Last post on Sep 10, 2008 at 5:30 PM
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Jeep Cherokee, SUV
#10 of 21 Re: Looking at a 2000 Cherokee [nano5]
Aug 12, 2007 (6:27 pm)
I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I bought it used in 2003 with 21,000 miles on it. It now has 110,000 miles on it. I drive it every day it never gets a days rest and it still runs strong. Every thing works on it, its been the most dependable Car/SUV/Truck I have ever owned. The family and I all fit fine. The only thing I would look out for is the drivers seat. Mine is starting to sink and I only weigh 210 lbs but from all the miles the seats condition is fine but the padding is starting to go. But thats my only compliant for a Jeep that has a 110,000 miles on it. Mine does have the In-line 6.
#12 of 21 Purchasing '04 Grand Cherokee vs. '03 Cherokee (first-time purchase)
Jul 31, 2007 (2:38 pm)
I am graduating and buying my first car would appreciate some advice:
I am considering purchasing an '03 or '04 model (max. purchase price is 20K) of the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Pathfinder, or 4Runner (also thinking Volvo XC90). If my primary concerns are reliability in regards to repairs (since the models are 3-4 years old) and mileage because I am moving to Los Angeles, what do you advise me on?
Also, how important would it be to buy from a dealer versus private party and should I spend the extra money to get a lower mileage vehicle still under manufacturer warranty?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
#13 of 21 Re: Purchasing '04 Grand Cherokee vs. '03 Cherokee (first-time purchase) [jayd123]
Jul 31, 2007 (10:08 pm)
While you're waiting for a reply here you should have a look at Selecting and Buying My First Car.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
#14 of 21 Re: Purchasing '04 Grand Cherokee vs. '03 Cherokee (first-time purchase) [jayd123]
Aug 02, 2007 (10:21 am)
I had experience with Grand Cherokee, '99 & '00 Laredo. These were early versions of the WJ Jeep that ran from '99 through '04. Gas mileage was okay for a SUV, probably 19 MPG in average driving (with the 4.0L Inline 6 cyl). Repairs were much worse than I would have expected. Multiple power window regulators, rear end, ignition key switch, water pump, fuel pump gasket and BRAKES, BRAKES, BRAKES. Dumped the second one before my extended warranty ran out at 4 years, 75,000 miles.
I don't have that much experience with recent Pathfinders or 4Runners, but if either of these need repairs, it might not be inexpensive.
Depending on the trim level you will accept, you could get a GMC Envoy (Isuzu Ascender is the same), Ford Edge or even a Ford Freestyle NEW for probably starting in the $22-23K range. NEW basic trim level SUV's would have full factory warranty and depending on your credit history, financing a new vehicle would probably carry a lower interest rate that a 3-4 year old used vehicle.
#16 of 21 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
May 12, 2008 (3:28 pm)
I have a friend who is interested in purchasing a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. It has about 17,000 miles on it, and it looks pretty clean.
I have to go to the dealership to check it out, but so far it "sounds" good. Does anyone here have this particular year and if so, can you let me know if there are any problems you have had that I can be on the lookout for?
Also, can anyone run me a Carfax on it by chance?
Thanks in advance.
#17 of 21 Re: 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo [jaguar0027]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 12, 2008 (7:27 pm)
The dealers pretty much all subscribe to CarFax so ask them for one.
#18 of 21 Re: 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo [jaguar0027]
May 13, 2008 (5:55 am)
I bought a 2005 (same model as the 2006) used with 8600 miles on it last year from a private seller (they didn't need it any longer) I now have 16,000 miles. I have the 3.7 Liter V6. There is a V8 (4.7 liter) available. I really like this vehicle. The only problem was a leaking 13 pin plug that is in the 5 speed automatic transmission (it is a Mercedes design) The dealer fixed it in 15 minutes under warranty. This is a known issue with that tranny, the same thing happened with our 300C, which has the same transmission. I paid $18000 for it: leather, sunroof, power seats. I have done my own maintenance: oil and filter are easy on this one. There are no grease fittings to service on these.
If the car fax is clean (the dealer will likely do that for you) then negotiate the best price using the info here at Edmunds.