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#1 of 5133 Did I make a mistake buying a Jeep????
Apr 01, 2001 (4:16 pm)
I have owned my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for about 2 weeks and have a very annoying problem with it. I get a rubbing/screeching noise from the steering column when I make a turn. It is even more noticable when making a sharp turn at a higher rate of speed. The dealership couldn't fix it and said it will work it self in.(Bullshit)It took it to the mechanic that does our fleet work, he sprayed the column at the firewall and the noise got noticeably better. Alot of people warned me not to get a Jeep because stuff like this is common and I will have to used to it. Does anyone have the same problem? Any other areas of concern that I should be aware of?
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#2 of 5133 You indeed made a mistake!!!1
Apr 05, 2001 (12:25 am)
Look forward to brake rotors warping every 3000 miles, power window motors that go out leaving the window imoperable regardless of whether it is up or down, fuel pump making your jeep hard to start and idle rough as well as stall at redlights, rearend howl, and oh yes the steering column squeak. If you haven't checked out the bulletin board on JGC's you should. You will find HUNDREDS of unhappy Jeep owners that have experienced the problems listed above. Best advice would be to take it back to the dealer and hand over the keys.
#3 of 5133 50 MPH Engine Rattling/Knocking
Apr 05, 2001 (3:55 pm)
Since I bought my GCL, the engine makes a noise when I accelerate to or past 50 mph. It happens right at 50 mph, without fail, and never before. It sounds almost like engine knocking from bad gas (but it isn't that). They have looked at it 4 times. The first 3 times they said they couldn't hear it. The 4th time I made the guy ride it with me. Then, of course, they heard it. Still, they say they can't identify it.
Does anybody else have this problem? has anyone had this resolved?
#4 of 5133 Cavman2x - You May Have Mistake
Apr 05, 2001 (3:58 pm)
Cavman2x - I hate to say it, but buying the Jeep really may have been a mistake. I would take jwp248's advice and try and get your money back ASAP. Otherwise, you will be in the shop numerous times (13 times for me in 20 months and I usually wait until I have 2 or more problems before I bother to make the trip). One other problem, the resell value on these is TERRIBLE. At 18 months, mine was worth $15K - $16K in the market (less than half its sticker). Even Jeep, after torturing me with that car, said they don't think they're worth more than $15.5. It's a '99, stickered for $32K, and is in PERFECT condition in terms of appearence. A '99 4-Runner that stickered for the same price would go in the mid $20's.
All in all, it was the dumbest purchase I've ever made. Okay, they do look good, especially in the shop.
#5 of 5133 That resale sounds way too low
Apr 05, 2001 (5:47 pm)
I just traded my '99 JGC after owning it for 28 months and got $20k trade-in. That was 1500 more than the high end trade-in value I was quoted on the "Real World Trade-in Values" thread on the Smart Shopper board. Somebody is giving you bad numbers; keep trying and you'll get a better deal. BTW, I am SO THRILLED to be rid of that Jeep!
#6 of 5133 JGC trade-in
Apr 06, 2001 (12:10 am)
I have been trying to trade my 99 JGC 6cyl Laredo for approximately 3 months now. It too is in excellent shape "cosmetically". The best trade I've been able to get is 16000 in the south. Just attempted to trade it in Dallas, at a Chrysler dealer, and was offered 13200, and they wouldn't budge. Used car managers have been bit trading for these things and passing their problems on to their customers therefore are not interested at all in trading for them. So guess what-- I'm stuck with a Jeep that in 18 months and 26000 miles has had 7 window motors, 4 sets of brake rotors, 2 fuel pumps going on a third, and a front hub and wheel bearing replaced. I am also enduring a rough idle stalling condition the dealer can't find and on top of all that the rear end began howling and vibrating on acceleration on the trip back from Dallas today indicating the rear end is about to go. HELP!!
#7 of 5133 Back again from the dealer
Apr 10, 2001 (7:58 pm)
Yes, I agree, one of the reason I go to this site is to vent my frustration with my 2000 JGC Limited (v8, quadra drive, bells and whistles). But I also read about other people's problems to somewhat comfort me that I'm not the only one who take their Jeep in every month for one problem or another.
Well, I have been having problems with the Jeep idling low/stalling. They updated the computer and raised up the RPM's. The stalling/low idling problem is solved, but the vehicle shakes every time I stop. I went to the dealer and they test drove the vehicle. The service manager stated that he felt the shaking, but stated that it was normal for the jeep. I test drove the 2001, and it had similar shake at the stops, at a lesser degree. I guess I will have to live with that problem.
I then went and test drove, Infinity QX4, LX 470, and GMC Denali. None of them come close to all the comfort and luxury features of the Jeep.
GMC Denali has similar power, but just does not feel right.
Well although I hate the reliability of my Jeep, I'm considering taking out extended warranty because nothing comes close to the V8 power, 4x4 capability, and luxuries of the jeep.
#8 of 5133 oil passages
Apr 11, 2001 (9:29 pm)
well, i personally loved our grand cherokee. it was a very solid off-roading vehicle, we abused it pretty well for a yuppie-mobile. we were spared the little things that would keep it at the dealer, ie the steering column, windows, etc. i liked the ride, and the thing was faster than most cars, great power for an Suv. wouldve roasted the tires if it didnt have the quadra-drive. then, on a road trip, clicking began. turns out the passages had carbonized or something and essentially it was getting no oil, and never would again. the motor was trashed. managed to get full trade value, fortunately, and got a sedan instead. still, if someone could guaruntee me reliability, i'd take another one in a half a second.
#9 of 5133 Rumbling Sound In Rear Of 1998 JGC
Apr 12, 2001 (8:55 pm)
Since the day I purchased my JGC new it has had a low pitched sound toward the rear of the vehicle which pulses. It sounds like a beat where two separate vibrations overlap.There is some vibration in the steering wheel.The dealer has checked all tires and replaced one. They have also replaced the rear propeller shaft, rebuilt the transfer case, and inspected both the front and rear differentials.The vibration may be somewhat less but the noise remains. Does anyone have a similar experience or any advice?
#10 of 5133 1994 GC owner
Apr 13, 2001 (6:48 am)
I've got 213,000 miles on my V8 1994 GC laredo. It now in the shop for only 2nd significant set of repairs. Water pump and ball joints. I'd take a new one at the drop of the hat, but a 2001 would cost $12,000 more than I paid for the 1994.