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4th jeep and what a fail
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By bill379
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Overland 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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Have owned three JGC prior to this one (95,96,02) and all had miles on them. This one we spent some money on and had only 80,000 KM on it when we got it. This 2006 is junk. Engine ticks (Hemi tick) quieter if you run synthetic oil but still there. 8 quarts to change it. Started making a noise at 90k from the back. Replaced both wheel bearings, nope, its in the differential. Quote 1500-3000. Drive shaft "u joint" failing. Non serviceable "ujoint" have to replace entire driveshaft another 1500. Engine runs sluggish unless you put super in it. All this on a five year old $55k vehicle with under 100KM on it. Ive seen this movie before. Didnt fix any of the crap and traded it in on a honda


Favorite Features

Smooth, powerful, good in snow


Suggested Improvements

Oh boy. Engine needs refining to get rid of hemi tick. Build a proper driveline to handle the powerful engine. Stop making non serviceable parts (driveshaft ujoints) Take some pride in build quality. Lose all the plastic interior; 99-04 was far superior in this regard. Full time four wheel drive is a bad idea, bring back the selec-trac transfer case which was great. Address the depreciation issue somehow, unacceptable that a 54,000 vehicle is worth 10,000 in five years.


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Fit and Finish
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By Christopher
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Overland 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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They are not breaking any stereotypes about American cars with this Jeep. I really wanted to buy American and it seemed at first that Jeep gave you so many more options for the money compared to other brands. But the number of items big and small to break down in the first months of ownership is remarkable. From the ignition to the door on the thing that holds you sun glasses, almost nothing is too sacred for a trip of two to the shop. At the shop these problems are so common I hardly get a surprised look. I read in their propaganda that they are taking a hard look at improving the fit and finish. That would be a good start. We do drive ours off-road, and it is a lot of fun.


Favorite Features

off-road ability, hemi acceleration


Suggested Improvements

Take a minute to double check the work and be sure all the bolts and screws are tight. I've never seen so many fundamental things fail in a car before.


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Lovin' My Overland Thus Far
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By Overlandlover
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Overland 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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I've had this Overland when it had 49 mi. and 3,000+ later, still lovin' it. I've had no problems with my Jeep. I've been getting 14+ mpg city/16+ mpg highway on my HEMI, better than my previous 04' Jeep G.C. with I6 engine. Simply an overall great luxury model, which is affordable to maintain.


Favorite Features

Navigation w/ 6 disc, power folding mirrors, great HEMI power, great interior and exterior design, easy to read and use controls, memory seats, and rear vents for A/C or heat.


Suggested Improvements

I do suggest a few improvements on the Overland model, like a subwoofer, more wood accents, door reflectors when doors are opened at night and a small light, a more flexible suspension (so that the vehicle feels less jerky at every dip). I was hoping 4x2 would more like a car.


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Cover Up Your Condenser or Pony Up $700
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By Matt W.
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Overland 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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This is my third Jeep. I love the Hemi (dislike the poor gas mileage), the updated styling and the ride. However, beware. My wife was driving our Overland on a highway (not off road), couldn't avoid a blown tire (re-tread) laying in the roadway. Unbelievably, a piece of the re-tread flipped up into the unprotected AC condenser area (that huge, open area just under your front bumper) and barely punctured the condenser. The outcome? A $700 repair bill and me jerry-rigging (with gardening wire I bought at Lowe's) a protection screen for this exposed area. INCREDIBLY POOR design for an alleged "rough/tough" $40,000 off-road SUV. Unbelievable - a warning to all to "cover up your condenser"


Favorite Features

Hemi.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the open area with the exposed AC condenser.


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Oh What Fun
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By Southernfan
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV Overland 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 5A)


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Use my 4WD 5.7 Cherokee local, interstate and in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Performs flawlessly on and off road. Like the size inside and out-for two adults plus cargo. Will pull anything up the highest passes. In deep snow, ice and off-road it is rock solid, safe and reliable. The Cherokee is what other SUV's want to be. In fact, it is in a category unto itself.


Favorite Features

Power, comfort, safety, handling, technology, stability and looks are near perfect. No complaints about gas use - bought it for what it is - a powerful on and off-road 4WD champion - an American original.


Suggested Improvements

A larger gas tank and more time to drive it.


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