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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,638 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #22

Apr 182014

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles

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

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 #21

Jan 262014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
I was driving on the highway and the truck just shut off completely for no reason then restarted itself this happen 3 times that day and has happen 2 more times after that.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #20

Feb 052014

Grand Cherokee

  • 67,558 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Cherokee limited. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 35 mph due to a failed engine. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,558.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #19

Oct 012013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

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

I went to change the oil and noticed only 2 quarts were drained from the engine instead of 5. I use mobile1 fully synthetic motor oil and since then im averaging losing a quart of oil a month. The oil light does not come on, when it gets low, I just noticed the engine was knocking. I searched for answers online and found out that this happens on all 3.7 lt engines around 75,000 miles Chrysler makes. Why is there no recall?

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 222014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle intermittently stalled. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Salem, MA, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Sep 272013

Grand Cherokee

  • 104,000 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 vehicle failed to start. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure and current mileage was 104,000.

- Free Port, PA, USA

problem #15

Aug 282013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 128,000. Updated 11-12-13

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #14

Aug 032013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The vehicle was parked and I attempted to start the vehicle. The car was operating properly 3 minutes prior to attempted starts. The first attempt, the engine fired up and revved up but immediately died. Subsequent attempts were similar. After about 4 or 5 attempts, there was a large rattling noise and the engine became impossible to start. After towing the vehicle to a mechanic and having them open up the engine, we found that the valve seat had dropped out from the cylinder heads and must have caused the engine to operate incorrectly. The valve seat had shattered into many tiny pieces, which most likely caused the rattling noise. Upon investigation I have found that the valve seat dropping out is a common issue on the 5.7L hemi engine in my Jeep as well as other vehicles manufactured by Dodge and Chrysler. This is unsafe and should require the immediate action of Chrysler to recall these vehicles and permanently fix the problem with their valve seats.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #13

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 #12

Jul 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 97,000 miles

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

I am the owner of a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4.7 V8. The exhaust manifold bolts (qty 2) on the passenger side sheared resulting in exhaust manifold leak (possibly due to heat or under engineering rust was not a factor). I have made Chrysler aware of this issue as many people have experienced this issue with the 4.7 V8 found not only in the Grand Cherokee but the commander, and Dodge durango as well. A leaking exhaust manifold can cause engine compartment fires. This issue can also result in toxic fume inhalation through cabin air intake ports. The dealership quoted $1300 to replace (8) bolts that should never fail. When I called Chrysler, they were not interested in my safety, and excused the issue by stating that "cars are just not made like they used to be". I find this ridiculous due to the fact that this issue can result in death, oxygen deprivation, as well as server burn in the event of fire.

- Monaca , PA, USA

problem #11

Apr 112013

Grand Cherokee

  • 105,000 miles
The 3.7L motor has blown a head. After researching online I see that this is a common problem for this motor but Jeep won't do anything or admit the problem. I spent over $20,000 on a american vehicle because I thought they were a trusted name. I should not be forced to spend $3000 getting a new motor because Jeep won't stand behind their product.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #10

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

problem #9

Mar 112013

Grand Cherokee

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The failure recurred five times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but to no avail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Kane, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 062012

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The vehicle will not idle when hitting the brakes at a stop sign or traffic light or coming to a complete stop resulting in a rear end collision. From the vehicle not maintaining a normal idle position.this is a danger to the vehicle occupants and anybody else on the road.Jeep is aware of the problems and have not come up with a solution for the customers.I have seen this same thing reported to the NHTSA onrecord a million times and will see this issue gets addressed if I have to call a senator that is a good friend of mine somebody is going to answer for this! to read the amount of complaints that have been reported to the NHTSA and nothing has been done is unacceptable and I can assure you the NHTSA better investigate this immediately. This pertains to Jeep Grand Cherokee 2005 V8 4.7 liter motor found in 57% of all Jeep that were built. You can go to youtube and see this in a video of this happening and its also on the Jeep forums web site posted a million times.

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #7

May 072012

Grand Cherokee

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle would become hesitant to starting attempts. In addition, the vehicle would also stall sporadically and without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 59,171.

- North Las Vages, NV, USA

problem #6

Jul 162012

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
When attempting to start the vehicle, I heard one click and nothing happened. Lights and gauges worked, but nothing else. Jeep was jumped and then started right up. It went two months and is now doing the same again. Within a week, it has done it 3 times. Battery replaced and starter checks out fine. Also gauges dim and then come back on within seconds. The alarm goes off whenever it feels like it. Doors sometimes will not unlock with the fob which sets the alarm off. Nav system only works when it feels like it. Low setting on heater doesn't work. This lemon needs recalled!!!

- Sandpoint, ID, USA

problem #5

May 012010

Grand Cherokee

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The failure recurred three times previously. The contact mentioned that the starter and the starter relay had been replaced multiple times. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for diagnosis and the PCM processor was replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 101,400.

- Indianola, IA, USA

problem #4

Jul 092012

Grand Cherokee

  • 101,000 miles
While driving for about 30 minutes, the gears changed from drive to the 3rd gear. Transmission reves up and the check engine light comes on. After coming to a stop, and restarting it, it sometimes goes back to drive mode, but reverts back to the third gear, displays "3" and stays there. Took it to a mechanic, could not fix. Dealer claims no recalls for this problem, but online blogs show plenty of people with the same problem. Help.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010

Grand Cherokee

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who was unable to determine the failure. The dealer stated that the battery and fuel pump needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to repaire the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

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