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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, My Best Car
Pros: Control on the back of the steering wheel
Cons: Rotors that always warp due to poor designIn my life I have owned 13 cars and driven many more. The joy of my life is my current 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. It is the best car I have ever owned and that includes three Toyota's and 4 GM vehicles. I love the sound system and the volume control perfectly placed on the back of the steering wheel. The in-line 6 cylinder (my ideal for the perfect motor) is just right in size and I have never found a more stable engine although fuel economy could be better. At idle it is rock steady and the selectable 2 wheel - 4 Hi & 4 Lo transmission is fantastic. Mine now has 133,000+ original miles and is still going very strong. All that said it too has its disappointments. Like the known fault in the front rotors which constantly warp or transmission and transfer case issues. I replaced the rotors 3 times and the last time was with slotted rotors and ceramic pads! Parts are not cheap either. But compared to some foreign cars - its a situation I can live with. This is a wonderful vehicle. It is down to earth and classy at the same time. It is durable and won't dent just because somebody looked at the fender in the grocery store parking lot. Should I ever need another vehicle I will check out Jeep first.
I enjoy this vehicle
Pros: memory seat for two drivers and dual climate control
Cons: having to remove the rear headrest to fold down the seatThis is my second Grand Cherokee and fourth Chrysler based product. I love the Grand Cherokee design but the ride and durability make owning it a dream. Yes it's 17 MPG average is hard to swallow these days but every time I press on the gas and it instantly responds reminds me of why I love it. The only mechanical problems I have had have been the window belt breaking which was easily fixed.
2008 Grand Cherokee S Limited Diesel
Pros: 3.0 Mercedes Diesel
Cons: 5 speed auto. Should have a taller 5th or 6th gear adedJeep has finally done it and produced a high quality vehicle that is awesome on and off road with outstanding fuel economy for an SUV. I have owned Grand Cherokees since they were introduced in 1993 and while I liked them overall they suffered from poor fuel economy and questionable reliability. In fact I switched over to a BMW X5 in 2003 because of reliability issues. This new Jeep which is unchanged from 2008-2010 offers all the performance, comfort, reliability, and fuel economy one could ask for. It tows my 5000 lb boat easily. Fuel economy is in the 25 mpg range. There has been no servicing outside of regular maintenance. The 3.0 Mercedes diesel is a joy. No black smoke or noise previously associated with diesels and about 50% better fuel economy. This is a go anywhere do anything vehicle. I am extremely disappointed there there is no diesel offered for the new 2011 model.
Pros: good running car
Cons: still runs hot after replacing cooling systemchrysler should be ashamed for this lemon
Pros: The pickup and light touch on the accelerator. It maneuvers like a sedan. Has power to spare and it's a 6!
Cons: The hinges on the back lid
Advice: Better than the Ford Explorer I had before it. A joy to drive, and my wife didnt like driving it!Guts and glory. Best car I ever had.
Cons: Chrome Clad rims?
Advice: Step up to the V-8This is my 3rd GC, my first V-8, averaged 17.4 mpg on my V-6/ 16.8 on the V-8. I drive 30,000+ miles a year. This is a great vechicle.Good power, comfort and reliability. Safety is the best/ my 2004 got hit by a semi doing 55mph and I walked away.
Pros: Backup Camera & backup warning system.
Cons: Too many controls located on 2 levers mounted on steering column.
Advice: The only draw-back to this vehicle is the low gas milage.Vehicle handles wonderfully. Gas milage is rather low.