1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 I6 from North America

Summary:

One of the worst vehicles to own

Faults:

Well let's see... a skirt broke off one of the pistons. Still ran, but made one hell of a knocking sound.

Rebuilt the engine... not my choice, my girlfriend just loves the piece of junk.

The fuel pump went bad.

The driver's side window regulator decided to come apart.

The headliner is falling down.

The A/C compressor clutch went bad.

Sometimes it won't start, you have to put in neutral, and even then it's not guaranteed to start.

The seats are coming apart.

A couple of the door panels are coming apart.

The rear passenger side door lock stopped working.

The CD player stopped working.

A few of the buttons for the radio stopped working.

The transmission started slipping.

One of the welds on the exhaust manifold cracked.

That's all I can think of right now, but I know there is more.

General Comments:

It gets you from point A to point B... sometimes.

It gets about 15 MPG when it's running.

It is a huge MONEY PIT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2012

19th May 2012, 20:56

I replaced the number six piston on my 1997 Jeep GC Laredo not long after I bought it. Could not tell why the skirt broke off.

And I think it has occurred again. Does anyone know why this is happening?

13th Mar 2014, 07:34

The 4.0L is possibly one of the Jeep brand's most reliable engines. They are known to run well in excess of 250K miles. It would appear that there is some internal engine issue that may need machining or possibly crank wear. If the previous owner didn't take care of the engine, you may have bought a problem that someone else created.

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L I6 from North America

Summary:

Great reliable car

Faults:

75,000 miles - Water pump went out. Fixed myself for about 100 dollars.

97,000 miles - Transmission went out; $2,500 repair This was mainly due to a lack of transmission oil changes every 20,000 miles by the previous owner.

104,000 miles - Fly wheel speed sensor went out - $250.00.

106,000 miles - AC relay went bad, $40.00.

130,000 miles - Throttle sensor and fuel sensor went bad - $500.00 repair.

140,000 miles - Replaced radiator, $350.00.

145,000 miles - Replaced starter, $250.00.

General Comments:

Overall, I love this car. I have put a lot of hard miles on it, but always maintained it meticulously. The car still looks as though it is brand new. In the last year of its life, it left me stranded three times, but were not terrible repairs. I bought it to replace my GMC Jimmy, which was in the garage so often I had to buy another car. True story.

I was disappointed by the front end construction and strength. I rear ended a guy at 4 mph, and it did devastating damage to the front end (all cheap plastic). My neighbor was in auto body repair, and fixed it for 100 bucks for me plus parts (250.00 I think).

This car pretty much saved my life. I was hit from behind at 70 mph, I was stopped. I was hit by a Ford Econoline van. They passengers of the van went to the hospital and their van was a total loss, I drove my Jeep home. This car is built like a tank.

I was just hit from behind again at 20 mph, and unfortunately, this was the demise of the car. Once again though, I drove home and the Land Rover was towed away. I am sad to see it go.

It is not the most comfortable car in the world, but the 10's of thousands of highway miles I put on it were not terrible. Fuel mileage is the same as any other comparable SUV. About 14 MPG City and 21 MPG Hwy. The ride is stiff, but it is an SUV and should be expected. The hydraulic steering is a bit different at first, but you get use to it. It has great towing ability, and had no problem towing my 5000 lb boat, something my F-150 was unable to do.

The only major repairs were the sensors. I was told it was common for Jeeps to start losing a lot of sensors as it got older, and they aren't cheap. The dash lights tended to flicker a lot. I was told the repair would be about 250 dollars, so I just learned to ignore it.

Somewhere long the line, about 130k miles, it developed a leak, and under the back seat would fill with water. Never could find where it came from. So I drilled a hole in the floor and the problem was fixed.

Besides the above mentioned repairs, the other problems were just wear and tear (shocks, brakes, rotors...). I do most all my own repairs and saved a lot of money. I plan to replace this with another Jeep. I hope I am not disappointed. This is definitely a great car for a new driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2011

11th Sep 2011, 22:57

That's really weird haha. We used to own a GMC Jimmy, and sold it for a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo too. And it tows our 4,500 pound Larson boat with ease. It's champagne green with black trim, and it's the 4.0l I6 engine.