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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,645 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #11

Aug 232012

Grand Cherokee

  • 95,000 miles


I purchased this car in 8/2012 for my daughter to get to college. It is a 900 mile trip and would be used for local campus driving until her return in 4/2013. We bought the car with the hope of getting 3 years use out of it. On her initial trip down route 95 so. I received a call at 1 am from her in SC telling me the car shut down at 70 mph. The wheel locked up and she lost control of the car and fortunately with the help of her passenger forced the wheel to maneuver to the shoulder. Thank god a tractor trailed was not behind her! I told her to wait and try to start the car. It started a half hour later. This episode continued until she arrived at school the next day. A 15 hour trip took 21 hours. She was frightened to death. We contacted the local Chrysler dealer and they told us it was the valve body of the transmission which we replaced ($2100). As it turns out on the return trip the car transmission was over heating and the shutting down scenario continued. We brought it to a local Chrysler dealer here in NJ and they told us there was problem in the engine and that they would have to take it apart in order to find out what the problem was. I stopped right there. I found out through my local mechanic of 20 years that he read the bulletin on the engine problems from Chrysler. It said the valves were not shutting down all the way thus creating carbon in the heads and stalling the engines. I need action from Chrysler and it seems the dealerships don't care about safety. This is a major safety issue. We can't use the car that we paid $10,000 (plus $2100) for and now I have to get my daughter back to college and don't have a safe vehicle. How do I get Chrysler to fix the problem? I can be contacted at my information below. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bradley Beach, NJ, USA

problem #10

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 #9

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 #8

Feb 142013

Grand Cherokee

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The engine was still idling when all of the warning and level gauges dropped to zero as several warning lights started to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who performed a diagnostic test but was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred intermittently. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 102013

Grand Cherokee

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warnings. Also, the contact mentioned that the driver's side door handle became fractured and all of the remaining door handles were cracked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the door panel needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 69,000.

- Mission , TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 262012

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 70,320 miles
The Grand Cherokee stalled at a light on a hill. Restarted it and but it back in drive but vehicle continued to roll back almost rolling into car behind. Stalled 4 more times but in parking lots and non busy roads. Took it back to dealer where they updated software on computer and said it was fixed. Then stalled on a busy highway and was almost rear ended because vehicle stalled and wouldn't go into gear. Then parked it in parking lot and it stalled in park.

- Carbondale, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 232012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


I purchased vehicle 2 weeks ago, November 115, 2012. Over a period of several days, all lights on. Instrument cluster light-up, gauges go crazy, loose power and ability to operate vehicle. Very dangerous situation since I was on highway at highway speeds. Also, headlights begin to flicker off-on at a high rate causing a dangerous situation. I have researched online and found numerous similar complaints for Jeep. I went to my local Jeep dealer help. Called Jeep hotline, 800-992-1997, no help, claim they havent had a problem. This is a safety issue and Jeep should stand behind their product.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 192012

Grand Cherokee

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The failure occurred eight different times at different speeds. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the crank shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- North Chili, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 152012

Grand Cherokee

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 35 mph, all of the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The RPM reading decreased and the vehicle decelerated independently. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road and shut the engine off. After restarting the vehicle, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing but was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000. The VIN was not available.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 032012

Grand Cherokee

  • 73,808 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer. The contact did not allow the dealer to perform a diagnostic test. The contact did not know why the vehicle was stalling. The failure mileage was 73,808.

- Cloquet, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 272012

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
While at highway speed, on the highway, vehicle stalled, lost power steering, acceleration ability, braking and lights. Had to coast to the side of the road while narrowly avoiding other motorists at highway speed. This has occurred on several different occasions at speeds anywhere from 5-60 mph. Very dangerous and frightening. This has been reported by thousands of other Jeep owners and is eventually going to get people killed.

- Bellevue, KY, USA

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