1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews - Page 4 of 23

1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L 318 V8 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.2L 318 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance199615 miles

Summary:

200k miles is just a warm up

Faults:

Original trans torque converter began acting up at 125k miles.

Vacuum pump in trans went at 130k.

Second gear in the trans exploded, shredding everything inside at 155k.

Kick panels under door have rusted through.

Bottom of tailgate rusting along with front underside of doors.

Plastic fuel door release mechanism snapped.

Replaced rad. at 167k.

Replaced starter motor at 198k.

General Comments:

My parents bought this Jeep used in 1996 with 16,000 miles on her. It was originally my mom's car, although when I hit 16 (in 2001) suddenly it became mine. Probably due to the fact that my dad got a new car, my mom got his Wrangler and I got the GC.

But, for as long as I've been driving the truck, its been a fine, strong runner. I often refer to her as a "pit bull". Smaller than most SUVs, yet surprisingly tough, agile and incredibly strong.

She can up and light off the line like a muscle car, and with the current rig of the exhaust, sounds like one too.

For a light truck, it always surprises everyone by just how well it handles, deadens sound and runs smoothly considering the miles and age of it.

I do take her off-roading on occasion and she always shine both on and off road, handling like a true Jeep should. I like it because it's still small enough to get into and out of tight places, yet big enough to fit a bunch of people or stuff into. Like the commercials say; and its completely true... it is IMPOSSIBLE not to have fun in a Jeep.

Now aside from a few replaced parts that have broken or worn out over the many years of operation, this truck has been very reliable to me over many, many years now.

I change the oil on her every three thousand, maintain fluids and general care, and she continues to blow the doors off of Mustangs.

The interior is beyond comfortable, and still to this day makes road trips feel like nothing. I love being able to sit in the old girl and not feel restless.

Overall, it's a good, solid running truck (thanks to the indestructible Chrysler 318) and I plan on having it for many more years to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2008

29th Jan 2010, 20:28

I'm thinking about getting the exact model (94 V8 5.2L)

Is it true when people say this vehicle could easily roll? And the one I'm looking at has 250K. I want it mainly as my first offroading car. Is that too much?

30th Jan 2010, 18:27

"Is it true when people say this vehicle could easily roll?"

Hmm, tall, top-heavy SUV... Yeah, it'll roll.

23rd Feb 2010, 15:33

My jeep rides rough, and my brakes are not too hot either. I want to get a lift, but I'm worried it might hurt my Jeep. What do you think?

1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2L V8 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.2L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

My JGC is durable, powerful, and handles like a much smaller vehicle

Faults:

Alternator

Brakes

Battery

Radiator

Shocks

Tires

Water Pump

CV Boot

Tune UP- Plugs, Plug Wires, Distributor Cap, Rotor, And have added a Cold Air Intake.

Use Mobil One 10W30 Synthetic

Transmission and Transfer Case and Differential Fluid replacement.

General Comments:

I used to have a 95 Toyota pickup. It was reliable, but uncomfortable, had a terrible turning radius, and in a slow speed accident it folded like a beer can. My JGC is a joy to drive. I have replaced quite a few of the ancillary parts, some due to failure and some due to prevention. Upkeep is more expensive than the Toyota, but the Jeep is much more upmarket and loaded. My son has a 97 Ford F150 and complains that the Jeep is too easy to drive and almost drives itself. He is right and I would not trade it for anything. Would I get another? Probably, but I intend to get another five to eight years out of this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 83 reviews