1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews - Page 14 of 21

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo I-6 4.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission I-6 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

This is a real American car

Faults:

There was very little wrong with this car. I replaced the fan belt after a couple odd noises, and my transmission is acting a little weird, but that is a Jeep trade mark, after 100,000 miles your trans will usually have problems as my old Wrangler YJ did.

General Comments:

This car is definitely an indestructible force. You can blast through any trail and have no problem with the stock suspension (although not tight enough for me), the engine, or the trans even in 4Low. It handles awesome in the snow although people have told me it handles horrible, but untrue. Even though I miss my 91' Jeep Wrangler YJ with 35" tires and a 4" lift, I am enjoying this stock Cherokee.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2003

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.9 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

An excellent vehicle, with a good feeling and performance both on and off road

Faults:

Rear end axle bearings replaced 80,000 Kilometer.

Front sway bar rubber bushings replaced at 80,000 Kilometers.

Gas mileage is a little low.

General Comments:

The overall feeling of a Jeep is beyond words. It is similar to your first love as a teenager.

With a 5.9 Liter (360 Cubic inch) engine power is never in doubt.

Options include power everything, from heated leather seats to rear window with a delay wiper system.

A sound system that could easily embarrass must home stereos, with controls on the steering wheel.

I have only owned this vehicle for a year and I am sure the rest of my life will be in a Jeep.

I have to learn to hide the Jeep from my wife. She has developed a passion for a vehicle, were she never displayed any preferences prior to the Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2003

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L inline six from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0L inline six Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

The best luxury SUV on the market

Faults:

The only thing that I had to fix was the power door motor. $ 80 to fix it.

No other problems.

Very, very reliable vehicle.

General Comments:

I have 80.000 miles on it and it still runs like new.

Outstanding 4x4 performance.

Low operating costs. Especially compared to the Explorer (junk).

Tows great. I tow a 5000lbs travel trailer often. It pools it like a mule, thanks to high torque "inline 6" engine.

Very comfortable, reliable and versatile vehicle. I would highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2003

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.9 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance84500 miles
Previous carAcura Legend

Summary:

High Performance with High Maintenance

Faults:

Manifold gasket blew at 78000. $240.

Air Conditioning system has developed a leak. It will hold freon for around 2 weeks.

Rearend was starting to go when I purchased this vehicle. $650.

Drivers side seat quit heating.

Drivers side mirror doesn't "darken" anymore. A weird burnt mark appears when the button is pushed on the rear-view.

Transmission shifts rough at low speeds.

CV boots have been busted for an unknown period of time which leads to me having to replace the front axles in the near future. Local garage quote= $500-$600.

And finally the Jeep decided to put itself in drive while I had left the motor running in park. Luckily I stopped it before it got away. One time occurance.

General Comments:

This Jeep runs very well and has great power. It will pull almost anything without effort. Other than the rear end and axle problems there has been nothing major.

I would like to add that my Acura I owned before this had 178000 miles on it when I sold it. I purchased the car at 40000 and never had one single problem ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

21st Oct 2003, 12:24

Sounds a lot like my 98 Grand Cherokee. I have the exact same problems. The problem you had in the park is actually something Chrysler knows about. There was a recent recall you may want to check out.

25th Jun 2006, 14:24

My power windows and air conditioning stopped working all together. The driver side UN-lock button also only UN-locks, but does not lock.

11th Jan 2008, 09:48

That's exactly what was going on with my 98 Limited. The rear end was going and the mirrors didn't darken anymore. I decided to replace it with a regular heated mirror, and it has been problem-free since. There was one time when my Jeep decided to put itself in drive too, I realized that Chrysler had a recall for that reason, and the only reason I found out is through a carfax check on my car. It was a free trip to the dealership, and the car will never do that again. The replacement electrochromic mirror runs about $200 for just the glass. not worth it. Those have been the only problems I ever had. I love Jeeps.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 74 reviews