24th Aug 2010, 17:29

I've been dealing with my 2000 JGC overheating issues for six years now. I was so tired of not being able to go through a drive-thru or worried about getting stuck sitting in traffic that I bought another vehicle (Chrysler PT Cruise, another mistake) so I could get back and forth to work.

It started when my Jeep had 39,000 miles. We first replaced the fan relay. Since then I've spent $2,000-$3,000 replacing the fan and fan motor, radiator, water pump, thermostat, and the fan relay multiple more times. I got the full blown experience of the fan blades breaking apart and smashing into the radiator. Chrysler did refund me for the repairs since this was a recall. I was hoping that after replacing the radiator and fan motor, it would fix the overheating problems, I was wrong. I've taken it to both the dealer and to a radiator specialty shop. No one seems to know how to fix it.

I'm at the point that I only drive the Jeep if it is calling for snow. That is the only thing it does well. I've only driven it about 4,000 in the past two years. In February I was stranded in a blizzard for 7.5 hours in my Jeep. I had to keep shutting it off before it would overheat. At least the heated leather seats would warm up when it was on.

My Jeep now has 124,000 so I've put up with this for 85,000 miles.

2nd Oct 2010, 06:18

I own a 2000 Grand Cherokee Laredo. I bought it new, and it now has 85000 miles.

This vehicle has been amazing and so trouble free.

I always thought Jeeps were built to be durable and reliable, and when I was finally able to scrape together the $30,000 for it, I had to have one.

I have not been disappointed at all. I have only had to change normal wear items such as tires, battery, spark plugs, brake shoes and the rotors (only once). The plush leather is so comfortable, it's like a luxury car. On trips, I even prefer it over my LeSabre.

I get 18 mpg in the city, and it performs better than my Subaru AWD in the winter. 10 years later, it looks and drives like new yet. Best of all, I've had 10 years of no car payments. That is a vehicle that has paid me back with interest. It has lived up to the Jeep name for me. Hard to believe it came off the same line as all these trouble makers.

I also own a 53 Willys jeep; it's been in the family since new, and that still runs strong with no hassle. I guess the Jeep luck is on my side.

A Jeep lover from Buffalo,NY.

2nd Oct 2010, 11:55

I am a Jeep guy, and have always loved Jeeps.

When I was a young teenager, one of my first vehicle was a 1955 CJ-5 Tuxedo Park mark4. I got a job at a really old Jeep dealer as a parts guy, and went through the whole thing. After that, it was a love affair.

Now I too have a 2000 4.0 in a beautiful bright red truck, and the same engine failure happened to me. I absolutely love that truck. Best truck I ever had. Runs great, but the crankcase fills up with coolant, so the oil level always goes up (and coolant goes down), and I don't have any confidence in my truck whatsoever.

I hope someone from Chrysler reads this, and helps me get a fair trade in allowance for a new Jeep.


9th Oct 2010, 21:18

I also own a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0L with the inline 6. I'm glad I'm not the only one with these same issues.

Mine has 160,000 miles. I had a problem with the low coolant light always coming on, but it has maintained for about a year. I also had to change the entire driver side tail light. The back driver side door lock has to be locked and unlocked manually. Also it makes a crazy squeaking sound when I lock the doors to get out, and when I reach 15 mph, when they automatically lock. I have also replaced the radiator within the past year.

Last week, I noticed that the electric cooling fan began to run continuously, even after removing the keys from the ignition. So today, I changed the fuse and the fan relay. Now it doesn't run at all, which causes the Jeep to overheat; so I guess I'll change the fan motor now. Any other suggestions?

11th Oct 2010, 18:17

I have a 2002 Grand Cherokee Laredo straight 6 4.0 L, and recently I had to replace the radiator, water pump, thermostat, belt, tensioner, and now the temperature is reading hot. I don't know what to do.

22nd Oct 2010, 22:07

I'm almost wondering if there was a recall on these Jeeps? I own a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 6 cyl, and love it to pieces. I have owned it now for 2 years, and so far had to replace the engine. Anti-freeze was leaking, couldn't find where it was going, then the tapping began. Me being a woman, I didn't think anything of it, just thought the motor was cold. Well come the 1st day of the New Year of 2010, it sounded as if someone was beating my engine with a hammer, and my rod snapped. Do you know these motors are not easy to find?

I have constant bad luck with vehicles. My passenger door is a goose or a duck, whichever you prefer, and has to be unlocked from the inside.

After it sat in the dealer's parking lot, waiting to be fixed, one of their dumb workers ran into the back of it and smashed out my taillights. I didn't insurance claim it, because they fixed it free of charge.

Recently, I was hauling a U-Haul trailer, and a couple days later my taillights decided they didn't want to work anymore. All other lights work but those. Checked bulbs, fuses, etc.

Also... I know I have a lot to say :)... it likes to sputter or kind of chug when idling or sitting at a stop light. Now it likes to shut off when at stop lights if I am idling for too long.

If anyone has a solution to fixing this, or has had similar problems and ideas for me, please let me know. I know there is hope for this truck, and I owe quite a bit of money on it.

Thank you!!


23rd Oct 2010, 23:31

I find it amazing that so many people are having the same problems I do with my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Frankly, the quality and reliability of this car is not very high.

Here is my list:

1 - The driver's electric lock does not work.

2 - The front passenger's electric window does not work.

3 - The coolant leaks constantly, and I have to top it off at least once a week.

4 - The oil pressure gauge goes to near zero during idle.

5 - The car oftentimes stalls when the car is idling.

6 - I get an awful 10 mpg driving in the city.

The most troublesome thing is that the car's odometer reads only 70K miles.

I am starting to look for a Japanese car instead. They are truly the most reliable cars on the market.