1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Consumer Review: Bought as is from a used car l

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Bought as is from a used car lot.
By terjej on


1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


Step daughter wanted a Wrangler but we talked her into a Cherokee. This vehicle was found on Craigslist and is white with gold trim. It has dark grey leather interior and a lot of extras. Had a lot of issues with the jeep in the beginning. Radiator sprang a leak and had to be replaced, then the water pump and thermostat soon went out. The jeep then had a problem with shutting down when driving and was totally unreliable. Had to replace the crankshaft and cam shaft position sensors before that problem went away. Changed out the battery for a heavy duty one. Replaced the rotor, distributor cap and spark plug wires. Changed out the fuel filter and worked on the shift cable.

Best Features

Love the Quadra Trac system. The first owner never took the jeep off road and never had it in 4-low. Had to work the jeep into 4-low and now works fine. Owned a 4by4 Ford Bronco and this Jeep is just as much fun driving. With the big 5.2l V8 engine it sounds powerful. It has the tow package and has the muscle to do it. I got an excellent price on the jeep and new the motor and drive train was in good shape with only 102,000 miles on it. Roof lining was falling down but a little elmors glue fixed that. Stereo system is very good, leather seats in great shape. This Jeep is now very dependable and a joy to drive.

Worst Features

I am definitely going to put some all terrian tires on this jeep and do some off roading. The V8 is a bit of a gas hog but I want the power and don't mind the trade off. I would get manual windows and seat adjustments because the electronics gets to complex, otherwise this is a very good designed 4by4.
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