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#4924 of 5143 Advice on Considering a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jul 29, 2011 (5:13 pm)
Totaled my BMW convertible about a month ago and now about to buy a used SUV with the insurance check. Was considering 2000-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but have heard rumor, despite how nice they look, they're maintenance and mechanical repair bottomless pits.
I'm a school teacher and cant afford costly mechanical repairs, thus should I bail on the Jeep idea?
Other SUVs I am considering are the Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda Tribute. I've been advised by a used car inspector to stay away from the Mitsubishi and I just cant bring myself to drive a Ford (Explorer) ever though he says its a great buy for the money and reliable.
Would appreciate all input and advice.
#4925 of 5143 Re: Advice on Considering a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee [taglaca]
Jul 30, 2011 (4:11 am)
Unless you are willing and able to do many repairs and mtce items yourself, forget about it. Between the blend doors, hydraulic fan, rear axle oil seals etc. it will cost a lot of money to fix. If you are able to take care of these things yourself the parts prices are outrageous. The differentials need the oil changed every 12k miles (which comes fast). The front end has to be perfect otherwise you either get the "death wobble" or the "bump steer" issue. I could go on and on. Good luck on whatever you decide.
#4926 of 5143 Re: Advice on Considering a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee [taglaca]
Jul 30, 2011 (6:08 am)
I have owned 2 Jeeps, a 2001 JGC Laredo (loaded but with I6 and Selec trac, your best bet in that vintage) and the past 4 years a 07 Laredo with 4.7 V8. Note that one wasn't my first choice but my wife really likes Jeeps and the price was $8k less than the GMCAcadia equivalent features vehicle.
So far the 07 has been a good vehicle, at 42k miles no major repairs. Jeeps require expensive under the vehicle maintenance like the F/R differentials at over $200 for fluid changes every 15-30k miles but their 4WD system is the best and they are good tow vehicles with the V8. The 4.7s are better reliability and mpg than the 5.7 hemis although neither is good mpg, 22mpg doing 65 dropping to 20mpg at 70. It does feel very safe in bad weather though, nice here in snowy MN.
My son still drives our 01 Laredo with 123k miles which has had very minimal problems so far. I'd recommend a 01-04 Laredo but be sure to get the I6 and Selectrac (shiftable 4wd fulltime) if you can find one under 75k miles with a written or dealer service record showing fluids and tranny fluid/filter exchange. Do NOT get a 00, first year in that model year change so more problems. My son is starting to have some typical problems like broken power window regulators, a cooling fan sensor etc but hasn't spent anything other than fluids and belts since he bought it from me at 70k miles a few years ago. However if you do not need the rugged 4wd system you can probably find cheaper more reliable with better mpgs out there too. Good luck!
#4927 of 5143 Re: Advice on Considering a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee [topat46]
Jul 30, 2011 (9:01 am)
Wow - I had no idea. I totaled my little BMW Convertible last month (1998 with very few repair issues) and now have to purchase something with the insurance payout by Wed. - when I lose the rental car.
I'm a school teacher with no auto mechanical knowledge so your advice is GREATLY appreciated.
Based on this info and advice from others, I think I've now made my decision to go with the Nissan Pathfinder. I'm going to shoot for one with less than 115K, however I see many for sale on-line with more than 200K which is a good indicator to me. Leme know if there are other you think I should consider.
Again, THANK YOU!
#4928 of 5143 Re: Advice on Considering a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee [taglaca]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 30, 2011 (10:16 am)
Have your independent mechanic check out the Pathfinder's transmission. (link).
Well, whatever you find that looks good, it's cheap insurance to have a mechanic give it a once over.
2011 Used Car Best Bets may help.
#4929 of 5143 Re: JGC starts then stalls [deratristar]
Aug 01, 2011 (3:40 pm)
Thanks for your reply. All the lights show before it dies. I do have two keys and have tried them both. Tonight however, when I try to start the jeep nothing happens. No clicking, nothing just dead. I have a tow coming tomorrow to bring it to my mechanic. I will follow-up with the reults. Thanks, Joe D
#4930 of 5143 Re: Advice on Considering a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee [taglaca]
Aug 03, 2011 (5:02 am)
The Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape are the same vehicle, and u can get the Ford cheaper, and it looks far better. It has a strong Duratech V6, so do not buy the 4-banger. The truck is too heavy for the base 4cyl engine. The Mazda is made by Ford, so don't buy it because you think it is Japanese and therefore a better vehicle.
Be sure to get an AWD model, and do NOT buy a Grand Cherokee, unless you really need a 4x4 with a locking center diff, low range, and skid plates.
If you do decide on the Grand Cherokee, the V8 is a must have if you can afford the gas. I have a 99, and my 4.7 hauls a** for a heavy truck. and I love it in the rain, because I can stomp on the gas and the 4x4 prevents almost all wheel-spin. It is bigger than the Fordza, and I have leather, sunroof, Infinity Sound system, power drivers and passenger seat, heated seats, etc. It just costs a lot to service.
#4931 of 5143 Re: JGC starts then stalls [deratristar]
Aug 05, 2011 (5:32 pm)
deratristar, thanks for your advice about the security issue with the key. I noticed the keys didn't respond to even locking and unlocking. I had it checked and it was the module that handles the security of the key. You were right, thanks again! Joe D
#4932 of 5143 Re: NO HEAT 2004 JGC [folsomjeeper]
Aug 06, 2011 (2:43 pm)
I know this is an old thread but I'm having the same issue and I can't seem to track down a fix. I searched WJ heater fix on ebay but no luck. Any help is appreciated. You can email me back at Jaha2929hotmail.com Thanks.
#4933 of 5143 Re: NO HEAT 2004 JGC [vkleerskov]
Aug 07, 2011 (11:10 am)
Its the "flapper" damper under the dashboard. Its cheap plastic and it breaks or sticks in one position. Very cosly labor to replace because you have to pull the dash. Saw a bill for one of these for $700 including labor at my dealer.