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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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$1,171 — $8,335 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
17-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • V-8 performance
  • Interior space
  • Heritage

The Bad

  • Navigation-system operation
  • Highway stability
  • Resale value of 2WD model
  • Frontal crash-test ratings

What to Know

about the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Two new model packages for 2004
  • Six-cylinder or V-8 power
  • Choice of 4WD systems
  • Side-curtain airbags available

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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Last redesigned for the 1999 model year, this top-of-the-line model from DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division has been its highest-volume seller by far. For 2004, the Grand Cherokee gets a fresh appearance with a new front fascia, grille and fog lamps.

Two new option packages have been added to the existing Laredo, Limited and high-performance Overland trim levels. The new Special Edition package has the monochromatic look of a Limited. When equipped with four-wheel drive (4WD), the Special Edition package includes fog lamps, a Quadra-Trac II system, and a 10-CD changer with a cassette player and Infinity speakers. A new Navigation Radio that includes a 4.9-inch display screen and DVD-based navigation system is available. Jeep is also adding a Freedom package, which features a uniquely painted front grille, a bright silver front fascia and 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

Laredos can now be equipped with a Quadra-Trac I single-speed transfer case as a no-charge option to regular dual-range Selec-Trac or available Quadra-Trac II. It’s designed for drivers who don’t go off-road or haul heavy loads.

The four-door Grand Cherokee is larger than its Liberty sibling. A 4WD premium Overland model with a high-output 4.7-liter V-8 engine and standard side curtain-type airbags debuted in the 2002 model year. Overland editions feature unique front and rear styling and a redwood-accented interior.

Exterior
Featuring the bold upright grille for which Jeep is known, the Grand Cheroke...

Vehicle Overview
Last redesigned for the 1999 model year, this top-of-the-line model from DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division has been its highest-volume seller by far. For 2004, the Grand Cherokee gets a fresh appearance with a new front fascia, grille and fog lamps.

Two new option packages have been added to the existing Laredo, Limited and high-performance Overland trim levels. The new Special Edition package has the monochromatic look of a Limited. When equipped with four-wheel drive (4WD), the Special Edition package includes fog lamps, a Quadra-Trac II system, and a 10-CD changer with a cassette player and Infinity speakers. A new Navigation Radio that includes a 4.9-inch display screen and DVD-based navigation system is available. Jeep is also adding a Freedom package, which features a uniquely painted front grille, a bright silver front fascia and 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

Laredos can now be equipped with a Quadra-Trac I single-speed transfer case as a no-charge option to regular dual-range Selec-Trac or available Quadra-Trac II. It’s designed for drivers who don’t go off-road or haul heavy loads.

The four-door Grand Cherokee is larger than its Liberty sibling. A 4WD premium Overland model with a high-output 4.7-liter V-8 engine and standard side curtain-type airbags debuted in the 2002 model year. Overland editions feature unique front and rear styling and a redwood-accented interior.

Exterior
Featuring the bold upright grille for which Jeep is known, the Grand Cherokee’s classic four-door sport utility vehicle styling is evident, even if it is more rounded than some of its rivals. It measures 181.6 inches long overall, rides a 105.9-inch wheelbase, stands 69.4 inches tall and stretches 72.3 inches wide. The rear liftgate features a window that swings up separately. A roof rack is standard.

Interior
All models seat five occupants. Leather upholstery is standard in the snazzier versions and optional in the Laredo. Cargo volume is 71.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded, and the spare tire is mounted underneath the rear cargo floor.

Standard Laredo equipment includes a CD player, rear privacy glass, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Stepping up to the Limited model adds such features as automatic dual-zone temperature control, heated mirrors and an Infinity audio system. Overland models have rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, and a wood- and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Adjustable pedals are optional.

Under the Hood
The standard Grand Cherokee engine, which is also used in models with the new Special Edition package, is a 195-horsepower, 4.0-liter inline-six-cylinder that drives a four-speed-automatic transmission. An optional 235-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 engine, which is standard in models with the Freedom package, teams with a five-speed automatic. For peak performance, the Overland gets a high-output 265-hp version of the V-8, which is optional in the Limited.

Depending on the model, Grand Cherokees come with either rear-wheel drive or one of four 4WD systems. Selec-Trac is a full-time system that can be left in 4WD mode on dry pavement; it is standard on the Laredo. Quadra-Trac II, which offers on-demand 4WD that distributes power among the four wheels as needed for traction, is standard on the Limited and models with the Special Edition package. Both systems have a two-speed transfer case. The new Quadra-Trac I system, which is optional on the Laredo, has no Low range. Quadra-Drive, which is standard on the Overland and optional on the Limited, combines Quadra-Trac II with Vari-Lok axles; the system can keep the vehicle moving even if only one wheel has traction.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are standard in the Overland and optional in the other models.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
117 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(3.0)

I loved my jeep it was my 1st vehicle

by LoveNMakeup from SCHERERVILLE,IN on September 20, 2019

I loved the 04 jeep, I had a sunroof that open 2ways, i sit high and had space but 2 days ago I had to let it go and I cried but it drained me to I'm BROKE ! It needed soooooo many repairs done when I... Read full review

(4.0)

I love my new jeep

by Kntbme from Oklahoma City on August 24, 2019

I love the jeep however, there something's that don't work that I will end up having to fix. As far as engine, transmission and overall driving, it's drives great and it has air conditioning something... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee currently has 14 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Cherokee received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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