Chryslers are known for falling apart, hopefully someday, someone will learn how to build a car properly!
I have a 93 Grand Cherokee Laredo with serious transmission problems. All my dealer will say is "bad transmission, give us $3000 and we'll fix it" - it went to hell 10 days and 700 miles after paying $1600 to have a dealer replace the transfer case. Damn thing gave no warning signs, just suddenly stopped refusing to shift out of 1st gear. If there is some sort of investigation into this transmission, I'd love to hear more about it!
1989 Cherokee with 101050 miles on it with a transmission that has good clean serviced all the time transmission fluid. Lets get real people service it and it will last, neglect it and you will pay the price!!! :)
I have a 1993 Grand Cherokee Limited bought new. It has 154,000 miles on it, none off road.
The only problem I've had is the paint is falling off, mostly on the roof.
I religiously change the oil about every 3 to 4,000 miles.
My last car had 168,000 and was still going strong at trade in. Would you believe a 1981 Chevy Citation! Take it easy out there...
"Jeep Grand Cherokee transmissions are known for failing and there is a major investigation going on because of this."
Have you got any news on this lately?
Jeep Grand Cherokee 96 4.0 LTD. Bought 97 as an Approved Used vehicle.
Brake shimmy evident, dealer said I had warped the discs (in less than 4000 miles???). No warranty cover. New brake discs replaced, boycotting dealer, cost him two new vehicle sales as a result!
Gearbox pressure sensor required replacing, I had to tell them to replace it, they could not find the fault.
Good engine, very comfortable, good ride, love it. But would I buy another???
If ANY dealer told me to "go to hell" for ANY repair, under warranty or not, they would be taken to court for false advertising because in their ad campaign they say "See your friendly Chrysler today". After all, they sold you the car and didn't tell you about the common transmission problems.
I wrote the last comment and I noticed an error in it. I forgot to dealer in to the ad campaign, it's actually "See your friendly Chrysler dealer today" (although if they told you to go to hell they aren't that friendly).
I just bought a Grand Cherokee Laredo two days ago. It has 171,400 actual miles on it. This may seem like a lot, but Jeeps have always been known to last. It's got a great (original) transmission. My advice to those reading is that to go out and test drive a Jeep and if you find one as good as value as mine, I know you'll love it.
My 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee has approximately 100,000 miles on it. Over the last year, the engine occasionally dies unexpectedly, even when you are going 40 miles per hour. It gives no warning before it dies... no coughing or spluttering. The dealer cannot diagnose the problem, since the car only does this once every few days and, of course, never when the mechanic is driving it. We had the fuel pump replaced, but this did not fix the problem.
I've had my 94 Grand Cherokee Limited for about 3 years. My transmission cooler was leaking which caused a major failure at 120,000 miles. When I took it to a transmission place they said that the Jeep's transmissions aren't built that well... I pull a 5000 pound travel trailer... Not too bad... Suggestion, upgrade the components when/if you rebuild it. I've always had the problem from 80,000k with the binding when turning tight corners after driving for a while. Only happens on hot days or driving long distances. Special additives helped, but problem happens when over 90 degrees outside.
I have a problem now at 170,000 with what they call the death wobble. Still checking on this problem where the front end shakes violently at 40-45 MPH... Very scary!!
Same problem with "rear tail light" out... No lights out, only happens when headlights are on and after pressing brake pedal.
I've just purchased a 1994 jeep grand Cherokee with leather seating. It has 90,000 miles on it. The previous owner must have baby it, the leather seat have no indications of wear. The engine is very cleaned. There is however an odor coming from the air conditioner. I'm sure a good conditioner running through the a/c will solve that problem. As for the transmission, I have yet to see if there is any surprise. I hope to enjoy my jeep many more miles.
We have two '94 Grand Cherokees. A Laredo 4.0L bought new in Nov of '93 and a Limited 5.2L bought about a month ago. The Laredo has 145000 and the Limited has 165000. Had to have the transmission on the Laredo rebuilt at 120000. Transmission shop said it was due to the debris from the clutch material in the lock-up torque converter finding its way into the transmission oil cooler in the radiator. (Had to replace the radiator at the same time since no shop wants to try repair on the plastic tanks.) Other than that, no major problems. Just got back from Camp Jeep with it where we went on a level 9 trail. Great fun.
The Limited has all the bells and whistles anybody could want. First problem was not passing state emission tests. Had to replace cat and muffler. It then passed with flying colors. Second problem was when my wife drove it for the first time. She used the key to unlock the driver door and set off the alarm system. Found the switch not attached to the key tumbler. Still, with that many miles some problems are expected.
Other posts mention engine stopping while driving. Change out the crankshaft position sensor. The 4.0L is famous for this. When it happens, usually a wait of 10 to 30 minutes is all that is needed to get the car running like it never had a problem. Somehow, the Chrysler shops just don't read newsgroups to find out these little things.
Would I buy another Jeep? YOU BET.
I have a 94 Laredo with a 150,000 miles. Got with 80,000 and have had only minor wear and tear type of problems. If I drive a distance shut it off for a while and then go to drive it again, it will die whenever I let off the gas. If I hold the gas in a little while shifting it will go, but as soon as I let off it dies. Does that for about 10 minutes then I am able to let off again?? Other than that has been a fantastic vehicle. Very fun in the mud and snow.
I currently drive a 1993 Grand Cherokee. I have driven it since I got my drivers' license (approximately 20 months ago), and have gotten into two accidents (not my fault, really!). The Jeep held up extremely well in both cases--the other car was in extremely bad shape, but my bumper wasn't even scratched.
Giving it this credit, it also seems appropriate to note that I have had to spend at least half its value in repairs in the past two months (and it only has 57000 miles!) I'm on either my second or third transmission--I don't know which. And at one point, my hood just started smoking. Fortunately, that problem resolved itself before I got around to fixing it, which was also somewhat disconcerting.
I would never buy another Jeep, if for no other reason, because they become extremely expensive at 50000 miles; after which, once you have replaced the engine they run rather well. But replacing an engine piece by piece is an expensive prospect, and that makes for a bad time when your Jeep is in the 50000-mile-area.
In my almost two years driving my Jeep, I've gone about 35,000 miles, and only had two serious breakdowns. They're also mediocre in snow--I had an incident where I was doing 60-degrees-off-my-intended-course-fishtailing last winter. Just a few thoughts.