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This version of the Grand Cherokee is cramped and noisy. It also lacks comfort and agility. Handling is unimpressive, though secure. Off-road, however, the Grand Cherokee shines.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006.
Road Test

This version of the Grand Cherokee is cramped and noisy. It also lacks comfort and agility. Handling is unimpressive, though secure. Off-road, however, the Grand Cherokee shines.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter 6 (195 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Found that heater core was bad, so I had to replace it taking the entire dash out of the Jeep”

Tony P., PA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Head Gasket leak allowed antifreeze into engine”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Hydraulic fan failure. Very expensive to replace. Mercury insurance paid partial. Original cost was about $1,200 though”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Short in the fan system, did not have it fixed”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Cooling fan relay/control module failure”

Anonymous, CO (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radiator

“Radiator leak - replaced, developed thermostat problem - replaced - hose leak - replaced”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Radiator leak requiring radiator replacement”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Replaced at 130000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I'm on my 4th napa water pump. they keep leaking from the weep hole”

Gregory E., MI (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Oil only works intermittently”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Rear brake light kept burning out after only a few months use. Research revealed the circuit boards on the brake light assemblies were faulty. I looked at troubleshooting this and replacing the boards, but ultimately, I found that replacing the ent”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Switch for backup lights is in the transmission. Labor involved in changing switch was over $1200”

Anonymous, DE (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

“I think it may be the circuit breaker, but can't find it. When I go to the dealer, they always try too repair other items that I don't feel need to be fixed”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“heated seat stopped working. no heat. had been repaired once before by a dealership”

Ronald M., VA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Rear liftgate actuator failed”

Terry W., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“The check engine warning is on even after being reset. Rear hatch door reports as open when it is not. Both front doors (passenger and driver) have had broken window mechanisms”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Check engine light remains on”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“When ever I switch the AC on, the engine coolant leaks”

Alex A., VA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Heater controls kept sending out hot air to face vents in automatic and manual modes. Took removing the dash out to replace the blend doors twice to fix the problem. Spent over $2,000.00 on three visits to dealer and independents”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Heater core started to leak fluid inside vrchicle”

Steven J., AZ (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“My car was not cooling, so my mechanic looked into the problem. He found that there was a refrigerant leak and tried to fix it with new parts. Unfortunately, the leak was not fixed, so I am driving my car with no cooling system”

Nelson N., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Leak is in the condenser (?) under dashboard. To expensive to repair”

Bill M., NC (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Every two years I need to add refrigerant to the system”

Neil T., AZ (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“leaks, which means it doesn't cool as well. system too expensive to replace. therefore, just need to add refrigerant during hot weather season”

Ronald M., VA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“All the major components of the a/c system have large leaks. The cost to replace/ repair is more than the value of the cost”

James R., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Rear axle wheel bearing seals started leaking grease which got on rear brakes so had to replace rear brakes and wheel bearings”

Crystal J., MO (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“had complet failure of the 4WD system and was completely replaced at a cost of $7000”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Differential

“Bearings on pinion and on axles required replacement”

Vic C., WA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“rear end howell”

Don A., TN (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Worn bearing”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“The jeep often wont shift iut of AWD. T-case oil replaced, but still has trouble shifting out of 4 wheel drive”

Anonymous, CO (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Worn serpentine belt. Replaced it”

Anonymous, UT (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

“One of the sensors stopped working and the engine stopped!!!”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Check engine light frequently comes on”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Small leaks pop up in different areas of the line”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The engine has leaks at the rear and front seals......too expensive to repair since I'm told it will likely start leaking before long”

James R., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“Dropped valve seat damaging engine beyond repair”

Tony P., PA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Cracked head cylinder head.....replaced engine”

Anonymous, MA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Original engine failed due to head gasket leak and dropped valve. Engine was replaced under Mercury insurance policy. Only cost me about $120”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Piston failure in one of the cylinders would have required a rebuild. Replaced engine with a remanufactured engine with a 3 year warranty”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Head gasket

“I had combustion in the cooling system. blown head gasket on the drivers side. Changed that and while I was into the motor, I replaced the very worn timing chains”

Gregory E., MI (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

“over a two month period we replaced the fuel filter three times by a mechanic. we still get a loud humming from the back of the car. we also replaced the fuel pump four times”

Ray P., WA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“# 4 fuel injector went bad due to factory recall on heat shield”

Marie B., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“IOver a two month period I had four new fuel pumps installed, three new fuel filters/sending units installed.. I still get a loud obnoxious hum from the back of the car which we have narrowed down again to either the fuel pump or fuel filter. all wor”

Ray P., WA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“needed replacement”

Karen B., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Continually trips "check engine " light, replaced sensors, still doing it”

Jeff W., CO (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Low brake pedal, replaced front pads and bled the system to correct the concern”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Rusted calipers”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The pads and rotor were worn and I replaced them. I had 80,000 miles on the pads”

James K., TX (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Warped”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“The internal torque conv. went out, as the rest of the vehicle, including motor, are still good, I had it rebuilt”

Richard E., IA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Transmission replacement at 65000 miles”

Anonymous, CO (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Transmission didn't shift up and slipped when accelerating quickly”

Tim B., CA (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“main seal”

Patrick G., OR (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“reoccurring over time owning the vehicle”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Radiator leaks in the lines, cap, radiator, somewhere in the system”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The sunroof no longer retracts due to a failure of the driver side track mechanism. This failure has been looked at but the repair is prohibitively expensive”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

“Bearing in distributor went out. Erratic ignition”

Anonymous, UT (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Vehicle has always required an excessively amount of time to start the engine. Mechanics can not find anything wrong. Even after rebuild problem exists”

Anonymous, NV (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“After 1 hr in traffic at 50mph the steering wheel jerked left & right and I almost lost control of the car. Bad rotors and calipers not releasing when hot. Mechanic called it "death wobble"”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Cause the vehicle to "float " and make a snap sound .Replaced most of the rear suspension and fixed the problem”

Jeff W., CO (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Ignition lock would not turn”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate hatch would not stay open”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

“DISPLAY SCREEN INTERMITTENTALLY WENT BLANK”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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