Jeeps are beautiful looking cars, with great off-road capability and a long list of standard features for the money. I bought mine brand new in 2001 because I try to buy American when possible.
What I quickly realized was that I don't do 5% of the offroading I daydreamed about and the laundry list of problems I've had with the car have cost me a fortune. The dealer always plays dumb and has a surprised look on his face. I tell them, "don't look surprised, this is my fifth trip back in 25k miles." Reliability has been a nightmare. The final insult is the trade-in value because no-one wants to buy a used Jeep and incur someone else's problems. I finally chalked the whole experience up for a loss and told the Toyota dealer "give me what you'll give me." I'll tell you right now that Jeeps are like boats, the two happiest days are when you buy and IF you manage to sell. My 4runner is like riding on trusty clouds. Mmmmm...
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I know you've had many more problems than your admitting. I too owned 2 Jeeps, my first a 93 JGC Limited and the second a 2000 JGC Limited, there will not be a third jeep.
Too many problems plague this model and I've seen the same thing over and over. It doesn't matter if it's a 93 or a 2005, though I admit the list grows as they get newer and newer.
I think that Jeep owners should boycott Daimler/Chrysler and demand they sell the Jeep line/name/trademark to a manufacturer that cares about Jeeps history-Before Jeep becomes extinct.
I'm on my second Jeep and will continue to buy them!
My first was a 1998 Laredo TSI -- loved it onroad and off. Sold it Feb '05 for $6k. Never had any issues, or leaks, and it was (still is) a strong vehicle.
In September '03, I bought the 04 Overland... LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! It's just hitting 30k miles, and I still haven't had any issues. I don't expect to, either.
I would just like to say that I own a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the inline 6 engine, and after 5 years of ownership and 90k miles, I have not had any trans problem or engine problems. The only problem I have had is with the brakes. Went with raybestos brakes and haven't had a problem since. Would I buy another Jeep, sure would:)
Bought my '93 Grand Cherokee Larado 4x4 in '95. Itlooked better than new!! After all these years, these are the things that now need fixing: short in radio - antenna drops when playing... just tap the dash & it goes up again; dash warning sign says back lights are not working, but they are... glitch in sending device, windshield wipers will not go on in high mode, catalytic converter rattles, can't open passanger side door with key without setting off the alarm. I get 16-17 mpg city & 23-24 mpg freeway on regular. Except for these items, the car runs great, and looks like new. Forl ess than $3000 I'll get another 100,000 miles out of it. Was offered a 2004 Overland with 30,000 miles for $25,000. I think I'll take the extra $22,000 and buy a mutual fund. Why take a chance? right?
I am pondering where to go for my third set of rotors and new brake pads on my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition with 25,000 miles. The first set lasted 9,000 miles. The dealer told us when the first replacements were installed that Chrysler knew they had a problem with the rotors warping. I was told if it happened again, Chrysler would make it right. Well, it happened again! The story goes something like this: "Too bad, warranty is for 12k/12months, regardless of pre-existing condition."
This can't be good public relations. When a reputable company knows they have a part with bad quality, they normally go back to the supplier and make it good. Our rotors were so bad they couldn't turn them down either time.
As to carrying a torque wrench and tightening lug nuts myself, I wouldn't know one end from the other. That is what the mechanics in a supposed 5 Star dealer get paid for - right? Wrong!
I love my Jeep, but I can't afford it's problems. No more Chrysler products for me. I'm going back to Honda and Toyota for my next SUV or car or truck.
I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with 12,000 miles the a/c has quit along with the passenger side electric window motor and the check engine sensor had to be replaced also the brake rotors are warped... this is my first and last jeep product I'll ever buy... for the cost it's not worth it...
I have a 2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo. I have 20,000 miles on it, no problems at all. The ride is great and if you are actually going to use it off road there is no other way to go. I love Jeeps, but I did get the extended warranty.
Jeeps I owned; 62 CJ 5, lasted forever,.. 74 CJ 5 with the V8, a monster,...80 CJ 7, still on the road today,...85 Grand Wagoneer, 89 Cherokee (my Blizzardmobile, went everywhere, did everything),... 94 JGC, same personality as the 89, still running strong, Had other real 4X4's including an underpowered, puke Japenese truck. The only vehicle that came close was my 77 K5 Blazer. Would I buy another Jeep? What do you think?
Well..I have had a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with all options including the Up Country package. Ill have to say that I love the vehicle...BUT...the tranny went out (3rd and 4th gear slippage). I take excellent care with all the vehicles I have owned. Changing oil at 3500, flushed transmission every 30,000 miles, etc, etc... so you can imagine my frustration and disbelief when the tranny went out. AND, there was no warning.. no sign of slippage, etc.. except one day.. it just happened. Now, I'm having to put a rebuilt tranny.. and not a mopar, because I can't afford that one.. two grand more than the $2500 one I'm having to put in. I don't know...I'm pretty upset about it all and not sure if I am going to get another Jeep down the road or not.
To all you ppl with bad experiences with your jeeps, that must really suck. I will never buy one. You should take whatever money you have left and buy and old bronco II! They are cheap, very reliably, and go places a jeep could only dream! Hah... I used to dream of owning a jeep. Good luck with all your problems.
You wouldn't understand. Like Rovers, Jags, Harleys and name it, authenticity has a price. No brand so far gave me the feeling I enjoy with my WJ Grand when I experience off-road competence with Rubicon tested dynamic ground clearance and proven suspension design. This is a thing of the past, and the 2005 GC with front IFS now handles like a 1980's BUICK while Mercedes SUVs now sport Jeep AWD technology.
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