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5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,075 miles

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 202009

Grand Cherokee

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited stalls intermittently for no apparent reason and without warning. Normally the car will stall while idling either immediately upon starting or while sitting at an intersection. I have read online where many, many, many people are having the same problem which seems to be extremely difficult for a mechanic to diagnose. I have installed a new starter, distributor cap and wiring with no luck. Many people are very annoyed about having to spend money on mechanics "guesses" and still not getting the problem solved. This stalling problem is obviously very dangerous, especially if it occurs while the vehicle is in motion as it would be very easy to get rear-ended. For this reason, I am afraid to drive my vehicle.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 092002

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
For years we have a problem with the car heating up every summer. As soon as the air conditioning goes on the car heats up. And every year we spend a lot of money trying to fix it. No one has ever been able to fix the problem. We a copies of all of our bills. It's hot again and we have a problem again.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 222003

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 70,898 miles
While driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. When this occurred, the steering wheel locked up and the brakes failed to function. The dealership indicated that this was caused by an electrical system sensor failure. The consumer stated the engine light illuminated and apparently the problem was the oxygen sensor, also the monitor light on the dashboard blinked which indicated there was a rear lamp failure even though there was no failure.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 242003

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling, the dash board indication lights illuminated.

- Telluride, CO, USA

problem #8

Oct 082002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Apparently some failure occured with the Jeep that caused smoke to enter through the ventilation system. The compartment filled with smoke. The smoke had an arroma of electricity. Everything that consumer had running such as the blower motor/ac were turned off. Mrconsumer feels the vehicle design allowed debris to enter the air conditioning air box and come into contact with the blower resistor. This caused the debris to ignite form the heat source, also the engine gasket was leaking oil.

- Bostwick, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 271996

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Electrical error messages on heater display.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #6

Sep 021997

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Electrical malfunction resulted in ear lamp/headlight/radio/clock failure.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 021997

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light came on and won't go off/ radio is working intermittently, and all windows won't come down due to a short within vehicle.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 291997

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The Jeep is having serious electrical problems one after another and this could be a possible fire hazard.

- Almond, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 211997

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical problem.

- Iselin, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 211997

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Brought vehicle into dealer on four different occasions for various electrical problems.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 181996

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical short, causing vehicle to stall 6 times.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

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