I bought this grand Cherokee back in 1999. It turned out to be the most unreliable car I had. The dealer took it back and I will never get a dodge/Jeep again. I think the main issue was with the new 4wd system they introduced that year. It cause many drivetrain issues. Look at all the recalls for this vehicle. My Jeep had all those issues.
Program car purchased 2002, 36k, haggled dealer down to $15k after much haggling and trade of a 1993 Isuzu trooper (was a great SUV, but very high maintenance costs just like my other SUV Mercedes ml320). Back to the Jeep, where do I begin? Brake issues just like everybody else in warranty issues now out of warranty issues (mechanic tells me due again after 20 months). Problems linkage sticking 4wd transfer case, back many times for repair the usual fix lubricated and claimed all well still sticks today! Very hard to take in and out of 4wd without a hassle! Remember it's an SUV cause the mpg (15 around town less than 20 on highway) are tough now at $4.00 a gallon, trading it in today $3500?
Excellent in snow, it's a Jeep! Looks are nice, ride is ok, not crazy about seat design, interior nice, on board overhead computer is nice, Mercedes missed the boat on that one, better mpg than my Mercedes ml320, pretty close, been reliable never broke down. Still looks great, little rust on frame.
Brakes! Purchased 6 years ago, set of brakes a year, only drive 9800 miles annually around town, little better this time around after fighting with Jeep about caliper replacement and finally Jeep replaced @ 78k! Liked my 1993 Isuzu trooper much better had to get rid of, $1500 for exhaust system
Bought my Jeep with 69k, now rolling 95k. Only minor problems, nothing I needed a shop for. Fan relay the most recent. HVAC smells of mildew & AC doesn't blow cold anymore & doesn't hold a charge. Seems like every car I've bought always looses AC after a year :( buy hey, it's a jeep, who needs AC :) This is my daily driver, driving 100 a week/2x month. Never had any problems with the engine & spark plugs are easy to change on the I6 engine. I would buy another jeep, just not a new one
Plush leather heated seats that never seem to get worn down! Cargo area is large & towing is no problem
Well, I'm shocked at the other reviews but not surprised. The things that happened to the others are just starting to happen to mine at 184,000 miles. Except for a serpentine belt, tires, oil, etc. this machine has been a real champ. I've totally enjoyed driving it. I love the sound system, interior comfort, handling, and am ok with the mileage. I tow my boat, no problem. The differentials never posed a problem until Jiffy Lube put the incorrect fluid in. Then they started chattering when I steered.....that was fixed at their expense. I just replaced the tranny and transfer case so I am pleased that I can keep it for another 8-10 years. Never had a tune up or spark plug changed and still runs
Transfer case went bad at 98K miles. Dealer wanted $800 to replace transfer case. Had transfer case repaired by private dealer by replacing the "timing belt" inside the transfer case for $200. Only other problem is with the A/C...the A/C appears to be a known problem with easy repair. Otherwise, the vehicle is fun to drive; MPG is a little less than advertised. Very comfortable vehicle with great towing capacity.
Dashboards; comfortable seats; sound system; interior capacity; and the driving feels spectacular.