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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Ford Explorer   20 Explorers, 6.2 months of data per Explorer, average 5800 miles

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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 25 Grand Cherokees, 6.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 5200 miles52
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Ford Explorer 29 Explorers, 10.5 months of data per Explorer, average 13200 miles36
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 103 Grand Cherokees, 9.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 16500 miles

Refreshed. Improving with resolution of earlier very common problems with new climate control and infotainment system, which is tied into many other electrical systems.
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2013 Ford Explorer 28 Explorers, 7.9 months of data per Explorer, average 33500 miles33
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   16 Grand Cherokees, 7.1 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 26200 miles

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2012 Ford Explorer   15 Explorers, 10.0 months of data per Explorer, average 42500 miles

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 58 Grand Cherokees, 8.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 38200 miles55
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2011 Ford Explorer   24 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 61700 miles

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 57 Grand Cherokees, 8.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 48400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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2008 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 79100 miles

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   20 Grand Cherokees, 8.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 62400 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   10 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 123400 miles

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 28 Grand Cherokees, 9.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 88800 miles77
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2006 Ford Explorer 30 Explorers, 8.2 months of data per Explorer, average 115300 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   12 Grand Cherokees, 9.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 97200 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 10.4 months of data per Explorer, average 111700 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee   18 Grand Cherokees, 8.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 113800 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer 25 Explorers, 7.8 months of data per Explorer, average 123300 miles135
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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 28 Grand Cherokees, 7.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 127300 miles99
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2003 Ford Explorer   14 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 142800 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 26 Explorers, 9.0 months of data per Explorer, average 136400 miles

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   10 Grand Cherokees, 9.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 136300 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 7.1 months of data per Explorer, average 144100 miles

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee   10 Grand Cherokees, 6.7 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 144800 miles

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2000 Ford Explorer   10 Explorers, 7.1 months of data per Explorer, average 178400 miles

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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee   10 Grand Cherokees, 7.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 145800 miles

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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee have been recently.

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 No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones...
2006 4dr SUV I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
2006 4dr SUV 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 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 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 This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!
2002 4dr SUV 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 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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.
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
8-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.
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
8-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
8-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 4dr SUV turbocharged 237hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
too early to tell but reports are poor
2005 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-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 285-horsepower 4.3L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time 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 turbocharged 237hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
Lots of problems with the front differential and axle on the Selec-Trac 4x4