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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Explorer 34
63.0434782609% 63.0434782609% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Explorers, 9.5 months of data per Explorer, average 10500 miles
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 37
70.4968944099% 70.4968944099% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Grand Cherokee gass, 7.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 8300 miles

 

2014 Ford Explorer 33
51.0989010989% 51.0989010989% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Explorers, 10.9 months of data per Explorer, average 20500 miles
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gas 59
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 Grand Cherokee gass, 10.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee gas, average 22600 miles

Refreshed. Common electrical issues.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Grand Cherokee diesels, 10.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee diesel, average 23700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 Ford Explorer 31
39.6551724138% 39.6551724138% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 38000 miles
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Grand Cherokees, 8.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 36900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2012 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Explorers, 9.8 months of data per Explorer, average 47900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 42
51.2987012987% 51.2987012987% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Grand Cherokees, 9.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 43900 miles

 

2011 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 67300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 38
42.4369747899% 42.4369747899% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Grand Cherokees, 10.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 53400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2008 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Explorers, 8.9 months of data per Explorer, average 81000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 68400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 123200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 71
51.0204081633% 51.0204081633% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Grand Cherokees, 10.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 95000 miles

 

2006 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Explorers, 9.5 months of data per Explorer, average 117800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Grand Cherokees, 7.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 100700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Explorers, 8.3 months of data per Explorer, average 124600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 117700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 123600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 141
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 131300 miles

 

2003 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 150200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Ford Explorer 75
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Explorers, 8.3 months of data per Explorer, average 137900 miles

Redesigned.
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Grand Cherokees, 9.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 146400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Explorers, 9.2 months of data per Explorer, average 168000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Grand Cherokees, 8.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 159800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Explorer

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones...
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
The expected life span of the vehicle is longer than most cars. It is built on a solid frame that will take a lot of abuse.
Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had issues with the MyFord Touch system (fixed by latest update). Got annoying wind noise coming from somewhere around the a-pillars, and the mirrors have had water in the signals since new. I haven't bothered getting this stuff fixed yet.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Absolutely TERRIBLE transmission problems that Ford refuses to address. I won;t buy another Ford despite the fact I have 3 in my driveway now.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The SUV became a money pit in my 6th year of ownership. I've driven Fords all my life, and this was by far the worst I've ever owned. Internet research confirmed lots of owners were having similar problems: total brake jobs every 25k miles, front (50k) and real wheel bearings (67k), rear door trim bezel cracked 3x (fixed 1st time under warranty, I paid 2nd time, left as-is 3rd time), and the real killer - a complete tranny overhaul at only 67k miles. Ford knew there were problems w/ the tranny, but decided to stick it to the owners anyways. It was a great SUV to drive, but it cost me over $9k in maint/repairs in the last 3 years I owned this SUV.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Bearings Bearings Bearings, Rear end has been serviced seven times all due to the CHEAP bearings that FORD uses and then refuses to stand behind their parts.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
I have had no major problems with any of my Jeeps. This one has had a few electrical glitches but seem OK now.
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I owned a Pontiac Bonneville previously and wanted a 4wheel drive /SUV type vehicle.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Air suspension was problematic and took over a month at the dealer and 4 visits to finally get fixed. Also had problems with the radio and the memory settings getting wiped out. Occassional electric gremlins.
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
With all the good things to say, one drawback I have is with some of the components that have failed so far. With only 46,000 kilometers (less than 30,000 miles) on it, it has had one front shock absorber fail, the water pump fail, a small engine coolant leak and three factory recall notices. As a retired mechanic, I realize with all the complicated equipment in today's vehicles, some items are bound to fail, but as this vehicle has not seen any offroad activity nor been driven hard, I am a little disappionted with all the repairs that it has needed. With that said, I STILL love my Jeep and think it is still better than its competition.
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
I bought this vehicle brand new straight from the dealers show room its been seven months now and done only 4500 miles but I had to take it twice to the dealer for coolant leakage and water pump issues.
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Already in for major repair with only 500 miles on it
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
As I said this is our fourth Jeep and one must be prepared for poor reliability. Chrysler does not seem to be able to build a reliable vehicle. I don't know if it is poor quality control, poor parts supplier, poor training of assembly line workers
2008 0 I have a love hate relationship with my jeep. Love it when it's running but I'm not happy with the reliability. Repairs have been all after warranty expired; glow plug module...$700 swirl motor...$600 this could of been $6000 but green deisel engeneering saved the day high pressure power starting line ...$500 alternator...$1000 many glow plugs and engine start failures just lots of gremlins
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 215hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
too early to tell but reports are poor
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
The Grand Cherokee has had very bad electical problems. It seems that you can either get a really good one, or a really bad one.
2002 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Very poor reliability. Known failures of heater blower doors, window regulators, brake systems. Failures usually out of warranty. Same poor designs carried over from 2001 to 2004.
2000 4dr SUV 195-horsepower 4.0L I6 w/DoD
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Lots of problems with the front differential and axle on the Selec-Trac 4x4