Thank you for your comments. The saddest part of all is that it appears Daimler-Chrysler is attempting to cater to those who view Jeeps as high performance vehicles by introducing high-revving engines in the lineup with very high peak horsepower and torque figures to improve their "drivability" and make these SUV's more "car-like." Such things were never the hallmark of a traditional Jeep, which instead relied upon tremendous low-end torque to perform their duties.
I hear that Chrysler also intends to eventually phase out the tried-and-true straight six in favor of their newer single overhead cam 3.7 liter V-6. In my opinion, this will be a tremendous setback to the marque since that would only leave the Hemi as the sole engine choice for low-end torque without the option of the economical, but gutsy in-line 4.0 liter.
Times change, I suppose, and lines get blurred, but I do know one thing. Perhaps it's best that I hold on to my 2001 model because it still represents, more or less, the things that a Jeep has traditionally stood for and which are slowly passing away. Furthermore, things will never be the same again with the introduction of the 2005 models which I, for one, shall not be looking forward to.
If you really want to acquire the newest Grand Cherokee that still faithfully represents Jeep traditions, the 2004 models may very well be your last chance to do so.
As you probably know, the 3.7L V-6 is in the Liberty. I own a Liberty and find it to be a decent engine. It will suck gas a bit if pressed, and it does not have loads of torque, but it has enough for passing. If I had my choice, I would add a little bit more torque to it.
I fully agree with you, I have a 2001 WJ with 4 in of lift and an ARB bull bar with a winch, I have had the braking problem and a sensor in the trans fail. I do use my Jeep as a Jeep and there is nothing bad that I can say. I take the Jeep off road at least once every two week and just got back from the beach where I pulled a Ford Excursion out of the sand. Those who want a SUV that drives and only performs like a car than the WJ is not for you, but if you want the best off road and go anywhere anytime and get there in style and comfort then a Jeep WJ is the right vehicle for you.
I own a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee and overall I would buy it again. My wife drives it and has been very pleased with its features, comfort, handling, etc. Easy to park and drive in the city.
We have almost 100,000 on it and have had the front rotors replaced at literally every brake job. That is a major issue in my opinion. Also, the gas mileage is not very good. I have been driving Ford F-150's which have much larger engines and get better mileage? I seem to think that Chrysler-Daimler uses old technology in their computers.
We also have had some expensive window motor, rear hatch lock and other non standard repairs. That all being said, we still like our Jeep.
Gil, Bensalem, PA
I just bought a used 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 128000, and so far I love that thing. My wife loves to steal it from me in the mornings to go work... LOL. It is a very solid vehicle, and I would absolutely buy another.
My wife has a 2001 and loves it. We had the brake rotor problems also and it was fixed under warranty the first time. Changed them at 90,000 myself. Drivers window motor quit and changed myself, but that was a nightmare and 4 hours. Now it won't start and the gas gauge is flat, but there is gas in the tank.
Checked all fuses. Probably is the fuel pump, but does anybody know for sure?? Somebody said maybe reset switch?, anybody know where that might be??