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


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


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


This Jeep is a beast!


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

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7 liter from North America


It should never have been put up for resale


The ABS brakes went twice. Couldn't drive the Jeep because the ABS brakes locked up; this happened twice. Had to have the whole system replaced on the passenger's side front.

The flexplate in the transmission went; had to get a new one put in.

The computer went that controlled the instrument panel. Had to have it replaced.

The transmission fluid is foamy.

It get about 25 miles to a gallon on the highway and 20 around town.

It bounces around on rough roads; does not seem to be stable.

And I am afraid to take it on long trips.

I plan to sell it and get another vehicle.

I really like the style of the vehicle, but if you don't feel safe in a vehicle and it sits in your yard most of the time, or at the point of purchase the rest of the time, there is no sense in keeping the vehicle.

General Comments:

The interior is like new, and the seats are comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 2013

22nd Jun 2013, 19:32

For the transmission fluid, please do not drive it while it's like that! It could be from overfilled transmission fluid, or worse, your radiator may be leaking coolant into your transmission fluid via the cooler, which requires replacement of the radiator.

28th Jun 2013, 17:33

I wouldn't really worry about the tranny. I think it's just kind of wear and tear. Probably needs a flush or something. Depending on the weather, it could build up some foam. I used to live somewhere that was like that. I just added a touch of brake fluid into the tranny fluid and that helped. To really fully enjoy these trucks, you gotta take em off road. Try that, then tell me you don't like it.

1st Sep 2015, 21:13

Reply to a comment about adding brake fluid to a transmission. Don't do it. This is an old mechanic's quick fix so they don't have to replace an inexpensive seal. It works because it softens and eats away at the seals. So your leak may stop, but the potential for more costly repairs later are greatly increased. Brake fluid is also hygroscopic (meaning it attracts and holds water). Foam in any fluid means water. Bad news, anywhere from faulty seals (head gasket) in the engine to a cracked block. Sorry to digress, just passing info along.