really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,070 miles

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Mar 012013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


Engine never stalls but power steering cuts out and vehicle looses ability to steer and negotiate a intersection turn all the time. Engine never stalls but engine speed surges and vehicle accelerates suddenly at low speeds after car first starts and for first 2 minutes of running. On safety recall for gas tank defect and hitch install. (N45) dealer did not attempt to fix bolts or install hitch or offer cost estimate for repair, only took unauthorized pictures of vehicle rear undercarriage and stated bolts were elongated and looked rusty.

- Elwood, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jul 182014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 139,375 miles
I was headed out of work, drove about 1/2 mile.suddenly the Jeep started accelerating.I pressed the brakes, and it seemed like I was stepping on the gas. I thought it, might of been that the cruise control got activated, but that was not it. Then I though maybe the car mat was on the pedal, but that wasn't it either. There was red lights, car waiting for the green light, and my Jeep seemed to accelerate more.luckily the light turned green, but the car seemed to go faster. I was able to speed into a super market with an empty parking lot, decided to switch the ignition to off. I opened the hood to check if maybe something was stuck, I moved the throttle, turned the Jeep back on, seemed like nothing had happened. It was a very scary experience. I was looking into what may had caused the problem, and came across an article where Jeep where being recalled for this problem.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #32

Jun 192013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
This vehicle is supposed to be recalled due to fuel tank exposed if rear collision Chrysler is doing nothing to repair they just keep telling me they don, T have part but if I go to dealer to buy they have it called several times just get the run around.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #31

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

problem #30

Feb 282008

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Model year 1998. My problem occurs mostly when first pressing the gas but does also occur after I have already started moving from a stop. My problem is when stepping on the gas pedal, nothing happens or it shutters violently for about 3-5 seconds at least and then it finally starts going. There have been times when it was very close to stalling. I have almost been in a couple accidents because of this problem where under normal operation of the vehicle I would have had more than plenty of time to pull into traffic but with the stalling was almost struck by a couple vehicles. Have replaced numerous parts but has not fixed the problem after taking it to three different mechanics. Have read that this is a widespread problem on Grand Cherokee. This happens to me on a daily basis numerous times. With this being such a widespread problem, the dealer should have a recall issued to fix the problem with faulty equipment.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #29

Oct 062007

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated without warning when he shifted into reverse. As a result, the vehicle crashed into his neighbor's house. The contact was ejected from the vehicle and sustained scratches on his arm. As of October 12, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The failure speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 124,000. Updated 11/16/07

- Manitou Springs, CO, USA

problem #28

Aug 012005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


We have this roaring noise in the rear end which is so loud you can't hear the radio if it's on all the way. Also have trouble with the surging at high speeds or going up a hill. Almost didn't make it home the last time we drove it 40 miles away. Since my husband has a heart condition we have not driven it any more. After reading the letters that have had this rear end noise fixed and it comes back not sure what to do.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #27

May 152005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles
Contact owns a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving on the highway and applying the brakes vehicle lurched out of gear even if vehicle was running. This incident happened approximately 3 or 4 months ago. No crashes reported. No police reports. Taken. No fire.

- Davenport , IA, USA

problem #26

Aug 112002

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
While taveling on highway applied brakes and vehicle took off with excessive speed into traffic. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #25

Jul 232002

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
After putting vehicle in park vehicle took off/ moved forward, causing an accident, and resulting in major injuries.

- Littlerock, AK, USA

problem #24

Jul 012000

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


After shifting gear into park and turning off ignition key vehicle would suddenly start to accelerate. Dealer contacted. Feel free to provide any further information.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #23

May 072002

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
While driving and upon parking vehicle on its own rolled backward, causing an accident. There were no injuries. Contacted dealer. Problem has yet to be resolved. Consumer has recieved notice from manufacture regarding recall 02 V 053 000.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #22

Nov 221999

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both front motor mounts were broken. The engine was revving as the engine was lifting and settling. Of the 4 Jeep Grand Cherokee that I am aware of, 3 of them had the same problem (a '94, 95, 98). The one that didn't was a 19'93. Since the transmission connects to the motor, I thought that this may be contributing to recall campaign #02V053000, involving vehicles shifting into reverse without warning.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #21

Oct 242001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Customer states that vehicle jumped out of park into reverse with engine running, struck another car and bent left front door

- Turlocle, CA, USA

problem #20

Oct 052001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While slowly backing up with trailer attached vehicle suddenly accelerated. Trailer jack knifed and crashed into metal building. Consumer had brakes applied. Then, shifted to drive. Vehicle accelerated to 35-40 mph, and headed towards a lake. Consumer shut off engine to stop vehicle. Damage to vehicle was $ $5000, damage to building unknown. No injuries.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #19

Aug 312001

Grand Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving on the freeway, the gear suddenly jumped to reverse from drive, the RPM accelerated to 5500 and teh gas dropped. There was a noise like metal was scratching against another metal. And the brakes were also not functioning properly.

- Montrose, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 152000

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE 01 021/ inadvertent rollaway: On three occasions vehicle had jumped out of park into reverse while parked, first, it backed up on a concrete curb. Secondly, driver was still in vehicle, and thirdly backed into another vehicle and hit a fence. Dealer was notified, and was unwilling to assist in this matter. Consumer will not drive vehicle because of the faulty interlock system, Chrysler will not assist consumer.

- Meeker, CO, USA

problem #17

May 042001

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Vehicle when in park will put itself into reverse and accelerate.

- Columbia, MS, USA

problem #16

Jul 272001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Transmission would slip out of gear and rpms would rise. This would cause vehicle to jerk forward while driving. Problem only happens when gears are between 2nd & 3rd, and traveling between 25 and 45mph.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 122001

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked. Consumer was behind vehicle checking on garage door closure when vehicle started moving backwards. Consumer was nearly ran over before getting out of way. Vehicle's rear end hit a tree in the back yard. Owner felt jerking, and revving was part of problem with vehicle going into reverse. Took vehicle to dealership to check. Was informed nothing wrong after placing on diagnostic machine.

- Forest, VA, USA

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