12th Feb 2003, 15:25

I have a 2001 GC. It has 27,000 miles on it. The brakes have been squeaking since about 12,000 miles. The service manager says that is normal. Another service tech told me to wait longer to brake, then pump them harder, that the noise would not be there. I asked who will repair the rear end after the car behind me slams into me when I hit the brakes late and hard. Not only is it embarrassing to me at stops, the noise takes a toll on your mind. I bet the owners of the dealerships would not drive a car with this kind of noise. This is my second GC. The dealership bought my 1999 back for the purchase price (I can't talk about the details, but it was closely approaching a citrus fruit - Almost 10% of the days of the first year were spent in the shop). Think twice before you buy a jeep product.

28th Feb 2003, 15:14

Our 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee is at 44,000, and ready for it's 4th brake/ rotor job. We're calling it our bi-annual job and frustrated. Everything else about it we love, been great for our family vacations and everyday use. The problem we're really experiencing is that the dealership up until last years bulletin were wishy washy with reasons. First they said they were aware of 'faulty pads', then faulty calipers and last time in was right at the bulletin on faulty rotors. It seems after any trip to the mountains, we wiggle all the way back down the hill, which is very unnerving. Anyway, back to the dealership Monday am, for our fourth job. Luckily we have an extended warranty, and your comments and advice backing us up... What is the Lemon Law in Calif?

4th Mar 2003, 12:46

We have two 2000 Jeep Cherokee's and there seems to be some sort of planned obsolescence with the door lock motors. On both vehicles they broke, one at 17K and the other immediately after the warranty went out at 35K miles. The dealer acts naive about it, but there should have been a recall.

14th Apr 2003, 16:19

Well I want to thank the person who wrote the Oct 29, 2002 comments. I saw this last week when my vehicle had 35100 miles and immediately went to my dealership. All I had to do was mention that I knew they were having problems and he immediately scheduled me for service. This was Friday though and he was concerned I might exceed the 36000 miles. I felt personally that was their problem since I brought it in below miles and they could not take it because they close so early. Anyway took it there today and they replaced Rotors, Calipers and brake pads. It runs great now and they did it all under the warranty so didn't cost me anything.

Thanks again.

8th May 2003, 15:46

Yes! Thank you to the person from Oct 29th post!

I have a 2001 JGC Laredo - 24,000 miles. I have taken it in 4 times for brake 'squealing, and vibration' - from about 9,000 miles on. They always claimed that the problem was normal due to the type of brake pads that were mandated.

The squealing is now extremely loud and embarrassing - and it is starting to vibrate more and more. I finally decided to get online today and research it. Coming across this post is a godsend.

I just got off the phone with my dealership, and they are willing and able to do this replacement under warranty. I am taking it in tomorrow! Hopefully this will cure my problems!

20th Jun 2003, 22:49

My husband and I purchased a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for my wedding gift. I did not realize that there were so many problems with this vehicle. I am now experiencing a major problem. I have just had my brakes and rotors replaced and now faced with having a differential problem in the back. Some mechanics are telling me it is the grinding noise. I have already spent several hundreds of dollars replacing brakes and rotors. To have the differential problem fixed, I am looking at some major bucks. I purchased the vehicle used and regret the day I purchased it. If there is anyone else who has experience this differential problem with the 1999 Cherokee please respond. I need as much information as possible before putting anymore money into this vehicle. Thanks.

22nd Jun 2003, 21:18

I just purchased a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado from a major nationwide used car dealer. One week later I have taken it back because the front brakes scream when I stop. They replaced the pads and turned the rotors. It hasn't stopped. It even sounds worse. I have just found all of this information concerning the rotors. My mileage is 40,000 so my warranty is gone. Can anyone tell me what to do? Can I take it to "any " dealer? Can anyone recommend a proper rotor and pad to replace it with. I can stand the squealing. It is so embarrassing and my ex-husband is just loving it because I tried to do this on my on. If I have to pay for this replacement I want a good product to replace it with.

5th Jul 2003, 12:28

My 2000 jgc is starting to wobble again. the rotors are out for the second time. not only that, but now when I put it in park or neutral my rpm's jump up real high.

28th Jul 2003, 12:11

Wow! Can't believe all the brake and rotor problems.

I had same issue with warped rotors at 12k. Dealer fixed - new pads and rotors at no cost to me. Now at 40K getting close to new pads. This seems normal to me.

Question: Dealer or aftermarket for work? (midas etc) I plan to stick with the dealer due to potential issues.

2nd Question: Is anyone having difficult with roof rack trim piece on roof directly above driver position? On mine this trim piece terminates at the top of the windshield. Mine is straightening and lifting windshield trim. Concerned this could result in leak.

18th Aug 2003, 06:59

One solution to the warping brake rotors is to trash the originals and purchase cross drilled performance rotors. They are designed to dissipate the rapid buildup of heat much more efficiently. This is something the Jeep rotors need due to their limited size and the amount of disproportionate braking pressure applied to the front brakes when compared to the rears. Basically it's a bad design. I purchased crossdrilled rotors and pads from Powerstop Brakes and have about 5,000 on them now. So good so far. Hope this helps.


14th Jan 2004, 16:11

We have a 2000 JGC that made it through the first 40,000 miles without a hitch. We were lucky to avoid the dreaded "rotor warp" issue, but when the pads started squealing at 50,000 miles, I made sure to replace not just the pads, but the rotors as well. Bought aftermarket cross-drilled rotors for $40 apiece, and installation was a snap. 20,000 miles later and not a single problem.

We weren't so lucky in avoiding another of the now "infamous" JGC problems - the fuel tank "O" ring debacle. The O ring goes out, and you lose fuel pressure at shutoff. You then have the option of paying $400 to have this $2 part replaced, or spend the rest of your ownership priming the fuel pump three or four times prior to starting the Jeep. We have obviously opted for the latter. Overall it's been a lukewarm Jeep experience.