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Jeep Grand Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 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…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (7 total reviews)


Great 1st car

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

I saved up and bought this jeep with 168,000. It had a major transmission leak and oil leak but with some seals and elbow grease they were fixed. The heated seats and rear wiper are still not working. The sunroof doesnt work but the engine and 4wd system works amazing. I can go down muddy roads while sitting in the comfortable leather seats and listen to the radio. It had 3!!! blown speakers when i bought it. I love the jeep and ill keep it forever! The only thing that I dont like about it is the MPG 15 at best. WOW!



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Bad rear differential

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

I bought this drift-wood colored V8 Orvis at 55000mi, and have put 113000 more on it. Brakes are a bit weak. Careful driving helps a lot. I occasionally haul light utility trailer-loads and have replaced rear differential at 75 and 160 miles. A/C controller went at 150 miles. Lift gate sprung leaks, causing light/alarm problems. E-Brake very weak. Can drive easily with it engaged. Engine still strong. Tranny original. Body very good. Some interior screws work loose. One and 1/2 speakers blown. Rear wiper frozen forever. Good truck to 140,000. Fuel mileage 13 US city, 19 at 75 mph, measured. Paint/exterior holding up really well. exhaust and entire front- end original (one link replaced at 94)




Great jeep

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

This is the first jeep iv ever owned, and so far its lived up to its hype. bought it at 68,000 and its currently at 70,000. Only problem I've ever had was the first week when my check engine light came on, but a free O2 sensor from the dealership fixed that. The powerful V8 makes it one of the fastest SUVs on the road, even after over 10 years. Although the interior colors aren't my favorite, it's unique and never see anything like it. Seats are very comfortable in the front, in the back its a different story, with very little leg room.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 16
  • highway
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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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