1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee User Reviews

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"power" 20 reviews
"ride" 14 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"big space" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 28 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Barbara writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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5

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Reliable and strong. I wouldn't trade her for anything! Luxury in a vehicle almost Twenty years old.

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The only issue I have with my Jeep is a typical problem for these vehicles...the headliner!

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Lovin My Jeep — I love the immaculate condition she is in. I love even more how no matter how cold or hot it is outside she runs like a champ always getting me where I need to go, FOUR WHEEL DRIVE INCLUDED! I treat her right, she treats me right!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Drumatthias writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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Looks, styling, reliability, power, 4WD is near flawless, stability, cargo space. Looks amazing lifted.

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Auto-transmission until it's overhauled. Having to add a tranny radiator to keep it cooler (shoulda been stock). The clutch fan sucks. I've swapped it for a more modern e-fan from a WJ Grand Cherokee. It isn't perfect but it definitely stops the constant eating of water pumps & motor drag. Rear tire takes up a lot of space in the back. I removed it & pray against flats to give myself spare room.

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Longest Lasting Jeep I'll Ever Own (10+ Years & Counting) — The auto transmission. It's guaranteed to have gear slip failure between 100K-150K miles. After being overhauled, it's good to go for a LONG time though. The all-time 4WD transfer case is kinda lame. I need to swap it for a NP249 with 2WD shifting option, which would help with MPGs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matt writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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Always reliable, and great gas mileage for a V8.

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The leather seats are cold as hell in the winter.

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800,000 Or Bust — This is my second Grand Cherokee, bought after my first one ended up in a creek. A lot of the Limited features were new to me at the time, but now I wonder how I ever drove a GC without them. The tranny was factory rebuilt right before the 100,000-mile warranty expired, and I'm only now (at 164,xxx) starting to notice a little slippage between 1 & 2. Only one major repair so far, to the steering column/stabilizing arm; everything else has been like a rock. I recently replaced the stock air intake with a 3.5" stainless cold air intake and cone filter...that upgrade alone has increased the highway MPG from 19 to 23 (and yes, this is the 5.2L V8 we're talking about here). I do wish the rear seats folded completely flat (like my '93 Laredo's did), but it's a small point. Everything else is great, and I'm expecting it to stay that way for at least 636,000 more miles!

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Brian writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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V8 power, simple design, Infinity Gold stock stereo.

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NP249 transfer case and Dana 44 aluminum rear axles are trouble spots with all V8 Grand Cherokees from 1993-1998.  Gas mileage?  If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

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Great For Its Time — The 1996 Grand Cherokee is an incredibly capable all-weather vehicle. With a 5.2L V8 motor, it's plenty quick to get where you need to go and haul most of what you need behind.

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Duality64 writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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It is a jeep so nothing more to say then jeep are some good suv to drive with the inline 6 it has power and gets good gas mileage unlike the v8

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as this car it is the one jeep that is everywhere i dont really care for the style of the laredo rather have the sport

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Good Car Would Buy Another Jeep With The Inline 6 Engine — I dont really care for the look and how small it is for a mid size suv. But i would buy the car again they are kinda cheep and easy to work on by all means! All around good car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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JLove88 writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Review
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It's very spacious with leather interior and power everything. It drives smooth, transmission shifts seamlessly,  any maintenance costs are pretty cheap.

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Its not 4x4. This Jeep came with a V6 motor, which blew a piston at just 120k, it's never been driven hard and never been off road or dogged out. When it blew the piston, I had an in-line 6 motor with roughly 60k on it put in instead of another V6. Since then, and 130k miles later, I've never had an issue with it.

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Overall I Love My Jeep And Would Recommend It To Anyone. — I love everything about this Jeep, from the style to the drivability. Even at 18yrs and 250k miles overall, this Jeep is still in tip top shape, from the inside out. It stills drives smooth and has very little rust, granted it has been very well maintained, but it has never been garage kept and still not a lot of rust(only a small amount on bottom of back hatch where water tends to settle)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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4 wheel drive

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gas mileage and acceleration

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Good But Too Small Of Engine — It is a good vehicle but when you put a 6 cylinder engine in such a heavy vehicle it just doesn't have the performance that you would like, or the gas mileage for that matter. Other than having a 6 cylinder it is an amazing vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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Power, 4 wheel drive, roomy, exhaust, lots of torque

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Gas mileage and front-end design with the headlights.

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The Guzzler — I enjoyed owning this car until about when Obama took office because of gas prices now, i had to sell. It was a daily driver one of my favorite features was the quadra trac 4 wheel drive mode when i went off road with it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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the power that it has

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the fact that its all time 4x4 so its hard to have fun in the snow

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1996 Jeep Gc 5.4 Liter V8 All Time 4 Wheel Drive — Performance - it has performed great right up until we had to replace the engine. But then again I still can't complain because i have no clue how well the previous owners took care of it. Build Quality - so far the only repairs are the brakes, muffler, engine, and drag link Appearance - well the outer appearance is great, but once i took off the front bumper, there was evidence of the vehicle being in an accident. Cost of Ownership - its getting about 18 mpg and we paid $2500 for it Fun Factor - this is fun to drive but my only grip is that it handles too well in the snow lol. with it being all time 4 wheel drive it makes it hard to have fun lmao

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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Uber-capable, easy to work on, affordable parts, rugged design

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So-so gas mileage (15-20), the 6cyl is reliable but weak at highway speeds.

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Unbelivable Work Horse — Unlike most owners, I have had *no* major problems with this Jeep after 160K miles. Minor expected repairs only. This thing hauls very well as I tow 5000lbs often with it. I have also had 5-10 off-road trips with it where again I was very impressed with its capability. Decent interior room, yet still small enough to fit into tight parking spaces. I've been really pleased with this vehicle.

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1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

All Around Good Suv By delacruz99

I love the steel body/frame.and its good in all weather conditions , snow ,rain etc. Feels safe when I'm behind then wheel. It. Grips the road well even when your riding high because of oversized tire... Read More

Fun Vehicle When You Live Up In The Mountains And Need 4 Wheel Drive By CyCoe

the Jeep has been one of the best 4x4s I have had. It will go just about anywhere I needed it to go. It is a comfortable and easy vehicle to drive. my wife and grand kids are safe on the bad roads in ... Read More

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1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Ol' Faithful By jremy91

This has always been a very fun car for me to drive. Its great for road trips, It has a lot of power and room. It is very comfortable and is nice looking as well. With some work, this jeep can could b... Read More

Very Reliable 4wd Vehicle Providing Years Of Good Value By Jim

This is a great SUV that is also able to be used as a daily driver for commuting to work. You can also have confidence knowing you will be able to get out of a ditch or snow bank etc... if something u... Read More

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1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

The Best Of The Best By femalemechanicinOR

I like the way it looks and how it feels driving down the road. With alot of miles on it its still running strong. The only thing we have done to it is change the oil sending unit, oil & filter. Read More

Power, Traction, Comfortable By rickyd63

Real good suv. I love my jeep, but it take alot of maintenance and money. Very power full (if the 5.2l) very comfortable. I got pillow top leather seats and there like sitting in a lazy boy chair wil... Read More

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Very Quiet, Picks Up Speed Faster Than Other Suvs. By Master_Mechanic

smooth vehicle makes you feel safe when driving due to its height and breaking power. ABS brakes make the stopping distance shorter than older cars. Doesn't waste as much gas as expected with an aver... Read More

I Really Liked This Jeep By jagman_xjs

I would not want a 4.0 Cherokee they just don't have the power or economy that the 5.2 does. Plus it has great pulling power. My limited was nice were I wasn't embarrassed to drive it to a nice event... Read More

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

A Beautiful Mess. By coolbreeze101b

The jeep grand Cherokee in my eyes is the perfect mix of luxury and rugged fun. What makes this Jeep special is that is the last of the ZJ model and also one of the last Jeep models to stick to its r... Read More

Reliable Family Car By ste1963

I like the fact that it had 4 wheel drive when you need it and not always engaged like some of the newer vehicles. It also has a part time mode for when it's a little slick out with rain or snow Read More

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