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Jeep Grand Cherokee, SUV
#1794 of 2512 Whats the best V8 for Grand Cherokee
Mar 04, 2004 (10:56 am)
I am 18 I don't have a car yet but I like Jeeps. My parents have a 1999 Laredo with the 4.0 which is probably the best engine for that year to get because it's dependable, but it don't have a lot of power for the size of the Grand Cherokee, my uncle has a 1995 Grand Cherokee with a 5.2 and it sounds and runs really good, but it gets the same gas mileage as our 4.0, so i figured I would get a V8 if they get around the same mileage of a V6.
Which V8 is the best 4.7, 5.2, or 5.9.
BTW is it possible to get an older Grand Cherokee with Selec Trac instead of Quadra Trac.
#1795 of 2512 First of all
Mar 05, 2004 (8:53 am)
It is an I6 not a V6, second you are looking for Selec Trac instead of Quadra Drive. It is a higher priced option full time 4WD option and the majority of JCG's around here do NOT have QDII. So I believe the answer is YES, but what do you consider an "older" GC?
Quite frankly I remember a recall or notification of significant engine problems with at least some of the 4.0's because my husband and I discussed this and I told him not to worry becasue we had the V8.
In my experience with my '99, mileage seems to be just as related to how you drive as the engine size. My 5.2 V8 gets around 15-17 mi, but my highway drives are short and infrequent.
Lastly, from a recent conversation with my agent regarding this same issue, a young man driving a V8 will cost you more to insure.
#1796 of 2512 Well by older I mean 93 to 98 models.
Mar 05, 2004 (1:45 pm)
All the Grand Cherokee's that are squared. I think 99 model was the first year of the rounder look. I actually drive really easy on them I just like them to get up to speed fast(thats why I want a V8) and then I stay at that speed if I can.
Our average mpg is 15.6 all the time no matter how we drive it, I have actually had the instant mpg up to 99 mpg, but on instant I average 17 on short trips and 20 on longer trips.
I know it's inline but I still call it V6 most people around here do. It's the same engine as the Cherokee and the Wrangler have. I heard it's one of the most bulletproof engines ever, right up there with Chevy engines 4.3, 5.3, and 5.7, my uncle claims the Chrystler 5.2 is just as tough. Which is what I will probably get if I get a Grand Cherokee with a V8, because 4.7 is to new and I can't afford it. I would still like to know which is the best.
Mar 05, 2004 (1:53 pm)
Those Insurance companies really like to stick it to us young boys. I can't say I blame them, I just look around and see how stupid people can be with their cars, but it's not just boys, girls are just as bad, and older people can be just as bad too. They should judge what you pay by your score on drivers tests, not your age or gender.
Mar 30, 2004 (9:35 am)
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Apr 13, 2004 (4:49 am)
I must say i still own a trouble free 98 grand cherokee thats become part of the family. My wife and I purchased the 03 limited back in May 2003. From the start we had small problems. Bearings were left out of the rear end so there was loud grinding noise on the highway and especially when turning. The airbag light would go on and off. Found it to be a loose connection behind the airbag and was told the airbag would probably not have worked in an accident and had to leave it at shop for over a week. They also managed to melt a portion of my console when removing the screws under the cup holder which i did not catch until later and they said they did not do it, yea right. The AC did not cool adequately IMO in the texas summer had to run it full blast all the time and it never really got cold like my 98. Had am intermitten loud ticking noise that came from the engine a v8 H.O. which they said was normal, sure it is on a new vehicle. It was so loud we would get strange looks from others at stop lights, totally unacceptable. Then just last week a loud whinning noise was starting to come from the power steering on any left turn. This was the last straw for me. As much as i liked this grand, the ride, power, look, comfort and jeep brand I had to trade it just because of the reliability issues. I purchased a 04 Envoy thats nice in every respect so far but does not have the agressive look, feel and quick off the line power as jeep. Lucky for me my wifes father works for GM was able to buy it at his cost minus rebates which kept our payments the same and no money out of pocket all rolled into note or i would have been heavily upside down. We came out owing the same as what was left on the Grand limited which i put nothing down on as well, not even TT&L just rolled it in. Got lucky i guess. I will one day have another jeep but in at least 3 year from now, until then the 98 GC will have to do which is going to Jeep Jamboree in May. Will be back for the new version Grand or even the Liberty if the reliability issues have been corrected.......
#1800 of 2512 Re: 2004 Grand Cherokee MAJOR Problem [deepsix9 #1783]
Apr 15, 2004 (3:40 am)
That sand cast problem used to be a problem for GM also. Its not common but does happen. I suggest you take the new engine and run with it. I had a Chevy do the same thing and the engine block was replaced. Drove it 110,000 miles and sold it. no problems with new engine.
#1802 of 2512 antiquated JGC (2004 model)
Apr 23, 2004 (11:36 am)
I recently rented the above vehicle (8000 mile on the odometer) It was absolutely awful. Poorly designed would be the most generous comment I could make.
I was traveling in the mountains (above 5000 ft) and that might explain its terrible performance. I mean one needed to floor the accelerator to get the kickdown. But almost as annoying was the poor response of the steering. It really lets you know in a hurry that this is not a car. The drivers seat was to soft for me. ( Perhaps the designers think that they need to compensate for a "firm ride")
The huge transmission tunnel between the front seats was ridiculous.
I would just say that my wife's Explorer which is several years older with 150k is a more pleasant ride.
#1803 of 2512 2wd - and fishtailing -- should I be concerned?
May 09, 2004 (9:03 pm)
My daughter wants nothing less than a JGC. Unfortunately, we can only afford an older model. We've found a 1996 Laredo w/ I6 and 131k, one owner. Seems to be in good cond. The only prob. is it's 2WD. Husband seems to think this will be a problem in wet/icy weather - the RWD will not hug the roads as well and the vehicle will fishtail or skid. And since daughter is an inexperienced driver, he's concerned she could lose control/wreck a RWD more easily.
Are his concerns valid? Any other potential problems that I shold tell my mechanic to look out for?