1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 I6 from North America
One of the worst vehicles to own
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.
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.