1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited from North America - Comments

2nd Aug 2005, 10:12

I purchased my 98 5.9 Grand "new" and so far I am on my 2nd rear bearing, 2nd half shaft and a 3rd soon to come with only 70,000 miles. This is my second Grand first was a 93, and I went through 2 bearing & 2 half shafts on it and hoped the problem had been addressed, but it had not been addressed. I think the next vehicle I'll buy will NOT be another Jeep; hopefully the Chevy Trailblazer will be a better vehicle. It’s no wonder the big 3 are loosing customers to their overseas counter-parts. I am luck in one way I do all my own work and it's not really hard to change out and you'll save a lot of what a Dealer would charge. Check the internet there are also some dealership that will sell parts at a discount, but it’s too bad when the customer has to fix an obvious design error. By now I am getting good at doing this, procedure; good luck. Dave B.

10th Feb 2006, 23:28

I bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1999 or 2000, and it now has 130,000 plus miles, and it has hardly given us any trouble at all. I really love it. It may tear up tomorrow, but I would consider buying another one highly. We have replaced a fuel pump and an air conditioning unit so far, and brakes, and I think that's it.

I like my style better than the new ones now. I have a 1997. Also, I just remembered our emergency brake cable just broke last weekend or came loose. We haven't got to check it out yet.

Thank you. Nancy.

19th Jun 2006, 10:05

It's the best car you can have.

20th Jul 2007, 03:17

I have, or did have, a 1999 Limited Edition Jeep. It had 43,000 miles on it, and well just yesterday the entire transmission went out. Have had problems when first bought with gear shift. Brakes are still at 50& but I fear for more than just the transmission going out.

It has had problems with the back end, and about just at 38,000 the electric door locks started going one by one.

Compared to some of the new SUV's out there, the car lugs, and is totally not appropriate for driving around the city. You might end up dumping more more than you want versus just investing in a new car.

Customer Service on this Jeep is just god awful too. Good luck.

2nd Aug 2007, 04:19

I have a 2000 Cherokee and the rear wheel bearing has failed, so I went to the dealer to get a new bearing and seal (£80).

I was surprised that there was no inner race to the bearing, and was told that they had never sold one, so took the bearing back and stripped the old one out.

I found the design fault; the reason they have never sold the other half of the bearing is because there is no other half of the bearing; it just runs on the half shaft, and because the half shaft is not made out of roller bearing grade steel, the bearing had eaten its way into the half shaft, so a new half shaft is needed (£406).

The oil from the axle has leaked out on to the brakes because of the bearing collapse, so new brakes were needed (£75). So for a simple rear wheel bearing, the parts came to £561. I have never had a USA car before, and never again; back to a Land Rover

Yours

D Aggett.

19th Aug 2007, 20:04

I bought a 1999 Grand Cherokee Laredo 6 cylinder. It ran very noisy from the beginning. The salesman said it was the knobby tires that caused the noise. That was 40,000 miles ago. I'm presently at 90,000 miles and finally had to change the differential bearing because the noise was so loud you couldn't carry on a conversation. I own a 1995 GCL with 200,000 mile and it runs like a dream. I've owned a Grand Wagoneer that had major engine defects. I can honestly say that I will never again purchase a Chrysler product. They've become cheap and will not back their products up.

26th Aug 2007, 15:43

I am having the same problems described here with my 2003 Grand Cherokee. First, the wheel bearings "leaked" and were replaced under warranty, but that didn't fix all of the noise that was coming out of the rear. After 3,000 more miles, the differential bearings are shot and need replacing to the tune of $800 (no more warranty and Chrysler isn't responding). If anyone has a good process for doing this repair themselves, please share it.

14th Oct 2010, 21:25

My 1997 Grand Cherokee LTD has only 22000 miles.

I have had to replace the rear end, power steering pump, rear window wiper motor, both rear speakers, radio, power sun roofdrive cables etc. Yes, this car is old in years but new in miles. It has cost me around $4000 so far.

I would not buy a Chrysler Jeep again ever. I would be embarrassed to say we built these. I put out over $50,000 for this poorly built vehicle. What a lousy thing to send out on the road.

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