1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee User Reviews

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 56 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 19 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"weak handling" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Kyle writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis 4WD Review
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5

Pros

Stock offroad capability and snow traction

Cons

MPG

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Great Jeep If You Can Afford The Gas. — This has been a great Jeep. Reliability has been pretty good. I've had the fuel pump go bad on me and the fan clutch and water pump, everything else has worked perfect. The transmission is starting to have a couple issues with shifting from 2nd to 3rd and it is a common problem with the vehicles but once rebuilt the rebuild kit comes with a better seal that fixes this problem. The Orvis is fun to drive in the snow and performs excellent off-road. During the summer months it is kind of bland to drive because on-road handling is weak. I would never sell it and I'm going to try to keep it going forever.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ben writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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5

Pros

SUV capability in a good size

Cons

Gas mileage

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My Couch On Wheels — It goes when you press the accelerator, stops when you press the brakes. V8 power when you need it, but accompanying fuel economy. Parts are cheap and easy to find. Good time off road, not too much excitement on the pavement.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Evan writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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4

Pros

it works reasonably priced and are tough

Cons

gas mileage

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I Like It — It's a jeep what more do i have to say. The performance is about what you expect for a jeep. Doesnt really break down. Gets me to and from. Can Carry a good amount of people. Hauls my band equipment. only problem is gas mileage.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bryce writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee TSi 4WD Review
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4

Pros

It's fun and it's tough and it can hold a lot of cargo and pull a lot of weight.

Cons

It smells funny, but that's just because the previous owner smoked.

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Great Car. — I love this car. It drives smooth, it's fairly quiet, it's the sharpest turning car I've ever seen, it's built very solid, I take it out and beat the crap out of it all the time and nothing seems to really hurt it, although the paint is quite scratched. It has great suspension and it sits a fair ways above the ground, the only thing sticking out from under it is the rear differential. It's got both driver and passenger side airbags, ABS, and a reinforced body so it's safer in rollovers. Great car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Dan writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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5

Pros

spacious, comfortable, easy to drive

Cons

bouncy, and ive heard they roll over pretty easy

65

Great Vehicle On And Off The Roads — Ive always wanted a Grand Cherokee, seeing as it was the first car i ever drove. So when i saw one sitting on the side of the road with a for sale sign, i knew i had to get it. 101000 miles, and only a couple of small scratches in the paint. it also helped that the previous owner is a mechanic at the local Dodge & Jeep dealership, and he put a lot of work into it before putting it up for sale. its got great acceleration for an suv, and its got a straight 6 cyl. engine in it, so its got some power. i love taking it through the woods down trails and everything, just exploring, and it makes it quite a ways with just 2 wheel drive. i have needed the 4wd a few times, mostly just for driving through major mud puddles. ahhh cranberry bogs.. as far as the build quality, you kind of have to go easy on them. they hold up great on the roads, but the trails can be rough. gas milage is ok, around 18mpg average. maintenance is fairly inexpensive, as long as you know the right mechanic. its a sweet looking car too. the classic jeep grill, small wheelbase, and the plastic trim along the bottom of the body, it all comes together. interior is spacious, plenty of room to stretch out. and the seats are so comfortable. its really a car you can feel safe driving.

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dragonheart writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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5

Pros

everything

Cons

except for fuel there aint none

dragonheart
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Wow Oh Wow — just like wow, after having one of these there aint no way me is going back to a car, my girl is awesome,4ltr of black metal, drives like A dream and yet so many people slag them off for reliability,UM like hello tell me WHY. performance. cant fault it, build. a1, appearance. cool, cost. ahh right well like fuel it does drink it but so do we when down the pub, just have a few beers less,maintenance. like a push bike. fun. she is.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joe writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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5

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Fun Comfortable Reliable

Cons

If you offroad it prepare to be addicted

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Great All Around — Performance wise it depends on the motor you decide to go with the straight 6 aka 4.0 wise ideal for daily use 5.2 is good for power and offroad and towing 5.9 is offroad and also a great street jeep for speed Build wise its great needs some little things here and there but what car doesnt Apperance wise they have a interesting love it or hate it type of look but its all Jeep Cost Of Owner Ship depends on what you use it for Fun Factor Its A Jeep Need I Say More?

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Will writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Review
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4

Pros

The A/C works well.

Cons

The fuel injectors...(means bad gas mileage)

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Cheap And It Works When You Need It To. — Great Car with a really solid engine that Jeep has been using for about 25 years. Not much of a fun car. I like to call it the uber conservative vehicle. It got pretty bad gas mileage until recently when I put in an oil additive that is supposed to help restore compression in older engines. It seems to have helped I went from high 16s on interstate to 18.2. And went from about 13.8 to 16.2ish around town.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Krystina writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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5

Pros

its a comfortable ride

Cons

it costs alot to fill it.. right now it takes 55 to fill it.

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Its A Very Durable Truck! — the performance is great! there's nothing wrong with it beside my back passenger window popped out.. not the one the goes up and down its the other one :) i love driving it the speed is great! and its awesome going over bumps you feel every single one lol it also has a mag-flow exhaust on it so it sounds like a monster truck!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jonathan writes:
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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4

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-Spacious -Even when old, runs like its new

Cons

-Gas Mileage -Handling not very tight

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Grand Cherokee — Considering the engine now has around 200,000 miles on it, with minimal parts replaced, this car runs like a piece of gold. My only real complaint is the handling is not very responsive, you have to turn the wheel more than on any other car even if you want to just go slightly to the left or right. However, the jeep is very spacious. But at 13 MPG, the space is best used for trips to the grocery store.

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