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CarComplaints.com Notes: There's no way around it, the Cherokee's transmission is junk. There's no other explanation for why a vehicle, usually with under 40,000 miles, would have so many complaints

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,596 miles

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2014 Jeep Cherokee drivetrain problems

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 3 of 30)

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problem #548

Oct 152016

Cherokee

  • 49,500 miles

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

My 2014 Jeep Cherokee lost forward gears without warning. I was stopped and tried to pull out on a busy intersection. I lost all forward power limped forward 10 feet and stopped. Route 51 in jefferson borough is a major 4 lane and this could have caused a major accident. I had to reverse to safety. There is a known recall that Jeep is refusing to fix. They are putting peoples lives in danger with a sub standard transmission. I want Jeep to be held accountable for the entire transmission system and not just the parts they deem in their internal selection. If it supports a transmission they should stand behind their product and build it correctly. Safety should be a concern and obviously it isn't. my Jeep is less than 2 years old, I've complained multiple times about hard shifting to the dealer and all they did was adjust the shift points. Now my life is in danger because of their safety issue. Jeep needs to fix this known issue in all Jeep and not just a select few. Pleasant hills Jeep should be revoked as a 5 star dealer and Jeep should be forced to stop production of this substandard transmission.

- Seven Fields, PA, USA

problem #547

Aug 262016

Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V52900 (power train); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Smyrna, DE, USA

problem #546

Oct 152016

Cherokee

  • 70,000 miles
My transmission has been jerking during gear shift since I bought the car. On the expressway traveling 75 mph in a high traffic area when my transmission completely quit and would not shift out of neutral. I lost speed rapidly and luckily I was unable to get to the side of the expressway without causing an accident.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #545

Oct 152016

Cherokee

  • 37,415 miles

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

2014 Jeep Cherokee transmission jerks. Took it to the dealer and they claim it's working as intended because it's a new technology. This transmission jerks and is very sluggish. I almost had an accident turning left at a busy intersection. The car did not want to accelerate. Luckily incoming traffic slowed down enough for me to pass. I fail to believe that this is normal and also fail to believe that there's nothing the dealer can do. Apparently there are thousands of other Cherokee owners with the same problem. Add me to the list. Any suggestions on what else I can do?

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #544

Feb 192016

Cherokee

  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The dealer diagnosed that the valve wiring body harness and transaxle wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was brought back to the dealer where updates were done to the transmission and power train control modules, but the failure persisted. The contact stated that the failure recurred on several occasions intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 26,000.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

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problem #543

Jul 012016

Cherokee

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and all the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact lost control of the vehicle and ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V5229000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Leesville, LA, USA

problem #542

Oct 102016

Cherokee

  • 30,470 miles

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

On October 10, 2016, I was driving on an access road next to a highway when my car lost motive power. I was driving at approximately 40mph and I did not have enough time to pull over from the lane I was in. My dashboard kept flashing "service transmission" and also to "put the car in park and re-start." For ten minutes, I attempted to re-start the vehicle and begin driving again. Each time I would try to put the car in drive, there was a very loud racket sound from shifting and I had to put the car back in park. Finally, on the sixth attempt, I was able to shift into drive without the sound and I immediately drove my car home. I am disheartened as this was a purchase of a used vehicle only a few days prior, on October 8, 2016, that had only 30,000 miles. Needless to say, my car is already at my local Jeep dealership for repair, and not much reassurance with regards to the associated recall, as parts are not ready yet. This was intended to be a family vehicle, but if it stops while driving, it will render my family completely unsafe. The S55 recall concerns a poorly designed wiring harness, that causes the computer to shift the vehicle into neutral while driving. NHTSA recall number: 16V529 recall date: August 22, 2016 manufacturer recall number: S55

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #541

Oct 082016

Cherokee

  • 70,000 miles
Car randomly stops moving while driving, sometimes while turning a corner. Seems like it turns itself off, but lights on dash are still on. I'm not really sure what causes it and am hoping that it will be resolved once they have a solution to the current recall for the transaxle wire harness. Have brought it to dealer a few times and they keep telling us it has to do with the 20% oil life. I don't see how that would make a car turn off. And why would they make a car that needs to have the oil changed before the oil life is up or at all.

- Center Moriches, NY, USA

problem #540

Oct 092016

Cherokee

  • 36,000 miles
Driving at full speed on the highway the transmission suddenly disengaged, which led to redlining the rpms, because it failed to give me any control of throttle/acceleration. I had to get over and coast to the side of the road. The "service transmission" note came on the screen as well as check engine light. The transmission slammed a few times as if it were unable to find its gear. I have it at a dealership now, apparently being told flashing it may fix the issue...however, that doesn't make me feel better with how the vehicle acted or if any damage occurred due to this "computer" issue. This is our family vehicle, so having some major doubts right now.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #539

Oct 072016

Cherokee

  • 26,500 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled in the middle of the intersection and a "malfunction" warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power train failed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V529000 (power train); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 26,500. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #538

Apr 012016

Cherokee

  • 33,000 miles

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

Same transmission problem been to get fixed 4 times now waiting on a recall wiring harness that is out yet. Car has been at dealer shop more then I have drove it. Jeep stalls in traffic hard to get started back. Then some times if just goes into neutral while driving but most of time it won't shift right and won't go over 25 when this happen. It good when on interstate my wife wont drive it now cause she do T feel safe after it stalled in the middle of the road mutable times.

- Danese, WV, USA

problem #537

Oct 092016

Cherokee

  • 18,600 miles
Transaxle wire harness S55. Would not start.took 5 attempts to start.in the middle of Indiana with no dealer within 50 miles on a Sunday afternoon.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #536

Sep 032016

Cherokee

  • 2,000 miles
Transmission skips gears and sometimes is extremely slow to start getting the car going (acceleration) (every road including when you are stationary. The body of the car continuously shakes if you are driving on a smooth road (like you can hear the body of the car (highway, city, straight and turning) when backing up, the car will break immediatley if there is nothing in the way causing a serious safety hazard. (backing up, or driving in the city it will break and I can't override the system making it very easy for someone to rear end you) this vehicle needs to be deemed unsafe to drive and recalled.

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #535

Oct 102016

Cherokee

  • 5 miles
I have had my vehicle in every 5000 miles complaining of "hard" transmission shifts, and the vehicle lunging forward when applying brakes to stop the vehicle. Transmission does not react when you are at a stop and apply the gas, motor on the vehicle will rev up and then eventually the transmission will kick in. I have had the vehicle into (3) different mopar dealers and all of them give me some song and dance about "updates" the updates are done and the vehicle still does not shift correctly. This vehicle is going to kill someone because of the transmission lunging forward when you are coming to a stop.

- Pollock Pines, CA, USA

problem #534

Sep 062016

Cherokee

  • 42,000 miles
Within days I noticed issues with the transmission. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd gear can be very jerky.sometimes 1st gear holds 5-8 seconds before shifting. Some jerking is violent. Also declining steep highway mountain roads is an issue at times. When braking at start of decline RPM's jump by 2000 rpms & car seems to thrust forward. It's like it doesn't know what to do. It is very unsettling

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #533

Nov 222013

Cherokee

  • 10,000 miles
I was driving on a highway. I made a complete stop at the traffic light when red. On green traffic signal, the car placed itself into no motion. The car activated the following warning lights: Parking brake, service engine, stability control, and the monitor displayed service transmission. This problem has been repetitive along with a cat purr during acceleration since first day of new purchase.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #532

Dec 132015

Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V529000 (power train), 15V041000 (air bags), and 15V509000 (visibility). The dealer was contacted to schedule the repairs and indicated that the parts were not available. The contact was advised to schedule an appointment on October 3, 2016. The dealer was contacted months later and was unable to determine when the parts would be supplied from the manufacturer. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #531

Aug 222016

Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V529000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Belford, NJ, USA

problem #530

Oct 142014

Cherokee

  • 3,000 miles
The car fails to accelerate while driving. It will downshift hard and then feel as if I am gliding along. Warning lights have come on while driving and then go off when pull over to stop. It has totally stopped working on two occasions-no power-then magically starts again. The transmission has already been replaced once and it still has the same problems. It has become a safety issue as I never know if it will accelerate in traffic. The dealer has been told several times. Now there is a recall and the remedy is not yet available. It is very scary to drive.

- Colbert, WA, USA

problem #529

Oct 052016

Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V529000 (power train). However, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Whittsett, NC, USA

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