2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Consumer Review: Trend Bucking Laredo Delivers

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Consumer Review

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Laredo 4dr SUV (4.7L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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Trend Bucking Laredo Delivers 220K Before Giving Up the Ghost
By steve_f1 on


2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 5A)


I bought my GC new, in Aug, 2002. Its only options were side curtain airbags. It's finally giving up the ghost, as it's turning over to 220,000 miles. It's been the image of reliability.
Starter -
175K, 1 rear wheel bearing - 130K, power steering hose - 165K, 1 ignition coil - 143K.

It burned a quart of oil every 4K until about 180k, when it began going through a quart every 5-600. It still starts instantly.

Brakes? Of course. They went rumbly 17K, but I then had them turned on the vehicle, and they were good for another 50. I upgraded them to the later style calipers, and added ATE grooved rotors at 126K.

Sadly, it's leaking and smoking badly now. New ride time.

Best Features

- Smooth power & great low end torque = quick off the line acceleration and effortless passing. - 5-speed auto trans, delivered excellent fuel economy for a V8 SUV. GM didn't go to 5sp autos until years later - Snow performance. - Ride & handling: For a live axle vehicle it's unbelievable, and I still have the original shocks at 220K mi!! They're not toast yet. - Manual 4WD system: Allows gas / wear & tear saving when 4WD not needed (95% of the time)

Worst Features

Stock Goodyear Wrangler ST tires: They don't deserve the name "tire". Worst tires on any vehicle I've ever owned, maybe driven. Changed to Michelins at 45K - night and day difference in performance and handling, and they lasted 75K miles. - A limited-slip rear diff would have been nice for off road and wet weather traction. It was available as an option, but mine doesn't have it. - Upgraded electrical system: Mine started suffering from the oft reported power window issues. Power windows only work when the driver's door closed now. Battery replaced every 2 years like clockwork, because they just died and car wouldn't start. Computer went wonky twice. All kinds of things until restarted.
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