2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from North America - Comments

6th May 2008, 04:22

I've had my loaded 03 Grand Cherokee Laredo for about a year and a half so far. Purchased with 45,000 miles, now have 86,000. It is a beautiful machine, and runs exceptionally well. Fortunately, I haven't had any engine things, and the brakes are great. Glad I don't have heated seats, but I believe there is a recall available. However... there is a reason I found this site.

Problems Resolved:

• Brakes (Dealer paid) (@ 45K miles)

• A/C Compressor/Clutch relay (307) (@ 85K miles)

• Replaced all 4 horrible Goodyear Wrangler tires (@ 49K miles)

Problems Unresolved:

• Tire Sensor warning (but works?) (@ 51K miles)

• Hood Hydraulics (@ 64K miles)

• Turns Signals work sporadically (@79K miles)

• All 4 window moldings unseated (@ app. 56K miles)

• Driver's rear view mirror unhinged (@68K miles)

• Tire jack issued must have been intended for Tyco toy Jeeps.

The main problem I experienced was intermittent heat and A/C, and then a month later, the radiator cooling fan would not come on. The garage replaced the A/C cmprs/clutch relay, located behind the front bumper, which apparently had shorted. I guess I’ll wait for my windows and power seats to crap out soon. Buy American, right? Alas, I still reluctantly love my Jeep. I’m an idiot.

4th Jun 2008, 21:23

I have had same problem that everyone else has. At 65000 miles I had the bearings repacked at the dealership, and drove 10 miles down the road for the whole rear axle to lock up. The dealership forgot to grease the new bearings.

AC and heat blows when it wants to; dealership charged 100 dollars to tell me they don't know.

Will never buy another Jeep.

17th Jun 2008, 10:18

I bought a 2003 Grand Cherokee Laredo- used with 74,000 miles on it. Only had it for 2 months and it's been in the shop more than not. My biggest problem right now is that I get surging and stalling and nothing is showing up when it's hooked up to a scanner, so 3 different mechanics are stumped. The surging happens normally at about 55 MPH. RPM and MPH needles drop back and forth very fast, and it feels as if the engine is starving for gas. Then shortly after the surging, it stalls out on me. CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH A SOLUTION FOR THIS PLEASE?

24th Jun 2008, 09:25

I actually thought there was hope but now I see that I'm not alone. My 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 has had several of the same problems. My warranty expired at 64,000 miles and I now have 71,000. Luckily some of the above went wrong while under warranty and were fixed under it. My car overheated and yes, had to replace the fan switch at 50,000 miles. seals around all doors are shrinking and water comes in when it rains heavily. Already had to buy two sets of tires and replace all brake lights. Transmission shifts very hard lately and the engine light has recently come on. My car will stall at coasting speed of 15 mph or less and when I start it it revs up to 3rpms every time. They say it's the throttle position sensor and a few other things they are not too sure of. I HATE MY CAR!!!

24th Jun 2008, 21:23

I have an answer for the comment on 55mph and then surging and rpm needle goes all the way down. Mine was doing the same thing, except it ends up dying on me. If I wait about 10 minutes it will start back up and then I don't know how far I'll get before dying again. Brought it to the "dealer" I bought it from. Their diagnosis... Crank shaft sensor and the oxygen sensors are both out.

I am currently wanting to know "pictures would be nice" where those sensors are so I can get someone to change them with out having to pay 500.00 to do it. So far from research, both are located in easy access areas and don't require special tools. Also, Auto Zone has the parts for half of what the "dealer" wants to charge me.

28th Jun 2008, 13:53

I have an 03 Grand Cherokee Laredo. I bought it in January of 07 with 34,300 miles on it.

At the time, I bought an extended warranty with it since my 2 previous Chrysler problems had bad transmissions at about 40,000 miles. Well so far, 1 1/2 years later and I'm up to 53,000 miles and no tranny problems but... 3 out of 4 window regulators have broken (got kind of sick of driving around with tape on my windows).

The power seat didn't work, the radio wasn't working. My driver's side mirror is broken (won't lock into place).

Now I'm having problems with the car not starting. In the last 3 weeks, the car has been at the dealer 2 times, for about 4-5 days at a time. I will drive the car, get out and do whatever I have to do. When I get back to the car, it won't start. The gauges go crazy and it's dead.

This morning it happened when the car was shut off for 3 minutes. I have to sit and wait and keep trying it. Sometimes it will start and stay running, sometimes it will crank and not turn over.

The Jeep dealer the first time said it was a Powertrain Control Module. This was after they couldn't find the problem themselves. They had to actually call Chrysler to find out what it could be. 2 days after I got it back it happened again. This time they said it was a bad fuel pump (because it wouldn't stay running) and the crankshaft position sensor.

When I picked it up this last Tuesday, the service advisor told me if this doesn't fix it, he doesn't know where to go from here. The alternator and everything else tests OK. He has no idea what else it could be.

I'm so disgusted with this car. I always wanted a Jeep and thought this car was such a great Jeep. I will never never buy another Jeep or any other Chrysler product again. I know they won't do anything about it, but I'm going to send them a very nasty e-mail. Thank god my warranty so far has covered the problems, but it's the inconvenience of paying for a car that you have to cross your fingers everytime you put the key in the ignition. I have never had so many problems in a car.

30th Jun 2008, 21:37

Own a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with engine stalling. Jeep dealer fixed my wallet not the car; 279.00 on speed sensor, 240.00 on fuel system flush, 90.00 for computer hookup. It's still stalling and surging at higher speeds. The dealer can't find the problem without trying one new sensor at a time. Oh! At my expense.

Can anyone out there help?

6th Jul 2008, 11:57

For your stalling issue, I recommend you visit this forum thread.. it is extremely helpful.

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7811_102-248386/jeep-grand-cherokee-stalling-fixed/

9th Jul 2008, 08:43

Recently bought a 2004 GC Limited with 64k in June 2008. Jeep is wonderful. However, the A/C worked intermittently and now - it doesn't blow air or heat at all. I know that the air is cold and the heat is hot because when setting the thermostat controls, there is a distinct difference in temperature; just no fan blowing that air.

I read another comment here that stated the same issue was resolved by replacing the A/C clutch compressor relay behind the front bumper. I will have to do that as the dealership has no clue why the A/C will not blow.

I almost replaced the blower motor instead, but found out that the motor is fine. Another comment on here stated that the fix was to replace the blower motor. My fiancee's brother checked that with me and found no issue with the motor... so... let's try the relay now.

To find out how it went, send me a message.

God bless. :)