1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews - Page 12 of 19

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Faults:

ABS sensor went out at 68000 miles I had it fixed by the dealer while it was in to replace the recalled catalytic converter at 70000 miles the job cost $1500. dollars in the end I was told that it could just be the light in the dash, but it would cost $200. to take out the dashboard. the price crept up from there.

Seat heaters went at 68000 miles.

Water pump went at 85000miles.

The differential started making noise at 85000 miles. My mechanic was surprised it lasted so long. But its still going at 110000 miles.

General Comments:

At $16000. this was the most expensive car I bought -at the age of 38-I really wanted to like it. it had power everything and plush black leather interior. I was really a sap for the extras, but after the differential started grinding, so did my perspective. The leg room really isn't as roomy as in other SUVs. I was upset about the lack of storage space from the very beginning. the spare took to much prime space to ignore.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd March, 2004

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Right size and performance, poor reliability

Faults:

Brakes replaced at 30k, 60k,90k

Auto transmission replaced at 86k

Seat Heaters died at 80k

Fuel Pump going bany day now 104k.

General Comments:

Overall, I've like the car, but it really could use some help with reliability. The car feels like the wheel mounts are loose when going over multiple bumps in the road. Replaced the shocks with Edelbrocks and this helped with the lean around corners, but it still feels like the suspension is loose. Dealer says all is normal. The transmission went at 86k, tried to trade it in at a Toyota dealer and they were impressed the transmission had lasted so long. Offered me $2500 on a trade in, I kept the car! The seat heaters both mysteriously quit around 80k, $1200 to replace so I forgot they ever existed even though I miss them. Now at 104k, it's starting to cut out on the highway at random times and given what I've read, the fuel pump is the likely culprit.

I do like the quadratrak and performance in the snow, the size is right for me, but it may be time to go for a 4Runner next time around. I've heard nightmares about the fuel pump woes, some folks have replaced them 4 times at $500+ a pop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th March, 2004

21st Mar 2004, 06:20

Here is a hint, don't replace a bad fuel pump with the exact same fuel pump or it WILL go bad again. Go with a different brand.

19th Aug 2007, 19:20

In August 2007, at 101,000 plus our 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo would just stop intermittenly (cut off) on the road. I would pull to the side of the road and it would restart after a short time. The car would just shut off and so would the power steering, so it was difficult to steer. The dealer could not find anything wrong with it and the problem did not occur when they drove it, and so they had no idea what the problem was, nor therefore how to fix it. I loved my Jeep, but bought another car when I felt I could not rely on it, and did not feel comfortable in it. Up until then the car was great- very few if any problems and we kept it in mint condition appearance and wear wise-very sad really to get rid of it.

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance81500 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

1997 Recall

Faults:

Fuel sensor at 59,000 miles.

Fuel pump at 65,000 miles.

Rear end slipping badly, making loud noise.

Front and back brakes and rotors at 60,00 miles.

Wheel bearings in the rear had to be replaced. Popular fixes with Jeeps.

General Comments:

I really liked this Jeep until about 60,000 miles. Now its being more a pain than anything.

I wouldn't buy another one ever.

Need to fix the tranny rear end problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th March, 2004

25th Jun 2006, 22:30

What was the recall on this jeep???

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 64 reviews