This is my first 4x4 automatic transmission vehicle. One of the biggest reasons I brought this Grand Cherokee was because it has an LPG conversion kit. This helps keeps some of the cost down.
Performance – The performance of this 4x4 is very good indeed for such a big vehicle. The engine note sounds fantastic when overtaking and will give some Boy/Girl racers a run for their money off the traffic lights. But be warned, if you're looking for good MPG look elsewhere, this beast will only return about 19 miles to the gallon. I personally think if you do go for the petrol version invest in a LPG conversion as well.
Handling – The handling is fine for me, but if pushed hard you will feel a lot of body roll through the corners. The steering is light and is very much like driving a smaller car. 4 wheel drive will no doubt help in the coming winter months, when traction is needed in snow etc.
Cabin – This is special equipment version of the Jeep. It comes with leather heated seats, electrical programmable seats, AC, trip computer, electric windows & mirrors, Infinity 185 watt Stereo Radio Cassette with CD auto changer in the boot (excellent sounding too, with 6 speaker set up) etc. It's well laid out and I don’t really have any problems reaching the buttons. It has a really big and airy cabin with good boot space and ample leg room in the back (have had no complaints with passengers just yet). I can also hear a continuous rumble from the rear when the stereo is on low volume (rear wheel bearings)
Body work – Beautiful metallic paint work with no visible signs of rust, all colour coded bumpers with 16 inch alloy wheels (Standard Jeep alloys). Looks superb when polished up.
I brought this vehicle to get me to work and back (15 minute drive), a bit of over kill; yes, but it was going cheap and it did come with stamped service history etc. Although I have not kept it long, I am planning on keeping this 4x4 at least a year. However I have been reading some bad reviews on here from owners about the build quality etc from the Jeep, so not sure about getting a newer rig etc in the future. I won’t be taking it to main dealers to get repairs or services etc; my local garage knows what they're doing with 4x4’s, so I am sticking with them.
Overall I’m very happy with my purchase.