16th Nov 2005, 04:45

I have a 95 Grand Cherokee with the 5.2 V8 and 249 (full time 4wd) transfer case. It now has over 200,000 on it, 30,000+ put on by me in the last year. In my opinion it's worked great. I've had to replace regular maintenance items like the catalytic converter and seals/gaskets. The only repair which I didn't expect was the A/C evaporator. I love this Jeep. It handles great and has great power. It's as capable off-road as on road.

I think many people seem to have misconceptions about cars and maintenance. Nothing lasts forever, especially moving parts. If you are having problems I suspect it because of a lack of maintenance.

These are fairly universal recommended procedures that people often overlook. Are you doing them?

-Flush auto trans fluid every 30,000

-Change differential fluid every 30,000 (both front and rear)

-Change the transfer case fluid every 30,000

-Flush the brake fluid every 60,000 (it's just hydraulic fluid like anything else, it wears and breaks down)

-Lubricate the 8+ zerk fittings every 3,000

-Replace the fan belt every 60,000

-Replace the fuel filter every 60,000.

17th Feb 2007, 21:53

Wow, what a comments!!! Wow how SCARY that Jeep!!! WOW how many complaints!!! I've got to say - nothing lasts forever!!! Especially car parts. Change something twice? Did you thought maybe your mechanic BAD??? You pay and it's not working after?! Don't pay until they fix it!... how about that? Or choose one NOT cheapest, but true professional. Bottom line - I buy tomorrow 97 Limited 140km, and I like it already. Things will need to be changed, so what? Go ahead and pay over 50 for new one in same class. I like the old ones, and I keep them in good health.

Currently own Chevy Caprice Wagon 92,305,148km. New shocks, rotors at front, new alternator today.


18th Feb 2007, 10:46

I agree with 21:53. Many of us Americans have gotten spoiled and sheltered, and lost touch with the reality that life can be harsh, and that you have to take responsibility for the care of machinery. An automobile is an extremely complicated piece of machinery that requires care and maintenance. It's not like turning on your TV without thinking about it and expecting it will work forever. People don't seem to have any concept about the need to change oil, flush cooling systems, check fluids, or change spark plugs. People don't know how to change a starter or alternator anymore, and instead just complain that the check engine light has been on for 5,000 miles. They complain that their ass is cold because the settings on the seat warmer were too hard to figure out. And when something does need replacing, rather than learning from the experience and trying to do a better job of maintenance, they point the finger at everybody else for the fact that they didn't take care of their own car. Lawyers have taught us that nothing is our fault, someone or something else is always the cause and we are the innocent victims of circumstance. My fellow Americans, please buy a Haynes or Chilton's manual for your car, follow the maintenance schedule, and quit belly-aching! It's embarrassing!

19th Oct 2007, 16:00

I bought a used 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a private individual with 160K on it. It has been one thing after another as far as repairs. The AC evaporator was replaced, rear & front differential bearings were gone through, the transmission has been rebuilt, and the serpentine belt tensioner self destructed. This has all happened within 5,000 miles after I bought it. Buyer beware I sure fell for the shiny Jeep that the guy said he had Babied. Dealer Only purchases for me in the future.

29th Nov 2007, 06:19

I've owned a '94 Grand Cherokee Laredo bought in '95. It now has 180k miles. Only one major issue: AC compressor was replaced in '06. Now it needs transmission service. Should I go forward if a re-build is needed?

17th Jan 2008, 20:49

My 1995 Grand Cherokee Orvis, 5.2 V8, full-time 4x4, is the best vehicle I have ever owned. 220k miles, all that's been done is a/c work a couple times, a starter, CV boots twice. The rest is routine oil/lube changes, wipers, tires. The full-time 4x4 system sticks this truck to the road better than anything else, and I've owned from Toyota to BMW's. I wasn't surprised to see the unlimited warranty being introduced from Chrysler. Mine has been incredible!

1st Mar 2008, 01:47

My '94 Grand Cherokee has been a GREAT car for 137k miles. It has never had any major problems (and not many minor ones either) until now. Suddenly I'm getting 8 miles to the gallon. I had it tuned up by a good mechanic and he checked for the obvious things that could be causing the problem, like brakes grabbing and the oxygen sensor, but apparently those are fine. Any ideas?

8th Mar 2008, 15:38

I love my 95 JGC. Very few problems. Recently my interior lights won't go off. I had the sensor replaced in the door, but problem persists. I have to take the fuse out so battery doesn't fail. I haven't any ideas. Has anyone else heard of this problem? My dealer/service guy doesn't know the answer.

10th Mar 2008, 07:39

I recently bought a used 95' Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 165k miles. The previous owner has kept meticulous service records. It has a 3 inch Explorer suspension lift. I picked it up for $1300 because the bushings in the suspension kit were shot. When replacing the bushings I discovered that the bolt holes in both the axle mounts and the frame mounts were wallowed out into an oval shape. I went ahead and replaced them anyway, as I didn't have the means to repair them at the time. The ride was much smoother, but I am wondering if the oval holes will cause trouble later, and if so how to repair them. Other than burning a little oil and a few minor leaks this has been quite a reliable vehicle!

28th Jun 2008, 05:19

Good day. I was recently given a 97 JGC Orvis as a company car (I'm a lawyer). The car used to be driven by the company's chairman until he replaced it with a Toyota Prado a few months ago.

I can tell you that it's been one of the best cars I've ever owned (aside from a Mercedes Benz 300SD (W126 Body, North American version). The comfort level is near luxury car, the power and torque outstanding, and the feeling of safety is high.

Of course, it's not all peaches and cream; the gas consumption is outrageous, and parts are hard to come by specially where I come from, where there is only one Chrysler dealer. But on the whole, a used Jeep is something I would recommend.

What have gone wrong? The ABS light went on, replaced the module for something like US$300.00. Oxygen sensors had to be replaced, quite costly (US$500.00 each, had to replace 2) ; the CD player won't play anything, I dealt with that by adding on a Pioneer universal CD changer that works through the radio, now I have 12 CD's to choose from. The speakers, all four, had to be replaced (around US$350.00 for all four), the sound is now simply fantastic. Oh, I can't adjust the freaking time for some reason, but that's a minor quibble.

But then, after 11 years, the paint has held up well (green is my lucky color, but I agree that the red piping inside is horrendous), leather is almost pristine, and most everything works, except for occasional glitches in the power locks. The aircon is arctic even in tropical weather: an oppressive 35 deg. centigrade outside, a comfy 25 deg centigrade inside, constantly.

The Jeep guys are right; it's a Jeep thing. I'll keep mine forever.