2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition 4.0L I-6 from North America

Summary:

4x4 capability and luxury

Faults:

Recall for Engine Control Unit Spring 2004.

Windshield trim started to separate Spring 2004, fixed under warranty.

Squeaking/Rubbing noise while going over bumps late winter-Spring 2004, fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Perfect size for 1 driver.

Comfortable cabin.

Easy to use controls.

Maintenance interval reminder along with vehicle information center integrated into overhead compass/temperature display.

4.0L I-6 could use more power, better design (similar to Chevy Trailblazer/GMC Envoy's 4.2L I-6)

Great Infinity Gold stereo, although it breaks up a bit while under power lines.

Handles wet and snowy weather with ease.

Brakes need to be much stronger, too weak of a braking system.

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

Review Date: 31st July, 2004

30th Oct 2004, 14:18

We purchased a 2004 Grand Cherokee in August, 2003. In April, 2004 we had to have new brake rotors installed at approximately 7,000 miles. In October, 2004 at 10,000 miles new rotors were again installed because of pulsating when applying brakes. Will this have to be done every 3,000 miles with every oil change? And costing over $300 each time?! We may install heavy duty brakes if this happens again.

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Loreado I6 from North America

Summary:

A Great SUV, that does what it is designed to do

Faults:

Fuel mileage is extremely bad at this time four to six miles per gallon. The dealer tells me this is just because it is so new and will get better. I believe them because this is my second Grand Cherokee, and my last one was getting 18-24 MPG.

General Comments:

This is my second Grand Cherokee my first being a 1998 model. The 2004 feels larger yet it handles easier and rides smoother. Road noise seems to be less and the larger tires appears to give a better ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2004

25th Mar 2004, 22:02

The dealer was not being truthful about your "four to six miles per gallon being due to the car's newness." A car gets its best mileage when it is new and there is no performance-reducing wear on it yet.

25th Mar 2004, 22:24

That comment is just plain wrong! Best performance and fuel efficiency will occur a few thousand miles after the engine is first driven. Cam bearings and connecting rod bearings will wear slightly and loosen slightly, (break in). In general the whole engine will break in. At least that's the way it works in the custom small block chevy motors I build. I've also read that many cars have break in periods set into the computer so that the motor will run slightly different for the first few thousand miles.

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6 Cylinder from North America

Summary:

The best SUV on the market!

Faults:

This Suv uses a lot of gas in the city.

The tinted windows scratch very easily.

General Comments:

This is my first Sport Utility Vehicle that I ever owned. When my husband and I first started looking at different SUV's this was the one that stood out. 2004 Metallic Grand Jeep Cherokee Special Edition. It has almost every option that a Limited has except for the navigation control and wood paneling. The comfort of the seats is what I love the most. The only thing that concerns me is that it seems like it really has to work hard to get up steep hills. (It's a 6 cylinder.) The next time I buy another car it will be a Grand Jeep Cherokee again with a 8 cylinder. This burns way to much gas in the city.

Hope this review helps someone make up their mind and purchase a new Grand Jeep Cherokee.

Good Luck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2003

26th Aug 2003, 14:51

You'll get somewhat better gas mileage once the engine breaks in some more. Probably about 3-5 miles or so more.

23rd Jul 2004, 17:22

Concerning the problem with climbing hills. I recently took a trip to Oklahoma going through Missouri where there are a lot of hills. I to noticed that my 2004 Grand Cherokee had problems climbing hills. It was constantly kicking down into passing gear. I discovered that when you are in hilly country, if you shut off the overdrive (little button on side of shifter) you won't have any trouble with the hills. It will increase the engine RPM causing you to use more gas, but will be easier on the transmission.

26th Jul 2004, 15:17

Jeep owner's here.. sorry to say you haven't owned it long enough, you suffer like the rest of us soon, good luck. I am trading mine in asap..

K8ble@yahoo.com.

8th Sep 2004, 10:28

The shut off the OD comment above is spot on.

By the way, please do not refer to Jeep s as SUV s. They are JEEPS.

18th May 2005, 19:54

I did have the 2003 Grand Cherokee with the six cylinder and I noticed that climbing the steep hills caused unnecessary downshifts, however turning off the overdrive fixed this problem. I did however trade it in for a 2004 Grand Cherokee Overland model which has every option including the High Output V8. This thing has more than enough power. Not only that, but the six cylinder only gets one mile better gas mileage then my eight. This is in part to the transmission that comes with the overland. It cruises at 2,000 RPM at about 70 miles per hour. I have had ZERO problems with my Overland and truly enjoy the luxurious atmosphere it has.

27th Jan 2011, 15:04

I hate to break it to you...

But even the most rudimentary terrain Tata African Safaris are called SUVs. There is nothing in the word SUV that spells "Highway 401." All Jeeps are SUVs.