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Crashes / Fires:
15 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,682 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 36 of 41)

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problem #116

Apr 072014

Grand Cherokee

  • 86,300 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate and the transmission failed to down shift. Additionally, the transfer case would not shift out of four-wheel high into neutral or four wheel low properly. The failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign id number 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). The vehicle was being taken back to the dealer for the third time due to the remedy not correcting the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 86,300.

- Williamston, SC, USA

problem #115

Apr 182014

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles
After 13V175000 recall - 2005 Jeep gc still slips into neutral while running. Also, sometimes when moving from drive to reverse, it "stalls" in neutral and won't move into reverse. So far, this has only happened when idling at stop lights and in parking garages. Putting the car in park, shutting it off, and turning it back on reset things - but I'm worried that this will happen while driving. Took it to the dealership - they can't find anything wrong with it.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #114

Apr 152013

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving multiple speeds, all of the electrical components on the vehicle intermittently flickered off and on. The vehicle suddenly displayed a "service electrical brake system" warning message. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that an electrical chip would need to be replaced in the ignition switch. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- Charlotte , NC, USA

problem #113

Sep 242013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated after the recall was done, the vehicle would not shift into neutral. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) and had the recall remedy performed on the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure recurred several times after the recall repair and each time the remedy repair failed to correct the problem. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician verified that the shift motor and control module were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 90,200. Updated 05/12/2014 updated 05/15/14

- Port Ewen, FL, USA

problem #112

Mar 052014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Am on 4th new battery. When car sits for a short time, say 3-5 days, battery discharges and dies. Gauges and lights flash on and off when attempting a charge. One time was locked out of car as entry fob would not unlock had to break into car since no power to car to open or operate locks. Have had vehicle towed twice to dealer, each time nothing found wrong, but new battery installed twice under current warranty after new interstate battery (9 months old) supposedly was dead, interstate refunded all monies. This happens each time the car sits. I have left it at the dealer and they can not replicate the action or symptoms. They return the car until I get stuck somewhere with a dead battery. Have had many issues with the roof skylite drains overflowing into the car even after it was repaired. Questioned if the intake of water may be a symptom of the other battery problem. Response from dealer was no. I would like to get the car to work normally again. All maintenance has been performed timely on vehicle since purchase and no accidents.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #111

Nov 132013

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) had surpassed a reasonable time for repair. The dealer was contacted and stated that the part was not available for repair. The manufacturer was not contacted. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Weatherford , TX, USA

problem #110

Jan 142014

Grand Cherokee

  • 185,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) and had the recall remedy performed on the vehicle however, the transfer case actuator failed shortly after the repair. As a result, the vehicle would not engage in four-wheel drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transfer case actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the remedy part was on back order. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #109

Jan 182014

Grand Cherokee

  • 51,500 miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, took in in my dealer in Aug, 2013 for a safety recall (N23). First time I tried to shift it into neutral, it flashed a "service 4WD system", and would not shift into either neutral or 4low. Jeep forum, with 70 pages and hundreds of comments on this problem, looks like the recall software update is the problem and Chrysler has not yet owned up the issue. Meanwhile, I cannot use my vehicle as intended. My dealer says I need a $500 part, but others have had that replaced and still have the same problem. There are about 2,000 transfer case actuator motors on back order to correct this problem; however, many who have had this part replaced still have the same problem. The new part is not fixing the issue, Jeep needs to replace the final drive control module and the transfer case actuator motor.

- Show Low, AZ, USA

problem #108

Jan 222014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical issue observed on various occasions since taking ownership of the vehicle. While driving all lights and warning indicators will come on at once. The gauges will fluctuate sporadically. The entire dash will begin to flicker on and off. This also involves the headlights. The headlights will flicker on and off while driving corresponding to the flickering of the dash. Extended warranty was purchased with this vehicle. Took it back to the dealership. Tech drove it for a week and said that they could not duplicate the problem. Was told to "keep an eye on it". issue has continued. But dealership unable to do anything if problem can't be duplicated when they have it. Very concerned about the safety of this vehicle!

- Newmanstown, PA, USA

problem #107

Sep 112013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 83,613 miles
Dealer ship did the N23 recall for NHTSA id# 13V175000. Since recall procedure was done, transfer case won't operate properly. Cannot shift into 4-low or shift transfer case into neutral for towing behind another vehicle. No satisfaction from Chrysler to repair the damage done by the recall. Vehicle cannot operate properly in off road or inclement weather situations.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #106

Sep 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 92,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the lights on the instrument panel all illuminated simultaneously. The dealer had previously replaced the computer control module and the ignition switch but the failure recurred. The dealer inspected the vehicle and advised that the clock springs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000 and the approximate current mileage was 98,000.

- Holton , KS, USA

problem #105

Aug 232013

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,402 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). Immediately after the repair was performed, the vehicle would not function in the neutral gear. The vehicle was taken to three different dealers where the actuator was replaced and reprogrammed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,402.

- Larkspur, CO, USA

problem #104

Dec 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles
While driving on the freeway, the vehicle suddenly shifted itself into 3rd gear. Paddle shifting was inoperable and vehicle will up or down shift. Error codes given are P0700, and P0406. Problem seemed to resolve after restarting vehicle, but then shifts again after a couple of minutes. Now vehicle stays in 3rd gear permanently. Fluid levels ok, guessing it is electrical/computer related issue based on internet research. Taking to dealer soon to have final drive controller new software installed based on recall #N23. Hoping it is related to that issue.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #103

Dec 072013

Grand Cherokee

  • 103,000 miles
After we had the following recall done. Report receipt date: May 07, 2013 NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 component(s): Electrical system, power train the vehicle has failed to be put into 4 wd neutral or visa versa, not allowed to be put into drive. We tow behind my motorhome. It happened the first time we tried to tow it, it went into neutral but would not come back out easily. After ~1/2 hr of trying I was able to get it to go back into drive. I took it back to the dealer he could not find anything wrong. About 3 weeks later after pulling it behind the rv and then trying to put it back into neutral it would not go into neutral, took it to a different dealer who reran the flash on the final drive. It worked fine for about a month. No it has happened a 3rd time while my wife was on a trip, she cannot get it back into neutral. I have read of other people having the same problem after the recall, which indicates the recall is causing the problem. I doubt that the dealer will repair for free so I think the NHTSA should require the dealers to repair the problem as part of the original recall.

- Jefferson City, TN, USA

problem #102

Oct 082013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 56,420 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in and repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train). After the recall repair, the service four wheel drive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the transfer case motor failed and needed to be replaced. The contact performed the repair however, the transfer case motor failed approximately one month later. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,420. Updated 02/27/14 the consumer stated the transfer case motor was replaced 3 times.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #101

Nov 282013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
I recently took my Jeep into the dealer service center to remedy the last recall pertaining to the software flash of the final drive control module. The day before I took my Jeep in I had used the 4 wheel drive low. My Jeep showed no symptoms of the recall and had no proper incidents yet I decided to take it in to have the task completed to avoid any future problems. Since the day I took it in (10/5/2013) I had not used my 4 wheel drive low until thanksgiving day. When I went to use it the transfer case did absolutely nothing and the message "service 4WD system" appeared on the dash. I have asked the dealership to take a look at it and have gotten nowhere expect to be treated rudely and have them extremely resistant to looking into the problem. Without even looking at my vehicle they kept telling me that the issue I am experiencing had nothing to do with the flash as they claim the flash affected the transmission park position sensor. When I read the tab "N23" it precisely names the transfer case as the affected component. Please help. Please!

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #100

Nov 132013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 138,355 miles
My car would not start and it is unknown as to the reason for why this is happening. The battery is fine, alternator and all tests are just fine. This is not the first time this has happened and this happens randomly with no reason (at hot or cold temps). The mechanics are unable to find a reason for this. There is no cranking when this happens but all lights both inside and out are working. Need answers!! as I can no longer be stranded in different locations.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #99

Oct 292009

Grand Cherokee

  • 23,994 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, she noticed that the entire instrument panel illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer five times. In 2009, the instrument cluster was replaced and the failure recurred three months later. The vehicle was not recently repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 23,994.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #98

Nov 272009

Grand Cherokee

  • 57,000 miles
The sunroof/moonroof does not set appropriately when closed and causes water leak and subsequent water damages. This also leads to the drainage lines to clog up and causes water to backup into sensitive electrical components within the roof. My maplight and homelink buttons along with the sunroof engine and buttons have all failed to operate as a result of water damages. Please request a recall on this as there is a database of consumers with similar complaints.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #97

Jul 012009

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Instrument cluster lights all light up at the same time. Speedometer and RPM indicator drop to zero. Then all instrument cluster lights go out completely. This keeps occurring at 10sec to 10 minute intervals. Vehicle has to be stopped, and turned off for the problem to go away. Next day, same thing all over again. A quick search of the internet reveals that this is not an isolated incident. The vehicle has been in to the dealer several times, at a cost of hundreds of dollars. The dealer tells me this is not a known problem. There is a current recall for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for this exact same problem. In 9 years Chrysler has still not managed to fix the problem. They deny there is a problem on my vehicle, but accept that the exact same problem exists on the 2014 model? this is a dangerous situation for which Chrysler should be held responsible. A recall is required to the thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee prior to the 2014 model that are experiencing the same issue.

- Geneva, IL, USA

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