1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews - Page 4 of 14

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance238917 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Good buy

Faults:

Had to replace the transmission at 206,000 miles, but that was to be expected at such high miles.

General Comments:

Good vehicle, got a lot of riding pleasure out of it before the transmission went out, but very reliable SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2007

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 straight six from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0 straight six Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

Very reliable and capable vehicle even with high miles

Faults:

Rear wiper motor around 120,000 miles.

Rear axle bearings went out around 100,000 miles like most grand Cherokee's around this year.

Replaced front axle U-Joints around 130,000.

Small leak in the AC, I had to charge it up every summer to have cold air.

Front anti-sway bar links had to be replaced around 130,000 miles. (It started clunking pretty loud in the front end over bumps)

General Comments:

This has been one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. It's been my daily driver for 5 years and I can't really complain about anything. It's comfortable, not too big and not too small, and with it being 4wd it does great in the Michigan winters.

The 4.0 straight six engine has enough power, but it is no thrill ride and the gas mileage is not that great at about 17 mpg. This is a combination of about 60% city and 40% highway. The engine at over 160,000 miles still runs like new and doesn't burn or leak any oil.

Overall this has been a great vehicle, other than the rear end needing to be rebuilt at 100,000 miles it has just needed a few minor repairs over the last few years.

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

Review Date: 17th July, 2007

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0 Litre from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Galaxy

Summary:

This is an excellent vehicle

Faults:

Radiator leaking 95000 miles.

Exhaust manifold 2 cracks 90000 miles.

General Comments:

This is a super vehicle with lots of power.

The towing capacity is great.

The comfort level is very high.

It does everything you could ask of a 4+4.

The exhaust manifold cracking is a problem, but it can be replaced in 2 hours.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2007

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L I6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0L I6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Love 'em

Faults:

Catalytic converter.

Front right caliper seized.

Hatch hydraulics weakened.

General Comments:

I accidently ran into a curb straight on at 50 mph and the alignment stayed perfect.

I treated it as if it was stolen for the whole time I had it, and it still ran quiet as can be and smooth with ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY THOUSAND MILES PLUS. I would feel as safe as a baby if I had chose to drive across the country with it having 200k on the odometer.

I've know many owners of Jeeps, both sport models and Grand Laredos. ALL HAVE MADE IT 200K on the odometer with no issues other than water pumps or belts cracking; minor repairs that are not even worth mentioning.

If you are reading this because you are looking to buy one... I suggest you erase all doubt!!! I am mechanically inclined and see Chrysler's Jeeps as durable as Hondas. That says a lot regardless if you like imports or not.

GET ONE... LOVE IT...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2007

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance92500 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Do not buy this vehicle unless you have disposable income

Faults:

Brake Light sensor never worked. Always says the brake lights are out, even when they work.

Occasionally the right brake light will stop working. I replaced it 3 times in 6 months and then just gave up, because it would work when put into the left. Mechanic has no explanation.

Interior lights dim when hitting the brakes. Mechanic unable to find source of problem.

Stereo has an bug in it. None of the buttons control what they are supposed to. You hit preset 1 and it changes to preset 5. You skip track on a cd and it changes to am radio. Mechanic cannot find source of problem.

Driver side door needed to be replaced 90K. The metal on the door where the locking device bolts in cracked like a tin can. Entire door needs replacing. $1900 dollars for a used door to have it matched because I couldn't find replacement in the right color. The dealer says it's not a MFG defect, but the same thing happened to my bosses Cherokee in the third year of ownership and the factory warrantied it; however, Jeep told me it's never happened before. I eventually had to have a body shop guy cut out the locking mechanism and re-weld the door. It was 1K as opposed to 2K. Not a cheap fix.

Some random solenoid broke cost $500.00 mechanic said it was the third one on a Jeep he fixed that week.

The seats are very uncomfortable. Not good for long road trips or a sales job where lots of time is spent in vehicle.

The rear hatch never stayed open. Have to hold it up with a golf club.

General Comments:

The car has been a money pit. The door breaking is absolutely unacceptable and the final straw. I just hope I can sell the stupid thing before the tranny fails. After all the reviews I've read, I fear that is the next problem.

I have all the same complaints hundreds of other people have, every review I read lists the same things. I wish Jeep would issue recalls and fix the problems with their vehicles as they are clearly not isolated issues. I found the Manufacturer's response to be lacking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2006

24th Jan 2008, 10:17

You ain't kidding that the 1995 jeep laredo is a money pit... My drivers side door just broke, door lock mechanism, broke right off, have to replace the whole thing... Replaced the catalytic converter three times, working on a forth... Whole muffler system needs replacing... Entire AC system went, thank god at the time it was under recall.. Now AC leaks inside of vehicle, least of my worries... Constant brake work. Last, but not least tranny starting to slip... Time to put this vehicle out of its misery...

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 57 reviews