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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Decent SUV
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By keeferk
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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I just bought this jeep in college with 308k miles on it. I was pretty wary about having problems at that high of a mileage, but so far the only thing that needs replaced is the tires and maybe brakes. I had to test it out in the mud today and the check engine light came on. Great drunk person carriage, I've saved a lot of lives driving people around in this thing. Wouldn't trade it for anything.


Favorite Features

4WD & V8


Suggested Improvements

Better fuel pump and cooling system. When driving for long periods of time (i.e. 130+ miles) I could tell the engine was running hot. Most '98 SUV's do though.


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Limited 5.9 Still a BEAST
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By princeofpeace
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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We bought this as a step up in a second car. It quickly became our favorite. From 0-100 it takes just 16 seconds! Stops from 100 m.p.h. in a amazing 126ft. This is a 1/4 mile high 14's Jeep! Bone stock,179K miles still idles at 600rpm smooth as glass. Stomping on the gas lurches you forward without any tire spin just flat out acceleration. Gets 15m.p.g. overall a stout 18@ 65mph for any length. The interior is laid out perfect! Cruise and radio/CD control on the steering wheel.Climate control that really works! Slick leather seats in dove Grey.Leather and wood everywhere! Faster than 5.0's n Vettes in the 1990's! Still shocks kids at red light jumps. Only in a Jeep!


Favorite Features

180 watt Infinity 8 speaker am-fm cass-cd with controls on rear side of steering wheel,cruise on front. This Jeep is wicked fast! I race from stop lights and 35mph horn starts and this thing eats,Mustangs,Challangers,Vettes. It really stands tall with any vehicle up to 2005 when the Hemi's came out. I gentleman off road in Wisc. and have never been let down.Only wear item repairs ever! Just did full tune up w/tri-fire plugs,cap,wires/rotor runs like brand new!


Suggested Improvements

Needs Premium fuel,I would love to run cheaper 87 octane but it does NOT work on it.


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No problem in blizzard/mud/rain/dessert
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By renaroo
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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Traded in older Jeep, overheated near Vegas en route to Zion during July 4th weekend. Performed flawlessly in the dessert, and A/C kept cool in over 100F temp. Moved to mountains, and helped towed moving truck up the hill when it overheated. Commuted 3 years 90 mi RT, from 5500 ft to sea level, in various conditions: blizzard, ice, mud slides, scorching summer heat with no problem. Rebuilt transmission at 150K. Gas mileage no noticeable change. Hit-n-run accident on the mountain at 170K. Not sure if related to accident, but a few months later: memory loss in computer settings (seat, mirror, radio), heated seat. Now at over 240K mi still works great at -30F. Replaced water pump-no other repairs


Favorite Features

Dependable all wheel drive, great acceleration, responsive steering, integrated audio control on steering wheel, overhead vehicle status display, privacy retractable blind for cargo area.


Suggested Improvements

Rear door latch intermittent problem, limited storage, spare wheel inside, front grill difficult to clean. Coolant leak noticed at low temp, below freezing. Manual key entry fail to work after 9 years. Remote still works. Rear pax windows do not retract fully down.


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I love my 5.9
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By ptowntsi
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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This has to be one of the best SUV's available used. I would take it over any mid-size SUV or wimpy crossover. Yes it is true many of these need to have their front and rear axles rebuilt around 100k miles, but that is not so bad. For the price of the vehicle it is easy to spend that money to have them done. When they are rebuilt they will last an easy 100k+ or more. It is completely justifiable. These Jeeps have awesome power, and very luxurious interiors. The 5.9 limited has better leather seats than any Jeep, heated seats, heated mirrors, a great AWD system, and timeless classic styling. I recommend this Jeep for anyone looking for a reliable vehicle.


Favorite Features

AWD, heated seats, heated mirrors, memory seats, lots and lots of power, a great factory stereo, solid off road performance, excellent on road manners. Good grip on turns, easy to drive, solid steering, feels very safe.


Suggested Improvements

Well gas mileage on any v8 4x4 is not going to be the greatest, but I love the Jeep and would rather drive this with bad mileage than some wimpy Subaru with good gas mileage. The front and rear axles often need rebuilds, (cheap and easy).


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Its problems have problems
4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Don Jeans
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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I've owned this car for 4 years now. Bought it with 155k on it. First off, the car is a beast. Fast and really thirsty. Would probably beat most going from 20-50 mph. I test drove a BMW M3 this past weekend and honestly the Jeep has more torque. For better performance I sometimes kill the OD switch which bumps up the RPMs. The car is also a beast in the snow. It's almost impossible to get it stuck in anything. That said, Jeep really dropped the ball on its construction. The rear differential is the same as the base model 6 Grand Cherokee and can't handle the torque. The rear end makes this disgusting popping noise off the line and sounds like its about to fall off. All 5.9s have this problem.


Favorite Features

Deceptively fast. Seats are comfy. Great sound system too.


Suggested Improvements

Tires scrape at parking lot speeds in tight turns as a result of AWD. Also, the rear end of this thing is ATROCIOUS. If you buy one used, know that it will go at some point. I'm surprised Jeep never recalled this. Probably because it costs over $1k to fix.


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