21st Dec 2003, 20:30
I have a 1993 Jeep Cherokee. It has 150,000 miles on it. I have never had a problem with it. It is the most reliable car I ever owned.
Before that I had a 1989 Jeep Cherokee. I kept it for 3 years and gave it to my daughter when I bought the '93. She kept the '89 until it was 10 years old with no problems until the last year when things started needing replacement due to wear. She had put about 190,000 miles on it and decided it was time for a new one. She bought a Jeep Sport to replace it and has had no problems with that.
I was thinking of replacing my car next year, but I don't care for the style of the Liberty at all. Wish they had kept on making the Cherokee. Since they didn't I am considering a Grand. I am surprised to read about the problems people have had with them. Makes me think about just keeping my Cherokee until it dies... or jeep decides to bring them back.
27th Mar 2004, 08:17
Again, I can find this complaint a bit erm...pointless. The ENGINE (not motor) is a darn V8, as soon as I read the review title, I knew it was a V8. If you want the power of a V8, you're going to have to put up with the noise of the V8. I wonder why the gas mileage is poor on an SUV with a 4.7 Liter V8. Come on, what do you expect, 28mpg?
6th Apr 2004, 13:55
I have to agree with the last comment.
I recently bought a 2003 Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 V8.
I first test drove one with the in-line 6, and found it lacking. (An in-line 6? Let's get with the times!) I then drove the 4.7 V8 version and was immediately pleased to hear the nice, throaty sound of the engine!
It has a lot of torque, I am surprised by the effortless acceleration compared to other 4-wheel drive vehicles I have driven.
31st May 2004, 14:21
I am the owner of a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport. To the guy in the last comment who didn't care that much for it, take another look at it. I was seriously considering a Grand and was prepared to go into major debt to get it. Then I test drove the Liberty for fun and I was very impressed with it. I ended up buying the Liberty and saving myself about $10,000. The guy who mentioned the whining in the Grand and the Liberty, the only whining I hear is with the a/c on. I believe it is the compressor. I actually think it sounds cool. It makes the 6 banger sound about as mean as the 8 banger. Besides, the Grand and the Liberty just about share the exact same 6 banger engine. The only difference is it is turned 90º and is slightly smaller (not by much). Yes it does lack a bit on hills, but with the car's weight, I'm not surprised. I wanted a Cherokee and a Wrangler the most, now I can have both. Many, many years from now, when it comes time to trade up, I will probably get a Grand. I really do like the looks of the 2005.
6th Jun 2004, 15:36
I have a 2003 Grand Cherokee Laredo, V6. When I drive it over 55 mph, it makes a whining, consistent, unbearable sound. The Jeep repairman said that Jeep is aware of the problem, but there is no solution to fixing it. I don't know what to do- I am seriously considering trading it in after my wedding. It only has 21,100 miles on it. I wish I had found this site sooner.
13th Jan 2005, 21:11
I purchased a 2003 Grand Cherokee Laredo with a 4.0 engine. I am pleased with the overall performance except for the brake system, which make the vehicle vibrate. My vehicle was repaired twice. The rotors were warped the first time and turned. The rotors were then replaced the second time. The vibration has returned, however the dealer refuses to acknowledge the vibration. If anyone has had a similar experience with their Grand Cherokee, please report it, I believe it should be a recall issue.
16th Jan 2006, 18:14
I purchased a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. That was my first mistake. At 3400 miles, the rotors needed to be replaced. At 10,200 miles, the rotors needed to be replaced. At 17,100 miles, the rotors needed to be replaced. And again today, at 24,700 miles, the rotors needed to be replaced. I wish I had researched this vehicle further before purchasing because I would not own this car today. I did not know that this vehicle was notorious for rotor problems and that Chrysler does not acknowledge the problem.
29th Jan 2008, 08:50
I pull a 2 horse trailer (6500lbs loaded) with my 2003 Jeep... never had a problem with it. Hmm...
20th Jun 2008, 18:38
I just purchased a 2003 GC Overland. I absolutely LOVE the power and plushness of the Jeep. Okay don't love the Gas mileage but I expected that. It's far superior to other SUV's in it's class. This is my 2nd Jeep (93 GC Laredo V6 with 241,000) and I am proud to be a Jeep owner.
29th Nov 2009, 20:26
Brake rotor vibration is usually caused by over tightened wheels. Always torque to specifications.
16th Mar 2010, 16:36
I have owned my 03 Grand Cherokee Limited, 4.7 V8 for two years and this is my second Grand Cherokee. I had a 96 GC and loved it and we like this one even more. We just turned 111000 miles and love it still. The gas mileage is fine for this vehicle, as high as 21 mpg on the highway. The fit and finish is better on this one over the 96.
Come on people this is an SUV you can't expect it to be a Mercedes. The main reason for buying a Jeep is it is the best tow vehicle around for behind an RV. We have towed counting both Jeeps about 40,000 miles with no problems. I would buy another one, but I like the solid front axle and you can't get them anymore.
17th Mar 2010, 08:13
"Besides, the Grand and the Liberty just about share the exact same 6 banger engine."
In 2004 (When this comment was originally written) - the 6 in the Grand Cherokee was the 4.0 liter inline six. The 6 in the Liberty was the 3.7 liter V6 - these two engines couldn't be more different. I am amazed at the number of people have no clue as to what engine is in their vehicle.
26th Mar 2011, 16:55
I have just recently bought a Grand Cherokee Limited, with the 4.7 V8. I love the luxury of the interior, and the seats are awesome. I live in Melbourne Australia. The fuel mileage is a little extreme, but I expected that as it is a V8 and an SUV. So my advice is that if you want a fuel miser SUV, buy a Ford Escape or similar. But if you want a kick ass off road V8 machine, buy a JEEP... MOPAR power all the way!
All I need for off roading is a set of all terrain tyres.
Once again, I am so excited about my Jeep.