2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7 V8 gas from North America

Summary:

Junkyard delight

Faults:

Running bad, pouring gas out of the tail pipe. Mil on, P0202 and P1389. Checked for fuel injector pulse, OK, also injector ticks; checked spark plug new, so decided to do a compression test, 0 PSI on cylinder 02, 60 PSI rest, tested twice til battery dead. Not good, expected something better. So before you change the spark plugs, fuel injector, ECM, TPS sensor or ECM, do a compression test and beware if a mechanic says that it "just needs a tune up..."

General Comments:

Beautiful design, very comfortable and looks tough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th December, 2016

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 2.7 CRD (turbo diesel by Mercedes) from Bulgaria

Summary:

Great performance, great value when used, but an engineering/mechanical degree is a must!

Faults:

1) All A/C actuators/valves failed - repair is near impossible as the dash needs to be removed so hacking is inevitable here (cutting holes in A/C ducts and joining hot/cold air doors together etc).

2) Starter fails to engage on 1 out of 10 starts - repaired but still fails, live with it (Chrysler should have used a Bosch starter, not go cheap with one of theirs).

3) Read axle oil leak (diff oil) - replaced.

4) Extreme noise from both front drive shaft CV joints - replaced.

5) Heated seats don't work - live with it.

6) Diesel injectors (Bosch) replaced - have to drop the entire engine and gearbox down, so hacking (cutting a hole in the body near the wipers) is inevitable.

7) Poor corrosion protection.

8) Power steering hoses leak - replaced (hydraulic engine fan using steering pump... come on Chrysler who does that???)

9) Heating fluid circulation pump driven by the belt fails - live without it.

10) A/C cooling agent leaks and needs refill every 3 months - leak cannot be found, so refill every June and hope to last till the end of hot days.

11) Engine glow plugs short and solder themselves to the head - replacing is impossible as you need to take the head down... so I live with 4 good out of 5 now.

12) Engaging low gears is impossible with a running engine (have to stop, switch and start engine).

13) Remote locks control hardly works from a meter of distance and the alarm will not sound when armed and the door gets opened.

14) Alternator pulley fails to rotate free in the opposite direction and a squeak is heard whenever you stop the engine - needs replacing.

15) Power windows and locks failed - bad contact at the door hinge connector.

ALL that is just for 1 year of having this Jeep and 13,000km.

General Comments:

Pretty much everything Jeep/Chrysler in this car will fail around 10 years of age or sooner. The Mercedes engine will hold longer, but injectors need replacing and this is EXPENSIVE. Cars come to Bulgaria to die and this Jeep came in young at about 10 years of age from Italy. I don't think it will live long.

Still it's great off the road, spacious, good looking and good value, but you have to be a professional or amateur mechanic to keep it going after the warranty :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th September, 2015

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4.7 HO from North America

Summary:

This Jeep is a beast!

Faults:

General wear and tear items.

Radiator at 155,000km ($400 parts and labour).

Tie rods replaced.

Front drive shaft (double Cardan joint - $100 from a wrecker's yard).

Stabilizer links replaced.

Driver's heated seat doesn't light up or work.

Window regulators on front windows replaced.

Dash tweeters blow, replace them with Mopar parts... blow again. Aftermarket speakers doing great now.

Not much to be honest.

General Comments:

I love this truck!

I drive it HARD around construction sites, so most my repairs are likely from the extra abuse, especially at this age. The solid axles are phenomenal when you really start to put it in awkward spots; the articulation is impressive.

It's a beast in snow!

I really can't complain, the seats are more comfortable than what I have in my living room!

The Overland has some really nice equipment, and I love its wood/leather steering wheel, auto lights and wipers. And the high output motor makes it quite fast and it likes to screech the rear tires.

Never let me down!

Cheers to more good drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2013