The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the happy medium between owning a traditional Jeep but also having something more comfortable to drive daily and transport a family in. New Jeep Grand Cherokees can run pretty high in price, and that’s just as much due to the brand name is it is to the quality of the SUV. Buying a used Grand Cherokee seems like a convenient way to get a great SUV for a more reasonable price, but there are some concerns with the 2014 model year.
The Grand Cherokee isn’t bad
Jeep fanatics out there reading this can rest easy knowing that I’m not saying the Grand Cherokee is a bad SUV or an overall bad vehicle. In fact, it’s practical for many purposes and is just as well-equipped to handle off-road adventures as it is your daily commute. There are just a few things about the 2014 model specifically that might you feeling a little disappointed.
The Grand Cherokee is a more expensive option picked by a lot of families as the go-to SUV. It is spacious, it has some sharp and modern design features, and it’s almost everything you love about a Jeep without having the inconveniences of driving a Jeep Wrangler.
There are some concerns
There have been some recalls regarding the 2014 Grand Cherokee that have left owners and potential buyers a little concerned. Actually, there are more than a few recalls. According to the NHTSA themselves, this vehicle has as many as 15 total recalls.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee also got the dreaded death wobble due to the failure of some critical suspension parts. Death wobble is just as terrifying as it sounds, and while it isn’t always dangerous it does cause drivers to lose control of the car’s direction.
There have also been problems with regards to the Grand Cherokee’s OEM alternator, and along with several other minor problems could cause the engine to stall while driving, even on the highway.
The good news is that, like most recalls, not every model made for the 2014 year has all of these recalls, and you can check that by reaching out to your local Jeep dealer or checking with the Mopar website’s VIN checker, which can be done before or after purchase. The VIN checker only checks for recalls and does not work like record websites to show any accidents or other relevant insurance problems in the car’s history.
For some people, the drop in price makes all of the potential downfalls worth it, and when all is said and done, as long as the vehicle’s recalls have been serviced and it is safe to drive, chances are you might actually love owning one – otherwise, you may just be disappointed.