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By Robert 2
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV 4WD


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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


Best Features

High road visibility. Great towing ability


Worst Features

Better ride. Better brakes.


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Beast
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By JohnHervy
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

Make the hood louvers an option for the new Grand Cherokee Limited beasts in the future.


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Expensive Junk
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By Lemonade
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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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
repairs.


Best Features

Comfortable car, with a good stereo (which no longer works) Towing ability


Worst Features

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.


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Grand Cherokee not for me!
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By wildman
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr SUV


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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.


Best Features

Good inline 6cyl engine


Worst Features

Needs more dependable transmission and drivetrain design.


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I LIKE IT
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By FRANK63
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD


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THE 5.9 IS VERY TORKY IT REVS ONLY
4500RPM. IF IT COULD WIND UP A LITTLE
MORE IT WOULD BE A HOT ROD. eVERY THING
WORKS GOOD I HAVE AN ACURA LEGEND WITH
52000 MILES AND I WOULD TAKE THE JEEP.


Best Features

HOOD SCOOP RIMS QUALITY OF LEATHER SEATS OFF LINE POWER VERY STRONG.


Worst Features

COULD BE QUIETER. NO SPACE IN THE REAR FOR CARGO. BACK SEAT HAS LIMITED LEG ROOM


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