Your Complete Guide to Buying a Jeep Laredo

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Your Complete Guide to Buying a Jeep Laredo

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most popular cars produced by Jeep, and the Laredo trim package for the Grand Cherokee is the most popular styling package. For this reason, many refer to the vehicle as the Jeep Laredo rather than the Grand Cherokee Jeep Laredo. Buyers looking for the Laredo can purchase it new or used from a dealership, and many used models are available on sites like eBay. Buyers can select models from any year starting with 1993.

The Laredo trim package is sold as standard with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and is available on new and used models. The electronics inclusions in the Laredo have mostly remained the same since the start of production, although buyers who want very modern amenities should check what is included if purchasing used. The following information includes everything buyers must know before purchasing a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was originally released in 1993 by Jeep as a mid-size SUV for family and single person use. The vehicle features a number of different trims and models and has been produced in four different versions which are each labelled via two letters. These models include the ZJ which was produced from 1993 until 19998, the WJ which was produced from 1999 until 2004, the Wk which was produced from 2005 until 2010, and the WK2 which has been in production since 2010. During that time the vehicle has been produced under a variety of different models and has had some redesigns in the body.

Fuel Type

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is produced with both diesel and petrol engines although surprisingly the diesel is slightly more popular in the UK. Buyers can look for either or engine type and can compare the cost and availability of the fuel depending on their location. For most, diesel tends to be cheaper over longer periods of time because the engines are more efficient and therefore run longer on a single tank of gas.

Layout

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or four wheel drive depending on the buyer's needs. The most common is the front wheel drive package, although all three options can be purchased quite easily. All Jeep Laredos are four door SUVs. No other body models are available. If it is important that the vehicle have front- or four-wheel drive capabilities, buyers should remember to check the wheel drive status of the vehicle before purchase.

Models

Every Jeep Grand Cherokee is sold in one of a number of models. These models determine the exterior trim package as well as interior electronics; some options are limited edition only. The Laredo is the most popular trim package for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but other standard trim options include the Limited and the Overland, which have been available during most of the production history of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Some special edition models were only released for one or more years. For example, the Overland was only produced from 2002 to 2004, while the Freedom Edition was only released between 2003 and 2004.

Laredo

The Jeep Laredo has consistently been the most popular edition of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. After the first four years of production, Jeep made the Laredo model the standard. In other words, the Laredo is the default trim package; any Jeep Grand Cherokee purchased without another label is likely to be a Jeep Laredo. However, not all models of the Laredo were sold by Jeep in the U.K., so some buyers might have to choose from specific years or dates. For example, the 2005 to 2010 Jeep Laredo was not sold in Europe, which means that it may not be available. Each model of the Laredo features slightly different amenities, although the newest is the most luxurious.

Jeep Year

Locks

Windows

Radio

Speakers

Engine

Seats

1993-1998

Power

Power

AM/FM/ Cassette/ Stereo

Four

Power Tech Inline 6 Cylinder with 5 Speed Manual transmission

Cloth

1999-2004

Power

Power

Am/FM Cassette Stereo/ CD Player

Six

4. litre Power Tech Inline 6 Cylinder Engine with Four Speed Automatic transmission

Cloth - manually adjusting

2005-2010

Power

Power

AM//FM CD Stereo

Six

3.7 or 4.7 Power Tech Inline 6 Cylinder

Cloth, Manually Adjusting/

2010 Present

Power

Power

Am/FM CD Stereo

Six

3.6 L Pentastar

Leather, Electronic or Manual Adjust

From 2010 on, Jeep added more luxury electronics to the basic Laredo. They also added genuine wood trim and leather seating to the basic package, so later models are by far the most luxurious Jeep Laredos on the market. Most people find that all models feature high quality workmanship and manufacturing for the money, especially when purchased used. Buyers can check any existing specifications against those available for that year of the Laredo if uncertain whether the vehicle is indeed a Laredo model.

Purchasing a Used Jeep Laredo

Buyers can find used Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredos from websites like eBay as well as used car lots. Online sellers often list their used cars up for sale, and many are still in very good condition. This can be a great way to save money on a car, or to find a cheap car for a teen. The Laredo is a very good, basic car with plenty of storage room. For the most part, the model years do tend to look the same, with only very minor facelifts over the production lifecycle.

Most people realise that new models offer more amenities, better fuel efficiency rates, better emissions rates, and often better and more modern electronics. However, anyone who plans on purchasing a used vehicle should understand that the newer the model, the more expensive it is; this must be considered when budgeting for a purchase.

Usually, anyone purchasing a used vehicle can simply check the amenities inside before purchase. For example, many buyers prefer a CD player to a cassette player, while some might prefer manually adjusting seats to electric. Buyers can usually quickly find the listing and amenities by looking either on the description if purchasing the vehicle from an online site like eBay, or asking the dealer if in person.

Condition of the Vehicle

Buyers purchasing a new Jeep Laredo can largely ignore this, but anyone else should definitely pay attention to the condition of the Jeep. The exterior body condition is the first major consideration, although it is not the most important one. Buyers should check to see if there is any rust, dents, major scratches, or damage that might require repair. Checking for similar damage on the interior of the vehicle is often a good idea, as well. Even is some small repairs are needed, this may be okay for a used vehicle, especially if the price is right.

Another thing to pay attention to when considering the condition is the engine. Details such as any major repairs, any issues with the engine, and even the number of miles on the engine should all be considered. Most people do not purchase a vehicle with more than 200,000 miles, although a Jeep Cherokee may be good for longer if properly taken care of. It is also very important to talk to the seller before finalising a purchase, to get an idea of any issues with the vehicle, or even why it is being sold.

Buying a Jeep Laredo on eBay

eBay is a great place to look for a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, although it is important to consider that the Jeep might not actually be labelled as a "Laredo," because the Laredo is the standard model. Buyers can check the listing for the Grand Cherokee on eBay to see if it is a Laredo or another edition, although almost all other editions are labelled as such. It is important to check the release year when shopping on eBay, as the Laredo has been in production since 1993, and sellers might list models up to that date.

Buyers should remember to read the listing description as it should contain any information about the quality or condition of the vehicle, the age of the vehicle, and even any amenities present. Asking the seller a question is also possible if the description does not answer everything. Finally, consider checking the location to see if the Cherokee is close to you before making the purchase.

Conclusion

The Jeep Laredo is the most common model of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has been the basic model since the mid-1990s, and is usually the easiest model to find and purchase. However, the vehicle was not sold in mainland Europe between 2005 and 2010, which means that models from those years are hard to find, except from U.K. sellers. There have been five generations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee released to date, and buyers can choose from any of those models.

Differentiations between different models of the Jeep Laredo include different engines, different seats, and different radios. The first two models of the Laredo featured cassette players rather than CD players, which is something to consider if buying used. Finally, it is also a good idea to decide between petrol or diesel, and to check the fuel efficiency and availability of each, before purchase.

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