Reliable, cheap, capable.
I've had four of the 4.7 V8 version. Trouble free and all sold at high mileage. I've had a lot of Jeeps as there is nothing else that gives the same performance for so little money. I've had the Overland, Ltd and Laredo models. I prefer the Laredo with the simpler air conditioner/heater controls.
Best 4WD I've had.
I've had Jeep Grand Cherokees for 15 years and they've been great. First was a 1998 ZG and all since have been WJs My current one is a 2002 Overland I purchased with 161,000 klms. It was a well looked after one family owned car in great condition. It's my first Overland and as much as I've liked my Limited ones, this one is way ahead of them. The previous post by the guy who said E10 fuel damaged his engine is puzzling because it is well known that WJ Overlands MUST use Premium fuel ( 98 ) It is not a problem because they are very econo...mical. They all used the high output engine and are very economical with the higher gearing. 100 KPH in overdrive is 1700 RPM. Much more economical that the standard 4.7 Most critical thing about the 4.7 is that the cooling system MUST be properly bled after any event which caused the cooling system to have been drained. Failure to properly bleed when refilling will likely cause overheating and engine damage or destruction. The other thing people just can't seem to get through their heads is that when a modern car overheats you STOP. They do a belt or a hose and think "it's only 8 klms home or it's only 10 klms to the service station / repair shop - it'll be ok" Well it WON't be ok. Most cars have alloy heads these days and many have alloy blocks as well. They can not survive severe over heating. Even an expensive tow is very cheap compared to a new engine. As for Jeep knockers, they're a great help - keeps the cars cheap for us !!!
Purchased in for $4,000.
smooth and powerful V8 . love it
Always did like the WJ shape and finally got one , had many 4wds new and old , and consider my $5k purchase to be the best 4WD ever owned. nice looking medium SUV that has clever little designs like rear glass lid opening etc ,heated seats ohh nice indeed female friendly to drive and park, not bulky or cumbersome . I would consider myself a occasional off roader so the jeep is like a comfy town car with off road capabilities, quadra-drive or quadra-trac both good . best seats ever so plush and drive is very comfortable, V8 rumble sounds very ...nice and pulls my boat easy. ive found jeep is very easy to work on with the help of you tube videos and best to maintain yourself as labour and parts can be costly , do your research and watch what the parts sellers are selling you , can easily make a mistake here regards to fluids mainly , different transfer cases and power steering changes to look out for, same as the diffs, many changes to suit the quadra-drive or trac or trac 2 options. they need oil changes at 3000klm . dont read to much into the valve seats dropping when they get hot etc , most of it was bull they built over 3 million engines over 15 years but if your concerned then aim for a model built after 2003 . for the budget dont think you can buy better i mean solid axles ,electrics at your finger tips, good clearance . many after market mods cant go wrong but you have to know how to turn a spanner or you will get taken to the cleaners. V8 fuel economy is somewhere close to a ford falcon , but cheaper than a ford territory. i love planting the foot and hearing the sound which is close to a holden v8 pushrod motor sound . ive since bought a second one for a donor car and successfully rebuilt the top half and was my first engine rebuild and so smooth now and this was like old school way sanding the heads on glass panels, polishing valves , reseating valve seats, man oh man its so smooth now , even the timing chain is easy to do, although there are three of them dont let that scare you , watch the videos closely and youll nail it. also turn the key (cycle) it three times to bring up any fault codes so you pinpoint the remedy quickly , for a driving experience to enjoy do yourself a favour and test drive one of these jeeps , think you may be impressed . i know i was cheers
Purchased in at Country Road for $5,000.
Best 4x4 I have driven.
Purchased for 20k at 3 years old ex lease. From 60k odd original price. I’ve owned since 2006. In 12 years and endless family holidays deep into the bush through water up to 700-800mm steep rock crawls, with diff hits, sill touches and now big tyres, long range tank, raised suspension, under body protection upgrades, diff reduction lockers, all work is done in the driveway at home, I’m no mechanic but YouTube is my friend. Cheap parts, heaps of after market parts and options, cheap proper scan tools etc made this car the best 4wd I’ve ever had....I’ve had Toyota land cruisers and hilux Nissan patrol and navara and Mitsubishi I’ve driven The best part is the ride is like a car but ability is like a patrol. and reliability, I have only had one problem that was not just ware and tare (or my own fault) running a fuel pump dry while using gas. Whoops and that was caused by a botched job by the first and last mechanic I used to do upgrades. but the ease of repair using YouTube back up on EVERYTHING. Worst part is politely listening to all the warnings and jeep horror stories about a friend of a friend.
Don't knock it till you try it
The WJ/WG Grand Cherokee is probably the most versatile family 4x4 on the market, ever. Seriously.
Before I tell you why let me make one thing clear....
If you maintain them properly, they will last a lifetime.
99% of the Jeep haters have never owned one, or owned one with a checkered past/didn't maintain them correctly.
Jeeps are horribly expensive if you only go to the dealer for maintenance and repairs, but are probably the cheapest car to live with if you do it yourself.
Parts are ridiculously cheap online, even genuine from the USA (f...
I love my WJ Jeep GC 4.7L
I purchased the JGC LTD in 2014 with an apparent engine ticking noise, 147,00km on the clock and the body and interior in perfect condition. The ticking noise cost $4700 (Full reco engine)
Now with all the bits fixed its great to drive on long trips.
What was fixed, All by me, I'm a qualified Mechanic:
Engine, the tick was a knock, spun main bearing - engine replaced
Dual heater blend doors replaced - full dash out
Steering box reco - too much free play
Drivers side door mirror - someone screwed a bolt through the wiring harness
Passenger side door mirror - wiring was disconnected
Radiator - dual core full welded alloy replacement
Tail gate and rear window struts - replaced new ...
older jeeps are not repairable
I bought a Jeep and for the last couple of years it has been very hard to get the remote control to work so I sent it in to the local Jeep dealership for repair and they charged me over $700.00 but when I got the Jeep back it was the same as it was before I sent it in for repair. I decided to contact the head office in Sydney of the company who repaired the Jeep and a woman who told me she was one of the owners of the business told me to take it somewhere else and get it fixed. I would tell anyone who is thinking of buying a Jeep don't bother b...ecause they don't care about your problems and cant fix them, there is a person on the internet who will help you to burn your Jeep could be a good solution to a unsolvable problem so think twice before buying a Jeep I never ever had an older car that I could not start.
Under rated. As reliable as any Holden or Ford
Providing services were done on time, and even the Jeeps that were neglected are reliable.
The 4.0 ltr you should get around 11 to 12 ltrs per 100 k's (inline 6 cyl Hemispherical)
In town. 14 to 16 ltrs p/100/k
V8 expect 11/13 lp100k hwy.
13/16 around town. (Yes a little thirsty but. There is almost 2 metric tonne of car..)
Parts are easy to obtain n are reasonable priced . Melbourne Bris & Hervey Bay have new and used parts.
Always make sure the tyre profile is exact on the front n rear. Dont replace just the fronts. Or rears.
Jgc owners need to keep up their maintenence and be very resourceful.i have owned my 99 jgc for five years and have had to fix or replace lots of issues and i now know my jgc inside and out.i keep hearing that to replace parts are hard to get to and a pain.replacing fan relay is located behind the Rhs driving light.cam angle sensor is accessible from inside on top of transmission mound.the death wobbles can b avoided by replacing worn and damaged parts before they get to that stage.yes it's a big issue but not if you are aware of the problems.j...gc,s quadra trac 2 system performs better than most other standard 4wd,s.at a fraction of the purchase price.i tow an off-road camper in the bush on the beach.280000k,s still on original motor transmission and transfer case.so happy I bought a 99 model
Car is basically very nice to cruise long distances as 4.7 motor is very smooth. Cruise control is easy to use. Seats are comfy and have two automated positions for different drivers at the touch of a button.
Rear end suspension is a little floaty.
On the beach = no worries however scuffs a little on deeper sections of sand and you need to engage low before entering as it needs to be engaged while moving forward slowly.
Economy well its a v8.
Bought at 130k now at 160k and death wobble has appeared so rating may go up/down depending if its ...
Excellent overall value and performance
. I purchased my WG overland as a 3year old car with 30k on the clock from a dealer. Initially was a work vehicle with annual holidays in the bush with 3 kids, dog and all the luggage. As an all round multi purpose family vehicle it excelled in every aspect with limited range when off-road towing and carrying extra fuel being my only gripe. 3 years into owning the jeep and one day the engine made horrible noises, long story short blew a sizeable chunk out of number one piston with the rest of the internals looking like new! After all theories e...xamined and experts consulted it would appear as though ethanol blended fuel was to blame. One jeep expert told me he had seen crystals forming in the oil pans of jeeps he serviced of people who regularly used ethanol based fuel. Of interest the fuel I used exclusively was removed from sale shortly after! Anyhow I sourced an engine from QLD and had extensive porting done to the heads, air intake, throttle body spacer, jet chip, 100cell Magna flow cats x3 a bit of a hamburger with the lot. Since then she has not missed a beat now with about 120k on that donk and still going strong. Will cruise highway at 9's (even towing 6x4 on flat) and 13.5 city. I suspect I can bring those figures down some more even with some decent headers as I'm still running stock manifolds. I've experienced pretty much all the issues spoken about here including death wobbles (I killed my steering dampener in the bush so that was an easy fix) blend doors, heated seats which failed under warranty but jeep claim is a moving part so wasn't covered? Now only after the car is 12+ years old am I having to replace control arms, I suspect I will have a few ball joints to do before long also. Why am I eating this car so highly? It has gone anywhere offroad a Toyota or Nissan has gone and done it easily. After visiting the uk a few times I noticed over there is all jeeps and land rovers and guess what parts are cheap in U.K. Now too. So my theory is all cars have a potential for being a lemon but if the vehicle does what you want, is pleasurable to drive and parts are cheap and readily available why wouldn't you own one. As I'm writing this the rear upper control arm bushs and ball joint just came delivered off eBay for $70. One last thing my only true negative about the wh / wg grand is lack of affordable "off the shelf" type accessories for off roading as is available for say wranglers. I put this down to 99% of people who purchase the grand new would not intend on off road use, those people more inclined to get a wrangler, so there's just not as many accessories...maybe I'm just bummed out at not being able to find a nice rear bar with Jerry can holders for all that fuel I need :-)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2002
The missus had our jeep from 20,000k (2003) and 12yrs later decided she wanted a "new" car so I brought her a Subaru (which she likes but says she misses the view from the jeep) I fully refused to trade the jeep in as it was/is a far better vehicle than my car (Top of the line Tickford V8). The only things I didn't like about the Jeep were exactly what my missus loved it for, for me it was just to American, Soft ride, comfortable cornering, smooth on bumps, traction control & and fine leather interior. (I like the interior) So on went the 2" li...ft and bigger tyres, Turned it into a fantastic 4WD (mine has the quadrotrac) It goes everywhere, Sand, Bush, 3/4 of wheel depth Water, Road, the hemi motor is just great (cant kill the old Chrysler motor) with just under 200,000km on it now and is regularly serviced. I think its just fantastic I would like to add an ARB bullbar and side steps but these are to expensive (nearly $2000 fitted) The jeep now at 200,000k still has all the power you will ever need and reliability is excellent (never ever broken down), although some people seem to have electrical problems, not that Toyota's don't (our Prado had a full blown fire from electrical issue on Buladelha range that was fun) Speaking of which the Jeep has the remote double opening tailgate which has come in useful that many times it just isn't funny the Japanese models don't have the dual gate. In about another 14yrs time I'll probably buy another jeep because the bush & sand will have scraped all the paint off mine by then. PS; I know a few people with jeeps they all think there great, and value for money, bang for your buck they simply cant be beaten.
Purchased in .
The 2001 Grand Jeep Cherokee, Best ever Made
I have typed about my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee before, It now has 283,000ks on it & still going strong. Many people complain about All Jeeps, well I tell you that they are Great. the Problem is Most don't service them enough, A good Jeep Must be looked after like your best friend. This being my second Jeep, So I feel I can make comments. The number one thing with the jeep is get good springs, good shockers, & also the steering dampener must be watched close, Cheap to replace, but a bugger if your broke down in the desert with the death wobble....Actually that's the main reason for the death wobble. Most of my time with the jeep it is either of road or out back Australia in the desert country. I would enjoy showing you all the tracks I go on or post links, Unsure if that's allowed. My jeep has crossed 3 Deserts on one trip, Simpson, little stony, and stresleki. Unsure if I type the last name right. But you get the picture. Again I can NOT stress enough about service, even over service, wont hurt it. I run cooper ST tires, second set in 2 years, not to bad. & hope to have many more years driving this wonderful 2001 Jeep. Just a tip, every trip just run your eyes around the car & under the hood & feel & see if there is any thing out of place. All my electrics still work. All running fine, all due to maintained right. Finally mine is the 4.7 litre Motor, & has also towed a 18 foot Caravan, not a Problem, for over 1000 ks @ a time averaging 100ks.in 40c temps .Now that I mentioned towing the caravan, I must tell you that the fuel takes a hiding. So be sure to always carry extra fuel in the out back if towing, you can loose 100s of kilometres of fuel, especially with a head wind, that's the only down side with the 4.7 engine. Yet isn't the power great. I would like to write some other time. & I hope you have enjoyed this small read. Tas.
I love my Jeeps...
My first jeep was a 1975 CJ5, three-speed manual, part time 4wd and was unstoppable. The next Jeep I had was a 1978 CJ7, this had a Chrysler 289 V8 which I did further work to and also altered the full time Quadratrack system to part time 4wd and put an overdrive in it. Absolutely awesome on the beach and anywhere off road.
Next Jeep I bought was a new 1995 XJ Cherokee Sport. Never did more than service it in the 90,000 k's I did in that with lots of off road and beach driving.
A few weeks ago I sold my BMW coupe and bought a 2002 WG Jeep C...herokee Overland as I actually didn't want to buy a new vehicle, and actually prefer a live axle front end to the independent suspension on newer models. After burning thousands and thousands of dollars on new cars over the years I have decided to buy older good condition vehicles. The WG has 100,000 k's on it and everything works, the car is like new besides a few small scratches here and there. The previous owner I found had put bigger spring spacers in and the car was about 5 inches higher than standard which caused the ride to be more "jiggley" than is usual for these models. I knew about the death wobble that can be experienced with a live front end, it affects quite a number of different make and model live front axle 4wd's. The WG got an attack of the death wobble but only after I took it into a national wheel and tyre dealer to have the wheel alignment checked. They adjusted the toe in and that triggered the problem. I had already checked the front end over and it was as tight as a drum, no movement in tie rod ends or ball joints.
Worst car I have ever owned continued...
I originally posted on this site about my nightmare Jeep experience about 3 years ago, and I still get a shudder when I occasionally think about my 1999 WJ JGC. I am now a dedicated Toyota man and will never change. Nothing has gone wrong in the 2 years I have owned the RAV4, the only money I have spent is for regular preventive maintenance…all new fluids, belts, hoses, plugs etc (just as I have done with all the used cars I have ever owned, not that it made any difference with the Jeep).
I would just like to point out how dangerous WJ Jeep Gr...
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I need to buy a recon engine for my v8 ,2003 WG jeep.Auto..1 is available in QLD.Does anyone know if it would suit my Overland jeep?Supplier said "should fit".Any advice would be appreciated.
All v8 are the same
I know this post is old but for those who don't know !!Looks like someone led you astray ..The overlands have a HIGH OUTPUT 4.7 Motor in them . The others have a power tech motor ..lower HP and are di...fferent ,, Also different hookups depending on years .You can make them work but the sensors are different. the fuel injectors are different ,different pistons,different cam shafts . different heads ..
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