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This iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an improvement over its predecessor, but still scored lower than most of its contemporaries. Steering and handling were markedly better, but the Jeep wasn't particularly agile by the standards of the day. The 5.7-liter V8 engine is thirsty and failed to deliver the performance of some V6s in the class. Horsepower was increased to 305 for 2008.
Alerts
There are 6 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 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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006.
Road Test

This iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an improvement over its predecessor, but still scored lower than most of its contemporaries. Steering and handling were markedly better, but the Jeep wasn't particularly agile by the standards of the day. The 5.7-liter V8 engine is thirsty and failed to deliver the performance of some V6s in the class. Horsepower was increased to 305 for 2008. Even average-height drivers complained about the lack of headroom. Cargo capacity is small compared to many competing SUVs.

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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (330 hp)
  • 6.1-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Front CD player does not function. Can play CDs through the rear entertainment center”

Don M., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

“During the day time dash board is faint and difficult to read. However, alert section which is separate stays bright all the time”

Dilip J., BC (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 6.1-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

“Radio/CD/GPS display screen goes balnk frequently. Radio/CD works fine. Did not have the navigation disc when I bought the car used”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Screen failed. $1,000.00 to replace entire module. Could not get NAV disk out; $135.00 to replace NAV disk. (Jeep did not return it to dealer)”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Display screen for time, GPS and radio function and status has gone blank. No repair available since you need replace radio which works fine”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Radio/Nav screen has become inoperable”

Vic C., WA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“System locks up and screen goes blank. Cannot switch from whatever mode is operating. Navigation is usesless, and has been for years!!! CD player balks at any CD insertion!!”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Bought this car used without GPS disc which I did not need. Was unable to adjust the time display without the GPS disc. Design flaw”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“This system has never worked well, and for years hasn't worked at all! Too expensive to fix. Uses separate DVD, but won't recognize one, A real piece of junk!”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Speakers

“Front drivers side went out”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Catalytic converter failed at about 88000 miles; unsure as to the cause. Replaced it by myself at a cost of about $500 and approximately 8 hours of labor”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Had a dent in it”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“It is hard to believe that the factory would build a stainless steel converter and exhaust system and construct all the flanges and bolts out of mild steel. Therefor all the flanges have rusted off causing us to have to replace the converters and exhaust system again and again every time electrolytics eats it away”

Robin R., CT (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“CatLitic converter rotted out 2 times, oxygen sensors are an inherent issue with this vehicle at least 1x per year. Causes rough idle when getting faulty”

Vincent P., NY (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Entire front exhaust system had to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Seems Jeeps have problems with manifold gaskets and leaks”

Joseph B., AZ (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Muffler

“Rust”

Merle S., BC (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Pipes

“Rust”

Merle S., BC (2006 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

Headlights

“While driving at night, the headlights would turn off for 20 seconds or so, then turn back on”

Kay E., MI (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure 3.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Brake lights will stop working every now and then”

Patrick H., IL (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Electrical issues started with the tire pressure monitor. Warning indicated low tire pressure while driving in the rain. Now warning lights for multiple other issues that are not happening”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Unsure)
Warning lights

“warning light "transmission overheating" goes off all the time and dealer says nothing is wrong”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Warning lights will flash on and off even though there is no problem. May be a short in the vehicle”

Patrick H., IL (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Multiple lights on with no real issues. Seat continuously sounds seatbelt alarm. Airbag light is on. Also, several others. Also, the tire pressure sensor is defective and indication lights are always on. Too numerous to list all lights”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Unsure)
Keyless entry

“One of two key fobs fails to work, even with new batteries. Other one works fine”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“rubber trim at door falling off”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)
Rust

“Rust throughat top of front wheel well”

John A., SC (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“left front fender”

Charles G., MI (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Front passenger side fender rusted through behind wheel opening”

Regina P., MA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint is chipping along the engine hood and on various places on the body”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Paint fading and chipping”

Timothy M., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“no start, took months to figure out it was transmission gear box”

Greg P., OH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“Fluid and filters changed seems to have fixed it”

Conrad M., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Unsure)

“It slips every so often but it is not needed to be replaced yet”

Melissa C., GA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

“it will say it needs to be replaced and then it does not say it”

Melissa C., GA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“transmission harness connector seal was leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Transmission went from high gear to 4th gear and would not go back up to high gear. A bad sensor was replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

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

“Low beam on drivers side will not work. Rear running lights on driver side don't work. Running lights on rear passenger side dim when brake is applied. Various instrument lights are out”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)
4WD/AWD components

“Transfer case motor failed resulting in check engine and other illuminated lights”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Transfer case

“On very bad roads it sounds like the transfer case chain jumps teeth until I stop and shift to reverse. I personally installed a new chain and sprocket and have yet to test it on a bad road”

Wallace C., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“HAD TO HAVE REMAN INSTALLED BECAUSE THE CLUTCHES WENT IN THE ALL WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM”

Jim M., ME (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Servo motor to engage low range burnt out/failed”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Started having intermttent stall problems and being unable to restart. Had to be towed to dealer several times. Dealer was unable to find an issue. Stalled again and took dealer two weeks to decide it was the PCM and replacement cost over $1200”

Bob R., MD (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Faulty throttle position sensor led to "at-speed" stalling”

Russell L., NH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Oil leaks

“There was a leak in the oil pressure line that was easy to fix”

Anonymous, WY (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure Unsure)

“Seal for the pinion gear had a minor lead. Had seal replaced”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Pan gasket,”

Dennis B., OH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Apparently this is not uncommon for the Mercedes transmission in this vehicle. All in all, I have no complaints about the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has been a very reliable car for the age and miles of the vehicle”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“This year was the second transmission replacement needed in approximately 6 years of ownership”

Chad C., WV (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“The transmission failed in 2015 and the dealer recommended a rebuild, which I did for a cost of about $2300. The transmission failed in 2016 and the dealer said it was the result of the failure of parts that were not included in the rebuild. Recommended replacing the transmission at a cost of $2300. Did not honor any sort of warranty on the previous work”

Douglas E., IN (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Our transmission started slipping and shifting into a higher gear”

Anonymous, NE (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

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

Alternator

“Over voltage”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The ignition switch has been recalled as the car will shut down when driving down the highway. The new switch is a bigger joke as now to turn off the cat you need to push in the on the key or it will not turn to shut off the engine. This is a real safety issue”

Robin R., CT (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Starter

“Failed to crank”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Failure gave no warning whatsoever. One day, vehicle would not crank though all dash idiot lights indicated nothing wrong, battery fully charged. Happened during one of the coldest days in winter, had to be flat bedded”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Has been fixed twice and part from jeep continues to fail....this has been issue with jeeps since 2006. U thk they would fix the issue. Will cost me $1100 at dealership to fix ...NOT”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)

“Compressor locked up”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)
Automatic climate control

“The automatic temp control busted and had to be replaced”

Joseph B., AZ (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Sometimes it continues to blow hot air when cooling is selected”

Carl H., AL (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“$10,000.00 replacement cost. Valve guide failed, wrecked engine”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Repair was difficult to find a shop that would complete it at a reasonable cost”

Chad C., WV (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“The leaking of coolant into #7 cylinder may be due to head gasket.Just to tear down engine to get to the gasket is too expensive ($2500.00)”

Albert K., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Cylinder head

“#7 Cylinder is leaking coolant. Cause spark plug damage”

Albert K., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“All four calipers had to be replaced due to excessive corrosion, rear left actually seized and for vehicle with so few miles, I've never experienced such failure. Aftermarket calipers are actually better than the OEM!”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

“Back breaks at 40,000 replaced, front brakes replaced at 62,000”

Dennis B., OH (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Rear brakes only - lost one pad resulting in damage to rotor. Upon inspection, the other rotor revealed wear. Neither rotor had enough thickness to allow resurfacing. Both replaced with new rotors, new ceramic pads. Front still looks okay”

Don M., CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Internal Leakage. Replaced Master Brake Cylinder and Fluids. Age-related repair”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Had small hole causing fluid leak”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“replaced do to leak”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Water pump

“Vehicle overheated and stalled”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“THE BEARING FAILED BON THE WATER PUMP SHAFT AND SHUT THE ENTIRE ENGINE DOWN. IT DID NOT DAMAGE ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN THE BELT”

Ludwig R., WI (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Sun roof would not seal shut and rain traveled in somehow and soaked the carpet”

Doris V., TX (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“The moon roof water drain tube became dislodged from the grommet in the floorboard and began draining water into the cabin”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Sun roof has leaked for several years but 3 attempts to fix it have not worked”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.7-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Engine light continues to light. Mechanic says it is the catalytic converter has become weak”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The vehicle needed a new sensor at the time of it's emissions and safety inspection to pass”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

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

“Power steering pump failed”

Anonymous, AK (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Both wore out causing 'cupping' on all tires. Mileage was approximately 75000”

Anonymous, NE (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“tailgate hydraulic lifters replaced”

Alan S., FL (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
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