1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2L V8 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 5.2L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carJeep CJ5

Summary:

One hell of an expensive vehicle to own

Faults:

Tires worn out at 50k.

Brakes worn out at 40k.

Spark plugs worn out at 30k.

Air filter worn out at 20k.

Wiper blades worn out at 15k.

Water pump worn out at 60k.

Intake gasket at 87k.

Belt tensioner at 62k.

Fuel pump at 84k.

Front axle seals at 55k.

Steering dampener at 40k.

AC compressor at 91k.

AC evaporator at 77k.

Tie rod ends at 68k.

Ball joints at 53k.

Key fobs at 30k.

General Comments:

This was the cat's meow in the day. It's meow sure came and went really fast. I am always fixing something on this stupid truck; it's a good thing I do my own work on this thing, or it would have been gone a long time ago.

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Review Date: 23rd January, 2012

29th Jan 2012, 23:19

Tires, brakes, spark plugs, air filter and wiper blades are not intended to last the life of any vehicle.

1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2 V8 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.2 V8 Don't Know
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance283000 miles
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

American built and designed, it is one of the best designed and manufactured vehicles ever

Faults:

I had a bad rear wheel bearing at 190,000, but that may be in part because I carry a lot of tools in the back and run it near the 5500 lb capacity.

I did replace the radiator around 175,000, but it was easy to do myself.

I had to replace two broken fogs (baseball and kids) and the trailer hitch (rust).

Ripped off the muffler last year on a county "road" in the boonies, so I had to get a new one.

I do change parts pre-emptively, and it has a tow package that has heavy parts and extra cooling, so that may help keep it running cool. Preemptive part replacement - all hoses every four years with coolant; 10w-30 oil at 6000 with slick 50 or Duralube at 25,000; brake shoes around 75,000 and rotors at 150,000; transmission fluid, serpentine, plugs, cap and rotor at the 100s; the alternator at 160,000; power steering pump at 250,000.

I have some rust starting at the lower rear front fender.

I replaced the tow bar due to rust in the tow bar.

The AM radio doesn't work well.

The underhood light broke last year when I was changing a bulb.

The parking brake rusted inside the drum.

And the retracting antenna stuck up years back.

I have to add some A/C coolant every couple years, but it cools well still.

I did have to spend $350 online to replace the headlight cowl and signal light and grill and backer when I hit a big buck four years ago - right side front, doing about 65.

General Comments:

I keep my cars at least 150,000, and I have driven and worked on many vehicles from Ferarri to Pinto, and built large test equipment for the auto industry, internationally.

The is a great car - handles a lot better than the newer ones - I bought a 2001 and gave it to my kid because the 95 was better handling.

I got it because it could tow 6500 lbs, and I have done a couple runs of a few hundred miles with 6500 in tow.

Greatest car ever on ice - I have Quadratrac with the ratioed clutches - amazing traction - I have pulled cars out of ditches in lo range, idling on fresh plowed packed snow.

I get 21 MPG on the freeway doing 78 A/C off - have for at least 10 years. Probably the low profile.

Last time I checked with a normal load on board, I did 0-65 in a shade over 7 seconds, a lot of torque in the big engine.

I use it to haul once in a while - took a fallen tree - not too big, a Birch, maybe 6-8 inches across - out of the lake and it didn't break a sweat.

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Review Date: 5th October, 2010

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 81 reviews