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Our tested Grand Cherokee with the 4.7-liter V8 engine was powerful, but its fuel economy is nothing to brag about. Available engines for this model year were a 357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6. Over the years, the Grand Cherokee got a better driving position and a more settled ride.
Alerts
There are 5 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
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

Our tested Grand Cherokee with the 4.7-liter V8 engine was powerful, but its fuel economy is nothing to brag about. Available engines for this model year were a 357-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6. Over the years, the Grand Cherokee got a better driving position and a more settled ride. While it's a competent off-roader and a good tow vehicle for its class, the rear seat isn't roomy and fit and finish still needed improvement.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , 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
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (215 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (305 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 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“drive shaft and axle seals leak”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0-L V6 diesel)
4WD/AWD components

“The transfer case control module had to be replaced. The vehicle was still drivable, though. The issue was tied to a recall”

Kenneth A., IA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“transfer case”

Robert R., CO (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“used for off road travel so maintaincee/repar prob lems are to be expected”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“wheel bering failure - some components covered warranty - some not covered”

Dick M., CO (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Differential

“required replacement of differential fluid which owners manual said was good for 100000; car has 64000 and not covered under drive train warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Front diff was binding and was fixed”

Martin A., ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Transfer case

“About a year ago, Chrysler issued "Recall N23" to sort a software problem on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander. But a group of vocal owners claim their SUVs lost low-range as a result of the "fix," and have been battling Chrysler Corporate o”

Pierre G., QC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“transfer case would not go into neutral for towing the Jeep behind an RV, it is operated by a switch”

Fred H., AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“After N23 recall the "Service 4wd System" fault occurs. No Low Range”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“4WD low does not work. Code indicates clutch worn. Had inspected by independent shop and said nothing wrong but still does not work and still have code”

Martin A., ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Chrysler N-23 recall caused me to loose 4x4 and also the ability to transfer drivecase into neutral. It took them almost 2 yrs to correct this and cost me over $2000”

Catherine V., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Driveline vibration

“related to bering discussed above”

Dick M., CO (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-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

“Refrigerant leaks, can't be fixed”

F C., IL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“The air compressor does not automatically cycle. This causes the system to start to freeze. the pipes in the engine compartment freeze and it does not blow cool air”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“Compressor worn out and must be replaced. Works, however, makes noise and has slow leak of refrigerant”

Anonymous, RI (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Had to replace the air mixing controller due to a broken flap. excessive labor charge due to having to remove the dashboard to repair the problem”

Michael J., KY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“No temperature control. Hot air only”

Robert T., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Fan worn out after extensive use. started to make noise and run intermitently”

Anonymous, RI (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Loud squealing when fan is running in the winter”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Evaporator

“Evaporator sprung a leak causing loss of refrigerant; had to replace evaporator (required removal of complete dashboard)”

Anonymous, HI (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“Lost all refrigerant due to leak in evaporator”

Anonymous, HI (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“It was necessary to replace the condenser climate control panel and the expansion valve”

Robert T., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Water on carpet right side inside”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Because of leak had to replaced condenser + dryer+freon cost over $2,000.00”

Pierre G., QC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

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

“Repair shops got the alignment wrong on two separate occasions resulting in pulling to one direction and requiring a return to the shop for correction”

Jean W., PA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“The upper control arm on the LF had to be replaced”

Kenneth A., IA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Ball joint rusted through”

Jean W., PA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“The struts needed to be replaced. They were not cheap”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“car has lift kit which complicates shock replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“right front strut cracked”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“original lasted 155000 km”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“developed "soft" suspension and a bit of noise”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 6.1-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The rack and pinion cracked and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“They wore out and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“seems that the left tail light burns out often”

Joseph S., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Horn

“Horn only works if pounded very hard on horn icon on steering wheel. Horn pad has been replaced twice. Jeep says there is nothing to be done. We don't drive the car much”

Arlene B., MD (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Although the tire pressure is correct in all 4 tires the light inside comes on and flashes then stops every time you start the car. It never gores out”

David D., MO (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

“Dash board lights go on and off at odds times during operation. Vehicle continues to run while warning lights go crazy”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Cruise control

“It would not activate/turn on”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Unsure)
Interior lights

“There is a connection between having the wipers on and then the control panel lights go off”

Howard F., ID (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Lights wouldn't turn on”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Unsure)
Wiper motor or washer

“When the wiper is engaged the control panel lights go off. We have had this into the dealership on a couple of occasions but they can't find the problem”

Howard F., ID (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“During the cold winter weather in early 2015, the paint on the roof of the vehicle started to crack and eventually peel away. Took it to a body shop & they said it looked like a factory defect. Notified Jeep and they refused any responsibility”

D M., PA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Clear coat on hood of jeep broke and become very dull. Had it stripped and repainted”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Paint has started to flake off on both front fender wheel wells”

Alastair L., QC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“For no apparent reason paint started to peel of front bottom fender driver side”

Pierre G., QC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Rust

“rust & bubbling of paint over windshield”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Front fenders on both sides by the front doors and under the wheel well have paint cracking and peeling due to rust”

Alastair L., QC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The front painted air dam/body moulding below the bumper is held in and on at the top by lame tabs that come out of their slots and then it sort of hangs low. It's easy to pop the two tabs back in but then they pop out again”

Doug C., AB (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

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

CD player

“Clock would not display. Dealer replaced radio with refurbished model three times before it was fixed. Dealer reported its a common problem with Boston Acoutics radio. One replacement fixed radio but CD player didn't work”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Looses location at times”

Anonymous, OK (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Radio

“Clock would not display. Dealer replaced radio with refurbished model three times before it was fixed. Dealer reported its a common problem with Boston Acoutics radio”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.7-L V6)

“It just stopped working”

Joseph S., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Loose power connector to the radio”

Duane-Betty O., ND (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Sun roof leaks due to drain hose plugging/freezing up. Dealer was of no help, common problem in Jeep sun roofs”

Eric L., MI (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Wind noise

“due to a rear in collision, some how the rear luggage rack was reversed and caused a loud airflow noise. Took repeated return trips to the dealer to identify the problem and to correct”

Michael J., KY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The back right hand door area creates a wind noise but we can't seem diagnose it. Remains unsolved”

Doug C., AB (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Sun roof doesn't close properly- it closes but does not seal tight. Air leaks in along with water, especially during a car wash where its practically raining in the car!”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

“The whole car rattles”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“Since I can only mention 1 item I am still fighting with Chrysler as my Jeep, with 110k miles, had warped heads. there is no excuse for this to happen to a $47k vehicle. Chrysler told me 'tough luck' your're on your own. It cost me $3212 to repair!!!”

Catherine V., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Oil pressure erratic, oil leaks, one day it overheated”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Turbo or supercharger

“wiring chafed on the frame”

Terry J., ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Had to upgrade the elephant trunk hose due to faulty original design. This was done to prevent future problems with the swirl motor”

Brad W., SC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Oil leak in to the intake manifold causing turbo failure”

Dean B., ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

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

“it just went dead one night in july”

William C., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Glow plugs required replacing at 45000 miles”

Brad W., SC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Two glow plugs failed”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Replaced the alternator twice, averaging about 110,000km between replacements”

Alastair L., QC (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Engine will not start because of timing sensor. It has been replaced 3 times”

Dean B., ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“speed sensor went out causing the transmission to shift incorrectly. First real repair I have had on this Jeep”

Tom H., MI (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Engine computer is mounted below the battery. Battery acid leaked onto computer, destroying it”

Carl A., AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

“cylinder replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“sever wobble in mountain driving and braking”

Anonymous, ID (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Can't complain Jeep went 120000 km before first brake job”

Carol B., ON (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Water pump leaked which led to overheating”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“leaking”

Robert R., CO (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)

“Water pump failed and almost screwed up the whole engine”

Melissa O., AL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Side seam in muffler split - no rust or corrosion - just split and started making noise one day. While this seems like a manufacturing defect, obviously, I'm on the hook for replacement since it's off the warranty”

D M., PA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“after 7 years starting to make noise”

William C., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

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)

“Leaking seal at the vapor canister that required the dealership to fix”

Jeffrey S., AZ (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Bad O2 sensor”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0-L V6 diesel)

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

Locks and latches

“The ignition "key" would not come out of the steering column after turning the engine off unless the gear shift lever was cycled several times in and out of Park. The gear shift lever assembly had to be replaced”

Robert T., NY (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Mirrors

“side mirror turn all brown and distorted vision”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 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

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission was slipping”

Daniel S., MA (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
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