definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,211 miles

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 012006

Grand Cherokee

  • 50,000 miles


2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee have spent over $3000 to fix a coolant low light that keeps coming on and low oil pressure. The problem persists despite taking the vehicle to the Jeep dealership and someone else to figure out the source. No leak. Replaced everything from water pump to fan. This absolutely has to be an issue from the manufacturer and I would like to see a recall. There must be something to correct this problem. After searching online for an answer, I found that this is a common problem with the make and model of my Jeep. This has been an ongoing issue for 2 years.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #8

Oct 192004

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Debris accumulated in the #3 piston and caused engine failure. We had a 4.7L engine. This recall is for 4.0L but it also happens on the 4.7L. This particular model, the 2001 grand Jeep Cherokee. You can only replace the engine with the same model and year, making it expensive and hard to find.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #7

Jan 072002

Grand Cherokee 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
I have owned a Jeep for 3 years. Since I have purchased the Jeep I have had nothing but problems. The rotors went bad, the steering manifold went bad, the engine went bad, and the motor in the window went bad and broke. Now I have replaced my left rear brake light six or seven times. It slowly started to fade out, and now the entire light goes out at night when our lights are turned on and we have to depress the brake. It is also barely noticeable during the day. We thought we had a faulty wire, but when we took it to a shop to have them look at it, they said that in every Jeep that has been brought in with the same problem has been the entire light and casing. The bulb gets too hot and warps the casing that holds the light. So the light no longer touches the casing and will no longer work. They told us also that our right rear light is warping also, so both of them need to be replaced. Shouldn't this be a recall, since it is happening to so many Jeep. And shouldn't it be a recall since they have a rebuilt one knowing the old ones are no good? I don't like it, I don't like knowing my tail lights are getting so hot that it is melting the casing. Could you please let me know about this!

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #6

Mar 052004

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


While driving 65 mph vehicle stalled this was the second time that vehicle stalled due to the cam sensors failure. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the cam sensors. Prior to problem with consumer's 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, consumer experienced similar problem with 1998 Jeep.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 152004

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Consumer complained about an engine problem. While driving on the freeway at approximately 70 mph vehicle abruptly lost power. Also, transmission failed when vehicle had only 30,000 miles on it. Crankshaft broke at 60,000 miles.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 292003

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,900 miles
While driving at 60 mph the consumer heard a loud bang and saw black smoke coming from the engine compartment. The consumer blindly pulled over to the shoulder and called the fire department. The front end was consumed by the fire, but no injuries were reported.

- Tiverton, RI, USA

problem #3

Dec 162002

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles


Engine replacement done, new engine blown now. This vehicle driven in normal fashion. Higher mileage than normal due to traveling 64 miles each way to and from work each day. Oil pressure drops to zero. Engine knocks so loud sounds as if it will blow any second. Therefore, it is not drivable. Low coolant light comes on every day. We have spent a fortune in antifreeze and it's not even winter yet. When put in 4-wheel drive wheels pop and crack. Then sound as if something major has broken. Pay off on this piece of crap is $31,078.31. The lemon law does not apply because it did not have problem until after 18000 miles. Is there nothing I can do. Dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis-------------770766.

- New Straitsville, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 222003

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The vehicle stalled without warning.

- Willinton, DE, USA

problem #1

Aug 102001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle failed in fairborn, Ohio. The vehicle was towed to two different Jeep garages prior to being diagnosed as a failure of the cam sensor gears. The tech assigned to evalulate the problem indicated this is the second failure of this type he has seen in two weeks. This failure causes you to lose all engine power, ie power steering and power braking!. the dealership also indicated that the parts needed for this repair are on a "national backorder" and it could take 1 week or more to obtain the repair parts.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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