Sign in to follow this  
Intrepidation

Question about the Jeep Grand Cherokee

35 posts in this topic

Intrepidation    846

I was just wondering if the Grand Chaerokee interior is as bad as the reviews have said. I mean early reviews said it had soft touch materials, but more recent ones said everything is as hard as a rock. Does anyone own or been inside one that knows? I'm just curious I guess if there's anything besides the seats that are soft.

Posted Image

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sciguy_0504    0

I was in one at the car show and it was horrible. You could kill someone by rubbing their body up against the plastics. The only soft touch item is the leather on the steering wheel and seats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BrewSwillis    0

Don't have any real life experience with one, but here are a couple reviews:

The interior is a far cry from the old. The layout and use of materials is on a par with the most expensive luxury utes, as is the level of fit and finish.

As a sign of how grown up and sophisticated the Grand Cherokee has become, our test vehicle boasted adjustable brake pedals, Boston Acoustic sound system, dual-zone HVAC, leather interior, rain-sensing wipers, a tire pressure-monitoring system that showed the spare needed some air and a neat reversible water-resistant cargo storage area cover. All this in addition to ABS, electronic stability and traction control, power everything, remote keyless entry, cruise, power heated and folding mirrors and a power sunroof. The option list contained a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, trailer-towing and off-road packages, side air bags and the Hemi, which is packaged with Quadra-Drive and the electronic differentials.

http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/rr/...andcherokee.htm

If the Jeep scores all As and a B+ or two in performance, it finishes a wee bit further down on the curve inside. The all-new interior is remarkably quiet and looks upscale, with handsome dark-over-light color contrast and rich graining and texturing. But much of the plastic is rock hard, and the package is a bit too intimate, especially in the driver's seat. Several testers wish the seat went down farther, largely because a more steeply raked windshield brings the header uncomfortably close to shorter-legged drivers' heads. Others wish the steering wheel could be adjusted farther away. Given that the exterior grew 5.3 inches longer and an inch wider, we're disappointed that the interior dimensions remain virtually unchanged (side- and rear-impact protection drove some of this inflation).

Other niggles include a climate-control system that, when set to recirculate mode on a dusty road, reverts to fresh air after a certain period of time without warning, choking the occupants with Mojave silt. And Jeep's first navigation system is less intuitive to use and program than most.

MotorTrend.com

Fit-and-finish is tight and accurate. Most surfaces convey a durable, yet 

The cabin of the 2005 Grand Cherokee is very hospitable and far more attractive than last year's version. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, Canadian Auto Press)

high-quality feel - although the dash is primarily composed of hard plastic finished with a grainy surface. Despite the plastic, the cabin of the Grand Cherokee is very hospitable and far more attractive than last year's version.

Worthy of note is the non-obscured gauge cluster. It sits directly ahead of the driver and is comprised of a large circular speedometer twinned by a matching tachometer. Flanking the left is a smaller-size circular fuel gauge, and flanking the right is a matching engine temperature gauge. Chrome bezels surrounding each of the gauges add an elegant appearance to the instrument panel.

http://www.auto123.com/en/info/news/roadte...rtid=35296&pg=2

So, it looks like a good fit and finish, with nice looking hard plastic on the dash. I guess this vehicle got past the new rubberized soft-touch treatment that Chrysler has employed as of late.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Intrepidation    846

That's too bad, it's a pretty nice looking interior. I heard reading a review on auto123.com that the Grand Cherokee was designed before Chrysler Group became profitable like it is now, so they cut costs on the interior, but according to someone at Jeep the reviwer alked to, the GC should get improved interior materials when it's refreshed. Lets hope so, it's a nice `ute aside from teh interior. Thanks for replying! ^_^

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
torobud    0

People have waaaaaay too much free time and the wrong priorities if they do or don't buy a car/truck/can/SUV simply because of the amount of soft touch materials

This is getting out of control but I will :censored: myself and leave this at that..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BrewSwillis    0

People have waaaaaay too much free time and the wrong priorities if they do or don't buy a car/truck/can/SUV simply because of the amount of soft touch materials

This is getting out of control but I will  :censored: myself and leave this at that..

:lol:

I know. What do these people do?.......sleep on their dashboards??

I don't understand the obsession either. However, one thing I don't like is extremely grained plastics. We know it's plastic.....it does not have to look like leather.

That's one thing I like about my 300. The dash is lightly grianed (soft touch) plastic, but the palstic covers on the pillars are grained like a woven looking material. I'm glad they didn't try to put fake leather grained plastic everywhere.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Intrepidation    846

People have waaaaaay too much free time and the wrong priorities if they do or don't buy a car/truck/can/SUV simply because of the amount of soft touch materials

This is getting out of control but I will  :censored: myself and leave this at that..

Well damn, I was just curious. I don't plan to buy one of those anyway. Plus even you must admit putting you arm on something soft is more comfortable than gainy plastic. If i remember right, some of the complaints about the interior was that the plastics also felt hollow and not solidly made. So, yeah.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Croc    268

People have waaaaaay too much free time and the wrong priorities if they do or don't buy a car/truck/can/SUV simply because of the amount of soft touch materials

This is getting out of control but I will  :censored: myself and leave this at that..

Some people just like throwing their money away on inferior product. Others like getting thier money's worth. Edited by Croc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sciguy_0504    0

Some people just like throwing their money away on inferior product.  Others like getting thier money's worth.

Exactly. If I am buying a $30,000 car, the materials better represent that. No one is saying every surface in the interior of a GM or DCX or Toyota should be covered in leather and suede, save that for high-end Benz and the like. All we want are materials that look and feel like they should be in a car of XX,XXX price range.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mphmag    0

I'm not a fan of any of the American DCX interiors. The Magnum I didn't mind as much because it was a wagon and would probably get messy anyway. same with the GC but we have the last gen GC a 2004, and besides monumental mechanical problems, my wife and I both preferred the old one as far as drive. The interior is ok but chunky, hollow and besides the wheel did nothing for me.

but there really isn't a great interior quality SUV out there anyway. Although I'm psyched to trade in our GC when the Mazda CX-7 finally gets here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BrewSwillis    0

Some people just like throwing their money away on inferior product.  Others like getting thier money's worth.

A hollow sounding or hard dash does not instantly make something an inferior product. You have to consider the whole package. In the Grand Cherokee's case.....it is the best off road SUV in it's class and price range. Maybe the interior is not as fancy as some Lexus SUV.....but it sure will kick it's ass off-road!

I may have knocked on my dash 1 time in the two years I've had the car.....yeah, it felt solid.....but I haven't had the urge to knock on it again since then.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A hollow sounding or hard dash does not instantly make something an inferior product.  You have to consider the whole package.  In the Grand Cherokee's case.....it is the best off road SUV in it's class and price range.  Maybe the interior is not as fancy as some Lexus SUV.....but it sure will kick it's ass off-road!

I may have knocked on my dash 1 time in the two years I've had the car.....yeah, it felt solid.....but I haven't had the urge to knock on it again since then.

I've been very satisfied with my '00 GC..no problems so far (almost 6 years, 70k miles), and been happy w/ it on road and off road (I've taken mine on quite a few back country trails up in the mountains over the years).

I haven't warmed up to the new style yet... the exterior is more squared off than mine, and the side windows seem smaller. Inside, the dash material is definitely harder (mine has a squishy plastic on the dash upper, but hard plastic on the lower dash, console and door panels... the seats seem improved, though. I would definitely test drive the new GC when I go shopping for my next SUV, though...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Snate    0

People have waaaaaay too much free time and the wrong priorities if they do or don't buy a car/truck/can/SUV simply because of the amount of soft touch materials

This is getting out of control but I will  :censored: myself and leave this at that..

Pretty much

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Intrepidation    846

You know it's funny, a lot of people who've replied this thread seem to think it's not a big deal about interiors, however when it's Charger SRT-8 VS GTO everyone is all for pointing the tiniest bits of soft touch trim that somehow makes the car a better performance car (in reference to people's opinions about the GTO having more soft materials). Personally, I think all cars should at least have soft armrests and upper dash. If my `89 Shadow can have them, a 30k+ SUV should too. :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Justin Bimmer    138

Exactly.  If I am buying a $30,000 car, the materials better represent that.  No one is saying every surface in the interior of a GM or DCX or Toyota should be covered in leather and suede, save that for high-end Benz and the like.  All we want are materials that look and feel like they should be in a car of XX,XXX price range.

It funny you mention MB about using quality interior materials..... if you look on the sticker it says "leather seating surfaces" That means NOT ALL LEATHER, just parts. They go EL CHEAPO just like cadillac and the rest of the luxo brands do unfortunately.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
torobud    0

You know it's funny, a lot of people who've replied this thread seem to think it's not a big deal about interiors, however when it's Charger SRT-8 VS GTO everyone is all for pointing the tiniest bits of soft touch trim that somehow makes the car a better performance car (in reference to people's opinions about the GTO having more soft materials). Personally, I think all cars should at least have soft armrests and upper dash. If my `89 Shadow can have them, a 30k+ SUV should too.  :P

No attack on you Dodgefan - or atleast I didn't mean it that way...

I agree the people posting in the SRT-8 Vs GTO thread are obsessed - Last time I checked a piece of plastic that feels 'good' over a piece of plastic that feels 'bad' doesn't make the difference over whether or not the car drives good, is reliable, performs well, is safe, etc. etc. - I am worried about what three things 'feel' like in my cars... the steering wheel, the seat and the shifter.. anything more than that is DECORATIVE

I spent a lot of time in an '89 Shadow and all I remember is some vinyl pieces and hard plastic and I LOVED that car

Edited by torobud

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i was in my buddy's new pacifica today...now THAT vehicle has good plastics.

I own a 05 Limited w/ hemi and I have to say that this is a very well designed vehicle. The interior is quiet, and well tought out. This is my 4th Jeep and they just keep getting better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Intrepidation    846

No attack on you Dodgefan - or atleast I didn't mean it that way...

I agree the people posting in the SRT-8 Vs GTO thread are obsessed - Last time I checked a piece of plastic that feels 'good' over a piece of plastic that feels 'bad' doesn't make the difference over whether or not the car drives good, is reliable, performs well, is safe, etc. etc.  - I am worried about what three things 'feel' like in my cars... the steering wheel, the seat and the shifter.. anything more than that is DECORATIVE

I spent a lot of time in an '89 Shadow and all I remember is some vinyl pieces and hard plastic and I LOVED that car

It's alright ^_^

You had an 89 Shadow too? Kewl. It's my first car, and I've grown to love it. I dunno if the soft materials on the dash and armrests are vinyl or not, but they are soft and feel nice to rest my arm on. It's just not comfortable to rest your arm on hard plastic. The hard plastic in the car feels nice to me, it's not overly grained. Anyway I think it proves my point that if a subcompact from the 80's can have soft stuyff any car (especially a 30k+ SUV or car should). Heck even the doors were covered in frabric. It's a comfy car, way better than my friend's 92 Corolla or my other friend's 94 Cavalier (omg that thing has a hidious looking interior) ^_^

Edited by Dodgefan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
torobud    0

You had an 89 Shadow too?

'89 Shadow ES 2.5L Turbo AT - White with the gray lower, red cloth interior - My dad bought it new

It had just over 100K when we sold it in '98-'99 somewhere... I missed that car dearly until I bought my '98 R/T Neon :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this