2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews - Page 5 of 10

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Not a bad car, and I am generally happy. Will consider a newer model again

Faults:

A/C condenser cracked (my fault I believe from a minor accident).

Vacuum pump for cruise control/ventilation.

Need to replace brakes/rotors for 1st time recently.

Rear wiper motor.

Occasional evap code with service engine light/check gages light going on/off at times... Mechanic says gas cap seal is bad.

Heat shield needs to be tightened over exhaust pipe.. causing a rattle.

General Comments:

4x4 is excellent, aggressive looks with brush guard, very comfortable front seats.

Visibility is fairly decent.

Acceleration is fine for everyday driving unless going up steeper hills. Decent cargo room.

Tight rear seat.

Front suspension squeaks when going over large bumps, tranny downshifts hard when stepping on it. Gas mileage could be better than 18 mpg/gall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2009

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Faults:

Transmission at 72000 right after the warranty.

Fan relay switch. I am on my 5th one at 90.00 per switch, and it happens at the most inopportune times, like in traffic.

General Comments:

Other than the sensor issue, it is OK and handles well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 2009

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Reliable car overall, but lots of minor but owner-fixable repairs have been required

Faults:

1) Radiator fan relay failed. This causes the Jeep to overheat in idle, but run at a normal temperature while driving. I replaced the relay myself, but it required removal of the front bumper to get at it, since it sits below the passenger side front headlamp.

2) Driver side window regulator cable broke. I replaced this myself by taking the entire door panel off.

3) Passenger side window regulator cable broke. Yep, about 12 months after the driver's side. I replaced this one myself by taking the entire door panel off.

4) Heater blend door sticks. This makes hot air during the winter months intermittent. Currently trying to fix this.

5) Multiple OBD-II codes for evaporative leaks and pedal position sensor problems.

General Comments:

My Jeep has been mechanically reliable on the "big ticket" items (engine, transmission, AC, and suspension) so far, which is good.

I change my own oil, but have not serviced the transmission regularly. The small things that have broken have been annoying to be sure, but they were fixable by me with a little mechanical know-how and a lot of reading on the Internet.

I've found that my problems are relatively common to this year model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2009

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L gas from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0L gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Almost a great vehicle. Too many repairs of cables, electrical, and vaccuum systems

Faults:

Brakes cause rumbling and jumping at approx 15000 miles.

Crankshaft position sensor replaced at approx 4000 miles.

Front left window regulator cable snapped at 20000 miles.

Front right window regulator cable snapped at 25000 miles.

Rear left window regulator cable snapped at 85000 miles.

Emergency brake cable snapped at 30000 miles.

Radiator fan and relay and cable replaced at 40000 miles.

Radiator fan relay replaced again at 85000 miles. Dealer improperly installed it per the service manual.

Turn signals work intermittently. Dealer claims it needs $1000 worth of repairs. The subsystem specified in their report does not appear to be related, so the verdict is that they don't know what they are doing and/or are bilking the customer.

Throttle valve position sensor replaced approx 70000 miles.

Vacuum system leaks reoccur and make good money for the dealers. Charged $135 to "diagnose" and replace a gas cap. Problem re-occurred after the OBDII computer had a chance to determine that it was not resolved. Questionable dealer service department.

General Comments:

Dealers in my area areas replace too many parts and don't get to the real cause of problems. At least one repair was performed using a shortcut and the part (fan relay) failed again -- most likely to to overheating because of improper installation.

The 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is a solid vehicle with a truck feel rather than a gooshy granny suspension. The automatic transmission appears to use actual clutch plates, which provides a rugged shift with some sacrifice of smooth shifting. Again, think truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2009

1st Mar 2009, 05:01

You say: "The transmission appears to use actual clutch plates". As opposed to what? As far as I know, all auto transmissions work on hydraulic pressure, gears, clutches, and sometimes bands. Find me a vehicle (other than a Honda or a CVT) that doesn't use "actual clutch plates" in its auto tranny.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 39 reviews