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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,367 miles

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2001 Jeep Cherokee brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 222011

Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles

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

This is another complaint for 'death wobble'. I have had my Jeep taken in several times and have had to live with it because mechanics didn't believe me or just didn't solve my problem. I should have used the la lemon law statutes to return my car but didn't know that back then. Driving down the road 45-70 mph and either hitting a bump or going around 70 mph your whole front end will "shimmy/shake/wobble" making it feel like a giant earthquake. I have tried to find a class action suit against this as I find several websites/forums/customers complaining about it. Right when it shakes you have to slow down below 40 mph - sometimes on the interstate and have had close calls for a collision! if you want just search for 'death wobble' and you will see a whole new world. I don't know what would happen if you didn't slow down as your immediate response is to hit the brakes. Parts replaced have been brake rotors/pads, steering dampener, upper and lower control arms, and tires. It still does it to this day.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #5

Nov 212001

Cherokee

  • miles
Don't buy a Jeep! piece of junk. Since I have owned mine the following has broke radiator, seat track, power window motor, brakes, blowout, transmission, headlight covers dulled, multiple rear light outages, inside lights out.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 102005

(reported on)

Cherokee

  • miles
Consumer concern about brakes on 2001 Jeep Cherokee Laredo. When the brakes were applied the vehicle shook. The vehicle has been taken tot he dealer several times for repair but the problem always resurfaces.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

May 152004

Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,200 miles

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

This is a serious problem that Jeep knows about, but I don't think they know how to fix it. It's commonly referred to as the "death wobble" -- and I gather that it might be more common amongst Jeep that are lifted, though mine has not been lifted. Saturday, May 15, 2004. Driving at freeway speed. Veered into left lane to avoid cars that were slowing in my lane. I stepped on the brake as I moved into the left lane. Steering wheel and whole front of car shook violently to the point it felt that it was going to fall apart. Took foot off gas/brake and as the car slowed down it stopped shaking after about 5-10 seconds. Pulled into far left shoulder B/C I was shaken up, then proceeded home. I took the car to a brake shop. My car had 18,000 miles on it and yet the rotors were warped, so I had the rotors and brake pads replaced. Tuesday, May 25, 2004. Same freeway incident from above occurred. Did some research on the internet and quickly found "death wobble, " on a variety of sites about Jeep. Discovered problem might be an alignment problem, so I had my car aligned and the tires balanced. Sunday, June 20, 2004. Car shook again on freeway. Had been told by a friend that turning the wheel slightly to the right might stop the shaking. I did this and the shaking stopped. Saturday, July 03, 2004. Car shook while going through 9th St. Tunnel in Washington DC. Took car to rosenthal Jeep. Wrote lengthly description of the problem on the drop-off envelope. Asked that they check out the entire front of the car. Jeep replaced the steering damper -- which was "leaking." Saturday, July 10, 2004. Car shook on freeway. Called rosenthal Jeep at 2:57pm. A woman in the service department listened to my problem, put me on hold and then put me into a male's voicemail. Have yet to receive a return phone call.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Jun 172003

(reported on)

Cherokee

  • 107,000 miles
When brake pedal is depressed the entire vehicle shakes severely. Cause unknown.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #1

May 162003

Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Front disc brake rotors are warping approximately every 10,000 miles. This causes the brake pedal to pulse and the steering wheel to rotate a few degrees left and right during braking. Jeep's warranty specifically excludes brake rotors after 12,000 miles, leading me to the conclusion that they are aware that there is a design or material problem with the brake rotors. Rotors should last longer than the brake pads.

- Portland, OR, USA

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