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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,951 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #11

Jun 012006

Grand Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Local carwash employee entered into a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When ignition was turned on, the vehicle redlined and accelerated off of conveyor. Employee hit the break with no response. The vehicle collided with another vehicle and went through a towel cabinet and a brick wall. Four employees and myself were nearly killed. I took the driver out of the vehicle and while no one was in it, it was still trying to drive through the wall on it's own. (nothing was touching the accelerator).

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #10

Jun 062006

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo on 2 different occasions my engine sounds like it is revving at full throttle but I have no power. The RPM does not reflect this. Both incidents have been first thing in the morning and there is no warning. Fortunately I have had enough power to get the vehicle off the road. I estimate my speed to be approximately 5-10 mph. I am hoping that if you have had similar complaints that you can advise me what was done to fix the problem. I have had the Jeep to the shop on two different occasions but they advise me since they cannot replicate the problem they cannot fix it. Thank you for any assistance you can give me.

- Inwood, WV, USA

problem #9

May 122006

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,678 miles
2005 Grand Cherokee ltd, 4.7 litre engine. When stopped at a light the car suddenly accelerated.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 132006

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,356 miles


: the contact stated while changing the gear from drive to reverse there was a clicking noise. This occurred intermittently. While attempting to apply pressure to the accelerator pedal the engine made a roaring noise and the vehicle failed to pick up speed. The dealership rebuilt the transmission, however no other repairs have been made. The manufacturer has been alerted. Updated 6/27/2006 - the vehicle battery would not hold a charge. The headliner had to be replaced because it was unraveling.. the sunroof motor had to be replaced. The transmission was rebuilt on 2-27-06 with on 90000 miles. The memory seat did not move back at times when the key was removed from the ignition. The tire pressure monitoring system was inoperative. The power steering pump was binding and had to be replaced. The air bag light illuminated on the dash. The rear windshield wipers were not flush with the windshield.

- Tobyhanna, PA, USA

problem #7

Apr 022006

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 420 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle intermittently lurched forward when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection; however, the problem could not be duplicated. On 04/13/2006 the contact could not stop at a red light with foot on brake.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 302006

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated while stopped at a stop sign, the engine revved and made a loud roaring noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. A diagnostic test was performed, but did not detect any failure codes. The service department was unable to duplicate the problem. Updated 4/11/2006 -

- Sheppton, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 152005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles


The contact stated on three separate occasions the vehicle accelerated when the brake pedal was pressed. To stop the vehicle he put it in neutral, waited for the rpms to come back down. He took the vehicle to the dealership each time, and they were unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. Therefore, the contact sold the vehicle back to the dealership. The consumer stated he was injured. Updated 01/11/06.

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #4

Dec 032005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,567 miles
Repeated accident's of my vehicle going from idle (1000 RPM) to 1500-2000 RPM while vehicle stopped and in gear. Requires significant effort to prevent vehicle from surging ahead. Has occurred when vehicle is entering street from driveway, at a pedestrian crosswalk and at a traffic light. Local dealer placed monitor in car and it recorded four instances in a month. Damiler-Chrysler engineering claims no vehicle problem, driver is supposedly stepping on both accelerator and brake. This is not correct, both driver in our family have experienced problem. Car is unsafe.

- Riva, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 142005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,883 miles
The caller stated twice when he starte dvehicle and put it into gear vehicle accelerated. The first timewa son July 14, 2005 while sitting on the side of road with a friend, and the second time he w on July 16, 2005 on a driveway. Vehicle did not respond to gas pedal.

- York, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 052005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I have a 2005 Grand Cherokee Laredo under 3000 miles. My engine light has come on less than 10 times, and my car has stalled when come to stop light or complete stop about 5 times. I have made 5 trips to the dealer and the first few times they could not find anything wrong with it. Then they determined it was related to the remote start which they had installed. I got it back and they said it was fixed and it stalled out when I pulled into my driveway that very day. Engine light came on again exactly 1 week later. Engine light is still on now. This will be my 7th trip to the dealer for this problem. I would also like to say that I have also hit the key in the ignition twice which made the car shut off and my car has also revved up with the brake on just as the other complaints on this site. I am also only getting 12 miles per gallon!

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 242005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rpms increase and vehicle idles, causing the vehicle to accelerate on its own. Taken to dealer for checkup, but the cause was undetermined.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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