Rotors and brakes were changed 3 times in the first 20K and thereafter every 30K. Extremely rough ride. Instrument cluster and bezel poorly designed and poor fit. Cat/convertor rattle at idle common to this model at 100K milage. Poorly designed door; weatherstripping results in severe wind noise. Sharp low speed turn results in extremely loud "thunk" from wheels. All the above defects found to be common with several other owners
We got our 5.9 limited Grand Cherokee new. It was silver. Hood louvers, fully leather seats, and a chrome exhaust pipe. Unbelievably distinctive. It was our first Jeep, what a powerful, smooth beast. It was the fastest SUV ever made. When the motor starts, it rumbles. You don't just hear it idling, you feel it reverberating in your chest, it moves your soul. It carried us safely, reliably, and luxuriously for 6.5 years on city streets and country trails. We lost it this week, a very sad, bitter- sweet moment, it was our treasured beast. But traded it in for a new hemi- powered Grand Cherokee Limited which should arrive today.
It was so distictive, reliable, and powerful. The hood louvers, full leather interior, the beautiful music from the CD player, and the rumble of the 5.9 engine made this beast a pleasure to own.
Make the hood louvers an option for the new Grand Cherokee Limited beasts in the future.
I'm one of the few that use this car
offroad fairly regularly for
surveying. Bought the car with just
11k miles on it, and have only managed
to put another 40k on in 4 years.
Why? Because I can't keep it
running. Various suspension,
electrical, and brake problems keep
popping up. Got the 5.9 because I
needed to pull a trailer, and fuel
economy is predictably bad at around
12MPG. There is just no reason why a
6 year old car with just 51k miles
should rack up nearly $7,000 in
Comfortable car, with a good stereo
(which no longer works)
This is far and away the least
reliable car I've ever owned, and I've
owned a Fiat. Based on my son's
experiences with his 2001 Grand Cher.
it doesn't look like much has changed.
Buyers beware of problems with
drivetrain. Transmission hesitates in
reverse, and suddenly
upshifts/downshifts from 2nd to 3rd
(always has since 45000 miles). Also,
bearings in differential are prone to
go bad - apparently this is a common
problem according to local dealer -
manufacturing tolerances were too
tight. I would not recommend this
vehicle to anyone. Chrysler really
should do something about their
problematic transmissions. I hate to
say this, since I enjoyed the Wrangler
that I previously owned, but it had a
manual tranny, instead of automatic.
I'm now lookind at Toyota 4runners,
based on their good history.
Good inline 6cyl engine
Needs more dependable transmission and