Jeep Grand Cherokee Review from Bulgaria

1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Edition 5.2L V8

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.2L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired107800 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carNissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

If you weren't poor when you bought it, you soon will be

Faults:

I have replaced oxygen sensors twice.

Air/Fuel Mixture sensor.

Shock absorber all round.

Catalyser needed replacing.

The rear right window and the front right door lock mysteriously stopped working.

The air conditioning does not work at all.

The brakes seem to have a life of their own.

General Comments:

I recently purchased my aged Grand Cherokee and even though I know a fair bit about cars and how they work, I started thinking that I had bought a complete dud. That is until I spent a few hours reading the other reviews on this web page and realized that as Jeeps go, mine is actually not too bad. I have clocked 5000 miles and today is the 6th trip to the mechanics. We are hopefully going to find the cause for the rough idling at stoplights and the high fuel consumption.

After shopping around for an SUV to make driving on bad Bulgarian roads a little more bearable, I had finally narrowed it down to two choices, the Jeep and a diesel Nissan Patrol. As I drive a Nissan 4x4 Pickup I decided that the Patrol was too much like my other car and decided on the Jeep. Woe the day I moved away from Japanese dependability and decided to buy this oversized and over engineered horror. Every trip is fraught with worry. Will I get there?? Will it stop when I apply the brakes?? Will I be able to turn into the parking space without the front end sounding like its tearing itself to pieces?? And most recently: Will I get the doors unlocked?? Make no mistake, I do actually enjoy driving the car, but I have had to teach myself to accept certain things with the more universal approach of: It is what it is.

In spite of the problems others are having and I am expecting to have, I have decided to give the Jeep another shot and when my patience finally fails me, I will, at least, have built a solid relationship with my mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2002

12th Sep 2005, 10:46

My Husband and I purchased a 1993 JGCL last year. It has been in the shop almost as long as we have owned it. I giggled when I read that your locks and windows only work sometimes and that your breaks have a mind of their own. I felt like I was reading about my own JGCL. We wanted to trade it, but we are too upside down in it at the moment. So we will hang in there, the same as you. good luck to you!!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review