This is the 4WD, 4.0L straight six. Performed well and reliably since I bought new, and I have taken it off-road a few times. I believe in preventive maintenance. It has served me well with this truck. The only premature failure was the power steering pump at 86K ($500). Other issues - rear output speed sensor @103K, harmonic balance wheel @ 116K, steering damper & cat converter @121K. Exhaust manifold leak at 140K. Transmission was rebuilt at 152K and transfer case rebuilt at 168K, but these repairs are to be expected. I may keep this to 250K miles or more.
Comfortable for family of four with two little ones; good size, construction and weight for safety. Engine very reliable, Selectrac works well. Finish and seals have held up well.
Poor spare location. If you're shopping for this or any car, look for one owner who maintains it. The anecdotal problems posted here experienced by second and third owners shouldn't color your opinion of the truck.
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition 4dr SUV 4WD
I love my Jeep. This is my 1st car that my parents had gotten me and it was a very good pick. The gas mileage is OK if you hold up on your right foot. Right now I have 120,500 miles on the car and it sounds and drives like new. I have had it for almost a year and it has never gave me any problems. It rides just as good as my dad's Lincoln at less than half of the price. I have 10-way power seats and a top of the line radio system. When I first got the car, I had a big tune up and then the only big thing that I had to do with the car was replace a bad output speed sensor. If you treat your car good, your car will treat you good. Just make sure you change all of your oil and it will go on forever. I love my Jeep.
The powerful 180W sound system. The 10-way power seats. The look of a $45,000 truck. The piece of mind that my car can good anywere at any given time. The nice comfy seats that I can drive for miles and miles. Not everyone has one, so it stands out. The new car look every time I wash it
The inline 6 engine can have a more power under the hood and better gas mileage. The spare tire can be moved to a better place on the outside of the car. A better place for the cabin fuse box. Jeep should do the same thing that GM did with the Malibu and bring back the 98 Grand Cherokee for one year.
I bought this off a friend who got it new. It has 123,000 miles with no problems. It has a K&N Filter and gets approimately 17-18 on the highway and passing is NO problem as this SUV will fly. Had to put seals in transfer case where drive shaft goes in; dried up. It's only on its 3rd set of tires and they are new. Goes great in any condition. IF only it did not have the road noise/whine on the highway it would be perfect. Do have a strange electrical problem, may be ignition switch but still very reliable.
I bought this new and used to drive it 2 hours back and forth to work. It made the wretched commute tolerable. Now, I use it for my dog car. With 103K miles on it, the extended warranty has expired and that makes me nervous. So I'm thinking about selling it. It has been very reliable, and the repairs that were necessary were covered under the warranty. I highly recommend Grand Cherokees - this is my second one.
My favorite features are the remote audio controls, the compass and outside thermometer and the fact that you can lock the doors with the engine running. This keeps my doggies safe and comfy on hot days when I take them on errands.