And the Race to the Bottom Continues...
January 16, 2019
This car has been a huge disappointment, and in my opinion is a textbook illustration of the disintegration of a great American Brand. My 1996 Grand Cherokee, which I purchased used with 46,000 miles on it, ran beautifully for 150,000 miles with no major incidents or expensive repairs; and when I traded it in in 2006, it had over 220,000 miles on it. I never had any engine or drive train breakdowns,and the Chrysler dealership gave me $1500.00 trade-in allowance! Unheard of for a vehicle with that much mileage at that age. Fast-forward to 2016; I purchased a brand new Jeep Cherokee Latitude. Great for about the first 10,000 miles, then the nightmares began.
For starters, at speeds north of 45, applying the breaks causes the entire front end to shudder as if the wheels were about to fall off. The dealership has no explanation for this.
The car is too light to be called a Jeep Cherokee; so light, in fact, that at a standstill, when the windshield wipers are operating at high speed, you can actually feel the car rock from side to side along with the wipers. During last winter's snow storms, the 4-wheel-drive was practically useless to get the car moving. My '96 could drive right out of a snow drift up to a foot or so high without so much as a sideways tic; not so with the lazy lightweight Latitude - I actually had to shovel a curved pathway in front of all 4 tires to get the vehicle out of its snowy parking place. DUH. 4-whell drive? Really? At 54,000 miles, the engine started misfiring due to a bad ignition coil - a $900.00 dollar repair bill along with another $600.00 and change worth of "maintenance" to the transmission and drive train which is of course, not covered on the transmission and drive train guarantee. Lousy value for the price; this vehicle was obviously meant to be a stepped-down version of the typical Grand Cherokee - but it pales in comparison in all but price - very, very disappointing.