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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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51 reader reviews for Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4.
  • 3.0 V6 CRD Limited 5dr

    Andy Gosnold Date: 13/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I agree with most of the positive points other reviewers have written. I was still half-minded to go for the Land Rover Discovery, but the discount and terms on the Jeep were too good to refuse. The sales guy didn't want to let me out of the showroom without buying, so push to get the deal you want.

    My brand new Grand Cherokee was delivered on 28th March 2006, 10 days after ordering. Sadly, after two days following a long, hard day's work and longing to get home, my shiny, new leather-smelling car failed to start. That was on 30th March, and today as I write this review on 12th May - six weeks later - my poor car sits in the Jeep workshop, still unable to start.

    The immobiliser failed. It's a two-module system that's made uniquely for every car. They don’t stock spares, because they never expected the immobilisers to fail, I'm told. They're made to order and since they're so busy making them for new cars as they roll through production, they can't afford to make another one for my vehicle.

    I call the dealer every week and they say they'll call me back, but never do. I visit them at their workplace so they don't even have to get up from their chair (apart from to shake my hand with a sweaty hand and an embarrassed smile). They say they'll chase it up and call me, but they never do. My patience is wearing very thin now.

  • 3.0 V6 CRD Limited 5dr

    j dodd Date: 01/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned one of these cars since april 2006, and I think it's great. It's extremely capable off road, is first class on the motorway and even nipping down to Tesco is a pleasure.

    My only issue is how fast the fuel needle drops, but what else can I expect from a 3.0-litre motor weighing in at two tonnes?

    This is my first 4x4 and if first impressions count for anything, I'll be in the queue for my 66- plate model!

  • 3.0 V6 CRD Limited 5dr

    Adrian Woolford Date: 25/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This diesel engine is a peach and I can't see why anyone would want or need the big V8. I say this as someone who has never owned a diesel before.

    The ride is much more European than previous Grand Cherokees with very little if any wallow or lean when cornering. Running costs are OK considering it's such a big car and I've been doing quite a few short trips - overall it's achieving mid 20s and touches 30mpg on a motorway cruise: this in a car that's only done 4000 miles.

    I love the cabin as it's a great place to sit and a touch of Americana. It has eveything you'd want or need and the satellite-navigation/CD system combination with a great sound system makes it an easy place to live with. The combined cruise and audio controls on the steering wheel are a clever and practical design.

    True, the cabin is not in the BMW or Mercedes league (of which I've owned a number), but then its true price (after negotiation) is a long way from its Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes ML or BMW X5 competitors, and I can't see them being worth the five-figure premium for a similar specification.

    If you don't want to follow the crowd and like a bit of character, then try the Grand Cherokee, you won't be disappointed.

  • 5.7 V8 Limited 5dr

    Daryl Berg , South Africa . Date: 24/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    OK - so I've only had my Hemi for 24 hours. This is my third grand - the first was a 4.0 Laredo, the second a V8 (4.7).

    I'm somewhat of a hardened Jeep fan, having used these vehicles for what they are intended (the rough stuff, of which there is an abundance in Africa)- so I've tended to ignore the on-road compromises.

    I have on a few occasions helped friends in Prado's and Dicovery's out of embarrassing situations with my previous vehicles - one incident when my mate's Discovery was bogged down in beachsand with the lagoon on one side and the rising tide on the other - so I have personally experienced the legendary off road capabilities of the Grand and I have been places with my Jeeps where other so-called competitors have backed off or come unstuck.

    My new Hemi has just blown my mind - I never knew a pukka 4x4 could feel so good on the road too (I have driven the latest Discovery and while its a good vehicle, it doesn't feel as taut and together as the Grand).

    So far, all I can say is awesome - I'm sure I'll update my review once I've had more time with it and done some offroad work.

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