2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee User Reviews
Laredo 4WD shown
- $3,219 - $5,183
- No trim specified for this review
- Very nice to look at. Leather seats are the most comfortable on the market. Tough V8 for hauling.
- Major mechanical issues with this year/model. Brakes, radiator, heater core, etc.
Purchased As Used
I purchased my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD V8 4.7L in 2003 from a Jeep dealer. One prior owner, 67K miles. Cost $23K. The first year of ownership were what I'd expect; regular maint and everything ran well. After approx 12 months the brakes began to "wobble" when stopping. Did some research and found that this was a common issue with this model/years brakes. Design flaw leads to overheating and warping. The only way to keep it from happening every 30K miles or so is to purchase high-end rotors/pads. Those I spoke to, who went that route, were still replacing every 60-90K. Next the heater core began to leak antifreeze fumes into the interior. Not the best thing to happen 21 months into a purchase and during the middle of winter. This repair costs over $1,600 due to the interior placement of the heater core unit. The entire dash must be removed, costing big in shop hours, to replace a $300 part. Next the brake lights began to go off/on. All bulbs fuses were fine on first check so went googeling to see if there might be yet another flaw with this model/year of Jeep. Sure enough the break light housing is cheap plastic and bulges causing the ground tab to separate from the bulb. Cheap enough fix with some aluminum foil and a small flathead screwdriver. Jeep dealer wanted to charge over $300 to replace with new housings that had the exact same issue. In the Spring of 2008 the radiator began to drain antifreeze on my way home from work. No prior leaks, no warning. That repair was in the range of $1,200. Within 6 months something in the cooling line began to leak minimal antifreeze requiring me to top off the res every few weeks.
The last straw: ticking noises when starting the engine. Had the oil changed earlier than scheduled and the noise stopped. No warning engine or oil warning lights prior or during ticking started. Nothing unusual reported by mechanic. Two weeks after the oil change the noise began again on startup. Still no warning lights. Three days later the noise became constant and very bad sounding; metal on metal. Took into dealership; metal in oil, engine needs replacing...all for the low price of $7000-$9500. The brakes still needing to be replaced (again) and another leak in the antifreeze system that needs to be resolved.
Before deciding to spend more money on another major repair I went online to see if others were having the same issue with their Jeep Grand Cherokees, or if mine was just a rare lemon. Unfortunately the issues mentioned above are not only very common, but many more have been reported. The manufacturer does not seem to have an interest in providing their customers with anything but a newer model for $$$. Good looks and comfort do not reliable transportation make. Here ends the story of my Jeep ownership and any chance I'll buy, or recommend, any vehicle from Jeep/Chrysler again.
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