Dependable & Fun
By Ray on
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD
I've owned this vehicle for over 5 years and have had no major problems. This is my primary work vehicle and I spend a lot of time working on the road. I also use it to pull an oversized boat and to go into the field hunting and fishing. It goes and comes back where others can't. 4x4 is easy to operate and totally dependable. The only weak points have been the electronic accessories: heated mirrors, photochromic rearview mirror and rear windshield wiper. Fuel mileage is very good considering it's an SUV. I average 22 MPG highway and 16 MPG around town (according to the DIC). 6 cylinder layout is such that regular maintenance is easily accomplished by owner.
Driver Information Center. Layout of the cockpit. I enjoy the additional power outlet for my cell phone charger. Split rear seats facilitate larger loads easily.
Reinforce the steel in the driver's seat. Have had to repair it twice (I'm 300 pounds, but an SUV that's designed to go off-road should be able to handle that easily).