2003 Jeep Cherokee Reviews

2003 Jeep Cherokee Laredo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

It is a lemon in its truest form..

Faults:

A/C general issues, fan replaced 3 times, relay replaced 2 times, engine light randomly appears, gas cap replaced, transmission replaced, steering column, computer that controls the A/C, window motors... And more...

General Comments:

Everything... I mean literally everything. Everything mentioned on this site.. at least twice for each of the things mentioned.

Now I get to replace another fan & relay (third time).

A\C only blows through the vents pointing at the windshield.

Leaks everywhere. I mean I stay on top of my cars... Never had this before... LEMON!

Please do yourself a favor and stay away from American made cars... All previous cars - high miles, I drive more than people with money and no jobs do... I have never had this kind of problems with my previous cars (all non-American), I took a chance on the Jeep. I won't be doing that ever again - I promise, and I won't let family and friends make the same mistake.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th June, 2010

29th Jun 2010, 06:52

Are you talking about a Grand Cherokee? As the Cherokee was out of production after 2001. Why are you bashing all American cars, because you bought a lemon?

After owning a Jetta, you should be used to lemons.

2003 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0 liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carChrysler Jeep Sport

Summary:

I liked it before I experienced this huge problem

Faults:

I bought it from a bum dealership, so I didn't notice the first thing... missing seat belt in the back seat, and missing covers in the trunk.

The gas cap had to be replaced because of check engine light.

Power window failed/fell off track.

Low coolant light beeps on, but it isn't low.

4 wheel drive (part time) light no longer comes on.

4 wheel drive takes a while to kick on.

Mostly the same problems as previous posts; rotors, etc. I was fortunate to have $1500 maintenance done on it before the warranty was up.

The biggest issue: In October of this year (I've had the same problem as the June 17th remark) it stalled while driving on the expressway and I lost power steering. It kept stalling at random times and not starting; also it would lurch like it was losing power and regaining it again.

When I took it to a mechanic, they couldn't find the problem, although they had it for 3 days. When I finally took it home, it stalled and was towed to a shop, where they were able to fix it. Unfortunately now it's doing the same thing again. It "bucks" while driving, and it starts to lose power, then gains it again, causing the car to lurch. I'm afraid to drive it any long distance, and I can't afford a new car (I still owe on this one) or another trip to the mechanic; the fact is I need it to drive to work.

General Comments:

I've seen this problem on several review sites for this model/year Jeep, and feel it's probably an issue that Chrysler should look into and recall. But given the state of things and the probability that a car manufacturer wouldn't own up to it, I guess I'll just recommend that people not purchase this product.

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

Review Date: 21st January, 2009

21st Jan 2009, 19:31

I'm guessing on this, but I think that problem you're talking about might be caused by bad crankshaft position sensors.

12th Feb 2009, 17:41

I agree. Chrysler should share some of the responsibility.

I've had the some of the same issues with my 2003 Jeep.

Transfer case issues.

Power door drivers side quit working TODAY.

Four wheel drive. Part time light wouldn't go off.

Car idling at a light or when stopped.

Cutting off while driving, mainly when parking or backing up or just sitting.

Check fluid light comes on often.

It's also a very bouncy ride. But what can I expect, it's an off-road vehicle.

No, I will not buy another although, I love the style and the size.

15th Jun 2009, 09:09

I know this might sound a bit obvious, have you had the fuel checked, might be a bad batch or you've got some water in the tank.

3rd Feb 2010, 19:36

I had the same problem. It turned out to be a bad crank shaft sensor.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 10 reviews