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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,609 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Dec 202006

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles


I own a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, 4.0, inline-6, 2wd with 118,000 miles. My 98 jgc started stalling randomly; on acceleration, deceleration, highway, stoplights, etc. It would always start back up and run again, but the stalling would happen at any time. No codes would register either. The idle air control motor and ignition coil was replaced, but the problem continued. I replaced the ignition wires, distributor cap, spark plugs, rotor and throttle position sensor but still the same. Out of desperation, I replaced the crankshaft sensor and checked for loose and rusty connections. This is very dangerous.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 102006

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Interior lights click on and off, also factory alarm goes off, noted when colder outside temperatures are present and/or a heavy dew concentration is present. Brought to car dealership three times, multiple repairs, problem still exist.

- Plainville, CT, USA

problem #10

May 202006

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles
Vehicle parked for the night at 11pm 5/20/06. This morning at 6am while leaving for work an engine fire was noticed. Contacted 911 and they sent fire fighters to put the fire out. Currently unable to open to hood because the latch is melted. Had no recent signs of vehicle problems. Fire looked to be mainly on drivers side. Replaced parts in past such as tires, lights, brakes (6 times), transmission (Jan 2006), differential, rotors, calipers, battery (3 times) and accessories. Don't know if the engine is repairable at this time.

- Spotsylvaina, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 212005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The horn will not work consistently. The lights will flash on an off erratically while driving. The lights will come on after being turned off and parked overnight leaving the battery dead. The fan motor has failed for the defroster again. This is the second repair. In the snow belt this is a safety related feature.

- Bedford Heights, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Consumer complained about electrical system failure. This failure caused the turn signal to flash on the dashboard, but not on the rear. Also, brake lights worked intermittently. Although vehicle was serviced several times, the problem was not resolved.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 012003

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
Eletrical, air condition, body noise over all unhappy with vicial evaporator core $1000 to repair lights and dash gages do not fuction properly suspicion sqeaks had oiled helped for a day brakes were very quick will not line up if you let go of the wheel it goes straight off the road radio can not be truned up door paniles vibrate left turn light stays on on the dash at all times fuel gage reeds emepty even when full an light is on.

- Batesburg, SC, USA

problem #6

Feb 192003

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,162 miles


The transmission did not shift and accelerate properly, the dealer could not duplicate the problem. The ABS light illuminated on the dashboard, after the vehicle was turned off, all the gauges illuminated, the parking brake was adjusted, and the battery was replaced.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 012001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A leak was in the fuel line, gas fumes were coming inside of vehicle, contacted dealer, and consumer was informed thaat the fuel line needed to be replaced. Consumer stated that the transmission is slamming hard when engaging in reverse, also the dash and radio lights flicker on and off at times.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 212000

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Electrical discharge received when step down the vehicle, when touch door or chassis (SE recibe una descarga electrica al bajar del vehiculo Y tocar alguna parte metalica generalmente la puerta).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system failure has caused the headlights, power windows & the power locks to fail.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 011997

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system malfunctioned, due to poor performance.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 111998

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
When started vehicle was dead. Dealer repaired it. Then while driving everything electrical went out, and the motor was still running. Dealer contacted and kept the vehicle. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem, but are is of the defect. Manufacturer contacted, and stated the consumer needs to pick the vehicle up because they could not do anything to repair the problem.

- Louisa, VA, USA

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