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New to Jeeps & Potential buyer HELP!

Hey Jeep experts!
New to the forum and been looking to join the grown men stage!
Looking at a 05 Laredo with 132k mileage for $5k.
Just really need some insight and expertise advice on what problems/concerns/issues I should be looking out for when I go check out this truck.

2005 Grand Cherokee Laredo Leather Seats

Greatly appreciate any advice and tips!

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I had an '05 for 9 years and loved it. Would have it checked out by a mechanic of your own to make sure all is good. Mine was fine until the last 9 months I had it when I had a cylinder go out on me. That was a costly fix so maybe look at getting some extended warranty?


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Thanks for the response JC! Will try to get jeep owner mechanic friend take a look at it. @132k mileage seems a bit on the high end, but I hear these trucks may endure longer. Hoping previous owner maintained it well. Will report back on how it went!
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I'd recommend a v8....that's if you plan on doing any modding for power. You get more bang for your buck with a v8.

Regardless of my opinion about v6 vs v8 ( I went v6 for price and regret it), check to make sure the heat/AC works in all vents...sometimes the blend door fails and that's a $1000+ fix. Let it heat up to running temp and see if it has a rough idle or any ticking/ exhaust leaks. If the engine has been steam cleaned, drive it and play with the heat/AC controls to see if you get any splatter in the engine bay. Come back at night and see if the control console button lights are all working. Check the rear glass and trunk lift gates...they tend to fail. Then just check your basic rust damage ect.

Finally, if it isn't 4x4, I wouldn't touch it. RWD vehicles aren't worth it if you get any snow at all
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Re: New to Jeeps & Potential buyer HELP!

Thank you sir DCFD522! The 05 Laredo I took a look at yesterday was decent but ultimate automatic reject was that it was a 2x4. Will continue scouting for the right one and a real Jeep = 4x4
Thanks again for the tips and pointers to look out for bud!



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Re: New to Jeeps & Potential buyer HELP!

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I'd recommend a v8....that's if you plan on doing any modding for power. You get more bang for your buck with a v8.



Regardless of my opinion about v6 vs v8 ( I went v6 for price and regret it), check to make sure the heat/AC works in all vents...sometimes the blend door fails and that's a $1000+ fix. Let it heat up to running temp and see if it has a rough idle or any ticking/ exhaust leaks. If the engine has been steam cleaned, drive it and play with the heat/AC controls to see if you get any splatter in the engine bay. Come back at night and see if the control console button lights are all working. Check the rear glass and trunk lift gates...they tend to fail. Then just check your basic rust damage ect.



Finally, if it isn't 4x4, I wouldn't touch it. RWD vehicles aren't worth it if you get any snow at all

Hey, what if I test drive the car and come back to see splatter over the engine bay. What is the issue/problem of that matter if it splatters?
Also what are the blend door vents?
Apologize for the newbie questions, but I want to learn and know as much as possible. Thanks!




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Hey, what if I test drive the car and come back to see splatter over the engine bay. What is the issue/problem of that matter if it splatters?
Also what are the blend door vents?
Apologize for the newbie questions, but I want to learn and know as much as possible. Thanks!




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Well, typically most car dealerships will steam clean and engine compartment to make it look all shiny and new. If you take it out for a drive and notice oil, coolant, ect splattered or dripping anywhere, that's indicative of some sort of leak. Leaks mean money, especially if they are major or in a hard spot to get to.

Blend doors are doors inside the HVAC system that control air flow. I've found that Jeeps are made out of cheap plastic and tend to break and get stuck in place. This isn't a problem if you love someplace hot and only ever get A/C...but if you are someplace that has season changes...that's a big deal. The parts are only like $20-30, but its 8-10 hours of labor which means about $1000 worth of labor. Easiest way to tell if a blend door is busted is to make sure you get a temperature change out if all vents at all temperature/blower settings.


I'm no expert, but hopefully that helps.
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Re: New to Jeeps & Potential buyer HELP!

Hi DCFD522, thanks for the info you posted. I read it with interest. Got myself a 2010 V6 and 4X4 in Aug last year, 66 000km. Done 9 000km since then on tar and dirt roads. Very happy with the car.

How good is this auto gearbox for towing medium size trailer over long distance?

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