really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
184,200 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. ground the ecm to the car (1 reports)
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 032016

Grand Cherokee Laredo 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300,000 miles


I have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 300,000 miles on it. I am 19 years old and have owned this vehicle for about two years. From day one I had this problem and its slowly become more dangerous, hazardous, harmful, frequent, you name it. Hot or cold, rain or shine, my first drive of the day or my last, my jeep will shut off and the steering wheel will lock up and I am forced to drive off the road to the side. whether it be that I am cruising down the interstate, accelerating from a dead stop, or even sitting at a red light, it shuts off. Sometimes it will crank right back up and act "fine", sometimes it will take a minute or two (which seems like hours when I have other cars behind me). This jeep is my baby, I've put all my heart and soul into this thing but it has come to this. So many targeted parts later, over $2,200, and my job, it is still not fixed. I lost my delivery job due to this problem. I don't even want to risk driving it. There have been many occasions where it will do this to me at intersections and/or making turns and it almost causes wrecks. I don't even eat out ever so I can save money to try to fix it. I've read over 8 hours of online forums, replaced the 15-16 parts I have, I have been at at least 5 mechanic garages and still not a single lead, tip, or clue. I called the Chrysler dealership and they told me on the phone "this problem sounds like something we have never heard of. We do not give free advice over the phone so why don't you bring the jeep in and we can let our mechanics look at it. They are experienced". I don't know what to do. I am broke, I lost my good job, My jeep steadily gets worse and more unsafe to drive, and the saddest thing is, the dealership, or Chrysler itself, doesn't even give a sh*t enough about our safety to even have a recall on this yet. IT IS A COMMON PROBLEM IN MANY YEARS OF JEEPS and they have had over 18 YEARS to do something about it. I really don't want to loose my jeep just yet, but id rather ride my bike, I mean sh*t...it's safer.

- Hunter R., Pensacola, FL, US

problem #5

Oct 102012

Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L i6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

I loved my Jeep for 7 years, however in the last few months there were severe issues. I was at a red light the light turned green. I took the turn and bam the whole car just shuts off. No brakes no lights nothing. After pushing it for an hour to try and get it home the cops helped me out. I had it towed to the mechanic. After the weekend, my mechanic said that there was no issue listed in the computer so he couldn't figure it out. He charged the battery and sent me on my way.

Aa few days later I was driving to work uphill and bam same thing happens, no power, no steering, no brakes. I shift to neutral as quick as possible hit the e brake and thank god... so i bring my car to the Jeep dealership after $1200 they tell me that they changed the pcm and it was all fixed. Not even looking at the car at first, I jumped in excited to drive my car without having to worry about instant death via no fault of my own. I get home and notice that the dealership broke off half of my front bumper, when I went to get a few screws and zip ties to tie it in, I popped the hood and noticed they broke the mounting section of my radiator fluid tank and for some reason its more dim than it should be, because they ripped out the light, the whole fixture.

When I called the dealership back they said, well you already drove it off the lot you should have inspected it when you were here tough S$#T. ok so I drive the car for a whole day, when out of nowhere bam again. They offered me a chance to bring it back but anything else they fixed even tho they didn't fix anything would be an extra charge and they still would not fix the things they broke, after suing and getting my money back. I took 4 months looking everything up on the internet to try and fix it I changed everything else and tried remounting pcm. I had a really pretty and expensive paperweight in my driveway after giving up i ended up selling that deathtrap for scrap of $300 loosing my best friend the big maroon deathtrap,

I wouldn't have had a problem paying over a grand if it would have fixed my baby but the fact that this is a reoccurring problem with Jeep specifically throughout many models and years pains me because i loved the body and interior backing up is a breeze with the 98s and older models but since Jeep has horrible customer service and takes no responsibility for there product i will never buy a Jeep again it pains me iv loved Jeep my whole life until it almost killed me a handful of times.

- Ronni B., New Milford, NJ, US

problem #4

Oct 042014

Grand Cherokee V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

Every time we take the Jeep out it ends up stalling at a red light or just driving down the road. We replaced all the regular maintenance stuff but it still stalls. Does anyone have any answers????!!!!! Thanks

- Michelle P., Winston Salem, NC, US

problem #3

Jan 312014

Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


The car was only stalling every so often when you started to slow down or while sitting at a red light. I got a friends mechanic to look at it and while we were wiggling on the harness & computer, we found that there was a very poor ground to the car. After fabricating a ground....no more stalling! (until just recently, but now it's a full on wire harness issue. See other post for that)

- Christy M., Smiths, AL, US

problem #2

Jul 182014

Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Being a single mom with my lil man in the backseat, I am scared to death of this vehicle! You turn right....it stalls. You turn left...it stalls. Back up....stalls. Drive forward....same BS! It is in the wire harness. But the best part is Chrysler no longer makes it for this year. And junk yards want $150 with zero guarantee it is even the one for your truck! Sorry, but I just don't have this lying around to toss to the junk yard.

This truck is dangerous! Thanks Chrysler for not backing up your product. My baby thanks you too for not giving a damn about his life. I hope he grows up to build a car that puts your butts to shame.

- Christy M., Smiths, AL, US

problem #1

Apr 022010

Grand Cherokee LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This truck is going to kill someone!!!! I can't get it to start half the time and when it does it will die or stall on you while you are driving down the road. This is my only means of transpertation. I am so scared my 5 yr.old daughter has been in the car with me when this happens and we have almost gotten into several wrecks!!! I have to pay a babysitter just so i can go grocery shopping so i dont risk her being in the car with me!!!! This is horriable something has to be done please, I can't afford a new car and paid good money for this one soit can eventually kill me or my daughter. Shame on jeep company!!!!

- mccuin, West Monroe, LA, US

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