2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews from North America

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7 V6

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.7 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

OK car, but consider it as having a higher frequency of issues for its first year model run

Faults:

Trans shifter registers PRND sometimes, and throws a TCM code.

Heater fan speed selector is a hit/miss; mostly a miss.

Radio antenna/reception drops out.

Expensive repair parts.

2005 model has underside, exterior spare tire mount.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2012

6th Jun 2012, 08:46

At 75k I got PRND lights and erratic shifting... I dismantled the shifter and cleaned the contact board with electrical cleaner, reassembled, and did trans oil change. Also disconnected the battery for 15 minutes to have the shift control unit reset itself... it fixed the PRND matter. Haven't had it again for 3k miles now.

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Hemi

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.7 Hemi Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance68504 miles
Previous carChevrolet Equinox

Summary:

Refined pure adrenaline!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This SUV is very versatile, FAST, great off road and well crafted.

European engineered refinements are evident in the trim and interior.

No repairs have been necessary as this thing is superbly built and appointed.

This truck will impress your valet or the guys at the hunting club.

The only downside to ownership is that Jeep and Exxon really teamed up when this was built. Expect 13 to 18 MPG. I average 14. Drive it once, and you won't care about the gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2010

27th Apr 2010, 09:55

"Drive it once, and you won't care about the gas mileage."

We live in a time when this shouldn't even be stated. How can you not care about getting a pitiful 14 mpg? This is about the same as a car from the early 70's. Have we learned nothing in 4 decades? You are using twice the gas of the average car to go the same places and do the same things in 90% of your life. Sad really that it doesn't matter to you... and so many others for that matter. I guess gas needs to be $4.50 a gallon again to remind us that it is too much usage...

There is NOTHING out there that I could be thrilled enough to drive and not care about getting 14 mpg, and it's not about affording the gas. I don't put a money value on everything, especially my responsibility for the environment.

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 kilometres
Most recent distance127000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

You would be much better off with a Kia

Faults:

- Rear driveshaft replaced at 90,000kms.

- Front diff rebuilt under warranty (3 times) at 90,000kms.

- Rear diff rebuilt under warranty (4 times) at 90,000kms.

The differential is still making a noise, although the dealership says it's normal. Installed a catback exhaust system to attenuate the high pitched noise. Chrysler Canada was of little help and refused to fix it.

- Inner and outer tie-rods at 110,000kms.

- Shocks (2 blown) at 110,000kms.

- Brakes at 110,000kms (surprisingly original, so the brakes are fairly decent in this vehicle, no complaints).

- Transmission return line and cooler line leak $500 fix at 115,000kms.

- Starter at 127,000kms.

- E-Brake at 127,000kms.

- EGR valve at 127,000kms (vehicle stalls for no apparent reason at least once every week... dealership could not fix as the problem is intermittent... possible cause according to others could be the EGR valve).

- Navigation joystick repair at ~110,000kms.

General Comments:

In all honesty, this Jeep is the worst vehicle I ever owned as far as reliability goes. The warranty was also non existent for me.

I got the Jeep from a Jeep dealership with a knocking driveshaft. Little did I know that the Jeep also had differential issues. It was "fixed" by the dealership although there is still a loud high pitch noise at speed, which Chrysler Canada refused to fix. I was told that if I want to see this problem fixed, I would have to "pay for it myself". Talk about warranty!

I have replaced everything by now; starter, battery, tie-rods, shocks, etc. So far with all receipts, I have spent $5000 in maintenance and still going.

The Jeep is a pleasure to drive though, and has many nice features. I would trade the features any time for a reliable vehicle that doesn't leave me stranded though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2010

16th Apr 2010, 14:47

Sorry to hear about your SUV and its problems. I've had a colleague get his 1500 rearend re-built by Dodge before the Big-3 money woes occurred. Now, I doubt Chrysler will honour any serious warranty work. I think doing a tune-up on the Hemi requires two plugs per cylinder and a new coil pack too.

29th May 2013, 08:33

Actually I would say those life limits for those parts is quite an acceptable level. At the end of the day, these are consumable items, which on all vehicles, have to be replaced.

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 9 reviews