2003 Jeep Cherokee Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2003 Jeep Cherokee Sport 2.5 CRD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 CRD Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Summary:

Cherokee (KJ) back to the future in style!

Faults:

Nothing until now, so far so good!

General Comments:

Great SUV, good handling, good build quality and I love the retro look.

This car could have been built by Mercedes in Germany.

I never saw myself driving a Jeep (or an American car for that matter) but as soon is I saw the new Cherokee I knew I had to have one.

I never liked Jeeps before, too old fashioned and too boxy for my taste, but this car is exactly right, if this is the direction Jeep will go in the future, count me in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2003

10th Jul 2003, 07:29

Hi there, I live in Holland and own a 2002 Cherokee 2.5 CRD Sport Plus.

Great car for pulling a horse trailer and huge fun doing some off roading.

Did 45.000 km and only had the oil changed.

This car is a big improvement compared with my old Cherokee.

15th Jun 2004, 16:35

I also own a KJ (called the Liberty here in America) and I agree, it is very cool. I wanted a Cherokee and a Wrangler, but couldn't afford both. Now I can have both thrown into one. Plus, the gasoline engine (3.7L V-6) is basically a small Grand Cherokee engine, turned 90ยบ.

Happy Jeepin!

2003 Jeep Cherokee Grand Laredo 6 cy from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cy Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles
Previous carChrysler Chrysler Intrepid

Summary:

The transmission whine should not be considered normal and should be corrected by the manufacturer

Faults:

Transmission whine is getting worse. It has been a problem from day one and has gone from a clicking, to rubbing, and now a whine starting at 40 mph and being very noticeable at 60-65 mph.

General Comments:

The transmission whine should not be considered normal and should be corrected by the manufacturer.

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

Review Date: 21st February, 2003

2003 Jeep Cherokee Laredo V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance498 miles

Summary:

Not a nice ride for the money

Faults:

The jeep makes a whining sound at 48 MPH and above when you tap on the accelerator.

Dealer states that this is normal and they all do this.

General Comments:

The 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is very cheaply made on the inside. Generic looking material, no imagination on the design, knobs look old fashioned. It rides OK at best, and has no guts in the V6 model. But I knew all that when I bought it.

Sometimes it's OK to have no frills. But, I'm dissappointed in the service side. A jeep rep. (not a local salesman) stated that the noise it makes is normal. I will drive another one, but this upsets me. They're either blowing me off, or they found a problem too late and don't feel it's cost effective to fix it.

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

Review Date: 12th December, 2002

7th May 2003, 11:51

I agree. I recently bought a 2003 Jeep 6cyl Laredo. Unfortunately I made the mistake of just test driving it at slower speeds. Now and every since I drove it off the lot.. at 48 MPH, just like clockwork, the transmission starts whining along with making a "airy" type sound when I push the accelerator. Took it back to to the dealer twice and they ended up replacing a valve unit on the transmission. Did no good. Test drove 2 others on their lot and they all did it. I took the salesman with me and he heard it as well. Right now they still haven't advised of a fix. Glad I bought one with a 7/70,000 power train warranty, because I might need it. If any one has any luck with a fix, let me know and I will do likewise.

P.S. Great Site!

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