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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,442 miles

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee drivetrain problems

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Nov 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 56,000 miles


My vehicle has been maintained by the dealership. I have 56K miles on a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited hemi 8cylinder I do not do any off roading I am told today that I need an upper differential housing insulator and pinion seals which are leaking. These products should last longer than 56K in miles and are a considerable cost to the consumer for a 5 year old Jeep. There are several bulletins out about this issue but Jeep did not consider helping me because I was out of my 3 year 36,000 mile warranty which is clearly not enough for defective parts. Please see other complaints for a recall issue. Thank you

- Union, KY, USA

problem #13

Jun 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure would recur sporadically however, after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V175000 (electrical system, power train) the failure had become permanent. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which did not generate a failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000 and the current mileage was 81,000.

- Durham , CT, USA

problem #12

Feb 042013

Grand Cherokee

  • 70,260 miles
Vehicle shifted into 4WD low by itself while driving in a parking lot. I parked the Jeep in a parking space, and after placing the transmission selector in park, the Jeep started rolling. I had to use the parking brake to keep it from rolling out of the space. The repair shop replaced the transfer case actuator and harness due to the transfer case shifting in and out of 4WD, and having no park, which caused it to roll. I paid to have this repair work done, just prior to Jeep issuing recall N23. Jeep has refused to reimburse me for this repair. On three occasions, I have explained to the reimbursement dept, that my vehicle rolled out of it's parking space and shifted in and out of 4WD and neutral on its own. Chrysler customer assistance refuses to reimburse per the stated language in their own recall. I have sent Chrysler all the required repair documents and receipts.

- Knigston, MA, USA

problem #11

Aug 222013

Grand Cherokee

  • 80,500 miles


2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee overland hemi 5.7 stalled after a rapid sudden acceleration. Jeep started "bucking" (losing power and regaining it) then took off without anything touching gas pedal and no warning. The Jeep went from 30 mph to over 50 mph and kept accelerating. I had to throw in neutral to get it to stop. I then pulled over and it stalled out. This has been reported to Chrysler case #[xxx] and I spoke to [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 232013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 78,256 miles
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee overland 5.7 hemi stalled on freeway. I had to immediately pull over as heavy traffic and vehicle would not restart and I lost all steering/brakes/engine control. I ended up hitting a road cone (no notable damage) as I was pulling into the somewhat small pullover zone (was in highway construction). Vehicle restarted only after being put in park and removing and reinserting the key.

- Worthington, OH, USA

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problem #9

Jan 222013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee hemi overland stalled on street twice. Attempting to back into a spot and it stalled twice, blocking a lane of traffic. Had to put in park, pull key out, put key back in to restart. Luckily nobody was driving the posted 35mph speed limit so I was able to get out of the way.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #8

May 082013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 78,522 miles


Jeep stalled on the freeway. I was going 65 mph on I-71 and it stalled dead in the roadway. I had to pull over after avoiding other vehicles and restart the vehicle. When it stalled, it gave no warning, simply died on the freeway and I was left with no brakes, no steering and limited drivablity. I called Chrysler and got a person by the name of [xxx] as my case manager. She was the most clueless and incompetent person I have ever spoken with. After taking it to the dealership, it stalled again on the freeway a few days later, same thing at freeway speeds. Chrysler support is a joke...this issue is still going on. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 102013

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
I received in late June a recall notice for my vehicle, titled "safety recall N23/NHTSA 13V-175 reprogram final drive controller module. When I took my vehicle to my local Chrysler Jeep dealer's auto repair shop, they notified me that the issue is software related and they had not yet received the software patch. I took my vehicle again to them in early July, mid July, late July and early August and still they have not yet received the software patch.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #6

Jul 162013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 29,361 miles
Driving at the posted speed limit on a 4 lane divided highway, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee my wife was operating, violently and without warning swerved off the road. My wife described the event as "all the wheels suddenly stopped spinning". the SUV first went off the right shoulder of the road, then skidded across two lanes of traffic and swerved off the left shoulder, nearly rolling over and coming to rest in the median near an embankment. The vehicle was towed to a nearby Jeep dealership where it was subsequently evaluated. The service manager noted that the problem was related to the rear differential. He surmised that the component was assembled "out of spec" and subsequently failed catastrophically. The differential was rebuilt and the vehicle returned. Under the circumstances, my wife will not drive this SUV again.

- West Hurley, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 032013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving my car will go into neutral, do it when I first start it, also while driving / recently it went into neutral driving in the passing lane going 65 mph.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #4

May 162013

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 106,815 miles


Wife traveling with son on fwy at legal speed of 70 mph w/cruise control on, car suddenly decelerated causing a violent maneuver forcing car into neighboring lane and almost crashing. She stated it was as if it suddenly downshifted into lowest gear and brakes applied forcefully. Regaining control she deactivated the cruise control and proceeded to destination at 50 mph. Took to dealership in davis where it was diagnosed as catastrophic failure of the transfer case which was then replaced at the cost of $2842.75. She retrieved car two days later and proceeded to drive back home (distance is @ 178 mi one way). Car repeated sudden deceleration upon entering the fwy and getting up to speed. Continued home due to medical appointments to keep. Kept cruise control off but called dealership to report that replacing the transfer case did not solve the problem. I pulled codes upon her arriving home and found only code 0430 (catalyst system efficiency below threshold [bank 2] indicating the converter not working to specs. Today she was returning to davis to visit with grandchildren and experienced the same situation. At 70 mph car suddenly decelerated rapidly (as if brakes were applied forcefully) and caused her to abruptly move into the lane to her left. She regained control and continued on at 50 mph. The dealership informed her no mechanics would be available until Monday but as she has a flight out of lax to catch early Monday a.M. she decided to continue on to L.a. without using the cruise control and proceeding at slower speed. The power steering pump was replaced on 4/15/2013 at dealerships recommendation due to a leak and the transmission was serviced in addition to having new valve cover and gasket put on. Spark plugs replaced, throttle body and combustion chambers cleaned and PCV valve replaced. Internet research indicates this is a repeated problem with the Jeep Grand Cherokee

- Westwood, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152012

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. After shifting into park, the gear shifter seized and could not be removed from park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Born, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 092012

Grand Cherokee

  • 41,138 miles
8/8/12 driving from temple tx to tunica ms (stopping there before continuing on to indianapolis, in). Car gave no issues/indications of trouble. 8/9/12 car would barely go 10 miles per hour leaving the hotel, would stop forward progress of any kind if I stopped, had to put in park, turn off car and turn on again. Had to cross 4 lane highway, but could not get car to move forward fast enough to clear all 4 lanes and middle divider. Took it in 2 green light tries and pulled into gas station (1/2 mile from hotel), gave car a rest, filled gas and same problem when started again. Had to call tow truck and bring to local Jeep dealer, 7 hours waiting at dealer to be told we had an early major transmission failure and it would be 8/13 before it would be ready. Rented a car to continue our vacation. $3,934.73, transmission repaired, failure occurred at 41,138 miles, Chrysler admits it is an early failure (and states we are out of all warranties), ms dealer states early failure and powertrain should be covered, contact Chrysler when we get home and local dealer here states 5/50000 on powertrain. Chrysler refuses to reimburse more than $1500 which we have not accepted and refuses to acknowledge 5 year/50,000 mile power train warranty. Had this failed while driving at highway speeds it could have caused an accident for ourselves and others. Chrysler has not called to this day the repair dealership to understand why the transmission failure occurred. We were told the oil had burnt by the dealership? there was plenty of transmission fluid, it was just burnt. We are writing to you to bring this potential safety issue with early transmission failure to your attention and to ask what exactly is the NHTSA/dot regulations regarding power train coverage/failures and what recourse we may have. Thank you for any information you can provide.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 262009

Grand Cherokee

  • 30,700 miles
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee stalls at high speeds and intermittently while driving. Dealer unable to fix thus far ( has car for almost 30 days). In addition, same thing happened on my 2007 model and has happened to a number of people I know with Jeep Grand Cherokee. Internet is filed with reports of same events happening at random. Mine stalled at 65 mph - all electric, radio, flashers, everything just goes out. Very scary and very unsafe. Please evaluate.

- Manhasset, NY, USA

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