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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,636 miles

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 312007

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles

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

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee with recall for the floor shifter. Customer states that the dealer never informed him of a recall on his vehicle for the floor shifter since it was put in place in 2002. The consumer stated there is a clicking noise coming from the steering and the mechanic recommended the clock spring be replaced. The consumer stated the cv joints had to be replaced. The consumer received a second opinion about the cv joints and was told it was related to the viscous coupler being worn which was the real problem. The dealer stated minor driver side valve leak, rear main seal seeping, and rear viscous coupler was worn with noticeable hopping felt in the vehicle.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #10

Jun 152004

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I had taken my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a very dependable and honest repair shop in san antonio tx for an issue and while they test drove the vehicle they noted a noise from the rear of the vehicle. Of course, I assumed this was rode noise and didn't think anything of it. They informed me that it was a common issue with that model of vehicle. This was during the week of June 2004. The main problem is that I purchased the vehicle July 4, 2001 in austin tx and I thought I purchased a 3 year extended service plan. Which should have covered it. What I found out is that I purchased a plan that extended the original cars coverage for 3 years. I ended up purchasing a contract for a period I did not own the car. The plan expired on June 10, 2004. This was very misleading by the car dealership I bought the car from and the Chrysler warranty company when I called about it during June while the car was in the repair shop. The warranty company would not cover the cost of the repair approximately $2,000 because they had previous claims on the vehicle. I feel this repair should have been covered because I purchased a three year extended warranty plan on July 4, 2001 which to me should have ended July 4, 2004 and the rear axle is a common issue with this model of vehicle. Had I known the "road noise" was really a problem coming into existence or had I paid closer attention to the warranty information when I received it this could all have been avoided. If this is not an issue you can offer any advice or assistance on please let me know. The incident date below is an approximation. I do not have the repair order in front of me with the exact dates. Your website was brought to my attention today and I wanted to get the details to you as soon as possible. If you can assist with any of the warranty work with Chrysler I can provide exact dates and policy information as necessary. Thank you.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 262003

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • 73,000 miles
Vehicle experienced a growling noise in rear axle. There is tsb 602321 for this problem.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 052002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Manufacturer although acknowledges problem by tsb fix will not repair because it has run out of warranty. Problem is I know over a dozen people with the same problem with many much more voicing concerns at internet Jeep related forums.no safety defect listed.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #7

Feb 142002

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
There is a growling noise from the rear axle that was said to only get worse and will cost between $500- 1200 to fix from an auto shop.

- Plant City, FL, USA

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problem #6

Dec 262001

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Rear axle overhaul/ rotors warped.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 042001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles

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

When accelerating or breaking, noise came from rear end.was informed that if not fixed soon that the rear end could fail resulting in a possible accident. Was informed by dealer repairing that this type of problem is a result of hauling more the the vehicle can handle. No hitch as ever been put on vehicle.also informed that its a possible defect.regional representitive for chyrsler\Jeep states no defect seen.milage is way to low for this to have just happened.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 062001

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
How can a rear end go out in less than 3 years, something is not right"!"

- Attalla, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 112000

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Consumer was traveling on highwayand and rear axle broke, and she lost steering. Vehicle had to be towed th the dealership. Mechanic had to have the axle welded.

- North Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 052000

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The vehicle has roaring noise coming from rear axle, the dealer said it is normal due to the heavier frame.

- Spencer, VA, USA

problem #1

May 251999

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear axle assembly failed. Mjs

- San Rafael, CA, USA

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