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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 162002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles

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

Vehicle accelerated from 70 mph while going down interstate. Cruise control was not on at the time. Applying brakes slowed vehicle down but engine continued to accelerate. Vehicle couldn't be stopped with full pressure applied to brakes and emergency brake all the way on. Had to turn key off and stop engine. Cranked engine back up and everything worked ok. This happened to an 18 year old female and was a very trying experience. Luckily she handled everything properly, but was quite shaken up by the incidence.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 032001

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
While driving at highway speeds consumer noticed smoke coming from front end of vehicle, next a puff of smoke let out, and engine died. Consumer felt lucky there was no accident, and did not feel unsafe driving this vehicle.

- Windsor, WI, USA

problem #12

May 232002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
The Cherokee stalled completely, dead stop in the passing lane on a interstate. Service bulletins are listed on your sight about this problem. We are lucky, we got off the road. If this equipment failure was a known problem as early as 1999, we wonder how many people have died as a result of the failure.

- Wilmingtonq, DE, USA

problem #11

May 202001

Grand Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While traveling at approximately 65 mph vehicle stalled without warning. Digital calibration that showed amount of fuel in vehicle was off. Gas guage dash (non-digital) showed that there was fuel in vehicle when engine stalled due to no gas in vehicle.

- Glen Arm, MD, USA

problem #10

May 182000

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
While stopping on a hill and trying to get into in a highway vehicle was without power. Gas gauge showed that tank still had fuel, but, in reality, did not had any fuel.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #9

Jan 171999

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
I was driving North on rt. 684 with my gas gauge reading was 1/4 full. Vehicle stalled in the third lane of the highway. I managed to pull over and avoid oncoming traffic. One hour later, a state trooper picked me up and drove me to a service station. He told me that my vehicle may have a faulty gas guage as he has picked up other drivers of Jeep Grand Cherokee that have had the same thing happen to them. He said he thought that certain years of the vehicle had been recalled. He turned out to be right. Once the vehicle was refueled, I had no problems starting up and driving home. The next week I took the Jeep into pamby motors in ridgefield ct and they replaced under warranty the defective part. I was fortunate that the incident occurred when I was alone and not with my family or at a time when the traffic volume would have made it more difficult to avoid traffic. I would like to hear back from Chrysler and the NHTSA about this problem, whether it is widespread and what Chrysler intends to do about it.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #8

Apr 021999

Grand Cherokee

  • miles

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

Vehicle has experienced continued engine/electrical/transmission failure on several occasions, repairs on four occasions did not rectified failure. (attorney for consumer) mjs

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 181999

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine oil leakage.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #6

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Engine, muffler, sunroof, brakes, cruise control.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 071999

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At various speeds the engine will shut down intermittently/stall, will not restart, which could cause an accident.dealer replaced automobile shut relay, but defect is still occurring.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 051998

Grand Cherokee

  • miles

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

Noisy engine.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 041998

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
At 45 mph engine shut down and died restarted 20 min. Later dealer could not find out why

- Barnstead, NH, USA

problem #2

Feb 091999

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
At various speeds vehicle will completely shutdown, almost causing an accident, vehicle will not restart.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 221998

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Rear axle bearing failed; front axle is now producing same vibration and noise similar to rear component; dip stick installation wrong; and engine hesitation and sluggish acceleration when cold.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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