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#333 of 5143 1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited Problems
Aug 14, 2002 (7:15 pm)
Just a little sharing for those of you thinking of buying a Jeep Grand Cherokee (DON'T)or buying an Extended Warranty (DO). My current mileage is 65k and it has gone through: (4) automatic transmissions, rebuilt the front & rear ends once each, new front suspension bushings replacements, new catalytic converter replaced, exhaust system & new muffler replaced...that's about it for the running gear. Now the electrical system: new Vechicle Information Panel, new speedometer send sensor (still bad), new left & right side remote mirrors, power seat acutators, new horn, new CD player & radio. All paid for at the courtesy of Chrysler including car rentals. Am I worried? not now but yes in about 12,000 miles before the extended warranty runs out. Ever since Chrysler told me they are sorry but there is nothing "more" they can do, I have been telling myself that I am practically driving a new car (4) times over. Ha ha ha ...
Aug 14, 2002 (7:19 pm)
Doesn't that qualify to go back under the state's lemon law?
#335 of 5143 Talking about reliability
Aug 14, 2002 (7:20 pm)
I have a 98 JGC SE 4x4 I6 with 60K miles and the only thing I had to change was the fuel pump which was covered under warranty. I met someone in the course of my job who also has a JGC a 94 I6 4x2. We spoke about our jeeps and went over to her's. She has 245,000 miles on her's and has owned it since new. She told me she has just performed routine maintenance and when the time comes will only by Jeep. After her testimonial and my experience as well as my father and brothers experience with their JGC's the problems seem fewer than those would have use believe. My take is their seems to a few unhappy Jeep owners out there that yell loud enough to make it seem most jeeps are problamatic which i have found not the case. No need to try and change my mind cuz im not listening and if you dont like jeeps or cannot pay to properly service your vehicle then get something else and complain on that board...
Aug 15, 2002 (7:51 am)
Thanks for all the good info! I have read all the entries at this site re: problems. I'm having a problem with my 2001 limited 2wd that I have not seen posted. After driving at a steady speed (i.e. freeway) for a short period, I often have to stop for quick errands (1-2 minutes). If I leave the car running in park, it often over heats to the point of redline and flashing check gauges. The dealer has been "unable to reproduce the problem". Anyone else had this happen? Other than that I love my jeep and haven't had any problems with my 99 or my 2001. Thanks for the help.
#337 of 5143 1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited Problems - part 2
Aug 15, 2002 (1:25 pm)
I intended for this thread to share info on Jeep problems, so tell us & share your problems and problems only. If you have a happy story, take it to the happy Jeepster board. They love to hear from you.
Yes, the Jeep 5.9 is maintained regularly and serviced by a 5-star Chrysler-Jeep dealer. And the only reason I kept going back to the dealer was because I don't want to give Chrysler an excuse that I took it to a cheap automotive place. My catalytic converter failed at 8k miles and front end failed at 14k miles which gave me a bad vibe. And I forgot to mention the brake rotor problems in my last post. They were changed and resurfaced (3) times by the dealer. I finally took it to an independent brake shop and upgraded the brake pads & rotor myself.
Everything that was replaced was covered under factory warranty and by the same 5-star dealer each and every time. And believe me, they do look up my maintenance records. And they will not give you a free rental car if it is not THEIR fault or if they don't have to keep your car overnight. In case you want to know, it is Chrysler's own Maximum Care Warranty. My only regret was that I went for the $50 deductible instead of the $0 but at least I got some air miles out of it. This policy pays for a maximum 5-day car rental in one stretch only, so if you have a big transmission problem like mine, take the car in for an assessment first and schedule the repair on a Monday. This was actually suggested by the Service Advisor and they sure know their stuffs. The dealer has to order the parts in from the warehouse. I understand sometimes you don't have this luxary if your rig needs to be towed to the dealership if it dies on the road as it happened to me once.
Someone asked if my problem comes under the "lemon law". Yes, it does; but for Washington State I have to make a claim within 30 months of delivery and for the same & repeat problem. Who would have thought a new transmission replacement every 15k miles!
The only thing that works good is the seat warmer but I feared that day that I may be electorcuted in it
#338 of 5143 5.9 Ltd Problems
Aug 15, 2002 (3:28 pm)
"I intended for this thread to share info on Jeep problems, so tell us & share your problems and problems only. If you have a happy story, take it to the happy Jeepster board. They love to hear from you."
...Geez, was that really necessary for you to say? What's your point? And BTW, you didn't start this thread.
"Someone asked if my problem comes under the "lemon law". Yes, it does; but for Washington State I have to make a claim within 30 months of delivery and for the same & repeat problem."
...What you're actually saying here is that "NO," it isn't covered under your state's lemon law because it's well beyond the time/mileage limits to file a claim.
The 98 was probably one of the worst years for the JGC. The last year of the original design. DC wasn't interested in fixing any of the chronic problems that plagued this design. And it looked and felt a heck of a lot cheaper than the 93's.
I had a 98 go back under the lemon law. It was a relief to get out from under that one. No complaints on my 93, 99 and 02 though. I SURE LOVE MINE!
At least you were smart enough to buy an extended warranty. That's a must on ANY vehicle. Now your decision is to take a chance that it'll be okay and keep it, or ditch it before your warranty expires. That's a no-brainer.
Aug 15, 2002 (3:59 pm)
I've heard that as well but mainly just the 5.9 models. It seems that the 360 was just too much engine for the rest of the drivetrain. What transmission does it have?
I'm sorry you've had so many problems but I would like to ask how you drive it? I have a co-worker with 2 4.3 AWD Astro vans that he has replaced the drivetrain twice on. I was wondering why he had so many problems until I drove with him. He is an aggressive driver to say the least. I'm not saying you are but that it can make a difference.
#340 of 5143 1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited Problems - Part 3
Aug 15, 2002 (5:28 pm)
To clarify once again for those who responded, I started the thread on 5.9 Limited - and that is the flagship of the Jeep GJC line. Just read the title line. This thread is for info sharing, no need to be defensive unless you own a 5.9 Limited then we can swap some real stories. If you need to learn about about Jeep problems, go to NHTSA website. Buying an extended warranty is a personal choice and there is no need to label one as smart or dumb.
Aug 15, 2002 (9:18 pm)
This 'thread' has 319 messages and was started to cover Jeep Grand Cherokee problems, not just your posts inside the public thread.
I'm just wondering if I'm understanding you correctly: If I don't have a '98 5.9L I'm not allowed to reply to anything you've said or ask questions? Plus if people should just go to NHTSA to find out problems, why are you posting your bad experiences here?
I don't own a GC but I do like all Jeeps and like to learn about them. I found your history with your Jeep very interesting and has actually taken my opinion of the 5.9 down a notch. The reason I'm asking questions is for my own benefit and so that if I run into a situation where the knowledge would be applicable I might be able to help someone out. Say, if they were going to buy a 5.9 or already owned one. People come here to share opinions and information and I don't understand your attitude.
I'm still interested in what kind of transmission/transfer-case the 5.9 had. I'm assuming it had an aluminum-centred Dana 44 and a Dana 30 up front for axles. Does anybody know?
Aug 15, 2002 (10:37 pm)
... simmer down! We can all enjoy diverse discussion and ignore what we don't care to read!
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