows you to shift between RWD and AWD. In AWD it handles upstate winter weather conditions beautifully. The inline-6 engine is noisy but tough as nails. Good as a second (or third) car and local daily driver. A bit bouncy on long trips. No problems to report in first 5000 miles of driving. I recommend using 89 octane fuel rather than regular.



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Full 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

What's New for 1997

Last year's integrated child safety seat has mysteriously disappeared from press kit and dealer order sheet radar. Other big news is the availability of the optional 5.2-liter V8 engine in 2WD models, and a six-cylinder that qualifies the JGC as a transitional low emission vehicle (TLEV) in California. Refinements have been made to the ABS system, entry-level cassette stereo and floor carpet fit. In January, a sporty TSi model debuted with monotone paint, special aluminum wheels and other goodies.

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Talk About The 1997 Grand Cherokee

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schambers2
schambers2
05-17-2000
I own a 1997 Grand Cherokee that I have had in the...


pafirefighter5
pafirefighter5
09-29-2007
1997 Jeep GC i replaced the bulb bacause it melted to the hole where the bulb goes in. i need to take out the lens to get the melted bulb off. how do i get the lens off?...


teberts
teberts
08-19-2006
This is the 2nd Cherokee w/4 wd that I have had this problem with. At anytime on a highway the front end will go into a violent shake that sends me to the shoulder to slow down. Once I slow to about ?...



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