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Thinking about an 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee.. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Shane Martin, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    Given the fact I can get a stellar deal on a partially used 04 Grand Cherokee Limited 4wd I'm considering it. I've done alot of research and Jeep GC's are a mixed bag.

    My initial intent was to buy a Honda Pilot or a Toyota 4 Runner but I'm finding that if I want a V8 4 Runner used(can't afford new) I might as well buy a new one.

    So are there any owners out there that would like to share their experiences?

    The one I'm considering is a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4 Wheel Drive for around 22k. Leather, Heated Seats, 4.7L V8, Moonroof, the whole 9 yards. It is a great deal but I'm a bit weary on the reliability which seems like a mixed bag but I'm not sure.

    My only other experience is with my wife's Jeep Wrangler and its been rock solid(no issues) at all. I know how this particular 04 has been maintained but I'm just trying to get a grasp on what I'm diving into.
     
  2. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

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    What's "partially used" ?
     
  3. Brian Perry

    Brian Perry Cinematographer

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    As an owner (my wife, actually) of a 2002 Grand Cherokee Overland (which is a loaded Limited), I can say the car has been very good so far, but Jeep's reliability ratings continue to haunt them. I recently saw a study that showed a new Grand Cherokee will lose 67% of its value after 3 years-- the worst of almost any car or truck on the road.

    Considering that MSRP was $37k almost 3 years ago for my 2002, it's amazing that you can get a 2004 for $22k (unless it really has some high mileage).
     
  4. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

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    Consumer Reports "Used Cars to Avoid" lists the Grand Cherokee from 1996 through 2003.
     
  5. Mike Lenthol

    Mike Lenthol Second Unit

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    What toasters do they list to avoid?
     
  6. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    Like 18k miles. Nothing wrong with it. It's just that good of a deal due to how many her company buys. It's was an executives car.
     
  7. Kirk Gunn

    Kirk Gunn Screenwriter

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    I own a 94 Grand Cherokee that I purchased at 105k from my father in 2000. He had absolutely no problems with it.

    I've had to replace A/C, Muffler, Water Pump, Coil, Catalytic, CV Joints, 2 sets of discs and pads in 60k miles (mechanic claims Chrysler doesn't beef up the brakes for the weight of the vehicle). The tranny also leaks like a sieve, but I'm just putting up with it since it shifts ok. The radio is dying a slow death (won't play tapes and FM reception is getting weak), power locks intermittently don't work.

    But... the 5.2 V-8 runs like a champ ! Starts with no problems, still plenty of power, etc.... As soon as the next big repair comes along I'm donating it to a local charity. Trade-in is ~800.00 if in pristine condition (which it's far from). Going with a Toyota for ultimate long-term reliability.

    If you really love the vehicle, my advice is to dump it around 70-80k miles. My brother has a GC with 75k and it's starting to "bleed" him... Prior to this it's been trouble free. Good luck !
     
  8. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

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    Just the usual, the drunken uncles and brothers-in-law. [​IMG]
     
  9. Bob Graz

    Bob Graz Supporting Actor

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    Shane, this is a case where if you really like the Jeep and are concerned about reliability, an extended warranty might make sense.
     

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