2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
Until the 2011 Grand Cherokee was released I thought the 2004 was the best looking year of the best looking bodystyle. Has robust suspension and agressive approach and departure angles for offroading (though most are just daily commuters). Interior on the Overland was very nice and had unique styling. Nice engine/exhaust note, felt more powerful and faster than its 265 bhp rating. Good towing ability: 5000 lbs hardly noticable.
Powerful engine. Nice styling. Looked expensive. Overland unique grill, body molding, seats, seat covers, steering wheel, wood trim, door panels, rocker bar.
The following was replaced between 40 and 60K: clutch pack in rear diff, starter, power steering pump, front left axle seal, heated seat elements replaced three times due to recall. Shocks were wearing when I sold vehicle at 60K. Mine had the chrome clad wheels which stained easily, and corroded around the lip, from liquid deicer. Overland badges always peeling and filing with muddy water (I replaced them twice). Chrome finishes on badges peeled. Painted rocker panels on this vehicle are a bad idea: mine had significant road rash and actual missing paint from gravel roads. Significant body lean when cornering. Suspension design poor for highway use. Atrocious gas mileage. Poor back seat room
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