Used Car of the Day: 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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used car of the day 2008 jeep grand cherokee

Today's listing is a no-frills SUV of relatively recent vintage.

Coming to you from my old stomping grounds outside of Chicago, this Grand Cherokee is affordable and has a relatively low 170K miles, but it has minor rust.

It's a Laredo trim with the 3.7-liter V6. We're highlighting this one as an example of cheap transpo. Not every car we highlight will be quirky or rare.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Nov 08, 2022

    That era of Chrysler interior is amazingly bad.

    With that said this is not a horrible choice. It will break, but parts are readily available and, unlike all the terrifying German iron from the past few days, it shouldn't be expensive to fix. As always the Grand Cherokee is a socially useful vehicle in America; it fits in in any setting.

  • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Nov 08, 2022

    Literally the worst generation of Grand Cherokee, Terrible 3.7L, terrible interior, terrible transmissions. If you're going the budget JGC route, the ZJ (either engine) or WJ (NOT the 4.7) are the way to go. Burn these with fire, piss on them before the fire if they have the 3.7 or 4.7. Hemi was more acceptable.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 05, 2022

      I know there are "Jeep people" but damn man, base model V6 for all kinds of money? Please tell me you are at least going to swap to a better interior.

  • SCE to AUX "Should car companies shack up with tech giants in order to produce legible infotainment systems and the like? Or should they go it alone?"Great question(s).The River Rouge days are gone, where Ford produced whole cars out of raw materials entering the plant at the other end. Nearly everything is outsourced these days - sometimes well, sometimes disastrously.But the problem with infotainment systems is that they are integrated with the car's operation. VW has delayed entire products for issues with infotainment.For me, the question boils down to a contractual arrangement - who owns and maintains the code forever? Since more and more of the car's function is tied to the infotainment system, I'd argue that the car mfr needs to own it - especially the larger ones.Do mfrs really want to share intellectual property with Huawei just to fast-track some code they've managed themselves in the past?
  • Kwi65728132 I always did like the styling of the 300C and it was on my short list for a new (to me) rear wheel drive, naturally aspirated V8 luxury sedan but I found a Hyundai Equus that was better optioned than any 300C I could find and for several grand less.
  • Redapple2 .....300S ....and Charger and Challenger, have been long overdue for an update, but still sell well. Thx EPA
  • Dukeisduke Covered last Wednesday on Autoline Daily.
  • Dukeisduke This could make a decent 24 Hours of Lemons car (who needs reverse on the track?) - they just need to drop the price.