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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,041 miles

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #17

Dec 012008

Grand Cherokee

  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle completely shut off. The failure occurred over ten times leaving the contact with no power. An independent mechanic could not find the cause of the failure. The second time the failure occurred, the mechanic insisted that the asd relay and ignition coil needed to be replaced. After replacing the asd relay and ignition coil, the failure recurred. The latest occurrence was when she drove from a parking lot and tried to drive forward and the vehicle shut off. The dealer or manufacturer have not been notified. The current and failure mileages were approximately 137,000. Updated 020209 updated 02/03/09.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #16

Nov 022008

Grand Cherokee

  • 100,540 miles
While making a left hand turn in heavy traffic Jeep stalled almost causing accident. This happened at 38,000 miles and continues at 100540 miles, if less than half a tank of fuel it will stall and also the dash cluster will read incorrectly. This failure could cause someone to be injured or death as it happens at ransom. User reports that keeping fuel tank full cuts down on the shutoffs to one or two a year.

- Pennellville, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 292008

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2wd, 4.0 liter inline 6, automatic transmission. User has replaced many engine electrical and ignition parts, as well as fuel pump assembly, some relays, and the Jeep continues to stall in traffic, when turning corners, when backing up, has intermittent stalling when driving, and is posting various computer codes. I have already spent $700 on diagnostic and parts replacement, yet the problem persists. When driving the engine periodically cuts out and RPM's drop to zero. If this happens in heavy traffic or during an evasive maneuver someone could be killed. This is an ongoing and dangerous problem that my mechanic can not fix, and based on my research on the internet it is a widespread and perplexing design-related problem with this era Jeep Cherokee and grands.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 012008

Grand Cherokee

  • 201,000 miles


My 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee stalls unexpectedly and sporadically. It seems to happen more often after it's been sitting and not being driven for 3 or more hours, but has occurred at any time or temperature. I've taken it to 3 different mechanics, one who specializes in Jeep and spent hundreds of dollars trying to fix the problem to no avail. No one seems to know why or how this problem is occurring. The following parts have been replaced: Idle air control valve, plugs, wires, distributor cap, asd relay, crank sensor, cam shaft position sensor. I've even had the mechanic try the "magic fix" that I've read on many forums about the screws on the ECM being too long. Nothing. I'm getting so frustrated because it's really dangerous when it just shuts off. Most of the time, it will crank right back up if it happens at idle and if it happens during acceleration, most of the time, it will shut off briefly and come back on before I can get stopped. I don't want ot get rid of the vehicle, but I want some answers. I find it hilarious that Jeep/Chrysler uphold that they aren't aware of any stalling problems that have been reported on the vehicle. That's the number one problem your will find on most Jeep forums...intermittent stalling. Please help!

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #13

May 152008

Grand Cherokee

  • 100,000 miles
Intermittent stalling at highway speeds, at stops, in intersections and off ramps and usually won't start again. Dealer may have found the problem after three years that being the on board computer.

- Reno, NV, USA

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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