Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV (2005-2011): owner reviews

"Good to look at and competent off-road, the Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers reasonable value for money and is a great choice for anyone looking for a serious 4x4."

Carbuyer Rating

2.0 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

58%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 8reviews
  • 11reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics (4 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (2 cases)
  • Engine (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Overland

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28.2
Review
I am a self-employed agricultural consultant working across the UK and into Europe and my wonderful Grand Cherokee has just turned 145,000 miles. It takes me everywhere - green lanes, bridleways, across fields, around town, motorway cruising, through Europe on business and the South of France with my family on holiday. Everywhere. It has frequently been past the top of the tyres in water (briefly) and once through a sump where muddy water came over the bonnet. No problem. Apart from replacing a blown headlamp build recently, it has not had a single fault. It does not use any oil or water. It starts first time and the big 3.0 litre Mercedes engine and drivetrain run incredibly smoothly. When I get around to washing the mud off and give it a bit of a waxing it looks virtually new. No rust, dents or (major) chips. OK, it's thirsty at 28.4 mpg (average over 5 years) and it doesn't handle like a sports car either. BUT, it is very reliable and comfortable. It is also very well kitted out for the price. AND it is equally at home driving - literally - across a ploughed field or driving the autoroutes in Europe. I can think of very few other vehicles that could really match it.
Reliability

5 out of 5

In 145,000 miles I've had no problems whatsoever.
Performance

4 out of 5

For such a big vehicle it can get to 60 mph in just over 8 seconds and cruise all day at very respectable motorway speeds. While not nimble, it is very comfortable and capable on motorways and excellent on long journeys. It is outstanding in real off-road conditions too.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Diesel consumption (28.4 mpg) & Road Tax are expensive. However, tyres last up to 50,000 miles, servicing (at local back-street garage!) is cheap with parts not too bad.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
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Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
I have a couple of faults the boot lock has failed and the sat nav plays up, but both are being attended to so I need to see the outcome after the dealer has fixed them
Running Cost

3 out of 5

The car dosent seem as good on fuel as the manufacturers suggest and seems to be worse than when first aquired where I expected it to improve as the car loosened up.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Rear boot lock playing up and air conitionong playing up

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Review
Always reliable never missed a beat

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
Car alarm issues - false alarms. Cured with replacement alarm control box.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel economy better than expected for type/size of car. Insurance much cheaper thanexpected. Tyre costs for 20" wheels could be a shock to system if prices do not become more competitive.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

crd limited, Above 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
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Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

3.0 limited

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
Great car had no problems with it at all, got 30mpg most of the time .Seats were comfortable. Heated steering wheel was a good extra in the winter. Just changed to the 2014 summit model .

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
no problems so far
Running Cost

3 out of 5

fuel economy not the best - tyres expensive - servicing costly

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

CRD, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Superb car, very impressed. Massively underrated in the motoring press.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

overland, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great car it a cheap mercedes 4x4

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Overland, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very comfortable and enough room for my needs. (2 geriatrics that tow heavy trailers with horses & carts). Superb long distance and tow car. Good off road and in snow. Only downside is fuel consumption of about 25mpg overall.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Overland, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It is a superb tow vehicle and is very comfortable for 2 old people who tow horses and old motorcars in & on trailers. The press say it is not very large - true but if you want to tow 3+ tons and have no need to fill it with a football team it is ideal. Design is pre fuel & emmision panic and therefore thirsty. When wanted has a lot of acceleration. Overall a very good vehicle particularly on long runs when it will do 30 mpg.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24.5
Review
Built to last and with a 4.7 litre proven lump running LPG you cannot fail to be impressed
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Drop this Electric rubbish, it costs more in pollution to make one! LPG is the BEST Petrol alternative and returns fabulous MPG on any car for a reasonable initial outlay.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24
Review
Swirl port actuator - 3 needed in 6 years. All six injectors and HP fuel pump replaced in 2011 at $4500 but Ł2000 spent before that over 8 months with main dealer suggesting fix after fix to the stalling - that started July 2010 after the main dealer changed the swirl port. Jeep at one point were stuck for 3 WEEKS with my vehicle in their shop waiting for Jeep technical to get back to them. All I ever got back from them about the fault was that out of spec fuel or misfuelling was behind it. I have driven diesels for almost 15 years so I knew it wasn't me. I had used Shell VPOWER diesel but I don't use it now. I recall that back in the late 80s their gasoline was linked to trouble with some cars (Vauxhalls). I wonder if VPOWER fuel does damage some fuel injectors/pumps?? either taht or the garage in 2010 put a bit of petrol in the Jeep - but I can't prove that now.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Average is 24mpg, which is somewhat less than the 27 - 29 I thought that I'd get from the road tests and official figures back in 2006. JEEP parts are expensive and often have to be ordered in. Galling was that power steering fluid has to be their oil, but the JEEP dealers did not have it when I wanted it and could not give me a date when they would get it! They offered some from bulk but after the misfuelling saga I do not trust the provenance of dealer-supplied bulk stock.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
First time starting, no failures.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It is a large 4x4 vehicle and, as such, I expect higher running costs than a family hatchback.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

limited, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
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Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Ltd, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Love it but it's too expensive to run

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Overland, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
A great value comfortable, practical cruiser.

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