The Jeep name is synonymous with rugged good looks and excellent off-road ability and its Grand Cherokee models added plenty of interior space and a host of standard equipment that you’re less likely to find on their European competitors. The first generation of Grand Cherokee was launched in 1993 and proved to be a good seller for the company and the remit for the second-generation model was simple, with Jeep marketing the car as ‘the most capable SUV ever.’
The example we have here is one of those second-generation Grand Cherokees and it was thoroughly redesigned from the ground up – reputedly just 127 parts were shared between the first- and second-gen models, with most of those shared parts being trim fasteners. There were new engines, new transmissions, a new four-wheel drive set up, fresh styling and a thoroughly revamped interior which offered improved accommodation as well as plenty of equipment.
Quite simply, it was a superb all-rounder with a blend of serious off-road ability and luxurious on-road presence that made it a very viable alternative to the established European brands.
The example we have here today dates from 2003 and is the top dog in the Jeep Grand Cherokee line-up, the high-spec Overland model complete with the advanced optional Quadra-Drive four-wheel-drive system. While there were petrol straight-six and diesel engine options the Overland model was equipped with the company’s then new 4.7-litre V8, and in Overland trim this was the ‘High Output’ version of the V8 developing 265hp.
The Grand Cherokee was originally registered in Northern Ireland having four owners during its time there. The current owner bought it about a year ago on an eBay auction, sight unseen, and while he knew this was a bit of a gamble it turned out to be good buy as the Jeep was as described and in good all-round condition. While the Grand Cherokee was in NI it was treated to an LPG conversion in 2012 and this makes the running costs of the V8 far more palatable.
The owner has used the Jeep sparingly during the time he has owned it, covering around 2,500 miles. However, he has decided that it’s far too nice a car to be left unused for weeks at a time so he has decided to sell it and let another enthusiast to become its custodian.
There is an extensive paper trail to accompany the Grand Cherokee which verifies its mileage and the fact that it has been well looked after during its 18-year life. Unlike the rest of the UK it’s not possible to check a vehicle’s MoT history online for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland but the current owner has MoT certificates for when it was tested in NI. It has a current UK MoT that expires in June 2022 and which it passed with no advisories.
As far as other paperwork is concerned there are a significant number of receipts and invoices – the owner estimates that there may be as many as 100 – to accompany the vehicle, and while many of these are for minor sundry items there are also invoices for servicing work that’s been carried out. The current owner had a full service carried out on the Jeep around 1,000 miles ago and at the same time a new water pump was fitted along with a replacement drive belt. A Grand Cherokee weak spot was also attended to, the replacement of rear bushings and bearings which are known to wear out so the next owner will have peace of mind that this job has already been attended to.
As well as regular servicing of the standard mechanical components there is also history of the LPG system being regularly maintained to ensure the set up works flawlessly.
Overall the interior of the Grand Cherokee is in fine fettle with just the odd minor blemish that’s to be expected on a vehicle of this age. The grey leather and suede seats are in good order with no visible rips or tears to their surfaces. The carpet is also in good order as are the door trim panels and the dashboard, with all plastics presenting well, as does the wood trim which adorns the dash, door trim panels and part of the steering wheel, too. The neat white-faced instruments are in good condition and all appear to work correctly.
The Overland model was the top spec Grand Cherokee and as such is comes equipped with a huge amount of equipment. Naturally there’s air conditioning (still blowing cold air), the seats are electrically operated and heated too, while there’s a glass sunroof that slides and tilts and works as it should. There’s one additional gauge to the left of the steering wheel and that’s for the LPG system. In the boot the floor is slightly raised to make space for the LPG tank and in general the luggage compartment is in good order. Overall the interior is a plush and stylish place to be and offers excellent levels of comfort.
Externally the Grand Cherokee is in overall good condition although there are a few blemishes as you’d expect on a vehicle of this age and mileage. On some of the black exterior trim there are some chips where the black paint has come away but these could easily be touched up.
There’s the odd blemish to the silver paintwork here and there and a couple of minor scuffs and there is some minor bubbling to the paint on the offside front wheel arch. Overall though the Jeep is very presentable and scrubs up well.
The five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels are in good order with just a tiny little bit of curb rash and these are fitted with a set of General Grabber AT3 tyres which all have good tread.
From what we can see underneath the Jeep it’s in good, solid condition with just some surface corrosion here and there, but nothing untoward enough to be marked as an advisory on the recent MoT test.
The owner reports that the Jeep runs and drives very well with the V8 starting on the button, running sweetly at idle and pulling well on the move. It’s a relaxed cruiser – at 70mph the V8 runs at just 2,000rpm which makes it surprisingly economical, the owner reporting it returns around 23mpg when running on LPG. Given the low cost of LPG when compared to unleaded, this makes it a cheap option for a car with a 4.7-litre V8. On the move the LPG system works perfectly, switching between the two fuels is seamless via the dash-mounted button.
The automatic transmission changes well and the Quadra-Drive four-wheel drive set-up makes it unbeatable off-road. The Quadra-Drive shuffles torque between the two axles depending on which has the most traction and in extreme circumstances can send power to individual wheels, too.
Overall the Jeep is in excellent mechanical fettle with the owner describing it as a ‘perfect turn-key car’ – always starting and running reliably as is expected of a machine with such a good service history.
There’s something very evocative about the Jeep name, whether it brings images of the iconic Willys Jeep or in more recent times a luxury SUV that’s capable of tackling anything the American planes can throw at it. It’s hugely capable off road and should be able to tackle anything that an equivalent Land Rover product can cope with.
With a low mileage and an excellent history this Grand Cherokee will no doubt provide its next owner with plenty of enjoyment from behind the wheel whether it’s used as a family wagon for the school run and summer holidays or whether it’s needed for some more serious off-roading. As a great allrounder that shouldn’t break the bank, it can have few peers.
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