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#17 of 893 New 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Sep 28, 2003 (7:15 am)
I liked the 26F package in the 2003 (e.g., auto headlights but not the body side cladding) - compared to the T package in the 2004 so I searched out and found one of the last 2003s in the area. The MSRP was 32k and change with the sunroof, F package etc.
Offered 21,500 plus my old 97 jeep which had a bluebook value of about $4000 on a trade in. So I paid essentially $25,500 with the $3000 discount. Seemed a good deal at about $6700 below MSRP. And I got 3.6% on the loan.
Only down side is that the city mileage has been around 13 mpg which is 4 mpg below my old jeep and 3 mpg below what is listed so I am going to have them look at it. Highway is 21 mpg. Could just be that I need to break it in some more (has only 300 miles now).
Would love to hear how the new mileage is for others with a new grand cherokee.
#18 of 893 New mileage sucks
Sep 30, 2003 (11:23 pm)
I have a '04 V8 JGC Ltd. Now I have 2500 miles and the trip computer still says +/- 15 miles/gal. Even on the freeway.. However, I do get poor mileage on local roads, but on the freeway, I observed about 20 miles/gal.
Field1, does your trip monitor show the actual mileage? Because mine doesn't
#19 of 893 New Mileage
Oct 01, 2003 (6:43 am)
I don't remember my 1997 6 cyl GC getting poor gas mileage at the beginning, but maybe I just didn't notice. However, for most of my memory I averaged around 18-19 mpg with 22-23 on the highway and 17 in stop and go traffic.
So it was a bit of a shock when my new GC 6 cyl started with about 12-13 around town. Right now I am trusting the gas mileage display, but on my next fillup I will know if that is accurate. Read in various places that with tight rings etc causing some friction, it needs 1000 to 3000 miles to get to its typical gas mileage.
Is your trip monitor just inaccurate? Does it not match the mileage on the odometer?
#20 of 893 Chrome Wheels
Oct 01, 2003 (5:54 pm)
We bought a new 2004 GC Overland,which is now the top of the line. We traded in a 60th anniversary 2001 GC Limited, and what a disappointment. The Overland comes standard with a up country suspension, and ride is very stiff. The dealer tells me that this option is for off-roading. Now who in their right mind would take this $40,000. vehicle off-roading?
Now I find out that you can delete this option at a no cost savings. Now that is a deal. Hopefully it will soften up. I guess I didn't do my homework. But the real kicker are the Chrome Clad Wheels. They are a plastic chrome wheel cover attached over a standard wheel. I specifically ordered chrome wheels like my 2001, 60th anniversary edition had but this is what I got. I wonder how they will hold up in the northeast with our hard winters.(road salt,anti-skid material etc.) At first glance they look good, but I noticed the plastic the first time I washed them. All this for a $40,000 plus vehicle. I am really disappointed in jeep. Too late now. I bought it and have to live with it. Just thought you wanted to know.
#21 of 893 Mileage and Chrome Wheels
Oct 03, 2003 (12:13 pm)
My trip monitor seems to be very inaccurate because it says +/- 15 on freeway when I go 80 MPH and in the city where I stop like every 2 minutes. City driving stinks real bad because I see the gas gauge needle going down, seriously! I didn't observe the city driving but the freeway driving I get about 20 miles/gal.
The stupid thing is that AVG MIL/GAL goes up by 0.1 after about 30 minutes of driving on the freeway and goes down by 0.1 after about 30 minutes of city driving. So it's like when I go see my parents I get about + 0.4 miles/gal, then loose what I got from the freeway when I drive around town. Then again, I go see my parents and get the same thing all over and the cycle repeats itself, not doing anything to the 'shown' mileage. I think it's pretty retarded to have this kind of inaccuracy in a 40G car.. I'm going to ask the dealer next time I go for my first oil change. And I will check my city mileage next time I fill up my tank.
About your question regarding the trip monitor matching the odometer.. I wouldn't know because I reseted my "trip mile" menu many times when I went places.. Haha.. But the trip mileage seems to be accurate. It's just the AVG MIL/GAL that's inaccurate. It changes so slow I don't know how the trip computer is calculating this value!!
As for the Chrome wheels.. I love mine even though they are plastic. I thought they were metal but turned out to be plastic. But no worries because I'm not going off roading with this car, as you said, you would have to be either crazy or just have a tree growing money in your backyard to take this thing offroad! I'm just hoping I won't be so unlucky and have something hard hit the wheels! That would be not very good... You can always replace one from the spare tire though.
They really shine a lot and are like mirror when you wash them and thoroughly dry them with a towel. Best-looking chrome wheels I've ever seem. Immagine cleaning those BMW wheels with a brush every inch because you're fingers can't go into the small gaps!
#22 of 893 Average MPG
Oct 04, 2003 (10:28 am)
In the my 1997 GC, you had one read out for average miles/gallon and another for instantaneous.
In 2003s, there is only the average MPG. And it starts calculating the average as soon as you hit the reset button while the MPG display is showing. So you can reset it on every fill up (or any time).
I can get about 20 mpg on the highway with no stoping - maybe a tad more. But that city driving hammers me. It is getting a bit less than 12 mpg. And the city plus a bit of highway around town is showing around 13.
Certainly hopes that improves considering it is just the 6 cylinder. Makes me wonder how jeep got that 16-21 mpg figure.
I did call the dealer and they said that I needed to put on some miles before they would be able to determine whether the mileage was low. It easy a wonderfully smooth ride though and seems to have plenty of power.
Oct 22, 2003 (12:41 pm)
Field, you may consider replacing your fuel filter, air filter, or cleaning your fuel injection. I did my fuel injection and I noticed a huge differance as far as power goes, which no doubt helped my MPG. You also may need to replace your catalytic converter, that may help a lot, too.
Changing your oil and getting a full flush can help a lot, as well.
Do you have Quadra-Trac or Quadra-Drive on your Jeep?
#24 of 893 Mileage woes too
Oct 26, 2003 (3:26 pm)
Field, I too experience poor mileage, especially in the city (similar to your figures). I now have just over 8,000 miles and it has not improved. Dealer says nothing is wrong. I get an oil change every 3,000 miles.
Weoflun, I can't see how changing air filter, fuel filter and cleaning the fuel injectors with such low mileage could make a difference (not to mention a new cat???). Field has a 2003...
Still enjoy the ride. Drove from NY to Minnesota and back and the JGC was fine, even at 90 mph. Actually averaged 20+ doing "above posted" speeds consistently w AC on last summer. City mpg still 11-12 mpg.
Oct 27, 2003 (10:59 am)
You probably can get even more feedback in the main Jeep Grand Cherokee discussion, since this one is focused, ahem, on prices paid
#26 of 893 Mileage
Oct 28, 2003 (8:50 pm)
Well, I am discovering that the stop and go on the hills are the main thing that kills the mileage. I am getting 22 to 23 mpg on the flat open road right now with 1000 miles on it (it does appear to be improving a bit). And if I have a mixture of flat open road driving and these hills then I get closer to the 16 mpg they state. But if I include just the stop and go traffic and the steep hills in my town, it drops it down to 13 or so.
Jeep has been perfect other than that. Plenty of power on those hills with the V6.