2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee User Reviews

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • 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: 4.3 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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PROS
"power" 16 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"space" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 18 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Darryl writes:
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Fun to drive without a worry of being stranded in deep snow.

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Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned — My Jeep is incredibly solid. The engine has a Ton of power but, with the shutdown of 4 cylinders I get very good gas mileage with it also. It is extremely enjoyable to drive. Living out in the mountains we get a lot of bad and curvy roads. The jeep does very well at pretty high speeds without any roll factors unlike some of the other SUV's I always see rolled over in the ditch.

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

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NESSclub writes:
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain Edition Review
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New Quadra dive system is a real good "out of the box" four wheel drive system., fairly nice looks.

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Very low ground clearance. Little head room. Limited visibility. VERY poor acceleration (with the 4.7L) compared to the same engine in the older (1999) Gr. Cherokee model.

NESSclub
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They Don't Build Them Like They Use To. — It is apparent this vehicle was built for the road with very little attempt to truly please the off road enthusiast. The nice styling of the windows actually creates poor visibility within the vehicle. It is difficult to view out the sides and back of the Jeep without having blind spots. The undercarriage is lower on this model than previous models. Since it is lower to the ground, it makes it less desirable for off road use which benefits from a higher ground clearance. However, the newer Quadradrive system is extremely good and has a benefit over the Quadradive system that was in my 1999 model by having a quicker response time to slippage thus engaging the wheel quicker. This may be due to the fact this one is electronic as apposed to the mechanical inertia one found in the 1999 model. However, both are good. BUT, if your an offroad purist, fully locking differentials are the only way to go. The 4.7 Liter engine in the 2005 model acts VERY differently than the one in the 1999 model. The 1999 model would litteraly "jump" off line when you "punched it" if you had to. Whereas the 2005 Gr. Ch. incrimentally steps up the acceleration in a much slower fashion. I don't know about you, but when I hit the gas pedal, I want it to react now, not have the engine think about it a while, calculate the pedal position to current speed, thus determining the amount of fuel to be injected into the engine for how much acceleration it is calculated to give. Let me do the thinking and driving of the vehicle. Not a computer. I actually find it unsafe at times due to such a slow response time. Don't get me wrong. The engine is quiet powerful, it's just that it is governed way too much. I'm currently looking for some performance enhancement chip if one exists. Also note that this 2005 model gets worse gas milage even though it is not as powerful. At least give me more power if I'm not going to have decent gas mileage. Let's face it. These are "sport UTILITY vehicles" (SUV's), they are not going to get 35 miles to the gallon. But give me something better than 12 to 15 miles to the gallon under quote-unquote "normal" driving conditions. The extra weight of the vehicle might be part of that cause. The vehicle is also 600 pounds heavier which could account for several of the downfalls to this vehicle. I personally think it has more "roll" to it than the other models before it under typical street conditions. There is an independent front suspention on the 2005 model which may make it feel more "car" like and have a nicer overall ride, but in all actuality makes it more difficult to "feel" the road. The tighter/stiffer suspensions with the solid front axels on the older models let you feel the road far better. The interior room on the 2005 vehicle is much smaller than on the other models. My head touches the ceiling and I'm 6 feet tall. I have the sun roof so maybe that is a reason, but I had a sun roof in my 1999 model and had several inches of head room. I have to slouch in the 2005 so as not to hit my head on the ceiling. And yes...my seat is as far down as it can go. From the outside, the roof of the Jeep is higher, but the ground clearance is lower to the ground. I don't know how Jeep managed to do that one. But it's bad in both respects. The older models like a 1995 model had the best of both worlds. A lot of head room, interior space, easier to get into, yet had the best/highest ground clearance and a low roof from the outside to make loading to the roof rack easy. The older Grand Cherokee models didn't have all the technologically advanced four wheel drive systems, but they did work very well. Like it's been said time and again, "If it aint broke, don't fix it". The old tech in-line "straight" six cylinder engine was and still is great. I know of no one that ever had anything bad to say about that engine. It may not have been a speed demon, but it was a great running engine and had enough torque for off road use as well. Especially in Low four wheel drive. Too bad they discontinued it and replaced it with a newer "techier" engine. I have a 1995 Gr. Ch. with the 4.0L six cylinder in it and it has 200,000 miles on it and is still going strong. I liked the 8 cyl. 4.7 liter engine when it was in my 1999 Grand Cherokee. The power from it seemed raw and true. The same engine, or apparently same 4.7 Liter engine in the 2005 model is far less responsive and weaker. If I new that, I would have either kept my other Jeep or got this one with an even bigger engine. But why? Just put it back to the way it was and don't govern it as much. For all the apparant "bashing" I just did to the 2005 Grand Cherokee, I do like it. Not as much as my other two Jeeps, but I have to say it looks pretty nice, although I don't like the head light design, but overall the Jeep is nice. And I have to say that I really do like the new Quadradrive system. I've taken my Jeep into some pretty rough muddy areas. Bottomed out a bit due to the low clearance, but was able to move on through the rough stuff without too much of a problem. And I mean it was deep mud. However, I can NOT understand why "they" (Jeep) put such a great four wheel drive system into something that was really designed MORE for the street than the "off road". If you are planning on going off road, think about a moderate lift, better all terrain tires if you can find a size that fits this rim diameter. Good luck on that. And make sure you have skid plates. The ones that come stock through the Jeep company are thin in comparison to after market ones. But they are better than nothing. These are my opinions, but I stick to them. Do the comparisons yourself. Do them honestly, and you will see.

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brandonbrzak writes:
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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4

Pros

HEMI! Good towing, and space.

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All wheel drive. I'd rather have it selectable. The motor ticks (the infamous hemi tick)

brandonbrzak
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Overall A Great Family Car, Good Looks, Good Power — We love our jeep. We have had the vehicle for 2 years, and have no complaints, besides the gas mileage, which isn't too bad for a 6000lb vehicle with a big motor. Gets our family of 4+ one dog where we need to go.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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beatyb0204 writes:
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Review
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5

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Reliable. My experience with Jeeps has been amazing.

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climate control can be a little touchy.

beatyb0204
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Love This Vehicle. — I loved the ability to tow my boat and trailers. Plenty of power with the all time 4 wheel drive. The vehicle is excellent for our family of 4 with two baby seats in the back. By far the easiest child seat latch system to use (and I've put seats in many types of cars).

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

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oreooreo writes:
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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5

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power V8 get up and go

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gas$

oreooreo
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Great Jeep — JEEP 2005 Grand Cherokee, Limited Sport Utility 4D, heated leather seats, loaded, V8 4.7 liter, Automatic, 4WD, Cargo Roof Rack, loved the power, but hate the gas$ Great jeep for sure, runs great, great in snow, beat out 4X4 trucks in the snow...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Josh writes:
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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the engine

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having to fill it up

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The Grand Cherokee — this truck is awesome would recommend it to anyone. Great ride smooth and for a V8 with a HEMI surprisingly it gets great gas mileage. Anyone looking for something with a decent amount of power will really love this truck!

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

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Justin writes:
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4

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power and appearance

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the door armrests seem to be a liitle low for the seats

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It's A Jeep Thing! — This is our first Jeep and we absolutely LOVE IT!!! The 5.7 Hemi is "almost" too powerful, and i've got the tickets to prove it! The heated leather seats and all-wheel drive make it the perfect vehicle for the tough Iowa winters.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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davedemo76 writes:
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain Edition 4WD Review
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reliable comfortable great in all weather especially the snow. looks great

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not super great on gas, which it had selectable 4wd rather then just 4 hi 4 low

davedemo76
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Ive Enjoyed Owning It Would Buy Another One — I bought this jeep as a one owner at a great price. Ive had no issues or trouble with it. I wish it was alittle better on gas but it is an awd suv. which makes it awesome in the snow. don't have a problem in any snow what so ever. I also wish it had selectable 4 wd not just 4 high or 4 low. would recommend to a friend

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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bikster12 writes:
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5

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excellent Vehicle

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very few

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It's A Jeep...and That Says It All ! — It has some driver blind spots. It's a JEEP...and that says it all ! Love my Jeep. Had some problems right away when we bought it. Had to rebuild the rear differential and fix the cruise control wiring. Now it has the famous "Service 4 Wheel Drive System" message but not worrying about fixing that. It pulls my 24' boat like nothing and never downshits going up hills. Get's great mpg. 19 on freeway and 21 at 60 mph. Hemi is the way to go.

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

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Vanessa writes:
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i drive really well

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nothing

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Top Of The Line. In All Areas — i love my jeep. i am going to buy another one when i get the money. it is one of the best vehicles i have ever owned. it handles real well in the snow, as well a looks good. that is important too.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Lovin My Jeep By Barbara

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 h... Read More

Longest Lasting Jeep I'll Ever Own (10+ Years & Counting) By Drumatthias

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. ... 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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