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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,661 miles

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 19 of 20)

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problem #39

Jan 192013

Grand Cherokee

  • 81,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the key fob malfunctioned, preventing him from unlocking and locking the doors. The failure also prevented the contact from using the automatic starter. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician verified the failure and advised him to contact the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 81,520.

- Troy , NY, USA

problem #38

Dec 302012

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
While traveling on the highway at about 70 mph, the engine stalled and shut down. I had to pull over to the side and restart the car to continue. I've had similar issues with this vehicle dozens of times and I fear that one day it will cause an accident when it shuts down on me. The dealer seems to not know what to do about it and I'm scared that I'll get hurt driving the car.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #37

Oct 012012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The moving vehicle inadvertently stalls. The stall has mostly occurred on the highway at speeds of 70-75 mph, as well as on-ramps and off-ramps. The frequency of occurrence is approximately (3-4) times per month. When the vehicle stalls I have to quickly put the vehicle in neutral and restart the engine. Fortunately the engine restarts immediately and I am able to resume driving. The problem was reported to a local (ri) dealership, who was unable to diagnose a problem/defect. I am apprehensive about driving this vehicle, and I am a police officer with extensive training. I will not allow my wife to operate this vehicle.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #36

Oct 032011

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


I have had an on going electrical problem with my 08 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When I am driving my Jeep at various speeds it goes off. It has happened numerous times at different speeds. On the interstate at 55 miles per hour it has gone dead at night and my headlights, dash and steering all goes out. I have had to shift into neutral and restart the car. It has gone off more frequently just driving around town, no warning happens it just dies. I have had my car in the shop several times and their tests show nothing wrong and when they drive it "they say it does not die on them". it is in the shop now again and has not gone off on them. They put a recorder on my car and let me drive it and said if it died to push the recorder button and it would record the incident and they would know what was wrong. It went off 6 times in two days and I pushed the button 6 times. They said they checked the recorder and it showed no incidents!!!! I know this is a safety concern, I guess no one will do anything until there is a fatality. I understand my VIN# is not included in the recall for the 2008 Jeep electrical problem. I am not sure why.

- Byhalia, MS, USA

problem #35

Oct 022012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
While driving my vehicle the gauges started to go up and down, the radio went on and off, the turn signals were interrupted, all the idiot lights came on and went out leaving the engine light on. I called my garage and found out the front control modular is going. There was a recall on 2008's but my vehicle was not included due to manufacture date. My vehicle is only 4 years old and was used previously by diamond Chrysler. I have not received any recalls. According to them my vehicle is clean. Now I will have to pay close to $1,000 to get it fixed. If a recall goes out it should go out to all vehicles in case one such as my vehicle gets missed.

- Oxford, ME, USA

problem #34

Jun 012012

Grand Cherokee

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact towed the vehicle to a local mechanic. The mechanic advised that the entire electrical system malfunctioned and both the ignition motor and the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 53,000. The VIN was not available.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #33

Apr 232012

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 29,300 miles


When going over speed bumps my vehicle stalls. This is the third time this has happened in the last 2 months. I've brought it to the dealership multiple times. Each time I've been told there is no problem, or that I need spark plugs replaced, or the throttle body needs to be cleaned....nothing has helped!

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #32

Mar 052012

Grand Cherokee

  • 42,500 miles
While driving all my gauges stopped working such as the wipers, speedometer, oil light, all of my gauges stopped working that are controlled by the computer. Couldn't tell what gear I was in while driving. My radio and clock wouldn't work. My blinkers wouldn't work. I had to take it to get it fixed this morning. I surprised this wasn't on a recall.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #31

Aug 012010

Grand Cherokee

  • 36,334 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited. The contact was driving 55 mph when the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted after the failure. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted who confirmed that the contact's VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number :08V059000 ( electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,334 and the current mileage was 38,000.

- Byhalia, MS, USA

problem #30

Dec 082011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 51,300 miles
Driving approximately 55 mph on interstate, vehicle suddenly lost power and steering control tightened. Gas gauge went to E, mph went to 0. vehicle started immediately after it came to a stop. Took vehicle to dealership and they could not duplicate the problem. Was not satisfied with having my Jeep returned to me without identifying solution. Mechanic's best guess was that he could replace power module - total integrated power module was what mechanic replaced. Well, Jeep stopped five additional times in last 21 days. Four out of five times, vehicle shut down on a slight decline (neighborhood dip or exiting gas station). Vehicle did start immediately after it came to a stop. Dealership still cannot duplicate the problem. Frustrated with not having my primary family vehicle available.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #29

Apr 012011

Grand Cherokee

  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the electrical module was burning through wires. In addition, the vehicle would stall sporadically and would often fail to start. The dealer informed the contact that the electrical module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was aware of the failure but failed to offer any assistance. The vehicle was partially repaired and was no longer drivable. The current mileage was 76,000 and the failure mileage was 67,000.

- Putnam, IL, USA

problem #28

Nov 122011

Grand Cherokee

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while he was stopped. The contact also stated that the vehicle would stall while driving approximately 60 mph. The vehicle would successfully restart after stalling. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the failure may be due to the battery. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V059000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Petersburg, NY, USA

problem #27

Nov 292011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 32,200 miles
There is a recall (#89275) for improperly manufactured front control modules on certain 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I own one such make and model (bought it used in June 2011), and am being told that I may have to replace my front control module by a service writer at the local Jeep dealer. It would not start this morning at all. Since August there has been intermittent malfunctions in the automatic start, navigation system and power seat settings, and parking assist, too. I am being told separately by the Jeep national recall center that the recall is VIN-specific and does not impact my particular vehicle. Is this a legitimate explanation of fact by Jeep?

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #26

Nov 102010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 42,018 miles
Vehicle stalled at around 20 mph and could not restart (engine would not turn over) for several hours. After several hours, vehicle started fine for dealer. Dealer could not find root of the problem. Behavior seems similar to recall NHTSA campaign id 08V059000, but this vehicle is not on the recall list.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #25

Aug 092010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 32,393 miles
There are two main issues: Stalling and no start. Stalling issue - vehicle began to stall on 8/9/10 on a random and intermittent basis while driving at varying speeds. The stalling appears to have stopped after the last service was completed on 7/25/11. The following information relates to the stalling issue. Each date is separate visit to dealership: 8/13/10 - performed diagnostic test, with no fault codes stored. Checked wiring to pdc and front control module. Road tested for 55 miles. Could not duplicate customer concern. 9/2/10 - replaced wireless ignition node - (due to a bind, stick or seize). 10/27/10 - replaced throttle body. Found the throttle body to be binding. 7/25/11 - performed diagnostic test, found a stored code for the crankshaft sensor. Could not duplicate concern. Replaced sensor. No start issue - this is defined as turning the key to the start position but would not crank. Fuel pump would turn on after a few seconds. All electrical systems were fine. Battery was full strength. In all of these cases, the car would start up without a problem within 24-48 hours after the no-start incidents. The following information relates to a "no start" issue. Each date is a separate trip to the dealership. 5/30/11 - vehicle towed in on Saturday. Service technician started vehicle up three times on Monday. Let sit overnight and started right up on Tuesday. Battery tested fine. No codes in system. 7/25/11 - diagnostic scan, replaced crankshaft sensor (see stalling) 7/26/11 - vehicle towed to dealership. Duplicated no-start issue. Replaced engine wiring harness. Service advisor extremely confident that this was the issue. *after speaking with the service advisor today, he had told me that they had replaced several wiring harnesses on the 2007, 2008 G. Cherokee experiencing same issue since my service on 7/26/11.

- Chadds Ford, PA, USA

problem #24

Jul 272011

Grand Cherokee

  • 53,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving 40 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure but decided to replaced the wireless control module and keys as a temporary fix. The remedy failed to repaired the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign id number: 08V059000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage was 54,000. Rvk

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #23

Jul 272011

Grand Cherokee

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and shifted into park. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 08V059000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Mastic Beach, NY, USA

problem #22

Jul 202011

Grand Cherokee

  • 55,000 miles
While braking going into a right-hand-corner the lights on the dashboard came on and the engine stalled. The vehicle came to an immediate complete stop on the road. Luckily there was no car following me as otherwise there would have been a dangerous rear-end collision. Could not restart the vehicle. It was taken by truck to the Jeep garage. A fuse connected to more than 30 applications had blown. When replaced the car functioned. Garage spent 2 days searching but could not diagnose the cause of the problem with the fuse. Charged me 300 usd. Two days later the engine stalled again while braking in a right-hand-corner. The vehicle has now been in the garage for 2 days for diagnostic testing and further checks. No resolution to the problem has yet been found. The vehicle is 2 years, 7 months old so the repair is not covered by the manufactures warranty.

- Aspelt, 00, USA

problem #21

Feb 102011

Grand Cherokee

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 50 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact was able to start the vehicle after placing the gear shift in neutral and turning the key in the ignition. The failure was diagnosed by two dealers where the technicians were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The failure occurred while driving at different speeds intermittently. The contact stated the failure occurred approximately eight times. The vehicle was not repaired. NHTSA campaign id number: 08V059000 (electrical system) recall could be related to the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and stated the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Port Ludlow, WA, USA

problem #20

Jun 172011

Grand Cherokee

  • 38,000 miles
1) operated left turn signal 2) tone then error messages (a) service suspension (B) check gauges. All dash indicate lamps came on - ABS, esp, air bag, check engine etc. Turn signals became inoperative. A/C became inoperative, hazard lights inoperative, fuel gauge inoperative, tachometer inoperative, speedometer inoperative. Consequences: Risk of accident due to distraction by warning tone and all indicator lamps lighting suddenly while driving. Risk of accident due to inoperative turn indicator signals and inoperative hazards. Unknown whether ABS system working since ABS warning lamp was lit. Unknown whether air bag system was operational since air bag warning lamp was lit (3) shut off engine and after a few minutes restarted - no change all lamps lit. Left turn signal remained lit but not flashing even with key off. Called Jeep dealer service suggested pulling iod relay. No improvement. 2 more restarts with extended (more than 1 hour) vehicle off and all lights cleared except check engine. Do not know cause of problem yet. Car was taken to Jeep dealer. No fault codes were detected. Dealer had no information

- Barrington, NH, USA

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