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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain EditionReview
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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 4WDReview
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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 4WDReview
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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 4WDReview
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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 4WDReview
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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 4WDReview
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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 4WDReview
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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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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WDReview
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Awesome Off-roader. — This is a sweet car. Especially equipped with a nav system.

Pros: Awesome off roading power, nav system, HEMI V8

Cons: Interior Materials

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WDReview
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Beautiful Combination Of Power And Handling — this jeep has a very low ground clearance, but i am sure that is helping with the handling. i would certainly recommend skid plates if you plan on doing anything offroad. i was really frustrated to find out that Jeep's design for this year prevents increasing the tire size without a body lift.

Pros: crisp handling and acceleration!!

Cons: low ground clearance, trunk room

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2005 Jeep Grand CherokeeReview
Gary writes:
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4.0l Sport — Looks butch like all Jeeps, but really it stops there, its not as good as the older model it replaced apart from the interior, the steering doesnt feel likes it contacted to the wheels, doesnt feel as powerful as the old model, the Auto Gearbox has a mind of its own on cruise control and it leans a lot more then the old model

Pros: Comfy, Better interior

Cons: Woolly Steering, Power Response, Auto Gearbox, Handling

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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

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The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee blends style, performance and everything you would expect from a Jeep at an affordable price when compared with other vehicles in its class. Read More

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Drove smoothly. Easy to reach all features. Read More

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Review By Jeff

It wasnt what I was hoping for. It was a nice ride, but the interior felt cheap. I expect a car of this value to feel more solid. I can imagine interior trim parts breaking or scuffing very easil... Read More

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