Newbie from Georgia- my third JGC!
I’ve owned two Grand Cherokees in the past- a 2002 Limited 4WD (Patriot Blue w/ chrome 5-spoke wheels), it was unfortunately hit and totaled in 2004 by a drunk idiot. In 2008, I inherited my mom’s ’95 Laredo 2WD that she purchased new in late 1994. The Wildberry Pearl paint was faded (and didn’t look that great when it was new, IMO) and it had 240k miles on the clock, but it was still a great second vehicle. I sold it in 2011 with over 270k miles on the original engine and transmission and it was still running strong.
Both of my GCs had the legendary 4.0L Inline-6, which is an incredible engine. Sure it idles rough enough to be measured on the Richter scale and it drinks plenty of gas, but it pulls like a locomotive and runs forever with basic maintenance.
The reason I joined the forum is because I recently helped my sister buy a 2007 JGC Laredo. Her husband of 21 years announced that he was filing for divorce without any warning last month. Two days later she hit a deer in her 2003 Ford Explorer on her way to work and it totaled the vehicle. When we started shopping for a replacement vehicle for her, we discovered that her soon-to-be-ex-husband had destroyed their credit! I have a non-negotiable rule against co-signing or loaning money, but I am happy to give money to my friends or family if they truly need it. My sister got about $4k from the insurance for the Explorer and I gave her another $4500 (never to be repaid or mentioned again).
The surgeon that she works for was looking to sell his 2007 Grand Cherokee Laredo and buy something newer. Despite being worth $10k or more, he offered it to my sister for $8000, which she gladly accepted. Since she will be a single mom living on a budget going forward, I plan to take care of maintaining and repairing the Jeep to keep it in top shape and running well for a long time.
Here are the specifics on the ‘new to her’ Jeep-
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
2WD, 3.7L V6
Light Graystone Pearl with Medium Slate Gray Cloth
Power Convenience Group (Heated Cloth Seats, Power Adjustable Pedals, Remote Start)
Premium Sound Group (Six Boston Acoustics Premium Speakers, 276-watt Amp, SIRIUS sat radio)
Cargo Convenience Group (Cargo compartment cover, Roof-rack crossbars)
With the exception of a scuff on the right rear corner of the bumper, the exterior is perfect and shines like new. No one has ever been in the back seat (that he can recall) and the front seat may have been used a few times at most. They aways use his wife’s car for everything except his commute to and from the office. It looks brand new inside. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover heated cloth seats, which I’d like to see offered in more cars. The audio system is much better than in her Explorer. To be honest, it sounds almost as good as the 10-speaker Bose setup in my 2012 Mazda CX-9.
I was also very impressed to find receipts for every service and/or repair trip performed by the selling dealership. (Sidebar- the original owner’s wife’s family owns the selling dealership, so it was always serviced there).
So far it seems like a very solid vehicle and I look forward to getting to know it better. She’s had it for three weeks and is in love with it so far! =)