2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee User Reviews

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    Displaying 31 - 40 of 48 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews.

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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    25

    Love It And Waiting For The New One. — Performace: Under powered for a 3.7L V6 Build Quality: Better than the WJ. Appearance: Interior could have been better, Exterior is amazing. Cost of Ownership: Mileage about 18L/100 KM, Maintenance costs are average. Fun Factor: For a 4x4 that does not have low range it does quite well in snow and minor off-road journeys.

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

    Pros: I love JEEP

    Cons: None

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Review
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    85

    A Great Jeep! — I have the 5.7L Hemi. Enough said! Makes a heavy vehicle a nimble mover. Only issues with Jeep since new, a few computer codes checked out ok. And had to replace hood gas shock prop the other day. The ones on lift gate are fine. Leased this Jeep for a 27 month term. Took it before lease was up on a Missouri to Montana trip.It performed and handled flawlessly. It sold me right there. Bought out lease and wife & I love our Jeep. The leather seats never fatigued us once on the trip. Yes, it could use a more luxurious dash. But, it is a Jeep!It does everything I want it to do. Great in snow also!

    Pros: The Hemi - handling = solid =comfortable = and its a go anywhere JEEP

    Cons: obvious gas mileage hit.

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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    115

    Our New Baby — The newest addition to our family. The interior speaks volumes about what American cars could and should be like - if all Chryslers were like this, the company wouldn't be in trouble! And yes, it's got a Hemi, so gas mileage is rough but the pickup far surpasses the other SUVs on Houston roads.

    Pros: Acceleration, interior room, amenities for price!!!

    Cons: Ride is a little lofty, handling is a little soft but it IS an SUV

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain Edition Review
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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.

    Pros: New Quadra dive system is a real good "out of the box" four wheel drive system., fairly nice looks.

    Cons: 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.

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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    25

    Jeep — This Jeep is awsome. It looks great on the road and is very comfortable to drive. The V8 Chugs gas like a frat boy on spring break though. The two tone leather is also a very nice touch and the tow package is nice for pulling a trailer when needed.

    Pros: The limited has all the bells and whistles that makes driving it a lot of fun

    Cons: It gets a solid 16 MPG which mean a fillup about twice a week.

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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    35

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4wd 3.7l V6 — The performance from the 3.7 litre is lacking. This is just too much weight for the little engine. The build quality has been just fine. I've had no problems at all. Even though the engine is gutless, I still get terrible gas mileage. I average about 16 miles per gallon in town. Overall this is a good vehicle, the ride is smooth, and I've had no problems.

    Pros: Quality, smooth ride

    Cons: Small, gas sucking engine

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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    Great Rig, Love It's Aggressive Styling And Sportiness. — It's a jeep. It drives well, handles well, looks great. Been a great car to get around town and for the drive over the pass for some snow sports.

    Pros: Styling, Price, Size

    Cons: Fuel Economy

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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    I Love My Jeep! — Quiet ride, 4 wheel drive is a plus in MN! Much more stable than the earlier models.

    Pros: 4-wheel drive in MN is awesome.  It's roomy, stable and I LOVE it!

    Cons: It's Deep Beryl Green...should have gotten a different color.

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD Review
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    Great For The Boat. — This thing is in the shop all the time. I hate Jeeps. I will never buy one again. Need to know more?

    Pros: Great for towing.

    Cons: Terrible front seats. Who did they build this SUV for, midgets?

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    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Review
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    Its A Jeep Thing — exactly what you would expect. not a racecar, but a reliable, daily driver that can take you wherever you wanna go.

    Pros: plenty of room for firefighting gear, runs good, sounds good...

    Cons: gas...

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

    Best Looking/riding Suv On The Market! Great Value For The Money! By markpentler

    This is a great vehicle. When you compare it to the competition, there is not another vehicle that measures up in utility, fuel economy, ride quality, features, and the overall exterior of the vehicl... Read More

    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

    An Awesome Suv By frankjesik

    Gas mileage, transmission shifts are smooth as silk. Love the interior styling and exterior styling as well. No problems, really, other than intermittent blue smoke on startup seems to be due to fau... Read More

    Affordable Quality By Ronald

    A great looking SUV that meets or exceeds my expectations. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been in a constant state of change since it was first designed. The latest body style and trim packages have a ... Read More

    2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

    An Iconic Suv From The Most Respected American Auto Brand By dan_roth

    The Grand Cherokee is one of the few vehicles in its class that I can enjoy driving. I drive a lot of vehicles, and very few cars feel like they have been properly sorted. It rides well, not too hard ... Read More

    Awesome By jgogan

    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

    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

    was impressed with how easily the jeep laredo goes through over 2 feet of snow without missing a beat. it does not have a four wheel drive button it's a "smart" system fuel averages about 17 mpg with... Read More

    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

    Excellent Ride By Mostafa

    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

    Fantastic Vehicle By BurtMang

    At this point nothing other than this make, model and year having 3 recalls so far and not sure how many more there will be coming along. Over all this has been a good vehicle up to this point. It has... Read More

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