1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo V6 from North America


Big headache!


Horn shorted out (twice within 2 months of ownership)

Power mirror motor failed (first year)

Fuel level sensor and fuel pump failed (1st year)

Throttle position sensor failed (2nd year)

Windshield seals failed (37,000 miles, 3rd year)

A/C Compressor failed (3rd year)

Transmission failed (38,000 miles)

Transmission failed after rebuilt (38,000+ miles)

Power steering pump failed (58,000 miles)

I'm sure there's more I can't remember right now.

General Comments:

Very comfortable when it is running, but I no longer have confidence that it will get me where I want to go, and that makes it tough to drive. I've been stranded out of town twice, and that is not a good feeling. It did give me a good excuse to get a cell phone though :)!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st August, 2001

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 6 cylinder from North America


Unbeatable value for the money


Brake rotors warped and replaced twice. Dealer replaced them at no cost.

Broken check strap on the driver's door. Dealer replaced at no cost.

General Comments:

Great value for the money.

Good on road, great off road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd 4.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Total waste of money


I bought the car in June of this year, the exhaust manifold was cracked when I collected the car. The transmission failed 3 weeks later and the car was in the dealership for 3 weeks, the finance company stated this was "fair wear and tear on a vehicle of this mileage" (38,000 miles!!! I don't think so).

The air con unit and mirror memory failed.

The ABS light came on after a few miles.

The brakes pulled sharply to the left.

The driver's seat was replaced and the passenger's seat is waiting to be replaced.

The ambient temperature gauge failed.

The rear axle has a rumbling noise that has been repaired twice and again requires repair. I am now trying to prove that when the car is used for motorway mileage, this fault is quite common.

General Comments:

If anybody else has suffered the problem with the rear diff rumbling could you please add your comments, it could be the only way I have to get the finance company to accept my rejection of the vehicle.

In the 6 months of owning the car over £8000 has been spent on repairs, but apparently the vehicle is totally roadworthy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

27th Aug 2001, 08:36

Have a 96 model, have diff whine, and mirror/seat problems. Gearbox problems, I had to advise the dealer what was wrong.

Brake disk warped after 3000 miles? New fitted + 15000 miles, squeaking like hell.

Toyota next time.

30th Aug 2001, 16:11

Our '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (2WD) has been very comfortable and reliable, but it has also suffered from a minor rumbling at highway speeds that appears to come from the rear axle. It's not really bad (may be normal), but I suppose I should have the dealer look at it.

I would not recommend the Toyota 4Runner (or at least not a high mileage one) - my uncle has a '96 model that has suffered several electrical and engine problems. According to Consumer Reports, the engines of some 4runner years are unreliable.

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 i6 from North America


Nothing has really gone wrong.

Turned brake rotors at 35k.

Changed oil at 3000 mile intervals.

There was one minor problem that I took it to a dealer for: Air selector switch did not work at altitudes over 9000 ft. They installed a vacuum booster and that fixed it. Other than that it runs like a champ.

General Comments:

I tried different SUV's before I got this one. The Blazer drives nice but has Grandma's styling. Ford rides like an old clunker and has a lifeless, cheap interior. The Japanese have a good reputation but don't appeal to me.

This Jeep has served me well. It's a luxury vehicle with great off road capabilities. I've taken it places to where other SUV's would not even try to go. But at the same time it's a great travel vehicle. I have owned a lot of different cars but have never kept them longer than 2 years. This one is a keeper. I enjoy driving it and would recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2000

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This has been an absolutely wonderful car. My family adores it and not a thing has gone wrong with it. The turbo diesel engine gets great mileage and great performance. I'm planning on buying the 99 when it comes to England. The new 3.1 diesel five-cylinder is supposed to be a cracker. Although I thought about a Range Rover and a Pajero, I will now only buy a Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 1998