2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from North America - Comments

15th May 2007, 10:04

I purchase a 2003 Jeep Cherokee (Laredo) April 2006, the body and the interior (leather) was very eye catching. Two months later the check engine light came on, a few days later it week off. Three months later the check engine light came on again. I took it to find out why was the check engine light on, the code that came up was a P172 indicated transmission (sensor), the dealer said that was a generic code and it could mean anything. The dealer fixed the problem, two weeks later the check engine light came on again "solenoid switch". A month later the check engine light came on with the same code, the dealer said the part was defective. After replacing the part three weeks later the check engine light came on again with the same code. I've had constant problems with this vehicle. The window regulator on driver's side went out, the hood wouldn't stay up, the brakes sound like they were dragging, the air condition would not cool. The gas miles were terrible. In my life time I've had five cars and two SUV's, but this one has been the worst. In such a short time things just seemed to happen with this vehicle. This vehicle is a very good looking SUV, but too many problems came with it. I kept it for a year and traded it in.

23rd May 2007, 19:57

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, V6, 4 X 4 Problems.

Purchased new in late 2003.

Ticking noise from engine, Dealer said it was normal.

Check Engine Light, Dealer fixed.

Replaced front brakes at 30,000, normally 50-60,000 previous Jeep Cherokee. Now overheating, fan will not turn on, going to dealer tomorrow!

Tires lasted only 40,000, usually get 60-70,000.

Had a previous Grand Cherokee that was great, never buy one again!!!

29th May 2007, 10:13

Wow! Sounds like the same problems I have. 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I have had it about 3 years. Brakes squeal. Replaced pads and still squeal. Check engine light periodically on and off. Changed the fuel filter and plugs because it was sluggish. Now it stays on all of the time. The more you fix, the more it says it has a problem. I even went for a front end alignment and the guy could not loosen the bolts to do it.

12th Jul 2007, 21:24

My 2003 GCL has had all of the same problems. The ticking noise at start up, idle and off idle (most likely a stuck valve or collapsed lifter, although the so-called "techs" at the dealership say they "can't hear it..." they must be f@#!king deaf), the hood hydraulics, brakes, check engine light (ended up being a bad gas cap) bad tire wear and hard transmission shifts. Seems like Jeep just took all the left-over parts from the previous years and stuck them into the 2003. I won't buy another one prior to 2006.

20th Aug 2007, 20:39

Bought the 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Looked great, but the same problems... bad gas cap, switch for fan behind the bumper, brakes squeak all the time, and now the pass side front window motor regulator broke. Cannot get the part at anywhere for less than $180 with my discount. I will put it in, but the car keeps getting worse and worse. Not like my 97 and I am out of Cherokees after this one. Peace.

8th Sep 2007, 07:27

I bought an 04 (2003 build date) Jeep GC limited for my wife, RAV4 was slight worse; we are experiencing the same rotor pulsating, check engine on/off/on whenever it wants and a hard shift into reverse.

JFK.

6th Oct 2007, 01:22

WOW! Sounds like the same problems I have had out of my 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD.

1) Squeaky brakes even after I changed pads.

2) Replaced passenger side window motor which was dead.

3) Replaced driver side window motor bracket assembly because the cable broke on the regulator.

4) Replaced Radiator Fan relay once, and now it is out again 1 year later.

5) Ticking from engine that was described at AutoZone as a 'Bad Gas Cap'. The gas cap didn't fix it, and now they say it has a leak somewhere in the Throttle Sensor or something-or-other.

6) Air conditioner will not switch from the radiator vents until the engine is up to 55 mph no matter what the knob is set on.

I'm contemplating on selling it after I fix the fan relay this time. It only has 70,000 miles on it, and I'm having all of these troubles.

6th Oct 2007, 01:24

Forgot to add that the transmission shifts hard into reverse after starting, and I was told by the dealer that this is 'normal'. I said "Do What?"

16th Oct 2007, 00:26

I have a 2003 Grand Cherokee. Let's see... I bought it used, however, two days after I picked it up the engine light came on and the driver side window broke. I was told by dealer a fuel vacum line needed changing. A couple of months later engine light again. Another fuel line. I asked the dealer why didn't they change all of the lines if it was from deterioration? They said they were unable to do that. Then the passenger window broke. Couple of months after that, engine light again... This time it was something do do with my gas tank. Two days after that engine light again. It started overheating. This time had my uncle do a little shade tree on it. It's the sensor for the fan... and now the back passenger window broke. Hopefully I can get it fixed before something else goes wrong and trade it in. It only has 74,000 miles on it. I haven't had it two years yet.

18th Oct 2007, 18:46

Oh my gosh. My 03 Laredo has just about all of the same problems. I bought it new in Dec 02. May of 03, air started working intermittently, and every time I took it in, you guessed it... it worked. 6 months later, they replaced the whole control panel... they figured this out after some higher up at the Jeep dealership's brother was having the same problem. As of last month, only the defroster works.

Brakes squeak. In the winter when I hit a bump, the front end makes a funny noise; a friend who has a Jeep said it's the gas struts. Hood won't stay up, fan sensor switch went up (dealer replaced), and went up again 16 months later, and a 2 cent piece of plastic that holds the window cable in place on the passenger door broke, and they want 180.00 for the whole part motor and all... my boyfriend fixed it by using some ingenuity.

Oh, and now the check engine light is on. I have 105000 miles on it. Won't buy another.

28th Oct 2007, 23:03

I have a 2003 Grand Cherokee Limited. I bought it in April of 2005. Since then I have replaced.\

1- AC blower module (which you need to remove the dash board for)

2- Tires.

3- Rebuilt the transmission

4- front and rear end differential.

5- right and left wheel bearings.

6- Dual climate control wire harness.

ETC...

They are well built trucks if you like to throw your money away.

29th Nov 2007, 19:09

YAY! I am not alone!

I have been trying to figure out what that "ticking" noise is in the engine... turns out everybody has that.

The engine light... same problem. My dealership said it was a fuel pump vapor sensor and it wasn't worth fixing.

THe driver side window regulator broke.

And I have a squeel when making left hand turns... It sounds like a belt is slipping, but the dealership says that is normal!

Good thing I bought the 160,000km warranty! Sounds like I will need it!