Originally Posted by cherook
Hi, Im new to this forum and jeep, Im looking at a wj grand cherokee 2001, can anyone tell me any common problems that these have? also what should I look for on car before handing over the cash????
I guess the place to start would be to ask yourself what it is that you intend to do with your new WJ. Do you plan to keep it stock and drive around the street? Are you planning on doing some light wheeling, heavy wheeling etc.
The H.O. is definitely worth it but only if you feel you need the extra power and forged internals. If you just want to drive it on the street or do some light wheeling, you probably donít need what the H.O. has to offer. The standard 4.7L runs pretty good. Put a cold air intake on it with a free flowing exhaust and itís pretty nice. Especially with 4 wheel low, you wonít come up short on power.
I think that most Overlandís come with the up country package. If you donít want to mess with a bunch of stuff and want to do some light wheeling, look for the Overland with the up country suspension. ĺ inch lift, factory skid plates etc.
I have owned four WJís. I personally like the Limitedís and I prefer the looks of the 99 and 00ís. They have the best looking front ends, especially in the LTDís with the paint matched cladding, painted grills, and no front plate. The round fog lights in the 04 look nice but the bumper does not.
Should you buy one with more than 120k miles on it? Of course! Look, if you are going to buy a WJ, most know the pain in butt problems that plague them. Youíre going to have to replace those parts sooner or later. If you get a great deal on an older, higher mileage WJ, who cares? Use the money that you saved to do the repairs and you know that they will last a lot longer. To think that buying a low mileage one is going to make those parts not fail is unrealistic. I had one WJ where the blender doors failed at 61k and I had another where they didnít fail until 148k. Blender doors, window motors, front driveshaftís, idiotic electrical problems are part of the WJ. Accept it and fix it or donít buy a WJ.
The 03 and 04ís have some nicer amenities. They steer a bit nicer, brake a bit easier, have side airbags, stereo with navigation etc. but in my opinion they donít look near as nice as the 99 & 00ís. If creature comforts are important, go with the later WJís but if looks are important then I would go with the earlier ones. Remember, regardless of which one you choose, you will have to do the repairs eventually.
To me, nothing sucks more than to pay more money for a newer edition and then have to repair it. Save the money by buying an older one and use the money that you saved to do the inevitable repairs. Youíll probably end up with a more reliable vehicle for the same or less money!