hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
157,559 miles

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 152016

Grand Cherokee

  • 200,000 miles


Bought this vehicle for transportation to work and have not been able to drive it due to safety issues as the timing belt has apparent issues that make the main computer read it wrong from what I am understanding. The vehicle wants to shut off at a red light or stop sign, then kicks back into gear. It seems to drive better on a main stretch, yet faulters at slowing to a stop. It is at the manufactor now and has recalls, yet this was not on the list of repairs. However, I beleave it is an issue that should be addressed without me having to pay a service bill for the amount they are wanting to charge me for repairs. I feel this is a manufactor defect that should be fixed. They mentioned the timing belt and crank shaft. Im no mechanic, however, these issues could cause me to loose control of this vehicle and should be corrected. I feel it is tge manufactors obligation to safety to help me to have the issues corrected. I had to have someone else drive it to the shop for me with me as passenger. Very scary ride.

- Fernandina Bch, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 112016

Grand Cherokee

  • 182,012 miles
Engine stalls/cuts out without warning while driving at highway speeds, on city streets and sometimes while stopped in traffic. This is an ongoing issue for almost a year. Mechanic cannot find or duplicate the problem. Online forums seem to indicate this is an inherent problem in this product line the incident date below is the latest occurence.

- Tyngsboro, MA, USA

problem #9

May 312016

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an independent mechanic where the ignition coils were replaced. The failure recurred the same day the vehicle was serviced. The vehicle was in the process of being towed back to the mechanic for the second time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 022015

Grand Cherokee

  • 160,000 miles


This vehicle is a safety hazard!!! it just dies at any speed. My daughter and her newborn almost went off the road at highway speeds twice now. Just about everything has been changed and the problem is still there. Why is nothing being done to rectify this problem"??? just go to any Jeep forum and you will find a multitude of people pouring their hard earned money into this same problem and still no fix. What does it take to to get all of these potential killer SUV's fixed??? a certain amount of deaths????????????"

- Soulsbyville, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 182014

Grand Cherokee

  • 159,885 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. While driving approximately 5 mph, the engine seized and the vehicle would not restart. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,885.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 182014

Grand Cherokee

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving various speeds, the engine stalled. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Dyersburg , TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 152014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles


Daughter has driven vehicle multiple times and car has constantly turned off in the middle of traffic on the highway and neighborhood streets. After multiple times, the vehicle was towed into the Chrysler dealership on June 7th with concerns that the vehicle was stalling and engine turning off. Upon the inspection of the vehicle on June 11th your service technician stated that the vehicle would need its brakes & rotors replaced in addition to the vehicle needing a new engine coil to repair the constant problem of the vehicle cutting off. Paid for the ignition coil repair, vehicle still turned off. Paid for new fuel pump vehicle still turned off. Not dealership is proclaiming PCM board needs O be replaced. I hope that Jeep considers the danger that my child was place because of engine failure for my 97 Cherokee.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #4

May 082012

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #3

May 222014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 206,254 miles
As with many other posts, the vehicle just shut down while driving on the parkway. Pulled off the road put the car in park restarted, waited a minute drove another 20 miles home, no problem. This has happened before in the driveway, or just leaving the house but never on the road. Have replaced ignition switch, both O2 sensors distributor cap, rotor and wires. Fuel pressure is good. Don't expect a fix from Chrysler, there are many posts here and online with no fixes. Just thought I'd add my experience to the mix. Time for a new car!

- Brookhaven, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 092011

Grand Cherokee

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving 10 mph, she began to see flames coming from under the hood. After the contact exit the vehicle it exploded. There was a police and fire report file. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department was unable to determine the cause of failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 032012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
Car stalls without warning while driving. Happens at any speed, from 70 on the highway to 5 mph on our road. No warning. Internet search indicated many Jeep owners with same safety issue and no permanent fixes. Have taken to independent auto mechanic and have replaced ignition components (ignition coil, plugs, wiring, distributor cap and rotor and crank sensors) with no results to correct issue. This is very serious and dangerous condition that needs to be addressed by manufacturer.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

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