really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
112,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022011

Grand Cherokee Laredo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I was the sole owner of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo referenced herein and purchased it brand new in 2003. The vehicle I leased before was also a brand new Jeep Cherokee and I had absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. A little more than three years ago, my 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo began to stall WHILE I WAS DRIVING IN TRAFFIC with no warning whatsoever. Sometimes I would be accelerating on the highway going about 65 miles per hours and I could feel the car cut off and then the engine would cut back on before I could pull over to try to restart it. At other times, I couldn't get it to restart until after it sat for a period of time. I took it to Village Chrysler Jeep (before the lawsuit dealers brought against Chrysler corporation) and also to Northland Chrysler (both in the Southfield, Michigan area) and even left it at Northland for a few days so they could get the problem to repeat itself. I even gave a repair serviceman permission to drive it home over the weekend to evaluate the problem but he said the problem did not repeat itself. I noticed it didn't cut off when it's very cold outside, but rather when the weather is warmer. I ended up having to buy another car (not a Chrysler product) because my dad (age 93) came to live with me and I feared for his safety in the event of a crash. I thought I could survive as a driver, but didn't think he would fare well. I would have loved to buy another Jeep because I liked the way it handled in the snow, but I chose to go with a more reliable manufacturer -- one who would stand behind its product. I now see that Chrysler (after having paid off its Federal assistance loan) has instituted a recall for 2011 to 2014 Jeeps. Interesting. I would hold Chrysler in higher regard and recommend them to my friends if they, like General Motors, would come forward to include all vehicles affected by defective engineering products. As it stands, my husband (70 year old) is now driving that vehicle as a secondary car, but if he is ever hurt because of the problem expressed here that Chrysler knew about but refused to repair, I will find others with the same problem and begin a lawsuit. P.S. I already know of one other individual who had a similar problem with his 2003 Jeep GCL. I also have numerous road assistance call records from AAA where the vehicle stalled on the freeways, etc. and I had to call for roadside assistance.

- , Southfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012013

Grand Cherokee 4.0L st 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

We have a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee purchased it when it was new. Now when driving it will shut its self off and then restart its self, it is doing this every time we drive it, yesterday we drove it and after we parked it, it would not turn over after about 4 hours it started. No engine lights come on no warning signs at all, it just turns off and then just turns back on this is very dangerious going down the highway. Like I said we have no warning lights on at all, what is wrong with it? Is there a recall that we do not know about?

It restarts its self with out putting it in neutral or anything, the RPM's go down to zero, then it restarts..........

- , Peru, IN, USA

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