14th Sep 2007, 14:36
My 99 Laredo, which I bought new, is my first and last Jeep. Most of the repairs I've had have been pre-100k miles.
I've probably had $2k in multiple repairs in the power windows and brake lights alone.
I've had the rear differential redone twice.
It has overheated at least 4 times involving switches, water pumps and thermostats.
AC blower is intermittent.
I've also had to repair little things like the shocks that hold up the hood and rear window and the front head lamp covers are crystallized.
All cars have their issues, but from what I've read Chrysler really dropped the ball on this vehicle in multiple model years. If I had received support from the company I wouldn't be so anti-jeep. However these are all known quality of manufacture issues not isolated to individuals and they never took responsibility for them. In addition the Jeep Dealership I was using actually worsened some of the problems by the repairs they did.
29th Sep 2007, 23:45
I have owned my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo since December 2004. It had 64,000k on it when I purchased it and I have since put on another 123,000 to date. I have had several things go wrong with mine as well. When I bought it, the brakes were spongy, the headlights were crystallized, the hood shocks were shot, engine light was on due to a valve problem. I had to have the rear end rebuilt in October 2006 for 2800.00. The brakes have had to been replaced 3 times (not a lot of city driving by the way). My front speakers are shot and the catalyst converter blew last summer. I have a short in the front driver side headlight, banging on it hard seems to fix it temporarily. I take care of my vehicles and I have never had these kind of problems before. As some of you have said, I thought that it was a really nice looking vehicle and very comfortable to drive. However I am sick of the problems with it. I would repair what is wrong with it and keep it for awhile, but the gas mileage just doesn't justify the expense.
10th Oct 2007, 19:36
I have a 99 Jeep and have had the same problems as other people have described. The constant whining noise in the rear that drives me crazy. The check engine light came on and the car was not shifting correctly. My husband had to replace the sensor and then it worked fine. The air has gone out on it. It's the biggest lemon I've ever driven. I can't wait to trade it it, but the trade in price for it is about $3000 dollars what a freakin joke.
17th Oct 2007, 21:38
I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo which I have had since 50,000 miles, It now has 125,000, I have replaced the motors on 3 different windows. 1 twice. So 4 motors total. I replaced one door lock mechanism. The headlights are crystallized. The hood latch is broken. I have replaced a sensor, a headlight (whole thing), a taillight (whole thing) due to electronics. One still does not always work. I have to punch it to get the connection to wiggle back on to work again. The brakes have always seemed to be squishy and leak this awful brake dust all over the place. It runs rough. The steering wheel shakes at 55 mph. It lurches at 70 mph to where it feels the bottom is falling out of it. Back window has always leaked from somewhere during a hard rain in the back left corner. It runs through batteries and gets very bad gas mileage. Biggest mistake I ever made.
3rd Nov 2007, 09:08
I purchased a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo in 2002, for $15,000. It had one previous user, under a lease, who put about 40,000 miles on it. I have since added another 116,000 miles.
Several of the comments made by others match problems I've encountered. Brake rotors have to be replaced about every other year, usually with one turning in between. Air conditioning evaporator recently went out, though it took the dealer mechanic several tries to fully establish that fact. Haven't fixed that yet, though a secondary fan was replaced. Since that repair job, the engine roars terribly under 2,000 RPM, but settles back down above that. The mechanic said that is normal, but I'm suspicious and getting another opinion.
I always wanted to own one of these vehicles, and apart from the problems noted above I have been largely satisfied. I like the Laredo's styling, and need to have good 4WD in winter. Gas mileage is mediocre, and has been more of a problem in this era of $3.00/gallon prices! I have to weigh trade-in and new car payments versus a 150K+-mile car that is nonetheless paid for. The smart thing is probably to retire it, but I'm still pondering.
12th Nov 2007, 16:38
I have to say... I've put my '99 GC Laredo through a lot of abuse. It is currently reaching 190,000km, and outside of the hood shocks, I've NEVER had any problems with it, not even the tranny. I would definitely purchase another Jeep later on down the road.
12th Feb 2008, 17:14
I have had my 99 jeep laredo for about 2 months and I already had to buy a new car because the jeep exploded when I drove it into a soccer goal... well I was not very happy with my jeep.. it should have been made better and it killed baxter my dog..
13th May 2008, 18:28
I bought a new 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo in 99 and have approx 58,000 Miles (93,000 km.), and have had very good luck. Regular maintenance is essential to keeping it in good running condition. I love it in the snow and ice.
The only real problems have been crystallized headlights, and shocks on the hood.
Today the air quit, and when the dealer checked it out, there was a line running along the frame; wore a hole in the line, a $300 - 400 repair, not bad.
17th May 2008, 22:23
I also have a Jeep 1999 and NEVER will I ever buy another one. Loved it when I got it but hate it now. It moans and groans worse than my wife, and the rear axle makes a whining noise
25th May 2008, 12:15
I own a 99 Grand Cherokee Laredo with very low mileage.
1. The vehicle was repaired three times for warped rotors. The dealer actually had the audacity to tell me "it's the way I drive that's causing the front end to shake". I asked Chrysler if they would put on some heavy duty rotors and they told me "sorry, we repaired your car three times under warranty... now go away". I then took matters into my own hands. I ordered the Stillen Performance rotors and brake pads. $300 for parts and the problem is now gone.
2. Electric locks are always breaking. I have replaced three of them to date.
3. I also suffer from headlight crystallization (fogging). I bought the "Crystal View" headlight restorer kit at Wal-Mart for $17. After about two hours of sanding, polishing, and coating, the headlights look brand new. This kit really works. Try it. Remember.. the most important part of this process is the sanding.
What's the lesson here: Never buy a Chrysler product. It's no wonder they are going out of business. Their product sucks.