Car of the Week: 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited 6


Picture this scenario. It’s 1998. You’re looking to do 0-60 in less than 7 seconds this weekend while racing down the highway to your next destination. Next weekend you’re planning to tow your boat to the marina for a fishing day trip. What’s the catch, you ask? You can only purchase one vehicle. What do you buy? I buy this week’s Car of the Week because it perfectly handles BOTH situations. This week’s Car of the Week is

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited

Why?

This 5.9 Limited edition marks the beginning of the mainstream bad ass SUV! It hauls groceries, boats and handles the road better than an average sedan from the time period. Sure, some of you may say, “What about the 1992 GMC Typhoon?” Let’s be honest…there was everything bad ass but nothing mainstream about it. Nobody was towing with the Typhoon. The 5.9 Limited on the other hand fit in well as a daily driver, a true utility vehicle and a sporty car. The engine, drivetrain and suspension were sport tuned, and at the same time the Jeep provided for a balanced ride. I can’t say the same for the Typhoon.

About the Car

Of course the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited is equipped with a 5.9 liter V8. Here’s where it gets impressive. The engine generates 245 hp and 345 lb-ft of torque(!), which vaults the Jeep from 0-60 mph in 6.8 sec. Less impressive is the fuel economy of course, but remember that this car was released at a time when I was putting 94 octane in the tank simply because I could.

Other Resources

Wikipedia article on the 5.9 Limited (to be taken with a grain of salt, of course)

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6 thoughts on “Car of the Week: 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited

  • Harold Cary

    I have one of these Jeeps the 5.9 and it only has 5000 mi on a rebuilt trany . When it is cold it will go into neutral instead of second gear. But if I warm it up it shifts perfect , does anyone have a idea what the problem is could it be a speed sensor ?

    Thanks

    • Chris

      I doubt a speed sensor would have that effect. Without seeing it I couldn’t be sure, but it sounds like an internal issue. Most of those rebuilt units have a very good warranty. I would take it back to the installer.

  • carolyn

    I also have a 5.9 limited edition. I bought it last year without a owners manual,
    any info on where I can get one with out paying the high price from a dealer?

  • wade

    Ya i got one its at 400hp. And 510 ft.lb of torque and its only going to get biger so i suport all jeeps every last one this vehicle is why we r not speaking German so all u imports bring it its all America ya its got its tweaks but hay nothing in this life perfect