2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo V6 from North America
I wouldn't buy another, based on the valve stem breakage alone
I have replaced the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Valve stems 6 times.. they are brittle at the threads and break when inflating the tire. Most recently the stem broke while my wife was removing the plastic cap. Cheapest price I have got to replace is 98 dollars.
Checking Jeep forums, this tends to be a problem dating all the way back to 2005 model Cherokees, and also on the Commanders.
At 39,000 miles, I noticed fluid under the vehicle. Upon inspection, the bolts on the transmission pan had loosened, pretty easy fix with a torque wrench, however afterwards I attempted to check the transmission fluid to see how much was lost... only to find a cap on the dipstick tube that read "dealer use only". There isn't a dipstick, so I took the Jeep to the dealer, and forked over 35 dollars for them to check and fill the transmission fluid.
The Jeep rides nice, and overall it has nice features, power seats etc, it's roomy, has plenty of power... nice stereo system, it's quiet.
However, forking over 98 dollars every few months to replace the TPMS valve stems is old to me, and to add to the problem they leak air where bolted through the rim, so I constantly get the low tire pressure warning light.. and have to put air in the tires, increasing the chance to break them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th January, 2010
19th Jun 2012, 16:09
You can have a tire shop install the sensor using TMPS straps on the inside of the wheel to avoid this mess. They just use regular stems, and the system still functions, because the TMPS is still inside the inflated tire.
You can also do what I did, and put them in a PVC container with a hole drilled in it. Install a standard valve stem and seal them inside. Inflate to 33 PSI, throw it in the trunk and profit. Cost was $12.
25th Jul 2013, 04:45
Please explain exactly what you've done with the tire sensors? I have a 2008 GC diesel, and twice a year when I change to my winter tires, the sensor lights are lit up for the whole winter season. I didn't want to spend the $80.00 per tire that the garage told me it would cost.
13th Jan 2015, 21:00
The procedure appears to me that the sensors were removed from rims, regular stems installed, and the sensors placed in some container that can be air charged. They 'sense" a 33 PSI pressure. The container is just stored in trunk, within sensor reader communication range, so the sensor reader is fooled to believe the "tire pressures" are OK. In reality the sensor reader is just getting a communication from the stored sensors... it has nothing to do with the static stems and tire pressures.