Re: Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee
I have both and appreciate both. Essentially, the GC is the Cherokee's more refined big brother. The GC offers a much quieter, smoother ride and better brakes than the Cherokee. The difference in size between the two is not so great in the passenger compartment but definitely noticeable in the cargo area (rear). I believe the tow capacity of the I6, 4L GC is slightly greater than that of a simlarly equipped XJ and I will compare the OMs of the to to be sure.
The Grand Cherokee, for all of its "refinement" is a more substantial vehicle in terms of components, than its smaller sibling. The unit frame members are wider, and much of the steering components are heavier than those on the XJ.
Earlier GCs did have their share of auto tranny and electrical probs and the V8s are not as forgiving of owner neglect as the inline 6 cyl. By 00' the probs with the tranny and electrical system had been ironed out. Word of caution if you are considering an 04 or newer model with the dual zone automatic climate control- don't. The blend doors fail regularly and in so doing leave you with either no AC or no heat. Repair requires removal of the dash which is costly.