1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee User Reviews

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review Ratings

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  • 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
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 20 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"weak handling" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Original Suv — It's a JEEP, get yourself one if you can.. It's has the room, very comfortable.. Able to maintain yourself if you like... Taking to dealer will cost you.. I bought my used with 200k miles still drive like new. Jeeps the Original SUV's

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Review
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The A/C in the summer time, the comfort of the ride and the alignment make this car stand out from many cars.

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like new, minor scratches, regular wear on the gloss on the roof.

Master_Mechanic
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Very Quiet, Picks Up Speed Faster Than Other Suvs. — 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 average of 20 miles per gallon.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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5.2 is a great engine

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body roll thru curves

jagman_xjs
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I Really Liked This Jeep — 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 as I would have been in a regular Cherokee.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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Best vehicle all around.

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gtlw344
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Good Truck — What didn't i like aside from the bald tires and it would leak fluids all the time but I guess it's a jeep thing because it never went low on fluids. Loved the truck till the transmission started slipping. Then traded it for my 03 grand cherokee.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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fun ride

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electrical gremlins.

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Uses Lots Of Little Crap — this is actually my wife's ride. it has the 4.0, auto, and even with the lift and tires rides smooth as butter. in town it gets about 15, but goin 70 it gets around 22, so who can complain. all in all, its fun.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Does everything I've needed it to do.

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Not many, other than with it being over 15 years old now, it shows some wear now and doesn't look like new, but still in very good shape.

jsvideoman
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Reliable Vehicle — Overall, it's been a great vehicle. I bought it when it was 3 years old and only had 25,000 miles on it. I've had very minimal repairs over the years. Just goes through brakes and tires periodically. But then just this past month, the engine blew a rod and I had to put in a used engine. Seems to be running fine now.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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The power and room

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Limited handling due to the fact it is an SUV which has a high roll over rating

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Link — The SUV comes with a 5.2L V8 that has around 220hp from the factory. The full time all wheel drive works wonders in the snow. The braking is average for and SUV and its handling is about the same. The body is more square than rounded so its visual appeal is limited. The maintenance is top of the line. The SUV has just over 280,000 miles on it and the only major problem was the transmission that went at around 150,000. Other than that all it has required is general up keep and a fuel pump. The gas mileage for a V8 is better than i could have ever hoped for. Around town it averages about 18mpg and on the highway it averages 22mpg. The interior is fully loaded and suited for long rides.

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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This jeep has the awesome look, very sporty with style. has the AWD which is great in winter.

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gas  mileage is not the best in city and about 21mpg hwy. has minor electrical issues but I guess for its age they are acceptable.

jeepluvr
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Great Jeep With Tons Of Power — over all i would rate this jeep four out of five stars. Looks great is outfitted with the powerful 318, 8cyl. Hwy 21mpg at approx 70 mph. Has a nice looking interior, which is comfortable aswell. All controls are easily accessible and this vehicle is a pleasure to drive. If there was one thing I would pick on the negative side is that this 97 jeep is packed full of eclectronics which tend to be on the expensive side to fix to repair so if your the handy man type this will help out a great deal.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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madjack
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It Will Be Mine For Ever!! — This suv is of the best in quality i have ever driven.It"s looks and performance to me, is top of the line. It"s in need of a transmission now and i"ve been trying to find a used one for it but they are hard to find, so it"s off to get it rebuilt. Maintenance in the past has not been bad as far as breakdowns, just the everyday upkeep as we all put up with.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis 4WD Review
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Stock offroad capability and snow traction

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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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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

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I love everything about the car. From the interior setup, to the options, to the outside trim and look of the car. I absolutely love it and it's my third Grand Cherokee Limited and I'm sure there wi... Read More

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 By mahomedi

Very versatile for family and for loading stuff. Brakes are great and the car feels solid. The fit and finish is up to par and there are no cheap compromises. Everything works well and I've b... Read More

Well Rounded Daily Use Vehicle By mdlgan

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Excellent Ride By Heikal

I like the internal space of the SUV. It has comfy seats. I can handle it easily and I feel safe in it. I hear a little noise inside and it has low Miles per gallon in city and High way Read More

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