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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,123 miles

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2003 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

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2003 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #38

Sep 232013


  • 100,000 miles


Just got another recall recall..M35/NHTSA 12V-527 occupant restraint control module filter circuit this is one of many recalls..with no parts many recalls will it take to recall this dangerous Chrysler.. how many accidents, spent for a lemon..tell dan reed..I have notified the proper higher ups..maybe they can handle this..since your dept. Cannot.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #37

Jul 222013

Liberty 4-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle has a recall on the air bags and the vehicle can not be corrected. I was told the Jeep dealerships do not have the parts to fix it. Also, the PCM component of my vehicle needs to be replaced and the Chrysler dealership has discontinued the part, an aftermarket part can not be found and none are on back order. My vehicle is still under warranty and the warranty department is sending the PCM to have the part refurbished but will not guarantee the part. My concern is the cars safety is not guaranteed due to the recall on airbags and the PCM is the main computer part for the car, if it can not be guaranteed to be safe and running what are my options?

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #36

Dec 312012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The occupant restraint control (orc) module has a chance of experiencing an electrical overstress condition. Part has not been shipped to my dealer as of 7/29/2013. M35/NHTSA 12V-527 notified close to 6 months ago.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #35

Feb 282013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Received recall notice for occupant restraint control module that needs to be replaced to prevent inadvertent deployment of air bag. Contacted dealership, [xxx], grandville, mi on 2-28-2013 and was informed they did not have parts for repair. As of 6-12-2013, they still do not have parts needed and don't know when they will be available. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #34

May 282013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 80,500 miles
While driving the car, the airbag warning light came on for 15 seconds, then went off for 15 seconds, then flashed back on and off following that timing sequence for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the light stayed off. I called Chrysler because I had received a recall notice in January 2013 about faulty air bags in this model, which could inadvertently deploy while the car was in motion. The representative told me that the part needed is a harness, however, the part is not yet available. She told me there is nothing I can do to fix the problem until the part is created. I was also told that there have been no incidents of airbags deploying inadvertently, but there is a risk it can happen, therefore the recall. However this is extraordinarily dangerous and the fact that Chrysler has no date for when the part will be available is unacceptable.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #33

Sep 172012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving with the ac on and without stopping, the battery indicator light turned on. The battery light went out when vehicle was stopped and/or idling. All information steers towards the PCM module and not the battery or alternator.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 232010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Ever since my issue with the headlights and foglights turning on/off began, I have a constant relay clicking noise to the left side of my steering wheel and my idling RPM's dropped.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #31

Nov 232010


  • 46,000 miles
When driving at night, the headlights and fog lights turned on and off every couple of seconds. I have duplicated the scenario on multiple occasions. Headlights work fine without the fog lights on. When fog lights are turned on, headlights and fog lights turn on/off. I have not used fog lights after a few attempts. Mechanics can not duplicate scenario. They say it may happen only while vehicle is in motion.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #30

May 122013


  • 123,000 miles
My wife was entering an on-ramp and increasing speed. The Jeep Liberty completed died and the steering and brakes were not workable. This is the 10th time this has happened. Also, the airbag light continues to come on. We've had the Jeep into the dealership approximately 6 times and they have never been able to identify the issue. I recently contacted Chrysler and complained and they set me up with the service department again. This is a major safety issue and we are worried for our lives while driving the Jeep.

- Nine Mile Falls, WA, USA

problem #29

Jul 142012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 63,900 miles
Driving at night when I heard clicking noises near fuse panel left side of steering wheel column; shortly thereafter headlights flashed on and off for approximately 10 seconds. Problem became intermittent but usually occurred while driving at night. Clicking noises persist near fuse panel and headlights flash off and on. Dealership unable to duplicate problem as they said they have not heard of this particular problem, but they tried swapping headlamp relay with driver's door lock relay. However, this solution did not fix the problem. In fact, clicking noises are now heard every time I drive my Jeep, and the headlights continue to randomly flash on and off. The problem now occurs during the day with headlights on as well as at night.this problem has not yet caused an accident, but driving at night with random flashing headlights creates a safety problem with my visibility and other vehicles on the road. Another area of concern deals with the potential responses from other drivers that believe I am flashing them for an aggressive reason. I found online discussions from others Jeep owners experiencing the same problem, but I have not been able to locate how to fix the problem. Random flashing headlights, out of the control of the driver, presents a huge safety risk and should be investigated.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #28

Dec 072012


  • 147,000 miles


At times over past couple years, vehicle has randomly stalled while driving, but then restarted. In December 2012 battery light came on, lights on dash/console dimmed, went off and on etc. Vehicle stalled and would not restart. Was in garage through January. Mechanic has on computer, everything tested ok. Checked alternator, battery etc. All ok. We picked vehicle up in January as was running for mechanic. Drove home. Husband next day tried to start and it wouldn't start. Needed jumped, but all lights on dash going on and off etc and stalled again and wouldn't start. Back to mechanic. Just picked vehicle up again (mechanic has had since January). As soon as leaving mechanic, battery light came on. Before we got to drive way, all dash lights went out and when stopped at stop sign, shut off and wouldn't restart. Had to be jumped. Got it to drive way, and will not restart again.

- Robinson, PA, USA

problem #27

Jan 012013


  • 65,000 miles
I bought my Jeep off of my grandparents in October. Its a really nice Jeep, only has 69,000 miles. That's good for an 03. Every car has its problems im sure. But mines on recall. I have had the airbag light come on and go off. And I comes on whenever it wants to. And it scares me because if the airbags go off, not only will I be mad, but you can bet, ill prob raise hell. Because I don't fell save driving a car that has the potential to have the airbags go off. Also I have noticed that the power lock on the drivers side works when I wants to. Like I have to hit it a couple times to get it to work. Not such a big deal. Also the cd player doesn't work. Like I've change all the fuses to try and get the door lock/cdplayer to work. And nothing changed. It make a really loud and annoying noise after the cd plays for awhile. That I don't car about. Also one day I got in my Jeep. I don't know how because the door was shut and locked, but on the drivers side, on the inside of the door. Was nothing but ice. The door still opened and closed, no problem but, it looked like somebody took a gallon of water and dumped in down the inside of my door and it froze over. And that's the problems I've noticed with it. The only thing I care about is the whole air bag thing. I have received notice that it will be fixed, but will it be fixed for good. Because I don't feel safe driving around and doing my daily things, knowing that I, or my family, or friends could get hurt from the airbags going off. So I hope that whatever the company is doing to fix it works, because everyday I get in my Jeep, that's the only thing that is going threw my head. Thanks

- Curwensville , PA, USA

problem #26

May 182012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
All lights on veh flickered off for about 1-2 sec turned on and then quick flicker then on again and remained on. The first time I thought it was a fluke then it occurred a total of 3 other times within the year. Last was just recently 1/20/2013 and it shut off for a longer period of time maybe 3-4 sec. I was distance traveling on a high traffic highway at night and now see the safety concerns. Since the first occurrence I have replaced the battery. The entire light panel inside the vehicle as well as the exterior lights are affected. Other issues I have experienced since owning the veh in 2002 is the side passenger power lock no longer functions, still does not function. I have had to replace the passenger rear window regulator. In 2007, the glass just fell down one day did not break. Placed a stick in door panel to hold up glass and finally replaced it in 2011.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #25

Nov 052012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 112,700 miles
While driving headlights momentarily shut off. There is a click under the dash, and they go off when on low beam, if on high beam they switch to low beam. Had this problem occur several times. My mechanic is un able to find the problem, and from checking with other Liberty owners this is a recurring is not only annoying but extremely dangerous.

- Danielsville, PA, USA

problem #24

Apr 122003

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
Computer failure, engine cut off, interior lights, five window motors and should be issues.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #23

Jan 312012


  • 105,000 miles
My key will not turn in the ignition of the 2003 Jeep Liberty. The steering column was not locked and I tried for about 20 minutes to jiggle/turn the wheel, jiggle the automatic transmission shifter, etc. The key was inserted fully because electrical came on to alert me that the key was in the ignition (when I opened the driver door the warning beeps came on to signify key still in ignition). The ignition simply would not turn. I had to have my car towed to a mechanic and have since learned from online research that this is a very common problem with Jeep Liberty's and many Chrysler products. The solutions seem to be patchwork workarounds that people have come up with independent of Chrysler's help.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #22

Jan 032005


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle, the ignition would seize and the steering wheel could not be turned. Also, when driving approximately 5 -25 mph, there was an abnormal clicking heard from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred approximately four months later. The vehicle was repaired a second time but the repairs were made by the contact. The failure mileage was approximately 43,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lockport , NY, USA

problem #21

Jun 022008

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
My fan blower just works on high. My engine light always on. Rusting back doors. I have been waiting for recalls. I love my Jeep!!!! but Jeep needs to fix multiple problems. It sucks that failed components does not let you list specific parts.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #20

Apr 042011


  • miles
Headlights go off & on while driving, accompanied by relay clicking noise.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #19

Mar 092009

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 41,507 miles
Power windows failing to stay up due to faulty regulators: Two years ago the rear left window of my 2003 Liberty fell into the door casing. When using the atomatic buttons, the window would not go up and the window motor would simply attempt to raise the window with no success. Upon taking it to the Jeep dealer, they stated the window regulator neeeded to be replaced. After paying $227.94, my window was fixed and back to normal. Surprisingly, a few months later, the right window fell while driving on the highway (this is a major safety issue). Back to the same dealership we went, for a second and unnecessary diagnostic (the maintence man said this was a problem he had frequently seen) to determine the regulator was broken. I paid to have the second window fixed and continued to drive my car. This week, the left rear window fell again while driving down the street in my neighborhood (20 mph). I contacted Jeep headquarters directly after researching online (inculding the NHTSA website) that this is clearly not an isolated incident and they have neglected to address the saftey issue with their automobile owners. They are requesting that I take my Jeep back in for another diagnostic, and to confirm there has been no "neglect" of maintenance on my part. My Jeep has just over 65,000 miles it is in perfect condition with the exception of faulty windows. Upon inspection of the dealer this week, Jeep says they will determine the next step depending on the results. This issue is dangerous for multiple reasons - children riding in the car, the frightening noise made from the dropping window, lack of security when parking the car/at a stop, weather (rain, hail, snow, etc.), drivers startled by the drop and attempting to assess the situation while driving, etc. According to Jeep headquarters via phone, they dishonestly claim to be unaware of the situation.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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