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Crashes / Fires:
10 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 2
Average Mileage:
46,086 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 28 of 33)

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problem #114

Jan 142014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


While driving dashboard lights will all come on similar to what happens when you start the car. Other electronic components (radio, odometer) stop but engine continues to run. Can steer and brake but difficult. No error messages received. This has continued to happen with no warning over the past 9 months. Multiple mechanics have looked at the car but cannot identify a problem. It seems that many people have complained about similar problems.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #113

Aug 152012

Grand Cherokee

  • 80,000 miles
My Jeep has constant flicker of dash lights and acting like it is gonna stall. Can't have radio on if lights are on or air if lights are on because I get the flicker and feeling of stalling.when I called dealership about this they told me they haven't been told about this problem. They told me to bring it in for a charge of $100 $ and they would check it out. Really..its getting to be a piece of crap that we get blown off about this!

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #112

Jul 312014

Grand Cherokee

  • 75,000 miles
While in a line of cars approaching a stop sign I reached my turn at the sign. When I stopped the engine just died and all electrical components worked. After shifting into park and turning the key the engine started again. As with others I do not have anything attached to my key and also my knees are not able to hit the key. The road leading to the stop sign is somewhat rough and it is possible I hit the key with my hand.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #111

Jun 202013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I was driving on a busy road at night approaching a 4 way traffic light intersection. I was going approximately 35-40 mph and the road conditions were dry. Suddenly the electric, lights, gauges, steering and braking system in my Jeep began flickering and spasming like my Jeep entire electric system was having seizures and was switching power on and off. To the cars ahead of me it looked like I was flashing my lights and the cars behind me as if I was turning my lights on and off rapidly. I pulled off the road into a parking lot and my Jeep continued to spasm and flicker on and off. I turned my vehicle off and let it sit in hopes that this issue was a one time electrical glitch and also because I couldn't safely drive it in this condition. I eventually started my vehicle again and began to drive thinking it was alright. Within minutes it began doing the same thing again. My vehicle has continued to randomly exhibit this behavior along with additionally all the gauge lights and sounds blinking and chiming for several minutes at a time. I never know when it is going to happen but when it does it is extremely dangerous and scary to be in the vehicle. I only have my ignition key on the key ring but that doesn't seem to make any difference. I have noticed that my ignition switch is extremely sensitive even when initially starting the vehicle.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #110

Jul 092014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Stopped at a stop sign, went to pull out and the motor was dead. I just drifted into the intersection. Put on the brake, turned the key & the motor started. My knee must have bumped the keychain and apparently it turned the ignition off. Luckily there was no traffic coming when I tried to pull out, otherwise I would've been T-boned.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #109

May 122014

Grand Cherokee

  • 130,000 miles
I will be going at any speed and my Jeep will just die or spit and sputter like its not getting gas then the RPM gauge drops to zero all the dash lights come on. This happens on the highway in the middle of intersection and it happens intermittently so you never know when its going to happen. Took it to mechanic and they told me the valve body solenoid was bad. If you search any of this online you will see that there are several people with the same problem this needs to be a recall before someone ends up dead!!

- Pittsfield , IL, USA

problem #108

Jul 172014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 95,038 miles


The dash lights started flickering, then the brakes locked up and the Jeep just lost power and turned off. This was the first time that the Jeep's brakes locked up and lost power and this is enough to cause alarm and resulted with this complaint. I will not wait for a second time that the vehicle's brakes lock up and turns itself off at a more dangerous highway situation on a busy traffic and certainly not putting my family at this type of risk which is obviously a manufacturer's defect. [xxx], a customer service representative from Jeep that I have spoken to advised that Chrysler could possibly issue a recall if enough number of complaints were received from NHTSA. Am I really supposed to wait until my family gets injured before something gets done with this known issue? the dash lights/gauges issue has been ongoing and Jeep had been contacted a few years back to no avail. I also advised [xxx] (Jeep rep) about all four handles breaking at the same time. I had to open the door from the outside to let my daughter and her friend get out of the backseat. These handles should not break at all due to it's normal use and purpose. I request your department to please investigate this obvious safety issue, and avoid any injuries that this defect could cause. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #107

Feb 112010

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee (2006). Over the past 5 years, it has intermittently had problems. Sometimes while driving and after startup. These problems have always been loss of gauges, flashing lights in dash, what appears to be the traction control or brakes kicking in and the loss of power steering? when this first started happening I thought maybe the computer had been vibrated or jostled and had a glitch. Over time it would go away and 6 months or so later happen again! I have done everything in my power to stop this from happening, ie changing parts and trouble shooting the problems to no avail. I thought I had this narrowed down to a rusted connection from a ground wire connected to the block.....wrong again! this morning I had my 4 year old son in the Jeep and was taking a left at a busy intersection. I clearly had enough time to make the turn, but as I was turning it sounded like my anti lock brakes were kicking in mid turn with a car coming right at us! I made the turn pulled over on the side of the road. All my gauges were dead, check engine light on and only the gear selector was visible. I have read on many Jeep related forums, that this is not only happening to my Jeep but many others! while reading I have noticed one thing. In many cases these problems were solved by replacing the ignition switch! after reading this I further researched the problem against recalls. I found that, according to the wall street journal, NY times, usa today and forbes, Chrysler is allegedly recalling these vehicles with faulty ignition switches. So I called my local dealer. They looked my Jeep up in their database and told me they're were no recalls on my vehicle and that they haven't recalled any vehicles for faulty ignition switches. I would appreciate it if the NHTSA could help with some of these problems and answer some of these question I and many others have.

- Corydon, IN, USA

problem #106

Apr 102007

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving various speeds on a bumpy road, the vehicle stalled when the contact's knee struck the ignition key. The dealer found no failure with the vehicle, but suggested that the contact remove everything except the ignition key from the key ring. The failure recurred two weeks later and the dealer replaced the crank and cam shaft sensors. The failure recurred a third time and the dealer replaced the ignition switch. The failure recurred three years after the last repair. The vehicle was not repaired again. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 3,500. Updated 8/19/14 updated 09/3/2014

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #105

Sep 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 110,000 miles
Chrysler issued a N23 recall notice due to cracking circuit boards in the transfer case actuator (vehicle may inadvertently shift in to neutral). Prior to the application of this recall my vehicle was capable of engaging 4lo. Afterwards (immediately afterwards in the dealership parking lot) the transfer case would not shift. Each attempt would result in a "service 4xd system" and would trigger a C140F trouble code. Chrysler refuses to acknowledge the recall flash to be the issue. From Jeep forums I have found myself to be one of hundreds if not more that encountered this issue. This recall is in essence a software work-around for a hardware issue. This recall is obviously a cheap attempt at fixing a costly issue of replacing the defective actuators with new. As a consumer I expect the manufacturer to fix potentially dangerous issues (such as what N23 attempts to do). However, it is not acceptable in doing so to damage the vehicle further or render systems inoperable.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #104

Feb 212013

Grand Cherokee

  • 123,211 miles


I bought the Jeep in Feb. 2013 and shortly thereafter, while driving on the interstate, the car just shut itself off and everything went dead. This has happened about 2 dozen times since, sometimes going fast and sometimes going slow or pulling into an intersection. There doesn't seem to be a factor that causes it to happen and the mechanic cannot find anything wrong but it is very dangerous.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #103

Jan 012009

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
If the keys in the ignition shake just slightly, all lights on dash flicker on/off, engine cuts out and comes back on. I've had a problem with this since I bought the vehicle in 12/08 and still happens. I can only have 1 car key in ignition so nothing happens but still does every so often.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #102

Feb 032014

Grand Cherokee

  • 69,240 miles
Random incidents while driving the dashboard will light up with all indicators and gauges go to zero value. I recorded on my cell phone one incident. I had one case that Jeep stalled at same time of incident, and I was able to coast to side of road, shut engine off and restart. I discussed this with local dealer and they could not obtain any error code. I called Chrysler on one incident and they said they had no known problems reported on my vehicle. Dealer said to return next time it happens but I am always not in a convenient place and the dashboard will return to normal status after some time while driving.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #101

Jun 172009

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
On at least 5 separate occasions since about 2009, my 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee has suddenly and lost power and cut off while driving at approximately 20-40 miles per hour. There is no reason that I can confirm causes this and I'm not able to duplicate the defect. I've reported it to pearson (dealer) and they indicated they can't help with an issue that can't be demonstrated or duplicated. This is extremely dangerous to lose all power, even at lower speeds. This issue should be thoroughly investigated to find the root cause. I can confirm that it definitely occurs. In addition, it's reported that starting a Jeep Grand Cherokee may result in sudden, uncontrolled acceleration or movement forward, even when in park. Car pool auto wash pushes every Jeep product out of the wash tunnel by hand to avoid starting the vehicle for this reason they explained. While sudden acceleration has never occurred to me, there appears to be enough evidence this may warrant further investigation.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #100

Mar 202014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited cuts off and I lose all power. I am able to restart after putting the vehicle in neutral. Luckily an accident has not occurred yet. This intermittently occurs and has happened 6 times since March 2014.

- Rivesville, WV, USA

problem #99

May 232014

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving East on the Pennsylvania turnpike from pittsburgh, pa to york, pa with my wife and 1 year old daughter on the Friday of memorial day weekend. I was driving between 70-75 mph in the left hand lane when I noticed I had lost acceleration, power steering, and all of my interior lights had turned off. The entire vehicle had shut off. This easily could have caused a horrific accident as there was a ton of traffic behind me and on the road. Fortunately, I was going down a hill and I was able to maintain speed for enough time to safely drift my car into the right lane and eventually over to the side of the road. Once pulled over, I had difficulty shifting my vehicle into park and turning off the ignition. After a few minutes of attempting to shut it off, I was able to get the key out of the ignition. I waited about 5 or so minutes and was able to start the vehicle without a problem. I stayed in the right hand lane the rest of the trip and eventually made it to my destination safely. When I got home, I took the vehicle to three rivers Chrysler Jeep and Dodge in pittsburgh, pa..I was told I needed to replace the ignition switch and the "wire control module". with all of the recalls in the news regarding Chrysler and GM ignition switches, I would not be surprised if this was a defect in Jeep as well. The experience I had was very frightening and I hope others do not have the same problems.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #98

Oct 152012

Grand Cherokee

  • 70,000 miles
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with the 4.7 V-8, every light on the dash lights up, flashes/ flutter/ flickers, head light shut off, radio shuts off, HVAC system shuts off, but engine still runs. Continues to do this over and over and over again. After searching the internet I found out that I am not the only with the problem:"V=fqe0vumdnzk others have complained about the same problem in other Jeep models: seems like a problem with a faulty ignition switch and key lock cylinder"

- Tafton, PA, USA

problem #97

Oct 122010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Consumer requests reimbursement for recall repairs. The consumer stated the costly repair of the shifter assembly did not successfully address the real defective part, the final drive controller module software, which was finally made public in 2013. In early 2010, the vehicle unintentionally shifted from drive into neutral, while the consumer was driving. Luckily, she was able to coast out of the roadway into a parking lot. The dealer mistakenly diagnosed the condition as a defective shifter and replaced it. At the end of May 2011, the vehicle once again shifted from drive into neutral on its own. The consumer no longer owns the vehicle.

- Smithfield, VA, USA

problem #96

Jan 252013

Grand Cherokee

  • 102,850 miles
Car shifted unintentionally into neutral when driving, did the several times. Had to have electronic shift module replaced, in January 2013. Chrysler issued a recall May 2013 for 2005-2010 cars, but my vehicle bin was not included.

- Highland , NY, USA

problem #95

Nov 062013

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and all of the warning lamps illuminated. The contact mentioned that there were multiple occasions when the vehicle failed to turn on at all. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnosed the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Nokomis, FL, USA

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