This is the last Jeep I ever buy. Engine was having a problem with cylinder number 3 as it got filled with fluid believe it was gas or oil. This iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an improvement over its predecessor, but still scored lower than most of its contemporaries. The 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a number of solid safety features, including a tire-pressure monitor and SmartBeam headlamps that adjust high-beam brightness for oncoming traffic. We found the stereo controls on the back of the steering wheel easy to use, especially since we could keep our hands on the wheel without looking down to find the buttons. I have had no real trouble with it.
The one thing I thought I could always rely on would be engine. It has 16 spark plugs and it usually runs smoothly, until the day I hear it misfiring. Worse, the part isn't even made any more so I've had to root around in junk yards trying to find it. I took it to the dealership for the multifunction switch problem; they said nothing was wrong even though my head and interior lights would randomly go off when driving. By Friday it was a loud knocking.
There's a full complement of safety equipment available for the Grand Cherokee, but you have to pay extra for most of it. I have been keeping up with maintenance and constantly checking fluids and taking it to mechanics every time something sounds a little odd. And the only people that can sit back there are kids without car seats, because of the poor leg and head room. No accidents, no overdue oil changes, the truck was beautiful. Shorter drivers will appreciate available power-adjustable pedals. The dash is of a far higher quality than the other 4x4 with their pressed plastic interiors. The is a lot like the Grand Cherokee in spirit, offering real off-road ability--and perhaps as important, an off-road image--with a big V-6 or a V-8, but it can't match the Hemi for sheer grunt.
Of course I expected the 420-horsepower Hemi V-8 to be a giggle, but I was totally surprised by its ability to unload its power in such a sophisticated way. How is this possible when the engine still starts and idles and I have yet to see a check engine light? All four available engines are modern. I'm not going to go through this anymore. General Comments: Looks great, but the lack of quality build is alarming. Also has a great aggressive look. With what is happening to me now, not sure I can trust Chrysler again.
I was very shocked because my jeep has never overheated nor have I ever had to add coolant to the system! Its turning radius is tighter, too, good for crowded parking lots. The 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee's navigation system was fairly accurate, although it did take a while to recalculate a route if we missed a turn. It looks new and contemporary, but people instantly recognize it as a Grand Cherokee. The driver also has power-adjustable pedals, but the brake pedal is so much higher than the accelerator that we were uncomfortable in stop-and-go traffic. Navigation is usesless, and has been for years!!! Unfortunately it seems Chrysler has stopped supporting this model and I can't even get it repaired even when I want to.
Warning indicated low tire pressure while driving in the rain. I own 2 Rolls Royces and two Jeeps, and will gladly spend the extra to have a quality vehicles. We were also impressed by its carlike handling, although the suspension bounced a lot on San Francisco's pothole-filled streets. I have had so many thing go wrong with this Jeep. The rounded headlights and revised grille that debuted on the 2005 model year simultaneously make the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee seem both more rugged and more sophisticated than previous generations. A more sophisticated suspension gives the current Grand Cherokee much better handling than that of pre-2005 models, with less leaning in corners, along with better ride quality. But, from the start this vehicle has been plagued with problems that eventually has lead to recalls.
It looks much better and performs better. The mechanics carried me into the garage and showed me 4 other jeep Cherokees with similar issues. The Bottom Line Although the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee's technical options look good on paper, they don't all work in a practical fashion. I have 2 little ones and I wouldn't be driving it if I didn't feel secure being in it. Needless to say I am going to get my jeep fixed and sell it and never by anything from Chrysler again. Interior materials are dramatically improved over the previous generation's, which left much to be desired.
Inside are sport seats, special trim, and an level of standard features roughly analogous to the Limited's. The Grand Cherokee has carved out a well-defined niche for itself. General Comments: When it's working, it's great car, comfortable ride and plenty of room. The atmosphere inside the latest Grand Cherokee is light, comfortable, and more enveloping than the previous model; from the driver's perspective it's more bolted in than hanging on, with lots of seat adjustment, excellent outward vision around relatively slim windshield posts, and with all the switches and controls clearly labeled and easy to find and use. General Comments: This was a really nice vehicle to drive when it was almost new.