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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,562 miles

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 202015

Grand Cherokee

  • miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 06V119000 (engine and engine cooling) and 15V046000 (air bags). The parts had not been supplied by the dealer to receive the repairs for longer than six months. The manufacturer was unable to provide a reasonable time frame to schedule the repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Kenmore, NY, USA

problem #15

Dec 092015

Grand Cherokee

  • 160,000 miles
While driving the engine will shut off without warning causing a loss of control of the vehicle. The vehicle has a new battery and all electrical functions of the vehicle work except the engine. Vehicle may restart after a period of time. This has happened at all speeds and driving conditions while in driving lanes. City, highway, intersections.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jul 012014

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles
Air bag light illuminated. Dealer stated open recall for air bag module and front sensors. No parts available. We care driving an unsafe vehicle with no support from dealer. We need a safe vehicle to drive. Dealer also denied recall for faulty fuel tank in event of rear collision. We have a check engine code directly related to fuel venting/purge system. Dealer will not repair. In summary we have an unsafe vehicle that has 2 potential ways of causing bodily harm.

- Tobaccoville, NC, USA

problem #13

Mar 022015

Grand Cherokee

  • 175,000 miles

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

The engine stopped while driving took it to a mechanic and they said all fluids were filled it was just a "bad engine" I paid 2700 dollars to have engine replaced. The truck still wasn't running right it was having trouble starting took it to the mechanic and he changed the fuel pump 700 dollars. The truck still dose not run right ive had brake lines replaced that broke with no impact or accident ive been told the master cylinder needs replaced there is no brake pressure my wiring is messed up and now both my brake lights are out ive checked fuses and bulbs the truck takes several tries to start it its in the shop more than I drive it its dangerous and I never know if its going to stop in traffic or if people behind me know when im trying to stop I have 6 kids I drive to school every day and I worry about their lives every time we have to get in the Jeep I feel like buying this vehicle was a huge mistake

- Evansville , IN, USA

problem #12

Jul 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 176,000 miles
This Jeep had the 4.7L V8 engine. Jeep was running fine, never had any issues with leaking fluids, etc.or any engine issues at all. Went to a friends house for a couple hours and when I went to leave, the vehicle started very rough and had no power - hitting the brake to change gears would stall the engine. Diagnostic testing showed no compression in the first cylinder. I was unable to pay to have my engine torn apart (keep in mind I only had this vehicle for little over a year and still owed over $1000 on something that was not driveable), but from the symptoms it seems this was caused by a dropped valve seat. I have seen numerous complaints on this issue in this engine (in Jeep and other Chrysler vehicles) and am surprised that no recall has been made. I am unsure what would have happened if I was driving at 50 mph when the engine failed.

- Killington, VT, USA

problem #11

Mar 262015

Grand Cherokee

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the vehicle was parked, a warning chime activated and the check gauges warning indicator illuminated. The contact mentioned that smoke started emitting from under the engine compartment. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V199000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 200,000.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jan 062015

Grand Cherokee

  • 170,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that after attempting to start the vehicle, the vehicle backfired and failed to start. In addition, the contact stated that warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Van Buren, ME, USA

problem #9

Nov 012014

Grand Cherokee

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Macon , GA, USA

problem #8

Sep 122014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
I started my car and put it in R car suddenly accelerated backwards I put my feet on the brake and car continued back I could not shut engine off and attempted to shift into neutral when car surged forward. Again with my feet on the brake pushing as hard as I could car went through 3 walls of my home before stopping. Car is total loss in possession of geico claim # [xxx] at geico TL lot in Florida. I will also be filing a complaint with Jeep for same, I would like to have the vehicle inspected due to a possible manufacturer malfunction. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wellington , FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 112014

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was unable to be restarted and was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000. !....updated 07/31/14

- Stonybrook, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 062014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles

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

While driving on the highway at a slow rate of speed (5 mph) due to a traffic jam, my vehicle overheated. Once towed off the highway, the mechanic diagnosed a fan failure for the radiator which caused the vehicle to overheat. Subsequently there may be damage to the engine caused by the fan failure. I researched this and discovered a recall issued (8/2006) by daimler Chrysler for the electric radiator fan (safety recall F25). I called Chrysler today (case #[xxx]) and they said that this recall does not apply to my vehicle even though the recall clearly states it applies to vehicles with the "S" in the 8th position which it is. Please advise on next steps. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Topsham, ME, USA

problem #5

Oct 282012

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Chrysler has issued over 10 recalls on my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee and have failed to complete any of the required recall service. They have not received any parts from their suppliers to replace the defective parts covered under the recall. The amount of affected vehicles are over 950.000 Chrysler has still failed to resolve any of the outstanding recalls on my vehicle, and has not offered substitute transportation after 9 months that the numerous recalls were issued, and not resolved due to zero availability of replacement parts. This is a major safety liability that Chrysler is conveniently ignoring updated 06/4/13

- Great Neck, NY, USA

problem #4

May 202012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Was driving and all of a sudden the air bag light and check engine light came on. Now they wont go off. Check engine light has been hooked up to computer but all it says is that there's an emissions leak but no one can find it. The air bag light wont go off.

- Campbell Hall, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 112012

Grand Cherokee

  • 224,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While parked, the contact noticed a leak around the radiator and determined that the radiator was cracked. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised the contact that the ignition needed to be cleaned and the radiator would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 224,000 and the current mileage was 300,000.

- Lakeland , FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 042012

Grand Cherokee

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure recurred several times. The failure and current mileage was 98,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232012

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
We were driving Jeep on highway and all was normal. We stopped for fuel and when we started the car it idled very rough and started smoking. Shut car off and upon inspection the rocker arm had been pushed through the valve cover. Appears to be damage to valve but do not know extent of damage yet. Engine had approx. 108,000 miles on it.

- Marshall, MO, USA

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