I suspect that eventually all the WJ's with the poorly designed blend door will need it replaced at some point. While replacing it isn't overly difficult it's a real pain to do.
I did mine over the summer and get to go back in as the actuator crapped on my too. Due to no time to work on it I'll probably end up paying a local shop to do it. But at least I've got heat, sucks to be a passenger thought.
I wouldn't eliminate getting a WJ based on the HVAC issues. They ride nice, can haul lots of gear and are reasonably quick to drive.
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I am trying to decide if I should drop getting a WJ because of this? Is a factory fix of this reliable?
Just factor the cost of fixing it into the price.
When I bought my WJ in August, I knew the heater core leaked. So we based the price on having to remove the dash and replace some parts. And since I had the dash out, I replaced the blend doors and the recirculate door with the metal ones from the Blen Dor store. And I replaced the those two actuators. I don't expect to have to remove the dash again any time soon.
It's not really a difficult fix, just takes a few hours.
2002 WJ Limited, Stone White, 4.7L H.O., Quadra Drive
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All of them will. It's just a poor design. Although annoying that the easy fix requires you to choose to have the recirc door permanently open or closed, I don't think I would not buy one over this issue.
Pretty much it's just something you'll have to live with. I am one of those people that enjoy having a vehicle that is in tip top running condition (sounds like you do too), but decided I would just have to live with it being broken. I chose to secure it in the non-recirc mode. Only time I miss it is when I drive behind a bus or get in the car after its been sitting a while during the summer.
Can it be changed? As when one might drive to S. TX or S. FLA in the heat of the summer and really want to have full recirc?
I was looking at a 2004 WJ Overland with 127k miles for $9k and found that code. I dropped looking at it as dealer wouldn't budge on price... says he paid $8k at auction which I doubt.... He'll sell to someone who doesn't do research on vehicles before buying I am sure.... if he dropped the price $1k I'd bite... TBD...
'02 Overland 176k+ miles. 2.5" lift, EMF Control Arm upgrades
I have a laredo without the Climate control. No issues. I believe it's only to climate control option with those problem. Anyway that one issue shouldnt be a deciding factor. Inspect thoroughly to minimize other issues
2000 Red Grand Cherokee Laredo WJ
4.0 with Selec-trac
2006 Black Grand Cherokee Laredo WK
3.7 with 65,000 Miles