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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV

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Love the Orvis
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By MQTennis
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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Orvis 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Very fun to drive. I like the exterior look of it. The Orvis has a excellent green paint job. Seats are very comfortable. Had to replace the CD player and battery is on its last year. Orvis is not a common car on the street. Drives decent on snowy roads. Some times it slips up in slush due to power and gear ratio. Not good gas mileage. A significant amount of rattles in the rear. 95000 miles and still running strong. All around good vehicle.


Favorite Features

Heated seats, Heated exterior mirrors, V-8's power.


Suggested Improvements

More durable rims, more rear passenger space, had to replace 2 speakers so far.


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Jeep Stinks
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By Brad
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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Laredo 4dr SUV


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Bought a 1997 Grand Cherokee Laredo new in 1997. It was great for 3 years and 38,000 miles and then it turned to junk! Air conditioner went out. Brakes went out. Had to replace pads and turn rotors. Tires wore out. The dealership acted like the never heard of us. $1000 bucks to fix the air and it still only worked half the time. Finally traded it in for an Isuzu Trooper. Isuzu was 10 times better than the Jeep.


Favorite Features

Good looks and interior layout.


Suggested Improvements

More quality. A lot more quality. Ask Honda and Toyota what they are doing, then do that.


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maintenance nightmare
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By jo
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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Laredo 4dr SUV


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Only drive 5,700 miles/year. 43,815 miles when I bought in 1999. Replaced differential, power steering pump, rear hatch supports, water pump, power steering pump, manifold, unplugged drain for a/c. Headliner is falling down, door panels coming off. My ABS light stays on and computer shows it to be "ABS pump motor circuit" Normal maintenance items replaced were battery and serpentine belt. Is it me, or is this a high maintenance vehicle? 77,850 miles now.


Favorite Features

Great body style. Drives great and handles well.


Suggested Improvements

Need to figure out how to stop all these unusual maintenance repairs. Unfortunately I have to much invested in repairs to get rid of it. No more Jeeps for me!


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Good thing I got a warranty!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By jon f.
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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV TSi 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I thought I was getting the perfect used car: less than 70,000 miles and a 3,000 mile powertrain warranty. Turns out I've needed to use the warranty three times already - once to replace the PCM, another to replace a bad steering gear, and now to replace bearings in the front differential - all withing the first month! I'm scared of what will come down the road. It's too bad - I love the truck and it's very good at what it does. It looks great in silver, the leather interior is fantastic and it gets 22-23 mpg at 65mph. Off-road nothing can touch it for the money! If you want one, research the maintenance history and make sure the TSB's were done!


Favorite Features

Looks great, very comfortable for 4 adults and gear, decent highway mpg, Quadra-Trac 4WD is amazingly capable. After you drive it, you just feel good.


Suggested Improvements

6 cylinder is torquey, but don't ask too much of it. Center console buzzes and squeaks, poor city mpg (13-14) compared to highway. You have to pay attention to these Jeeps, or they will get angry and break! I guess it really is a Jeep thing - most people wouldn't understand ... it's a labor of love.


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Good bad and ugly
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By d strickland
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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV TSi 4dr SUV 4WD


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Very well pleased with the car. It has 123k miles and still runs well. Rear end noise has been a constant problem. Several attempts to repair and did not help. Cockpit very well appointed but needs more room. Very crowded with 4 adults. The ride is comfortable and fun to drive. Exterior paint has held up very well. No serious maintenance problems other than rear end. Sound system is very good but speakers are cheapo's.


Favorite Features

Fun to drive. Handles and turns sharply. Love the V8. Car interior is well appointed. Love styling and leather interior. Very reliable.


Suggested Improvements

More cockpit room. Too cramped. Move spare tire under car. A/C vents for rear passengers. Hand grips over windows for all passengers. Do something about rear end noise. Speakers not reliable; have had 3 replaced. Car leans too much in turns over 35 mph. More cup holders.


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