What maintenance may be needed for a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 with 217k miles?

I’ve been reading mixed reviews on jeep grand cherokees, for some it’s a mechanical nightmare, for other it’s 200k+ still going strong, most reliable dependable vehicle they’ve owned. I’m guessing one of the big difference makers is how well the maintenance on all things has been kept up. Anyhow, I found this ad that stuck out to me on craigslist http://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/1838834175.html for a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 Limited with 217k miles on it mostly highway, only 1 owner since 98 with few problems. Since the mileage is high I’m expecting to do some maintenance or work on it soon enough if I get it. So what should I expect? Anyone have experience with this model at 200k+ miles? What should I look for when I go to check it out?

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One Response to What maintenance may be needed for a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 with 217k miles?

  1. Ashlee July 18, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Before I swapped out our old motor we were over 200K and going strong…i just wanted more power and built a stroked 4.7L I6 for it.

    All grand cherokee’s usually have the transmissions go out around the 100K – 150K mile mark. Now don’t be worried this is a $1500 fix but that is way less than a new car payment for another 100+K miles.

    If it is a Full Time 4WD system the Viscous Coupler in the transfer case tends to go out around 75 – 150+K miles or so. You can drive with it out but your gas mileage drops to the bottom of a dark well. It is cheaper to have a used Part Time t-case installed (do it yourself its not too hard) than to try and replace the VC.

    Another thing to look for is what maintenance has been done to the vehicle. Really if the routine maintenance has been done these are pretty good mechanically. Even with all the mileage I am more worried about all the rattles and squeaks..not so much worried but annoyed with them.

    I would just look to see how well the Jeep was cared for, chances are you will notice if it has been abused and being sold on life support. Of course you can always go the "take it to a mechanic and have them look at it" route but they wont always catch something either.