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Unread 08-21-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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I wonna buy WJ Grand Cherokee but I confused because I don't have experience. Which the best of WJ Grand Cherokee series 1999,2000,2001,2002,2003 or 2004 and why ?

Note: In my country the weather is hot. Is that make different or not?


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Unread 08-21-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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Unread 08-21-2014, 11:53 AM   #3
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Unread 08-21-2014, 12:12 PM   #4
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The newer the model the better I suppose. Plenty of time jeep to have worked out any flaws.
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Unread 08-21-2014, 12:49 PM   #6
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They didn't work out any flaws except the head cracking issue on the 4.0L engine. The other flaws remained through 2004.

I would buy a 1996-1998 model if I had the choice. Those are the best Grand Cherokees ever made. If I had to pick a WJ, I'd shoot for a 99-01 because they had more options available on more trim levels. Later on in the run there were certain things you could only get on a Limited.
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Unread 08-21-2014, 01:00 PM   #7
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The WJ's are much more refined than the ZJ's. Personally I'd go for an 02 and up.
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Unread 08-21-2014, 01:04 PM   #8
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I always think about what I would have done differently. My ideal combination would have been a Laredo model with the V8 and Quadradrive, preferably a 2001 with the tow package. I say 2001, because that was the first year of the hydraulic fan, and it is quieter and seems more efficient than the clutch roaring fan I have in my 2000. There is information about the pros and cons of this cooling system in the guide posted above.

But, I don't know what years you could get Quadradrive with a Laredo. I think I've only seen it in 99-00, but I know it exists. Also, I chose Laredo for the bare bones aspect. I don't like having a sunroof (more stuff to break/leak), and the dual zone climate control almost always fails on the Limited's but the Laredo's don't have this. My $0.02.
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I always think about what I would have done differently. My ideal combination would have been a Laredo model with the V8 and Quadradrive, preferably a 2001 with the tow package. I say 2001, because that was the first year of the hydraulic fan, and it is quieter and seems more efficient than the clutch roaring fan I have in my 2000. There is information about the pros and cons of this cooling system in the guide posted above.

But, I don't know what years you could get Quadradrive with a Laredo. I think I've only seen it in 99-00, but I know it exists. Also, I chose Laredo for the bare bones aspect. I don't like having a sunroof (more stuff to break/leak), and the dual zone climate control almost always fails on the Limited's but the Laredo's don't have this. My $0.02.
I agree with this^^^ but I love my 2002 Limited. being 12 years old having all the options is pretty sweet. and most still work except like, the cruise control and heated seats. Only thing I wanted is the un-painted Laredo side cladding
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Unread 08-21-2014, 02:49 PM   #10
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If you want one of the best combos(in my opinion), look for an 04 freedom edition, it comes with a laredo body style, the 4.7HO(look for this engine, its only this or the 4.0) 242 transfercase, low options and the updated 04 look
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Get a 04. All the production problems were ironed out. I don't think there were any recals at all for the 04.

Pop rad cap and look for pink antifreeze and crawl under rad and look at the Hydro fan motor where the wires connect. If you got pink coolant and three wires all connected to the hydro fan solenoid, and you trust the rest its a keeper.

I have a Laredo with the V8 and most all the options of the limited except the qudradrive. And for 600 I could put axles under and have that too.
The auto climate control is awesome until it brakes. So its your preference.

Look at the rear brake lines for rust if you live in the snow belt. My 04 was from New Jersey and it rusted out this spring.
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Get a 04. All the production problems were ironed out. I don't think there were any recals at all for the 04.

Pop rad cap and look for pink antifreeze.
What's up with the pink antifreeze?
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In my country the weather is hot. Is that make different or not?
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Unread 08-22-2014, 02:52 AM   #14
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In my country the weather is hot. Is that make different or not?
I lived in the middle of Australia for 12 months and it gets really hot. I have the 03 Overland model.

Never overheated, but I do reckon Wj's are not fond of consistent heat. Sensors probably break down quicker than a cooler climate, however, if you can get parts delivered to your location, then great

If you do buy a WJ 4.7, buy a crank + cam shaft position sensor from MOPAR and keep it in your glove box. Probably get all the 02 sensors why'll your at it.
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Unread 08-22-2014, 07:09 AM   #15
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The WJ's are much more refined than the ZJ's. Personally I'd go for an 02 and up.
If by "refined" you mean must cheaper interior materials, terrible seats, problematic HVAC systems, prone to interior leaks, and a total PITA to service and work on compared to all other Jeeps before them... then yeah I'll go with that.

To the OP... I would stay away from the 4.7L engine. As everybody knows, they usually die prior to 150,000 miles. Not a good engine for longevity at all. And in talking to a huge auto salvage place this week...there are so many people looking for replacement engines right now that 4.7Ls are getting hard to find and some are selling for as much as $1,800...for the engine alone!
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