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

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

electrical problem

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

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problem #19

Apr 102011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 38,556 miles


Car stalls when trying to start it. Car's engine shut off while driving 50mph on a main highway - had turn ignition off and then back on to restart. Car would not go over 25 mph - finally got into shop and was told I needed a new transmission control module.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #18

Jun 152009

Grand Cherokee

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the interior lighting, exterior lighting, heater/air conditioner, turn signals, and the windshield wipers would fail sporadically. In addition, the contact was attempting a left turn when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and they were unable to diagnose any of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #17

Mar 112011

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Electrical problem: Liftgate open- indicator problem alarm on car has triggered several times and inside indicator light on dash says liftgate is open. After checking and closing - message does not end. Upon driving vehicle all interior lights are on, day or night. On locking with key fab vehicle horn does not sound as it usually does. Alarm not set. Precursor of more serious electrical problem"?"

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #16

Feb 282011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


I have a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that just will not start. Not a battery problem. Started with windshield wiper problems where the wipers just stayed erect and only worked on high. This happened two times 10/1/2010 and 12/26/2010. Always started working again before I could see dealer. Always happened when either rain or snow was present causing a danger of collision. On Monday 2/28/2011 it just would not start. Interior light lit, could not shift into neutral or any other gear. Could not get any help or even a call back from dealer, and two corporate managers never returned my call as they promised. When I finally spoke to corperate, both corporate managers were rude and condescending, dealers all going out of business locally in NJ but no will confirm that. Lots are empty. I found service in another county. He fixed it. He claims it was a wire control module and my key fobs also needed to be reprogrammed. These are identical problems to other complaints filed. Similar complaints all over the internet. I know three other people how had a similar experience. One has a 2008 Jeep Liberty.

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

problem #15

Oct 162010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
When manually trying to shift my 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee from 3rd to 4th gear the rpms just keep going up and doesn't go into gear the dealership fix this problem 3 times already their seems to be no end in sight, I have talked to many other Jeep people online and it seems to be a problem with many others with the 3.7 V6 4X4 its a big deal when your driving on the L.I.e. and you have to pull over and try to get back on !!!!

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 272010

Grand Cherokee

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact attempted to start the vehicle but it would not crank. Once the contact tried several times, he was able to start it. He was driving approximately 10 mph when the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the electronic fuel pump was replaced. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated that all the rear exterior lights and windshield wipers intermittently did not function. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 08V059000 (electrical system). The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000 and the current mileage was 57,212.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #13

Aug 012010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The contact stated that the key fob did not recognize the ignition and would not start; it would also stall. The failure occurred intermittently at least four times. The vehicle would only start until the computer system rebooted. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 38,000. Updated 01/24/11 the consumer stated the fuse circuit box cover which labeled and diagramed the location of the fuse for the related electrical system had the wrong cover on it. The consumer stated it was a Dodge fox box cover. Updated 03/18/11

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #12

Jul 252010

Grand Cherokee

  • 18,038 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving in traffic the instrument warning lights shut off and the vehicle stalled. The dealer stated that they could find no failure codes. After stalling three times the dealer replaced the fuel pump. The vehicle stalled again and the air conditioner stopped working. The dealer stated that they found no failures but she could bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The contact stated that there was an electrical system recall NHTSA 08V059000, for the stalling issue but the owners VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 18,038. The current mileage was approximately 18,750.

- Pound Ridge , NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 102010

Grand Cherokee

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4. While driving at approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle as it resumed normal operation. The dealer advised that the remote key starter would need to be replaced. The keys were replaced yet the failure recurred fifteen would often take several attempts to restart the vehicle. The dealer replaced the ignition system computer switch. The contact was provided with a new set of keys three times but to no avail. The contact was able to locate NHTSA recall campaign id number: 08V059000 (electrical system) but was advised by the manufacturer that her VIN was not included. The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 16,000 and the current mileage was 17,900.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 272009

Grand Cherokee

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. While driving approximately 70 mph, all warning lights on the dashboard intermittently flashed and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to shift into park and restart the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure occurred a second time and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was awaiting further testing of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 29,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 242009

Grand Cherokee

  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 45 mph, the vehicle would stall without warning. The dealer replaced the valves but to no avail. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was contacted but did not provide any assistance. The contact stated the vehicle had been to the dealer five times due to the vehicle stalling. She was able to locate a recall (NHTSA campaign id number 08V059000: Electrical system) however, her VIN was not included. The vehicle was left in possession of the dealer for further diagnostic testing. The VIN was not available at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 27,000 and the current mileage was 30,800.

- Lake Grove, NY, USA

problem #8

May 282010

Grand Cherokee

  • 14,711 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. Unable to find Jeep dealer with service dept open on sat of memorial day weekend or can only do oil changes and tire rotations on sat.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 172009

Grand Cherokee

  • 15,000 miles
I am filing this now for July 09 due to the same issue that happened yesterday, 4-7-10.. this is not a safe vehicle and Jeep needs to fix this problem. It is unsafe when a vehicle gives no warning and completely shuts off on an interstate. Also, please see my safety complaint ODI # 10324403 for the 4-7-10 incident. In July 09, after going through a toll at exit 67 barneget toll, garden state parkway, NJ, I accelerated to the merge point and vehicle shut down and engine stalled and lost power. Several attempts to restart didn't work. Seems like it shut down electrically and was not getting gas adequately. Seems to lack adequate power. Attempt to start several times with no luck, engine wouldn't stay running, long start-up inconsistent, dash lights did come on to inform of no power. Let sit to cool down vehicle and was able to start and move to a more safer location. This was the first occurrence and the temperature outside was 90 F and sunny. This occurred at 15000 miles in July 09. Vehicle went to 3 service visits and dealers could not repeat.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 072010

Grand Cherokee

  • 30,221 miles
Vehicle shuts down, engine stalls while driving, also does not start or difficulty starting, seems to lack adequate power..after several attempts, will not work properly. Let vehicle sit, "cool down", able to start again, system dashboard system warnings. I was on interstate 81 South and failure happened. Also, this same failure occurred at 15,000 miles. Todays failure at 30,221 is the second occurrence. Vehicle was towed to scranton Dodge Jeep service tonight. Will await vehicle service from dealer.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #5

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

problem #4

Jul 252009

Grand Cherokee

  • 31,000 miles
2008 Grand Cherokee 4X4 4.7L flexfuel extremely sluggish on throttle demand (305 hp "?"!!!), harsh transmission up/down shift and stalling at highway speeds (four occurrences within five weeks). The dealership performed the February 2008 recall of the FCM (front control module) after being directed by the customer to do so since the serial # on the module matched the "wrongly manufactured" ones; however, the VIN search within Chrysler recall database returned empty. Evidently, the dealership owning the new vehicle at the date of the recall never performed it (as required by law). The incident repeated after the replacement of the FCM. The dealership retrieved an ABS fault code hence decided that the PCM (powertrain control module) is defective"?"!!! ( seven days on back order) "lifetime powertrain warranty" seems to be accomplished by ignoring of the driver's safety. The software running on the PCM should never be given the choice of immediately shutting off of the engine especially when the vehicle travels at a high rate of speed. Modern steering and braking systems are almost non-operational when there is no available assisting power.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #3

Apr 022009

Grand Cherokee

  • 14,000 miles
2008 Jeep Cherokee Laredo - engine turns off and loose all power without warning - computer and key switch were replaced - filed lemon law did final fix attempt but nothing done since they are unable to duplicate. Drive over 100 miles a day - has happened when slowing down for lights or off ramps with out warning. Can not make it happen - scary when 18 wheeler behind you and it does happen!!!!! Chrysler response vehicle acting normal -its going to take someone killed for them to take this car back!

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 262008

Grand Cherokee

  • 17,250 miles
I was driving my '08 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and driving on an on-ramp today to get on the freeway going about 35mph, when all of the sudden I lost all of the electric in my Jeep. The radio went out, the odometer and temp/compass went blank, and I lost the power steering. Luckily I was able to steer it over to the side. I then turned it off and back on and there didn't seem to be any problems. I drove it another hour and half home and didn't have any other issues. No check engine light or warning lights came on at any time I took it to the Jeep dealer, however they claimed they could not find any issues.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

May 082008

Grand Cherokee

  • 10,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While attempting to make a left turn at 20 mph, the vehicle stalled in mid turn. The power steering and brakes failed as well. The contact was unable to slow the vehicle down and continued to depress the brake pedal until the vehicle coasted to a complete stop. The contact nearly struck two children and a tree. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but they could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The contact believes that his vehicle is experiencing the same failure as noted in NHTSA campaign id number 08V059000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer); however, the manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 10,800 and current mileage was 10,840.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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