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#211 of 5143 re: "Don't Make a Mistake"
May 06, 2002 (8:45 am)
As others have written, not everyone has had bad problems with their JGC. I currently have 3 vehicles my wife and I drive. One is a 2000 Lexus GS300, the second is a 2001 JGC Lmited V8 (my wife's car), and the third a 2002 Jeep Liberty. Prior to the Lexus I drove a 1996 Toyota Avalon. I traded a 1994 Jeep Cherokee sport on the Liberty. The Cherokee never needed anything more than routine maintenance (brakes, tires, oil, etc). The Toyota was a good car, but not trouble free. The big issue was the front struts and a dealer service department that was not very helpful (went to another dealer and got better service). We've had no problems with the JGC or the Liberty. The Lexus is a fine car, but dollar for dollar I'm quit impressed with the build quality of the Liberty. Fit and finish are pretty good comparing a $25K Liberty to my $40K Lexus.
#212 of 5143 Jeep ... is not a Lexus (except Off-Road)
May 07, 2002 (10:00 am)
I have Owned my '96 JGC 4x4 with every option for over 4 years now w/o any major problem. I really hate to hear of the few nightmares that people have encountered. I encountered one with a dealership that sells and services various brands ... it is called CARMAX ... stay away from them!!! I took my JGC in for some warranty work (basically have them check it out before the warranty expired) ... I requested that that some parts be replaced (U-Joints) due to some noise and have them look at the transfercase and they basically took my JGC for 5 days and charged me for a rental then said "Sorry we don't think they need to be replaced ... ", I replaced them myself and had a local 4x4 shop check out the driveshafts & transfer case to make sure everything was inline ... The noise went away!
SO - STAY AWAY FROM ANY CARMAX DEALERSHIPS!!!
Wish I had driven the 45 miles to the dealership I purchased the Jeep from after dealing with CarMax.
But for everyone who purchases a Jeep and doesn't plan on using it offroad ... if you want it to act like a Honda (buy a Honda) ... Even though I have not gotten to go Off-Roading in a while and a lot of my 106k has been in traffic ... my only replacement/repair that would not be considered "normal wear" is an Oxygen sensor ... and even those go bad on a Honda, Acura or Lexus.
So would I buy another Jeep ... Yes ... You can't beat a Jeep Off-Road ! ... They do good in snow as well with a good set of tire's.
What am I buying next ... honestly thinking about a S2000 (Honda) ... I have CBR 900RR and like Honda as well --- and wouldn't mind having a convertable.
BUT - I am keeping my JGC also !!!
Plan to still have it when it turns 200k maybe even 300k (it will likely out live me)
May 13, 2002 (7:39 am)
i think all the people who have jeep problems with tires break and rotors we should get together and file a class action. i have a jeep ive been through 3 sets of tires two sets of rotors and a cam shaft and i cant drive it because it needs rotors again. i do have a lawyer
May 13, 2002 (7:47 am)
i wished i never bought this junk its been in the shop 16 times in 2 years for camshaft, rotors tires alignments. what junk
May 13, 2002 (5:21 pm)
My JGC is the biggest piece of *#$ I have ever owned. I have had the steering colum replaced 6 times, brake rotors replaced 3 times, and numerous electical gremlins looked at that the dealership says is normal. I have my JGC turned in for lemon law in the state of PA. Everytime the case has come up for a court date, Chrysler has postponed because they say that they need more time to explore their options. This has been going on for over a year. I am sick and tired of dealing with this piece #$%* and also with Chrysler. So much for customer service. Anyone interested in buying a JGC might want to rethink their decision before buying a piece of junk JEEP.
May 14, 2002 (4:57 am)
Did the 1st-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee (as well as the current version) use a live rear axle with coil springs as the rear suspension? I just purchased a '97 Laredo and am wondering about the rear end specs. By the way, I've put 4000 miles on this Jeep since February with no problems.
#217 of 5143 How do you know your rotors are warped?
May 14, 2002 (2:07 pm)
I've just turned 13,000 miles on my '01 2WD JGC Laredo. I've begun to notice that the steering wheel shimmies or wobbles at high speed braking? Is that the symptom every one else has experienced with regard to the brake rotor warpage? I've yet to have it looked at and just wanted some feedback for the time when I must take it in. Also, am I correct in understanding that DC will only cover the rotors for the first 12,ooo miles and since I'm over that, it will be an out of pocket expense to have them replaced? Thanks for the input.
#218 of 5143 DC rotors/break issues
May 15, 2002 (6:37 am)
Just because you feel some pulsating in the break peddle and/or some wobbleing in the steering wheel doesn't mean you have to immediatly run out and replace everything! It doesn't mean your breaks are failing or are going to fail on you! All newer (97 - current) DC products seem to have those symptoms. Both of my DC vehicles have always had these issues, and have always braked fine. Yes the DC rotors are crappy and cheap, and you can find some "after market" quality rotors to replace them with, to remedy the pulsating/wobbling. But the braking performance (stopping your vehicle) is comperable either way. But don't waste your money of factory replacement rotors, they'll just do the same thing after the same amount of use. And yes, you may have to pay out of pocket since your over 12K miles. However, DC dealerships have been known to replace the crappy rotors with new crappy rotors for free. You'll find those posts if you read through these message boards. Good Luck!
May 15, 2002 (12:19 pm)
billwfriend.....thanks for your post and information. Like you, I don't seem to have any braking problems and sometimes the trouble is in reading all these posts and what others are saying or doing about their problems. As long as the braking remains stable I can live with the wobble. Aside from that, I've experienced no problems with my JGC and I am quite pleased with my vehicle. Thanks again for your time and input.