30th Aug 2002, 15:56
I bought a 99 GC Laredo in April '02 - I'm on the 2nd lot of rotors already and most of my miles are freeway. Generally I like the car, but I would not buy another one. In my opinion this vehicle helps to make sure German and Japanese auto manufacturers will continue to do well.
22nd Sep 2002, 17:42
I bought a 97 Grand Cherokee new. It now has 50K on it. I think the rotor problems are caused by "lug-nut kids" working in the tire shops. All the problems I read about seem to have started around the first tire rotation. I've found to get a good balance job, I have to take the car home from the tire shop and use my torque wrench to re-torque the lug bolts to 100 ft/lbs. I've never replaced the rotors or pads, but plan on doing so in the near future due to normal wear. Overall good experience with my vehicle. Plan on enjoying it another five years.
18th Dec 2002, 09:26
I have to agree, the 99 JEEP Grand CL was my first American car I ever bought new and has been a nightmare since then. I just had my 3rd Transfer Case Reseal in 3 years and I have had my rotors replaced twice. The service department is unwilling to work with you and this supposedly Customer Care Department could careless about your complaint. I would never recommend this car to anybody, at least the foreign built car companies truly care about there customers and provide good service. THUMBS DOWN TO CHRYSLER AND JEEP FOR A POORLY MADE CAR.
8th Feb 2003, 00:02
I am ashamed to say it, but I too, own a 1999 GCL. I have had the same problems as everyone else, almost around the mileage/time. The worst I think is the shimmying of the car while braking or hitting a bump on the road, which I believe is the caused by the rotors. (The dealerships: Falore and Normandin Chrysler in San Jose, CA Cannot determine the problem) Chrysler finally posted (fessed-up) a bulletin regarding the defective rotors. I am very frustrated and disappointed with the quality of this SUV. Should've kept my Nissan 1987 Pathfinder. Anyone want to buy a 1999 Taupe GCL? NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY A JEEP!!!
19th Feb 2003, 13:19
I bought a 99 jeep grad ch. L. and what an absolute nightmare. The best thing I did was to buy that extended warranty (5y/100K miles). I paid $750 for it and has used it three times now for $800 on the average.
Every other car I have had were Japanese made and I am still driving my Nissan 1990 hard body truck since it runs on oil change only and heck, the jeep is in the shop all the times anyway.
Rule of thumb with extended warranties is, "if it has oil or water in it, it is covered". Well, thank god since anything that had oil or water in it has leaked on my jeep and we are even drugstore cowboys! The jeep has seen nothing but paved roads.
Yep. Buy American. No one else will.
I can't sell it in good conscience, I may wrap it in the old glory and park it in front of Chrysler.
10th Jun 2003, 23:50
I'm sorry to hear about all the problems you people have had with your Grand Cherokees. I own a 98 Grand Cherokee and being a mechanic I do all my own work. I've only had to change the front rotors once due to normal ware. Since then I've turned all four once and replaced the pads. Also I have a fuel gauge problem which I plan on getting around to soon. Over all, after 80,000 miles, the Jeep runs strong, on and off road. Maintenance is the key folks. As far as computer problems,no matter what make of vehicle, there will always be a certain number with defects.That's what keeps so many of us in jobs.
16th Jul 2003, 22:35
Well I'm really sorry all you guys have had bad luck with your 99-up Jeep Grand Cherokees, but I have a 99 Grand Cherokee Limited with 97,000 miles on it and it is still going strong. The brakes could have been designed a little better, but give them a break, it was the first year the truck was designed. I give Jeep 2 thumbs up after 97K miles. oh yeah I forgot to add, the guy with the grand that red lined at 70 mph, it's a sensor in your transmission or that controls your transmission, I got the problem fixed for 180 bucks at the Jeep Dealership In Panama City Beach, FL while on vacation. I didn't mind, it was bound to go out after 90K miles little things will happen and I will always love my 99 Grand Cherokee Limted... I get 16 miles per gallon, and I have the 4.7 engine and the Quad Drive (it wouldnt let me add the r and the a) system, so for a all-time four wheel drive, I say that's pretty good. Hope you guys have better luck!
-The proud ex-owner of a 93 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0, and a proud owner of a 99 "Champagne Pearl Metallic" Grand Cherokee Limited.
18th Jul 2003, 07:52
Sorry you paid $180 to replace your transmission sensor,
I replaced mine myself in less than 5 minutes. at a cost of $27 for the part.
22nd Aug 2003, 13:56
I FEEL YOUR PAIN JEEP OWNERS!
The truth from another sap, I mean owner of a 1999 JGC LTD with V8 and Quadra drive with 140K miles.
All of the first posters problems have been experienced by myself as in addition to:
- Entire drive-shaft replaced (twice!!!). Thankfully under warranty.
- Brake rotors replaced 3 times (soon to be 4th)
- Driver Seat heater failure
- Driver power seating failure
- My side mirror NEVER keeps its setting. It seems it keeps changing every time I power up the vehicle.
- Rear door molding peeled after first month. Many reglues later by the dealership and it still happens.
- Consistently pulls to the right even after many tire rotations, balances and front end alignments.
- Door locks engage randomly while driving. No this is not the 15mph lock engage, but at 45, 60, etc...
- CD Player now failing. Too bad, it's a nice unit.
On the plus side, this is a very good vehicle to drive when it works. Smooth, powerful and good looking.
For the mechanic that mentioned keeping up with maintenance, I followed the maintenance schedule exactly as listed in the manual and every suggestion made by the service adviser.
For a luxury vehicle, the quality should have been much better. Thankfully, there are plenty of other options now that it's time to buy again. I hope Daimler Chrysler is reading all the negative comments (from here and other sites) and build better vehicles. But for a lot of Jeep owners like myself, its too late. That Infiniti SUV is looking better everyday.
22nd Dec 2003, 16:13
Bought a '99 Jeep GCL about 2 months ago with 62,000 miles on it. Love the look and feel, but that was only skin deep. Just started experiencing transmission problems with a rather abrupt downshift at about 10 mph when coming to a stop. Even when I put it into neutral before it slows to 10 mph I can still hear it downshift with gear whine as I come to a stop. Occasional transfer case noise when turning corners at slow speeds. Memory seats & mirrors have no memory - won't take a setting. Driver side heated seat stopped working - needed new element. Climate control is awful - it's either too hot or too cold. I'm wary of having a dealer look into the trans. problem as I totally distrust auto dealers - period. Anyone who has experienced the transmission problem and was able to resolve please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime I'm living with it. Buying this vehicle reinforced my reasons why I have owned nothing but Japanese cars for the past decade.