1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Consumer Review: Not sure what to think

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Consumer Review

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Laredo 4dr SUV (4.0L 6-cyl. 4x4 4-speed Automatic)

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Not sure what to think
By Terry on


1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD


This vehicle has been fun to drive but has had problems since day 1. Bought it at 55,000 miles, it had the 318 V-8 engine in it. Dealership could never fix engine "pinging." Rod bearings went, then entire engine had to be replaced at 101,000 miles. It was my wife's vehicle and she used it to commute back and forth a short distance to work. This vehicle has never been driven hard or abused. We also had trouble with the 4WD slipping out of 4WD low--wouldn't engage. The CD player quit working, radio shorts out. Sunroof leaks during big rainstorms. Vehicle has bled us dry for repair bills. Gets 15.6 mpg. Trannie seems to shift back and forth unnecessarily when going up hills.

Best Features

V-8 has great acceleration, but not at low RPM's. Very comfortable to drive. Body is still immaculate, I like Jeep's styling. It handles well.

Worst Features

Some real quality construction issues Jeep needs to address. Better gas mileage. We are nearing retirement, feel like we can't depend on this vehicle to be reliable at all. Will likely sell it, have sunk enough $$ into it.
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