2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews from North America

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Faults:

Axle control arm bushing.

Power steering is noisy.

General Comments:

No doubt the most quick and fun to drive in its class.

Probably the most well controlled solid axle suspension design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2013

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 V6

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Runs like a tank, but costs as much to run

Faults:

Front brake rotors needed replacing - a common fault with this model.

Nothing else has failed, other than a muffler, brakes, and tires, which wore out.

General Comments:

This has been a surprisingly good vehicle. No major problems at all. Only wear and tear.

It is amazing off-road or in snow. We tow a 1500 lb tent trailer, and go 80 kph up hills with the V-6.

Only drawbacks are the high fuel consumption, and the stock roof rack is weak.

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

Review Date: 25th April, 2012

20th Jun 2012, 18:39

I have solved rotor warp with good after market rotors with mid quality pads. The key is to avoid "premium ceramic pads" in favor of semi-metallic. Other than that, no problems.

You will have to live with some drive line noise caused by the aluminum case rear differential echoing in the cabin. Some wearing issues with leather steering and seats.

The V8 comes with a stronger transmission, based on the bullet proof Chrysler Torque Flite. The fuel consumption increase is marginal, considering the I6 shortness of breath.

Your worst enemy is real mileage, because they run strong for a long time, and a well cared 200k plus can drive and ride like new.

8th Oct 2012, 21:27

Very happy! A truly Jeep engineered 4x4 before Daimler ruined the brand in 2005 with Buick like ride front suspension and weak Chrysler components.

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4.7L H.O. V8

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.7L H.O. V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance398900 kilometres
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Perfection

Faults:

The only things that have ever gone wrong with this car in the past 8 years I've owned it were: the door locks, in 2008 they started making duck sounds, easy fix; a buddy of mine fixed them for 40 bucks each. The other thing that went wrong with it was the fuel pump.

Minor Fixes:

- Battery (2006, 2010)

- Alternator (2009)

- Rear driver brake light (2006, 2008, 2010)

- CD changer (2011). Jeep replaced it for about 950$

It has almost 400,000 km on it, and still runs like it's brand new. You take excellent care of your Jeep, and it'll take excellent care of you.

General Comments:

Pros:

- Leather interior

- Sun roof

- Heated seats

- CD changer

- 4.7L H.O. V8; makes lots of power

- Power door locks, windows, steering

- Climate control

- Keyless entry

Cons :

- Gas guzzler; at 1.39 a liter, or 4.00 a gallon, it takes about 130 to fill it, and only gets me about a week

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2011

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SE 4.7 V8

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired168200 kilometres
Most recent distance210300 kilometres
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Good or bad, it's a Jeep!

Faults:

Had to replace the driver's side tail light; the reverse circuit burned out. Found an inexpensive one at an auto recyclers.

Head gasket blew at 202,000KM.

General Comments:

After reading some of the reviews, and all things considered, I've been fairly happy with my Jeep.

I paid $7600 CDN for it last year (thought I would pick up something reasonable during the recession) to replace my 1992 Cherokee Limited. I bought that one a year old with 28,000 KMS and gave it to my nephew (going in for auto mechanics at college) at 550,000 KMS!!! It was going to need some repairs, and at its age, with the driving I do, I decided a newer car was in order.

The ride, and all other features have been fantastic. There are some usual Jeep squeaks and rattles from time to time, and the lack of a glove box lock is annoying. I don't think the engine was maintained by the previous owner, as the first oil change we did, the dipstick had sludge on it. The dealer said he changed the oil before we picked it up? Who knows?

When I was driving last January in -18C weather, the truck overheated. I was able to get back on the road again, and when I got home, it overheated again. The mechanic said it was low on coolant (no leaks however), and was fine until last August on a 30C day when it overheated.

I found out the had gasket was blown and the head was cracked. The motor shop said it was probably done back in January and not diagnosed properly at the time. Instead of spending $7000 on a Mopar rebuild from the dealer, I had a $3000.00 complete motor with 60K put in (decent warranty on it too). No problems since. Just impressed that it ran that long, used no oil, and didn't constantly use coolant between January and August. I commute 105KM to work and back every day.

I know some of these 4.7L engines have issues, but I don't think this can be blamed on Chrysler, but myself for not checking out the full service history of the Jeep, and the possibly lack of care the previous owner's fault. Otherwise, so far so good. The only thing I miss is the leather seats on my Limited. I would buy another though!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2009

30th Apr 2012, 21:14

Must agree with care. Flaws I can live with. Mostly cosmetic. Peeling chrome badge, leather deterioration. Suspension sagging caused by long travel to achieve off-road tasks. Otherwise, a solid SUV designed by Jeep engineers. So it's not to be considered as a Chrysler product.

A 2004 is a mature Grand with most issues addressed: axle noise, vibration, oil leaks, seat firmness etc.. See wjjeeps.com for year to year mods.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 29 reviews