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post #1 of 77 Old 01-04-2020, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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How reliable will the 99'-04' Jeep Grand Cherokee be for daily driving?

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I've been looking into a 99'-04' Jeep Grand Cherokee as an option to purchase for snow travel; it only snows with significance, at most, five times per year in my region, which lead me to diverting from my original plan of purchasing a new SUV.


-Generally, how reliable will this vehicle be if I transition it to a daily driver and as a vehicle as a whole?

-Would this vehicle be suitable for a commute extending 3 hours?

-For those who own currently own these vehicles, what are your yearly maintenance and repair cost?



Thank you for your insight.

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post #2 of 77 Old 01-04-2020, 04:50 PM
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The 4.0 grand Cherokee is extremely reliable if properly maintainced

The wj in particular is the most comfortable model of jeep I've rode in so far so as long as it's solid I see no reason it couldn't make the long drive

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post #3 of 77 Old 01-04-2020, 05:11 PM
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I've owned my '02 since '04. It had 28k on it when I bought it.

It's got the 4.0, and is a fully loaded Laredo.

All I've done for the last several years is replace suspension components, change fluids, etc. Small oil leak was fixed by me in the driveway (needed a new rear main seal). The Jeep has almost 200k on it now. I used to drive it into Atlanta daily before I bought my truck. Now, my son drives it all over North Georgia.

If you can do suspension and other light jobs yourself, I'd say maintenance is probably very low per year.. maybe $2-300 on average.. maybe less.

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Probably depends on your definition of reliable.
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The 4.0 grand Cherokee is extremely reliable if properly maintainced

The wj in particular is the most comfortable model of jeep I've rode in so far so as long as it's solid I see no reason it couldn't make the long drive

94 ZJ 4.5" on 31s
I heard great things about the 4.0. If I end up purchasing a WJ, it will be the 4.0. Thanks for the info.
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I've owned my '02 since '04. It had 28k on it when I bought it.

It's got the 4.0, and is a fully loaded Laredo.

All I've done for the last several years is replace suspension components, change fluids, etc. Small oil leak was fixed by me in the driveway (needed a new rear main seal). The Jeep has almost 200k on it now. I used to drive it into Atlanta daily before I bought my truck. Now, my son drives it all over North Georgia.

If you can do suspension and other light jobs yourself, I'd say maintenance is probably very low per year.. maybe $2-300 on average.. maybe less.

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Thanks for the personal insight. I’m not to familiar with suspension work but nothing I can’t figure out.

The vehicle appears to be low maintenance and reliable, I’m liking the option.
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post #7 of 77 Old 01-04-2020, 05:29 PM
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the 4.0L is as good as it gets, NOW the previous owner care or lack of and remember its a jeep 4wd - not your garage kept, no rain nor snow, paved road, pampered sunday driven drop top Porsche with a buff and wax monthly care log.
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When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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Probably depends on your definition of reliable.
I’m looking for a vehicle that will consistently run without constant issues and repair. I do take into consideration the vehicle is on average 15 years old, so I expect some components to need repair. I just don’t want to be repairing the vehicle monthly.

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post #9 of 77 Old 01-04-2020, 05:37 PM
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If you are a DIY'r I would say the WJ is an excellent choice. It's fairly easy to work on in general so that can help keep the maintenance costs down if you work on it yourself. I love mine and have zero plans of getting rid of it any time in the foreseeable future.

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Thanks for the personal insight. Iím not to familiar with suspension work but nothing I canít figure out.

The vehicle appears to be low maintenance and reliable, Iím liking the option.
If you can turn a wrench you can work on it. Just about everything is online. This forum is an awesome resource as is the website www.wjjeeps.com

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post #11 of 77 Old 01-04-2020, 06:01 PM
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if it aint broke dont fix it, dont mess with mods and "upgrades" as its fine the way it was made.
i paid $2000 for mine at 138000, now 148000. did tierods and ball joints as needed.
i love it and have stated here id give $5000 for a lower mileage no rust 4.0 limited like mine.
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We had an '03 v8 Laredo that had over 225k on it when my wife traded it in. Nothing wrong with it, she was just wanting better mileage. My daughter now has my dad's '04 Limited V8 with 175k on it. She drives it to school every day. With the possible exception of the early 2000's GM full size trucks, the GC year range you mention may be the most reliable and long lasting vehicles still roaming the roads today. Just look at how many you still see running around. I see at least a dozen a day in my commute. One of my colleagues at work had one with near 375k on the clock when he hit an elk on the interstate. He'd still be driving it daily if it weren't for that. He replaced it with another one with about 160k in the clock and daily drives it over 100 miles round trip commute.
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How reliable will the 99'-04' Jeep Grand Cherokee be for daily driving?

Theyíre great. Mine was daily in Toronto from 2001-2008, also where it hauled trailers with large boats and sleds, then became a vacation vehicle in Phoenix from 2009-2014, and now dailyís again in vancouver 2015 to present. About 260k miles. 4.7. Transmission has been trouble free, engine I rebuilt at 240k when I started seeing sodium in my oil analysis. There are some known issues with WJs but once dealt with, theyíre damn decent. I still do drive it from Vancouver to Calgary or into the mountains over landing. Love it. Iíll drive it till it disintegrates.
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post #14 of 77 Old 01-05-2020, 01:42 AM
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I have a 99 with a 4.0.

Only items that normally wear out and break have I had problems with... except I did have to have the front differential rebuilt.

It runs well and just hums on the freeway. Great off road. Full Quadra drive package. All clutch packs working, and I run it almost all the time in AWD, even off road..


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Probably depends on your definition of reliable.
I’m looking for a vehicle that will consistently run without constant issues and repair. I do take into consideration the vehicle is on average 15 years old, so I expect some components to need repair. I just don’t want to be repairing the vehicle monthly.

Thanks guys
The mechanics of the vehicle are easy to work on. The electronics were put together by sadistic ***holes. Decent vehicles, but I’d want a backup vehicle if I was going to use it as a daily driver.
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