Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 3

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0 turbo diesel

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance6700 kilometres
Previous carJeep Wrangler


A good looking car, that is economical to run


Cracked trim, dealer replaced.

Trim parts missing, dealer replaced.

Air suspension has now failed twice in under 8000km.

Rear DVD, when in operation, blocks the rear view mirror.

General Comments:

Awesome towing car.

Adaptive cruise control is very good.

Has just about every known toy/gadget included, ie heated front and rear seats, cooled front seats.

Handling and power is excellent for its size.

Great turning circle.

Low range gearbox separates it from the crossovers and the pretenders.

Still pretty good off road.

A full tank of diesel $120 NZD = over 1000km traveling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th February, 2012

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Cressida


The original lemon


I purchased my 1998 Grand Cherokee in 2005 when it had done a little over 100000km on the clock. It now has done 175000km. In this time I have had to repair the rear diff on three occasions. I have now replaced this faulty diff with one from a wrecked Jeep, and I am keeping my fingers crossed.

In addition, the front transfer box was also repaired, and believe me, this vehicle has never been off road. I now have the ABS light coming on. I have had numerous other problems with this vehicle - too many to mention.

General Comments:

I admit that it is a very comfortable vehicle to drive, which is the only good thing. Can't wait to get rid of it before I am driven to poverty. I regret the day I disposed my 1992 Toyota Cressida Grande to buy this great big lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2011

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7 V8

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles
Previous carFord Fairlane


Really good base to work some mods on


I broke the front prop shaft CV joint during a run out back of Broken Hill, outback Australia; one too many mud holes.

The only other issues have been routine maintenance, as you will find on any car.

Brakes feel bad, but have stopped me in emergency braking situations easily.

General Comments:

Made in Steyr Austria (import to Australia), body/chassis tuning by Porsche, Auto by Mercedes, and a torquey V8 from Chrysler. With a few mods, you have a really quick car that will 4wd with the best.

Cornering is as you would expect from a 4wd, but the ride is great compared to the competition in the price range on the 2nd hand market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2010

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 litre petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0 litre petrol Automatic
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Transporter


I purchased a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo in 2008, it had 62000 km's.

As I drove it from the dealer, I noticed brake squeaking and shifting left. Then as I hit the freeway, I sensed the truck moving left and vibrating as I hit the brakes.

The engine light turns on intermittently, and my fuel gauge is out of calibration. As soon as I hit quarter tank and 110km's to empty, I break down out of fuel.

A respectable garage in Australia told me to get the brakes changed, which I did, and it did not fix the problem. I returned to be told I need a wheel alignment and new tyres. I did, and the problem returned soon after. Now they tell me to re-align the steering column, replace the bushes, new brakes and new tyres again.

The engine light diagnosis pointed to a new fuel filter and service - again!

The engine has a ticking noise at start up, it is sluggish after new spark plugs and fuel filter.

What a waste of good looks on this truck, and can't wait to replace it.

I have had a VW Transporter van for 12 years, never had problems like this.

Stay away from Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2010

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 2.7

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres


Was the best car I have ever owned until now


The car had been going beautifully, but, we were cruising along the highway and the coolant light came on. We put in 2 litres of water and then drove 60 km home.

Next morning there was oil all over the left side of the engine, and oil in the coolant, although the temperature gauge and oil gauge were showing normal.

Next morning, started it up and it had a knock in the motor. At this stage we don't know where the problem is, seems to be more at the top of the motor not down below. Any suggestions? Why didn't the oil or temperature gauge change?

It has had every service, has never used oil or water in the time we have had it, it towed our caravan beautifully, and have never had any trouble until now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2010

3rd May 2010, 12:14

Off hand sounds like a head gasket problem. The water in the oil is probably your biggest concern. Water in the crankcase means that your lubrication has been compromised, and likely the bearings and what they are designed to protect are either damaged or destroyed. I wouldn't be driving it in the state it's in. Likely needs a engine overhaul, new engine, or swapping in a known good used engine.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 11 reviews