1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2L from North America


Nice ride, but expensive drive train fixes


Both front brake rotors replaced.

Emergency brake repaired.

Front differential bearings replaced.

Rear differential bearings replaced.

Both sides front wheel bearings replaced.

General Comments:

Nice interior, and the exterior body is in decent shape.

5.2L engine runs strong, and not bad gas mileage; 17 avg mpg for a large heavy vehicle.

Drive train costs big bucks to repair. Expected some repairs on this used vehicle, but not all of the ones I had at once.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th September, 2009

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9L/360 CID from North America


Perfect blend of utility, function, and fun!


Coolant sensor bad.

Gear shift lever detent lock (covered by recall notice).

Wouldn't officially call it something going wrong, but after purchase, did a complete visual inspection and service on the front and rear diffs, transmission, transfer case, all filters, all fluids changed, and flushed/filled radiator. Also replaced front rotors, as this is a typical problem area for ZJ's.

The vehicle has been extremely reliable and very fun to drive!

General Comments:

I am another happy, extremely satisfied 5.9L owner, and can say that this Jeep is everything I require out of a vehicle for utility (okay, so it can't tow my 38' fifth wheel LOL), since it can simultaneously tow 5,500# behind it and haul my family and all of our gear on vacation, and also that it has an unstoppable 4-wheel drive system.

Add to it, that even as a 2+ ton SUV, it is faster than many cars in a straight line, and it's an unbeatable combination. A true "Sport Utility Vehicle"; capable of tackling any trail, hauling anything the average person would need it for, so simple it can be worked on by the average Joe for basic mechanical repairs and maintenance, and has a touch of "Hot Rod" thrown into the mix!

A little long in the tooth now as an 11-year old vehicle, yes, but mine has 134k miles and has never let me down, as I am a stickler for maintenance.

I plan on getting another one in the near future to keep 100% stock (with the exception of the stereo system), as I'm about to do a complete performance engine build on my current one; in a nutshell going to stroke the 360 CID/5.9L engine into a 408/6.7L and upgrade the tranny to handle the increased power I'll have at my disposal! A true sleeper that is going to surprise many more unsuspecting people than it already does!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2009

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9L gas from North America


Great performance, great handling, excellent 4x4. Great braking


I bought this car for under wholesale as is. I was aware of the repairs needed when I bought it.

2-freeze plugs

Timing cover gasket


2 U-joints

But I drove this Jeep 120 miles home the day I bought it & it ran great.

General Comments:

This Jeep is FAST. Fuel mileage is not as bad as I thought it might be. It runs great on mid-grade fuel, even though it calls for premium. I get 14-18 MPG.

This Jeep is a serious 4x4. The Quadra-track is great both on & off road. The wife took it to the mountains & found herself driving faster in the windy roads that she ever has with other SUVs. She said the Jeep stuck to the road & handled great. Off-road it will out climb our Blazer 4x4 & most 4x4s we have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2009

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 I6 from North America


Fantastic ride, but pricey in the shop


Since 140k, new radiator, power steering pump, water pump, main belt, various suspension work, A/C serviced twice (still needs service), new transmission at 203k.

General Comments:

Comfy car, big and heavy. Fairly reliable, but watch out at high miles.

That being said, this car has been a good car for us. We knew when we bought it that with high miles it would need lots of TLC.

I will say I am surprised that even though we seemed to blow through pumps pretty quickly, the engine held up solid. In fact, I was willing to sell the car at 203k when the transmission quit, but my parents replaced it for me. I think they are hoping to keep the car after I buy one soon.

Amazingly, I haven't ever "tuned up" the engine. I've just changed the oil every 4k and once every 4 tanks of gas added Lucas gas treatment. Most service guys have told us "the 4.0L is a tank". I agree, even with 206k, it starts strong even in the winter.

I just wish I could get the AC to hold up. We now need to change the evaporator (cost is $800 - yikes!).

Also, look out for gas mileage, this car loves to guzzle gas. Still cushy seats with power and heated everything is great in the winter, and this car is awesome in snow and rain. I once drove an hour and a half through the snow to my parents house at 60mph with 4WD. The car feels very confident.

For an American late 90's car, this Jeep's not shabby.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2009