• Nov 17, 2004

Details are sketchy but it seems a lawyer in the Kansas City area is looking for plantiffs in a class action lawsuit against Jeep for the faulty brakes found in the 1999-2004 Grand Cherokee. My significant other leases a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and we're on our second trip to the dealer to fix the front brakes. The last time they said it was warped rotors. From message boards I've read we're not the only ones with this problem and this lawsuit might indeed get more folks onboard.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      I own a 2000 jeep GC and have had nothing but problems with the front brakes. Since 2002 when I purchased the jeep the brakes have been worked on about every 6 months. The brake pad have been replaced two times (this is understandable), The rotors have been replaces two times the calipers have been replaces once and the rotors have been turned down three times. I should also note that the first time the calipers were replaced the bolts were seared and could be pulled out by hand. Now the front end is starting to shake again. The last time I had the brakes replaced I also had to redo the front-end. The dealer told me this is normal and that in some cases the front end needs to be worked on after 30K miles. The car had about 75K at the time. I think the real reason the front end loosened-up was from the rotors shaking the front end apart. I dont off-road, most of my driving is local, 75% highway and 25% city. Im thinking of replacing the front brakes with an after market high performance system. If anyone can offer advise it will be very appreciated.
      • 9 Years Ago
      First of all, I am a big DC vehicle fan, all DC related vehicles in the yard. The 2004 JGC SE we have is doing the same thing at only 6,000 miles. Also, the 2002 and up body style Dodge Ram trucks have the same issues, as does the Dodge Dakota. Dc knows they have issues but refuses to stand up to their responsibitity. It took a few people getting mangled and killed before they recalled the dakota/dyrango tie rods. Our 2004 JGC goes in tomorrow for service, and if it happens again I just might have to park it in the showroom, without opening the door first.........guess it was those BAD BREAKS......LOL :-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am dealing with the same situation, my Jeep Grand Cherokee is 18 months old and I bought it brand new. The whole car shimmies and shudders when I put on the brakes, going over 35 miles an hour. I am at 23,000 miles, which means this is no longer covered by warranty, and I have already had the rotors "shaved down" twice. I have called my dealership as well as Chrysler, and they both have told me that is not a defect and there is nothing they can do for me at the moment. So now they expect me to shell out money for something that is clearly a defect. I am going to find a lawyer. Has anyone else had luck with this kind of lawsuit?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bought a '99 Gr.Ch.LTD. in '02. It came with 8/80,000 Fact. Cert. Warr. Only way I buy a used vehicle. The V8, brakes & stereo are what make the vehicle. Had new pads & rotors resurfaced all-around in '04 @ 42,000 as preventative maint. Last week took it to dealer with front rotor pulsation/warp complaint. Dealer found that both front calipers were sticking. Was informed that DCX has a "Technical Service Bulletin" to replace the original "Teves" calipers, pads & rotors with "Akebono" calipers & pads. The TSB states that new rotors must be used with the new calipers. I was fortunate that the calipers & pads were covered by warranty. My contention is that DCX should cover the rotors also & warranty them longer than 12/12,000 miles. Heck, Sears covered their work for 18/18,000 which is now shot. DCX knows they have a problem as the first TSB i could find is dated 6/18/99 which was for "match mounting" calipers & rotors. This was about a month after my Jeep was built. Ref. TSB's: #050599 06/18/99 "Match Mounting Brake Rotors" #0500302b 12/16/02 "Front Brake Pulsation During Light to Moderate Brake Application"
      • 9 Years Ago
      2000 JGC, same thing as everyone else with the warped rotors at 15,000, 30,000, and 50,000. The dealership didn't do what the Technical Service Bulletin said for them to do originally. Chrysler customer service was a joke. Had to replace the rotors and pads myself. If there is a class action lawsuit, sign me up!
      • 10 Years Ago
      I have had a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Unlimited and have had to replace the braked at least 2 to 3 times and the rotors replaced. I wasn't pleased because the car was only 4 years old then. The guy doing brakes at a Car-x Brake shop said that the rotors on these models were not thick like older cars. That the material wasn't as tough as it used to be so they would wear faster.
      • 9 Years Ago
      After reading all of the comments here, I guess you all do understand exactly what I am going through. I am so glad to find out that I am not alone in this. Yesterday we had our 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee in to the dealership to have the brakes looked at because of the severe pulsing we were experiencing while braking. We have 18887 km on the vehicle which we have had for less than a year. The diagnosis at the dealership was that the front brakes had excessive runout, so they machined the rotors. Of course my husband blamed me saying that the only way this could have been caused was if I was either riding the brakes or braking hard all of the time. Needless to say I was a bit choked with this comment as I have been driving for 23 years and have never had this problem before. I am not very happy reading the results from all of you as now I know that this problem is never going to go away, and we still have a little more than 3 years left on our lease. You can bet that I am never going to buy or lease another Jeep, which is kind of unfortunate because I really do like my Jeep and I haven't had any other prolems with it. However, I do value not just the safety of my family and myself, but also that of others who may get injured because of these brake problems. I just want to say thank you to everyone, even though we don't know each other, for being there for me and each other. It really does give me some peace of mind being able to say that this problem is not mine, it is a manufacturing problem. Hopefully we can put a stop to the crap that car companies are installing on our vehicles.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 53,000 miles and just got the car back for the 7th time of working on rotors. Updated rotors were put on and warped within a year. I am beyond frustrated and feel this problem needs to continue to be under warranty until the problem is solved!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just had my rotors turned on my 2004 Grand Cherokee, Hard to believe but the dealer said its not unusual, WHO ARE THEY KIDDING>
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee 2000 model. Have had nothing but brake problems. Two years ago I had to have the rotors machined because of the steering wheel shaking when braking. A year later the problem resurfaced and I had to have all 4 rotors changed. Now, a year after that I am once more experiencing the same problem and will need to have the brakes fixed again. Not cheap by any means - I've spent well over $1000 on this so far. I do not drive aggresively, only drive on paved roads, etc - I just drive like any other average driver. The interesting thing is that according to a mechanic (who replace the rotors the second time), the brake pads are just fine. He stated that the brake pads are too "hard" and hence will wear and warp the rotors instead of the pads themselves wearing down. Don;t know if this is true because I'm not a mechanic, but I'm just fed up with this vehicle - I love it otherwise, but Chrysler? Never again!! Fred Baptiste
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have the same problem with my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee brakes. Had the discs turned and only lasted a few thousand miles. I'm ready for a class action suit.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I too have been to the dealer three times now for pulsating front brakes on my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The first repair trip was at 24,268 miles, and Chrysler/Jeep knowing they had a problem, did a complete replacement on the front brake systems. If they knew they had a problem, why didn't they just do a recall? My next repair trip was at 33,161 miles (only 8,893 miles later). I had to beg and threaten the dealer to cover the cost of the repair. They merely turned the rotors and wanted to charge me for it! Just last week I had to beg and threaten again at 41,658 miles (only one year and 8,497 miles later) for another cost free repair. They turned the rotors again at no charge and of course the pulsating is gone. When I left I told the Service Manager, "I'll see you in about 8,000 to 9,000 miles. My first concern is the safety of my passengers and me. My second concern is the resale value of the car. With a reputation of bad brakes, who is going to want to buy it? Something needs to be done to permanently fix this problem and compensate all the owners who weren't lucky like me to have their repairs done for nothing.
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