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really awful
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 30 of 33)

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problem #74

Jul 012012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles


While driving my vehicle suddenly shifted gears as if it were in neutral while rpms shot up rapidly to 3,000. It then suddenly lunged forward and picked up speed. The check engine light came on. After a day or so, the light would go off. It was very scary to have it change gears and not be able to maintain speed and suddenly speed up again while traveling with vehicles in front of me and behind me. You essentially have no control of the vehicle in that moment, nor do you have any warning that it is about to happen. Drivers around you also have no warning that your car will suddenly slow down or lunge forward. Most of the time I have to pull over and put the vehicle in park and then back into drive for it to work. Happens at any given time, whether im going 5 mph or 65 mph.. even on highways. Can be very dangerous.

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

problem #73

Mar 082013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
For the last 3 months, both the interior and exterior lights will flicker and then go off. There is no warning before it happens. Many times you can turn the light switch off and then on again and everything will be fine. But lately, this does not solve the problem. I have taken it to a Jeep dealer to fix but since they can not duplicate the problem, they don't know what to fix. This is a huge safety issue as it has happened at night on a road with no street lights. It also makes the car unable to be seen by others..... an accident waiting to happen.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #72

Jan 102007

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Purchased the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited (4.7L) new from dealership. It stalls unexpectedly. Usually at low speeds. Most of the time while turning. It does it probably once every two or three months, which makes it next to impossible to duplicate at the dealership. In addition, no codes are ever tripped, leaving no proof of an existing problem. We have taken it to the dealership on three separate occasions over the years while it was still under warranty, however, the dealerships maintained that if they could not duplicate the problem, they could not fix the problem, leaving it unresolved. The Jeep now has over 100K on it (out of warranty) and it continues to stall. What I find odd, is that this particular problem was happening to thousands of people with Jeep like mine over the years, but on the three separate occasions we took it into the dealership, they acted like they had never heard of the problem. How is this possible?

- Mustang, OK, USA

problem #71

Jun 262013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received recall notice NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system) in the mail and stated the dealer informed her the parts were not available for the repair. The manufacturer was notified but they were unable to provide a date the parts would be available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #70

Jun 172013

Grand Cherokee

  • 73,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee has now started sporadic headlight service. For the last few years I have noticed the dashboard lights dimming for no apparent reason but now the headlights are also cutting in and out. It seems there is no real solution from what I have been reading online and Chrysler needs to address this since it is very unnerving to not have headlights while driving at night.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #69

Jan 172013

Grand Cherokee

  • 102,651 miles
On the date mentioned the vehicle described became locked in place unable to shift gears. The vehicle was towed into the dealer and the work performed. This involved the replacement of the transmission transfer case. At the time I questioned the possible reasons for the incident and received no answer. The total cost was in excess of 3000 dollars paid by me. I have since (upon conducting research) learned that the Chrysler Corp. Has reluctantly issued a recall for this exact issue. It was issued in may of this year. The Agency report specifically characterizes the electrical transfer case issue. I made repeated calls to the Chrysler Corp. And have been rebuffed with the explanation being "your VIN is not included in this action." I find this incredulous. My vehicle, a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee absolutely falls into the recall category. The invoice (#[xxx]) I received from world Jeep where the repair work was completed identifies the cause and repair as transmission/transfer case 2168cpdca. The case number I was given by Chrysler Corp. Is identified under # [xxx]. the recall campaign number under your Agency 13V175000. It is carried by Chrysler under campaign number N23. I cannot understand the arrogance of a corporation such as Chrysler in light of such absolute evidence to the contrary of their stance. I am requesting your assistance in this matter. Any documentation heretofore mentioned can be forwarded to your Agency if necessary. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #68

Dec 152012

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles


While driving my 2006 Grand Cherokee the vehicle will switch into neutral on it's own. This has occurred while stopped at lights, while driving at 70 mph, so on and so forth. The check engine light reads "shift control module" and this has been replaced twice and has not been cheap. When this occurs, the dash board lights light up around all gears (park, reverse, neutral, and drive.) I have had to pull off onto the side of the road and turn off my vehicle and restart it before it would switch back into the correct gear. I am wondering if the new safety recall 13V175000 is covering this issue. As I read, it seems my vehicle is not the only one with this problem. My next step was to replace the entire transmission as the person working on the vehicle did not know what else to suggest. This is very dangerous, especially with having to share this vehicle with a teenage son.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #67

Jan 172013

Grand Cherokee

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated when he stopped at a red light the vehicle shifted into neutral gear. The rpms increased excessively; however, the vehicle would not shift into drive or reverse. The contact stated that NHTSA recall campaign id number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) was related to the transfer case; however, the dealer stated the manufacturer confirmed the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 76,360.

- West Canton, OH, USA

problem #66

Jan 112013

Grand Cherokee

  • 135,000 miles
The headlights and dashlights started to flicker, I would turn off the lights and the back on but the problem would soon reoccur. I took it to my mechanic who couldn't duplicate the problem. He looked up the problem in a website to diagnosis the problem. He found that 60% of the time it was the headlight switch which was the problem. We replaced the headlight switch and arm assembly to this day some 5 months later the problem has been resolved.this problem seems to get worse over time without the repair.

- Red Rock, AZ, USA

problem #65

Dec 122012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that all of the instrument panel warning lights illuminated as the headlights flickered and shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Balch Springs , TX, USA

problem #64

May 012012

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


I do not remember exactly when the problem started, but while driving at night, my lights started flickering and then went out all together. I thought it happened when I turned my signal lights on, but I am not sure if this is the cause. I took it to the Jeep dealer and they could not find anything. Every now and then, I have the same issue, but nothing can be found. This is very dangerous for me and it terrifies me that someone will think I am flashing them and become angry. There is obviously something wrong if there are so many with this type of problem, but nothing is being done about it. I purchased as a one person lease vehicle from a dealership and within a year had to have my transmission replaced. I could not enter transmission in the parts section.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

problem #63

Apr 262013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
While driving in normal dry conditions this past evening unexpectedly all my interior gauges and dash electronics started flickering on and off to include the radio, hazard lights and everything inside. At the same time I realized I was also loosing my exterior headlights and also brake control because my car was essentially running but with no electronics. It started making a weird grinding pulsating noise that would accompany the flickering lights. This forced me to exit the road at a gas station. It then stopped and I began driving again only to have it resume shortly. Thankfully I was close to my destination and was able to shut the vehicle off for the night. This has happened occasionally in the past couple months during the day but this is my first night experience. I thought it was just a glitch but it is definitely getting worse and has become regular. The next morning I was able start and drive my vehicle to work and it repeated this behavior a couple more times. At days end I went to leave and now my Jeep won't start and hasn't for two days. All the electronics come on but when I turn the key it just clicks. I also had this problem in the past but when my mechanic looked at it he was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #62

Apr 192013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 74,200 miles
For a few months now & without warning: The dashboard lights, tachometers, heater, and headlights flicker on/off, then go completely off. Then if applying the brakes, there is a ferocious grinding noise and loss of steering. Engine seems to slow down or not want to shift to next gear while driving. All this happens when there is flickering. Seems to happen at random but getting worse. Check engine light stays on for a day then disappears. I have video recording of these incidents. Vehicle has been checked but "nothing reports" so I am told it cannot be repaired.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #61

Apr 122013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
We were driving home last night on a straight section of highway 50 East of carson city Nevada and the lights went bright then out then flickered on and off then it was okay. A short time later on the same highway still a straight section it did the same thing, I pulled over, lights went to normal. The traffic was light at the time thank god. This was on a 4 lane highway. The manufacturer should take care of this issue without hesitation and immediately. I have been reading lots of incidents like what we went through.

- Stagecoach, NV, USA

problem #60

Mar 182013

Grand Cherokee

  • 67,000 miles
While driving under completely normal conditions, several severe problems occurred simultaneously; interior dash lights started flashing on and off, vehicle started sputtering and became unresponsive when trying to accelerate, grinding sound from left front wheel accompanied the other problems further adding to the vehicle suddenly slowing down while in motion. All warning lights were lit up when flashing stopped, but then a couple of minutes later while I was trying to limp into a parking lot to get the car off the road the dash lights started wildly flashing on and off again and the car continued to be virtually unresponsive when stepping on the gas. After shutting the car off and restarting it, the esp/bas lights remained on for a couple of days, but eventually went out, but the check engine light remained on. The problem happened again on 3/29/2013 while I was driving under normal conditions. It was sudden, unexpected and scary. With the right set of circumstances, it could be devastating and extremely dangerous. Once I started doing a bit of online research, I found many Jeep forums packed full of owners with the identical model and year of my Grand Cherokee that are having the same grave issues. It is clearly very widespread for this particular vehicle, and then I found the arfc page and I was astounded at the numbers of owners of my year and model who have also had hair raising incidents who have described the exact set of problems that I have had. Chrysler cannot ignore the massive numbers of people who are reporting the same defect issues. It is well beyond the realms of coincidence, and it is too dangerous to ignore. There needs to be a national factory recall asap before somebody gets killed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #59

Dec 152012

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the instrument panel lights illuminated and the vehicle immediately lost power. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised him that the computer board failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #58

Mar 042013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • miles
Pulling away from stop sign my vehicle lost power (stalled out). The lights for park, reverse, neutral, and drive all came on at one time. Lost power for about 15 seconds then car starting moving again. This has happened a few times not just the one date listed here. This was the only time I was actually pulling out into traffic. Could have caused a major wreck. Sometimes it does it while driving down road and I have to pull over to turn car off. When I start it back again it runs fine for a while. Ever since this has been happening my airbag light and engine light have been coming on and off all the time. About a year ago, I had to have a speed sensor changed on the transmission cause the car would not shift through gears cost me around $800 because it had to be taken to a transmission service center. Are these problems all related? bought this car from a private seller (one owner) well taken care of. All maintenance was up to date when I purchased the car about 1 1\2 years ago. Is there any recalls on any of the problems I listed here?

- Heflin, AL, USA

problem #57

Jan 232013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 70,250 miles
While driving 55mph suddenly every dashboard warnings light, ignition, radio, headlights, etc. Turns on and off. Engine stalls for a couple of seconds each time this occurs. The same thing happened on a number of occasions. Dealer says they never heard of this problem and could not duplicate this problem when the car was in the shop. The car was at the dealer's shop on two occasions. The first time they said they couldn't find the problem and the second time they did something to the computer. The car is doing the same thing and is going back to the dealer on 2/18/13.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #56

Jan 092012

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles
Suddenly every dashboard warning light, A/C, headlights, etc. Turns on and off. Dealer recommended to remove everything from the key chain (?!) so they knew then that there is an issue with the ignition switch. It helped for a while until same thing happened February 2013, but this time engine stalled for a couple seconds. I took it to the dealer and called Chrysler. Chrysler said it's going to be my problem until NHTSA issues official recall. Dealer will charge me $360 for a new ignition switch tomorrow. All 2006 Jeep owners - if you have the same problem - don't just read this, file a complaint. Looks like this is the only way to wake up Chrysler.

- Vernon Hils, IL, USA

problem #55

Jan 282013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The latch on the back door makes a buzz or a duck like noise when locks. Seat belt does not retract all the way when unfastened.

- Raytown, MO, USA

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