I have a 2000 Grand Cherokee and the rotors have warped, according to the Jeep service adviser. It has only been about 10k miles since the rotors and pads were replaced.
I drive very conservatively on paved, flat town and freeway roadways. Although the pads still look like new, the local Jeep dealer recommends upgraded calipers with pads, and slotted or drilled rotors for the best chances of preventing the problem from reoccuring. The total cost is about $600 - certainly a lot of money for brakes that were done recently only 10k miles ago and still look like new.
I was surprised to see how many other Grand Cherokee owners are having the same problem - repeatedly.
It would seem if Chrysler has a Technical Service Bulletin acknowledging the problem, and recommends upgrading their factory engineered system to resolve it, that it should be a recall - especially since it would seem to be a safety related (braking) issue.
I bought a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 01 and am on my 3rd set of rotors. I have also tried the premium rotors and $200 ceramic brake pads. I received no help from jeep for this problem. My jeep now has 70,000 miles and has a violent shake when stopping. I have also lost the rear end twice due to faulty ring and pinion set up (I think it is in the factory rear end housing). I had always wanted a nice jeep for the family, but am convinced by all the other problems going around along with my own that I will never own another.
I have a 2002 Grand Cherokee and the disks were replaced at 33000 miles (1000 miles past the warranty so I had to pay) by my local dealer. I have just had them replaced again at 44000 due to the fact they warped after a few thousand miles. Needless to say I have used a independent dealer who has saved my money and hopefully having to replace them again in the near future!!
Ah, the ever-popular warping brake rotors. I assume the problem with my 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo was the same as most (front rotors). Being an engineer, I realized that if it was going to happen that early in the life of the vehicle (~30k miles) I realized that it must be an undersized rotor. As such, I took the initiative to replace the rotors with drilled/cross-cut aftermarket units ($250 pair) from Tire Rack, and got some new Raybestos pads. Since then, no problems at all and I am at 112,000+ miles. Don't mess with the calipers, they are just fine. Good luck!
I had the same problem with my 2002 Grand Cherokee. I fixed the problem by installing some cross drilled rotors on all wheels. Pretty cheap on Ebay, and it lasts forever!
So what does Daimler-Chrysler claim is the problem with the rotors? Is it a metallurgical problem? Did this problem start in 1999 and continue 'till now? Have they remedied this problem?
I have a 1998 5.9L Grand Cherokee. I installed "Power-Slot performance rotors" and Hawk HPS pads. Love 'em. Summit racing has the rotors for around $100 each and the pads for $68 front or rear. Somebody else had mentioned their factory shocks crapped out on them... I have Edelbrock IAS Shocks on my Jeep and love them too.
www.summitracing.com/ I HIGHLY recommend them. They are professional and knowledgeable. Regardless of how large your order, they only charge $8.95 total for handling and ship very quickly. Summit 1-800-230-3030 or 1-330-630-3030
I am not affiliated with any of these companies, but I am a satisfied customer.
Good luck, Jeeps are really great (most of them), it is a damn shame that Chrysler has let the same problem infest the vehicles and tarnish the Jeep reputation.
In 2004 I purchased a 02 JGC with 48,000 miles on it. Within 3,000 miles my brakes were locking up to the point where the whole front end was smoking and looked like my car was on fire. I had to leave it on the side of the road on my way back to the dealer. They were going to charge me $500 to fix it right after I just paid $15,000 for the vehicle. We raised some caine and they replaced the pads, rotors and calipers at no cost to me. Now I'm having another problem, the brakes seem to be losing pressure and the pedal goes all the way to the floor before it starts slowing down. I wonder how much this will cost me.
I am on my FOURTH set of rotors on my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The dealer replaced the calipers/rotors/pads after 10,000 miles because they warped. I have since tried rotors from china, Canada and the US - they ALL warped too! I got 15,000 miles out of my last set of rotors (10,000 before they were machined again) think I will try drilled rotors next, what else can we do???
Chrysler - you ought to FIX this defective design with a recall. Who would buy another Jeep after having problems like this??? NOT ME.
I own a 2004 Grand Cherokee Limited with 32000 miles and need to have the front rotors replaced due to wear and being warped. It appears Chrysler has not fixed the issue by the '04 model year. Dealer said they have a lot of problems with warped rotors on Jeeps. Having a new set of high performance rotors put on. Will see how they work out. I also owned a '80 Chrysler mini van that warped the rotors also. It appears some things never change.
Shame on Daimler Chrysler
I own an '03 GC
Warped rotors replaced under warranty at 10k.
Warped rotors replaced under warranty at 22k.
Warped rotors replaced by myself at 38k.
I've owned 11 different vehicles and driven all to high mileage. I've never had to replace warped rotors. My brake pads usually last 35-40k. I don't believe it is my driving habits.
Kind of makes you think about buying a different type of vehicle.
I own a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the brakes performed flawlessly for about 110,000 miles. I took it in to have the brakes inspected because one of the pads started squeaking the night before. All of the rotors were worn too thin, and needed to be replaced. None were warped. All of the rotors and pads were replaced for about $900 (at Goodyear). I consider that to be phenomenal performance for a braking system, and reasonable in cost.
The only concern that I have regarding Jeep brakes, is that they don't produce a warning "chirp" to let driver's know when the brake pads are wearing thin.
The only vehicle on which I have ever had brake trouble was a 1989 Thunderbird (which was otherwise flawless), due to OEM rotors that were apparently too thin to resist warping. In my experience, this has definitely not been the case with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I love my Jeep. Proper maintenance and adult driving habits will give you a reliable performer for as long as you want to own it.
I have 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I bought it used after it was turned in on a 36 month lease. As soon as I purchased it in 2003, I installed new rotors and pads and have had to do the same thing every 12 months since I've owned it. The last set of rotors were the high performance slotted/drilled type. I maybe got an extra 3 months out of the rotors, and now they are warped. I wouldn't waste your money on the extra expense of a slotted/drilled rotor because they won't last much longer than ordinary rotors. I need a new set of rotors right now and am trying to research the problem on the Internet. It doesn't look like there's any suitable resolution out there.