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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,457 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #110

Apr 072014

Grand Cherokee

  • 86,300 miles

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

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

- Williamston, SC, USA

problem #109

Apr 152013

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving multiple speeds all electrical components on the vehicle intermittently flicker off and on. When suddenly the vehicle will display "service electrical brake system" indicator will display on the contacts dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosed. The dealer stated 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 #108

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 #107

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 #106

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 #105

Sep 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 92,000 miles
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 #104

Aug 232013

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,402 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 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 #103

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 #102

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 #101

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 #100

Nov 282013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles

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

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 #99

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 #98

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 #97

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 #96

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

problem #95

Aug 202013

Grand Cherokee

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train).the contact noticed that after the recall service, the gear failed to shift properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where repairs were made, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #94

Jul 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the engine hesitated to start and the ignition made a clicking noise. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic to have a diagnostic performed. The starter and the ignition switch were replaced; however the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,500 and the current mileage was 121,200.

- Fairfield , OH, USA

problem #93

Jun 302013

Grand Cherokee

  • 40,523 miles
Intermittently, all lights flicker off and on. Affected lights included external lights including headlamp, front & rear marker lights, lic plate illum; plus the internal lighting that included guages, dashboard panel lighting, etc. Flickering headlights were serious distraction to motorists ahead of me and approaching, causing one other vehicle to go off the road. This Jeep only has a little over 40K miles. After researching similar incidents online, owner ordered and replaced the turn signal multi-function switch assembly (mf switch), which cost $89.99 from advanced auto parts. After replacement of the mf switch, and reassembly of the steering column cover over the mf switch, then reconnecting the battery and a test drive, the problem appeared to be corrected. After over a month of driving subsequent to repair, the problem has not recurred. Chrysler-Jeep ought to be alerting customers of this common problem and replacing these defectiive mf switches to prevent incidents. Since there are numerous complaints, the manufacturer could be culpable and liable. Owners can do this repair themselves, but you need to get the right part for your options, as well as a couple of special screwdrivers that have the star type heads.

- Manassas , VA, USA

problem #92

May 052013

Grand Cherokee

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was neither repaired nor diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Peragould, AR, USA

problem #91

Feb 152013

Grand Cherokee

  • 175,000 miles
2005 Jeep has been slipping into neutral since February 2013. It caused me to have an accident because I couldn't get out of the way of rear-oncoming traffic. No major damage was done thankfully! a few weeks later I experienced a rollaway. I went into the sitter to pick up my son. After about 5 minutes of being inside I my Jeep roll across the street! I go running outside, opened the door and pulled up the emergency break...just missing an embankment! since the "neutral" thing started I have had several service lights come on. My mechanic performed a diagnostic check and he said its all electrical. Also, I've had issues with the front passenger window going up/down slower than the rest of the windows since 3 months into purchase. Other issues are cracked door handles (both front doors), replacing taillight kit, ac switch-a few times as it would only work on high.

- Murdock, FL, USA

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