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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Jeep Cherokee transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 112002

Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle was running and parking brake was on, vehicle rolled backward. Dealership was aware of problem. The vehicle jumped out of gear and crashed into the mail boxes. Damage was done to the drivers side door. The second incident was similar to the first. A friend borrowed the vehicle and the same thing happened. No injureis.

- South Burlington, VT, USA

problem #12

Jul 032001

Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Placed gear shift in park, then walked to the rear of the vehicle and raised the hatch. The vehicle started to roll backward toward the owner, owner jumped out of the way and the vehicle proceded into ongoing traffic. Managed to jump in and pulled the gear shift into forward gear and pulled back to sid of road, narrowly missing a semi-truck.

- Great Bend, KS, USA

problem #11

Mar 282000

Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The comsumer left the vehicle parked with the engine running, however the vehicle went in reverse and crashed into a tree causing damage to vehicle, once vehicle stopped, consumer checked the gear shift and it was still in park.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 152001

Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission slips, when placing it in park, it slips back into reverse, in other words it does not lock in place. He was told that his vehicle is not in recall. Vehicle continues to exhibit problems with the transmission. Consumer had placed vehicle in park when it started moving backwards, transmission had slipped into the reverse position.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 082002

(reported on)

Cherokee

  • miles
Ignition was on and gear was in park when vehicle took off in reverse into an embankment. Dealer has seen vehicle.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #8

Dec 102001

Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
My vehicle was turned on in park; while in park for less than 2 minutes the vehicle went from park to reverse; vehicle was stopped by hitting a tree. Now my trunk is damaged, and my power locks don't work; if I understand correctly there is a federal investigation going on with my particular brand of Jeep; the dealer said they will not fix my Jeep; so what I am suppose to do.

- Waycross, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 282000

Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The comsumer left the vehicle parked with the engine running, however the vehicle went in reverse and crashed into a tree causing damage to vehicle, once vehicle stopped, consumer checked the gear shift and it was still in park.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 172001

Cherokee

  • miles
Vehicle jerks when traveling. Vehicle was running but was in park. Vehicle jumped out of gear, and rolled backwards. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 042001

Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
I was going to go workout and had started my vehicle. I realized I forgot my gym bag in the house. I live in a townhome and there is a parking lot directly infront of the house. I left the car running in park in the parking lot. I then proceeded into the house to get my gym bag, when I returned the vehicle was moving backwards and headed towards my house. I quickly got inside and applied pressure to the brakes. I brought the vehicle to a stop just before the backend had hit a tree. I am 100% confident that I left the car in park. Fortunately there were no passing pedestrians or cars.

- Oak Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Osterville, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012000

Cherokee

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car amost ran over me, struck another vehicle. Was placed in park and jumped out. Did a moderate amt of damage to the other vehicle. I drove immediately to the dealership. They told me nothing was wrong and it was not the car it was me the driver. Told me the Jeep passed inspection and that I just thought I put it in park. This also happened on 7/1/01 again, however the Jeep was stopped before striking another vehicle. All of this infromation can be verified by a police report and insurance information. This caused a moderate amt of damage. If someone was behind the car, it could have crushed them. I had minor scrapes from trying to get back in vehicle and stop it to avoid a collision. This has cost me an increase in insurance premiums and also a wreck on my record. I have never had any type of accident. This was a very scary incident. However, the dealership convinced me it was operator error. However, after this happened again last week, I am not so sure. Thank you for your time.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #2

Jun 251998

Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked/ running, and the gear slipped into reverse. Started running down road, driver's side door was opened, and door hit a tree and stopped. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Rosewell, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142000

Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was parked when it slipped out of gear and started to roll backwards. Consumer tried to jump into vehicle, and was injured when thrown from vehicle. Vehicle was totalled.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

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