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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,999 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee drivetrain problems

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #91

Nov 132014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles

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

Engine quit while own shifting on automatic transmission. Went out of gear and had to pull a side without engine power.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #90

Dec 142014

Grand Cherokee

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the instrument panel lights flashed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the transfer case and unknown systems were reset. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #89

Jul 302014

Grand Cherokee

  • 83,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that there was leakage at the fill tube grommet seal that damaged the transmission. As a result, the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V396000 (power train). Additionally, the part was not available for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,000. Djr updated 3/12/15

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #88

Nov 142013

Grand Cherokee

  • 128,000 miles

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

When driving my Jeep around say anywhere above 25 mph, if I let off the gas pedal, the front end nose dives and a loud clunk is felt like the transmission fell out. Maintenance is up to date, gas has no water, it just does this every single day. So I have to drive my Jeep a certain way in order to try to avoid this beating on the transmission. Another version of this is for example: I go to pass a car I step on the gas, the transmission kicks down like it should but when I'm ready to slow down after passing a loud clunk! and the vehicle nose dives again like someone had put it in 1st gear at 50mph. About 50% of the time after this happens my RPM's will stay very high like when it drops down for passing it wont shift down for the speed im doing it wants to stay in the passing gear. There has been even times when its really bad, and the RPM's wont regulate down I have to pull over put the vehicle in park and start over. Its very exhausting and hazardous with this transmission and this Jeep. Nothing but problems.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #87

Jun 012014

Grand Cherokee

  • 129,000 miles
June of 2014 and still to this day the gear shift can be moved from "P" to any gear, and that is when no keys are in the ignition/and no foot on the brake. I was working under the hood and my 4 year old son did just that and almost ran me over. I checked and the vehicle had no keys in it they were with me in my tool box because I didn't want him to do just that. I checked out the situation to make sure it wasn't a fluke, and to my surprise and still til this day, I can enter the vehicle with no keys and no foot on the brake just reach in and move the gear shift from "P" to any gear resulting in the clunk of the transmission and rolling of the vehicle. This is very unnerving and would like this to be fixed. I have read countless articles and blogs about this exact same problem.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

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problem #86

Nov 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 128,000 miles
Upon driving my daughter to school my transmission would not leave 1st gear. RPM's would almost red line, I would let off the gas to let it shift and nothing, it stayed in 1st gear. Well when I looked at the gauges, my lights for prndl were all lit up instead of just "D". boxes around every single letter. I proceeded to put the car in neutral and put it back in drive and still all 5 letters lit up and engine bogged down. It took several minutes for what like seemed forever for it to get into gear which was drive, I backed up traffic because I couldn't do the speed limit and had to use my hazard lights on the side of the road. This was my first occurrence, this has happened at least a dozen or more times since then to include yesterday Jan 5 2015. Every time I contact the dealer or ask on Jeep owner website, I get " sorry sir the only recall listed is the ignition switch and we don't have a part for that." I checked the website and apparently my Jeep had been serviced for the transmission back in 2010 at 70K miles but does not explain what they did. I also need to put in another complaint about the transmission. June of 2014 and still to this day the gear shift can be moved from "P" to any gear, and that is when no keys are in the ignition. I was working under the hood and my 4 year old son did just that and almost ran me over. I checked and the vehicle had no keys in it they were with me in my tool box because I didn't want him to do just that.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #85

Jan 052015

Grand Cherokee

  • 20,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the service electric system and perform service indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) and 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the parts needed to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Lasalle, IL, USA

problem #84

Oct 222014

Grand Cherokee

  • 175,000 miles
Vehicle is an automatic, suddenly attempted to manually shift into a lower gear. The vehicle suddenly slowed down to 5 miles an hour and the rpms started to red line. Check engine light came on and stayed on all day. This has happened numerous times in the last few months without warning.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #83

Jan 082014

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Took Jeep in for recall completed some odd miles down road 4WD low would not engage took back to dealer after internet findings of a bad recall( they make some by pass software instead of actually fixing the computer chip that cracks in transfer case) anyway they reset worked for a week maybe and again low didn't work anymore back to dealer they had new software Jeep was reflashed on way home service 4WD system light on all the time took back to the dealer they reflashed it again N told me they'd have to contact Chrysler if it happened again went out started Jeep lights back on and back thru the door into dealer now I gotta wait for some star technicians to come look at it who nos how long that'll take. Fighting with them over this recall for years is ridiculous if they woulda just fixed it the right way I'm sure these issues wouldn't happen. O and also the interior door handles are junk plastic N break N will cause U to be unable to safely exit in a fire!! this recall has takin to long to get fixed N Chrysler should do something about it!!

- Mosinee, WI, USA

problem #82

Mar 172011

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I "recall" driving one evening on a major highway in my recently purchased 05 Grand Cherokee when suddenly I lost all power. I was traveling in a congested area at 65 mph with lots of semi's surrounding me. Thank the god's I happen to be on the perfect incline leading to an off ramp at the time of this engine power failure. I'd hate to imagine the out come had I been one lane over a few seconds prior! my son who was only 5 at the time was a bit freaked out from the whole ordeal. But my biggest complaint is the fact that I'm a Jeep girl and a faithful one but after my constant battle with this less then desirable hunk of junk I'm thinking of cheating with a Ford! after my daily failures with this thing I did some research and found that this vehicle far surpasses the two recalls in my short 3 years of ownership. I'm most upset with my dealership due to the fact they forgot to mention a few hundred drivers of this prior rental truck with an accident that was more than a skip over the curb. They offered but never made good on providing me with owners manual...guess they were worried I would notice the past safety recalls that were never done. So I have had and continue to have every system malfunction on this heap known to mechanics. I'm sick and tired of paying for things that "Jeep are known for" when in truth its all been a result to the viscous cycle of recalls that were either never done or never the proper fix to begin with. So I beg the heads, money and engineers of Chrysler group llc to get your [xxx] together and do the right thing by removing the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7 liter with a hemi death trap off the roads! its quite obvious from the first recall only three months after its manufacturer date this truck was meant to fail...!!! so please stop the duct it fix it or[xxx] it! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #81

Dec 192013

Grand Cherokee

  • 95,992 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving various speeds, all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The contact mentioned that the accelerator pedal had to be depressed with force in order to keep the vehicle moving. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the shifter module failed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 95,992.

- Lanford, CT, USA

problem #80

Nov 202014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign id number: 13V175000 (power train) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform the contact of when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #79

Jun 272014

Grand Cherokee

  • 97,000 miles
The N23 recall was performed which was a software update that now recognized that the transfer case actuator motor was bad. The dealer replaced the transfer case motor at a cost to me of $900. After 3 months of driving the "4WD system" error pops up again on my dash and I can't put my vehicle into 4WD lo again. Apparently, there is a service bulletin about this - service bulletin number: 21-022-14 rev. A. no one from Chrysler informed me about this so I had to research the problem for hours on my own. This is bad business and the public should be informed of this.

- Mound, MN, USA

problem #78

Oct 092014

Grand Cherokee

  • 170,743 miles
Loss of power while driving, wont shift, no cruise control, brake lights on, . this happens at lest one a week.

- Poplarville, MS, USA

problem #77

Oct 022014

Grand Cherokee

  • 58,000 miles
This vehicle has quit running several times since we have owned it while drivingthe engine will just quit. We can move the shift lever in neutral and it will start back up, but this is still dangerous, especially when my wife is driving. It has happened to her 3 times now and happened to me 2 times in about last 5 years.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #76

Oct 042014

Grand Cherokee

  • 105,500 miles
I was parked in a parking lot with the engine idling and the Jeep in park, with the emergency brake engaged. After approximately 5 minutes, the engine suddenly revved up and my Jeep surged forward, striking the car parked directly in front of me. I pressed hard on the brake and the Jeep surged forward again before the engine died and the Jeep stopped. The E-brake was still engaged, but the gear, which had been in park, was now in drive. At no time did I come into contact with the gear shifter.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #75

Mar 092012

Grand Cherokee

  • 66,441 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While approaching a stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the idle control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The failure mileage was 66,441.

- Central Square, NY, USA

problem #74

Jul 012014

Grand Cherokee

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the parts were not available. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the delay. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #73

Sep 162014

Grand Cherokee

  • 124,000 miles
Jeep N23 recall to fix inadvertent shifting of transfer case into neutral locks up control module. Vehicle transfer case will not shift anymore. Chrysler denies the effect, although thousands of jgc are now crippled. They recently (7/29/14) released a software update (www.wkjeeps.com/tsb/tsb_wk_2102214A.pdf) to the fdcm, the same module the N23 recall flashed. However, they are charging customers to update after the first flash for N23 locked transfer case in position. They are trying to continue to fix the N23 problem but without cost.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #72

Jun 072014

Grand Cherokee

  • 72,500 miles
When I'm driving about 55-60 mph, my Laredo starts to shake very bad to where I have to come to a complete stop in order for the shaking to stop. This problem is starting to become worse as time goes on. Now when I reach 40-45 mph it happens. I was told this maybe the torque converter. I do not feel safe to drive it. I seen where there was a recall but not sure if my Jeep was one that needed the work. Any info and have there been similar events?

- Monroeville , PA, USA

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