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5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,235 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty transmission problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 012007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The 2005 Jeep Liberty limited crd has had a residual problem of fluctuating of RPM's (shuttering) during idling, creating stalling at stop lights when the brakes are engaged on a cold engine start. At busy intersections when the brakes are engaged, the vehicle will unexpectedly lurch forward and usually cause the engine to die in the middle of traffic. This is a major safety hazard, causing an immediate life-threatening situation. This vehicle has been in the shop five times for the same issue and the problem is still present. Fuel filters, air filters, egr valves and return lines of injectors have been replaced, all to no avail. This urgent issue needs to be addressed immediately.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #16

Nov 212007

Liberty 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am the owner of a 2005 Jeep Liberty with a 2.8 diesel crd engine. Chrysler has a mandatory recall requiring some new components on the transmission and a "slight" engine detune. I purchased this vehicle for several reasons; 1. better gas mileage. 2. more engine torque for towing and a longer lasting engine. At 31K dollars you would expect it to be good vehicle. It appears to me that Chrysler has too small of a transmission on this vehicle and is detuning the engine to spare the transmission. I'm sorry, but I bought a diesel for that very reason: More torque than a gas engine. Do I have to expect this recall? it was completed last week, the Jeep dealer indicated that my warranty would be void it I did not comply with the terms of the recall> sincerely, tim lett

- Greenacres, WA, USA

problem #15

Dec 282006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Received re-call notice, contacted dealership as instructed in notice and was told they didn't have parts. Contacted daimler Chrysler at the number provided and they said they could not/would not do anything. Now my car is not fixed and the dealership and daimler Chrysler are both telling me it is not their job, fault, problem.

- Water Valley, MS, USA

problem #14

Dec 092006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,350 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had several safety related issues with the transmission on my 2005 Jeep limited Liberty crd. Chrysler recently issued a F37 customer satisfaction recall which was supposed to resolve the issue, but only one day after the recall was performed the truck exhibits the same unsafe condition.

- Lafayette, CO, USA

problem #13

Apr 252006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Egr failure. Tourque converter failure - requred tow and 8 days in service. 4 tsbs.

- Tecumseh, KS, USA

problem #12

Nov 212006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,885 miles
My 2005 Jeep Liberty diesel suddenly and without warning loses power, and will either die or only move at under 10 mph. I have had this happen while driving down the interstate and luckily an accident was avoided. The same problem frequently occurs while in stop and go traffic and is especially concerning when turning left at stop signs and stop lights. I took the vehicle to the dealership and they told me the torque converter and transmission pump needed replacement, but it would be ok to continue to drive the vehicle. I expressed my concerns that continued operation of the vehicle with the problems its exhibited could potentially be unsafe. They told me the parts would be available the next week and it would be fine until then.

- C, MO, USA

problem #11

Nov 142006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,250 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Jeep Liberty crd 4X4 vehicle began shuddering upon acceleration. Would hesitate and bog down when slowed from speed then resuming acceleration. Very unexpectedly. More than one occasion while crossing lanes of traffic. Dealer mis-diagnosed first time, brought back as problem got worse. Dealer diagnosed as failed torque converter and failed fluid pump in automatic transmission. Delay on getting repair parts due to common problem with vehicle and transmission.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 022006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Tc converter and transmission failure on Jeep Liberty crd diesel when tc fails it can cause you to crash and loose control of the Jeep, DC knows there is a problem and does not help the customer and the dealer has had my Jeep for 3 weeks and still not fixed yet!

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 132006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,303 miles
I almost lost my life on a cliffside corner on hwy 1 when my 2005 Jeep Liberty crd (common rail diesel) torque converter failed causing both rear wheels to lock up at 55 mph. Happened again a couple miles later and then continued to repeat itself as I was attempting to get it to the dealership. It has been at the dealer 5 times to date for the initial problems (stalling at highway speeds and going into limp modes). I knew it was the torque converter preparing to go out because I had researched consumer reportings of similar problems online. The dealership, however, explained that they would only follow Chrysler corporate's rules and corporate wasn't allowing them to replace the converter. Instead the dealership replaced transmission solenoid, then transmission control module, then called to tell me it was my aftermarket installation problem (twice). Each time this meant that they sent me out in a "fixed" vehicle that stalled on me and caused me to put emergency hazards on and drive in limp mode in right hand lane or on shoulder. Then when the dealership service manager drove it and personally felt what a "safety issue it was", has now looked at the postings and is befuddled why corporate wasn't advising them of this problem. I believe that this is a design defect with these 2005 and 2006 Jeep Liberty crds and that Chrysler is aware of it but doesn't know how to fix it. Chrysler is putting its consumers at grave risk for loss of life. Please keep in mind that (1) Chrysler has stopped production of them in the U.S. and maybe we now understand why and (2) only 11,000 were sold in the U.S. I am a lawyer and will exercise lemon law right as this vehicle cannot be repaired because it is a design defect. However, all 11,000 of these vehicles will most likely fail and the potential for loss of life and property exists 11,000 times.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 262006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The best way I can describe the problem is: Our car has behaved like we've slowly released the clutch on a manual transmission vehicle while the vehicle was stopped. It has an automatic transmission. The car will lurch forward, hard against the brakes, the engine will start straining and finally stall out. Fortunately, each time it's done this, we were in our own driveway or a place where there was no danger of causing an accident, or were able to hold the brakes hard enough to keep the vehicle from entering the roadway. It seems to do this when the vehicle has cooled off but not necessarily when it's completely cold. We have not been able to recreate the right set of circumstances for the dealer to see the problem (we are not sure what the right set of circumstances are). Since no codes have been set, and it hasn't happened when the dealer drove it, no repair has been made or offered to be made.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 092006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

12,000 odometer. Transmission began shuttering while we were almost home from a trip with small 7.5 ft pop up camper. Took to dealer and the Jeep was "worked" on for a full week. I picked it up next week and noticed worse condition before getting out of the parking lot. Co-owner of dealership was asked to ride in the Jeep and while he was driving it the torque converter locked up and stranded us. Thankfully, this didn't happen the previous week when we were 3 states away from home. This is the 3rd time the Jeep has been in for repairs since I bought it in February 06.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #6

May 152006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
I'm reporting a 2005 Jeep Liberty sport crd (4X4 diesel) transmission pump and torque converter failure with only 6000 miles on the odometer. This failure resulted in loss of shifting at 60 mph on the highway with the vehicle in 5th gear. After coming to a stop at a stop light my family was stranded at a desolate intersection in hot South Texas. There was great potential for a collision and loss of life when vehicle control and acceleration was lost as well as while pushing the vehicle from travel lanes. The repair took 3 weeks leaving me without my new vehicle. I incurred greater than $1500 in expenses in hotel and travel expenses to retrieve my car from a dealership far from home. To add insult to injury, Jeep was and is aware of transmission reliability issues and has issued a tsb "silent recall" but did not notify drivers therefore unnecessarily putting my family at risk.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 292006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
When coming to a stop, my torque converter will lock up and stall my engine. This has been reported to the dealer who has replicated the issue and attempted to fix the problem by replacing the torque converter but the issue still exists. It has happened on many occasions (20 or more) for the last month and a half and is very dangerous because I have had the vehicle stall multiple times while in traffic.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 102006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Took my 2005 Jeep Liberty in to have them look at a shift shudder. The torque converter was breaking apart. If I had not taken it in who knows where it would have completely failed and what the consequences could have been.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 272006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Transmission on my 2005 Jeep Liberty crd diesel experiences on-going shudder and hard shifting when driving it. Chrysler has issued several tsb's to correct the software issue, but the problem continues. Many other Liberty crd diesel owners experienced the same symptom before their transmission completely failed and required full replacement. I am afraid to take the car on long-distance trips from home for fear or being broken down on rural highways or roads and stuck hundreds of miles from home while a Jeep dealer takes 2 or 3 weeks to replace my transmission. Chrylser needs to fix this, please help! regarding the incident date, please note I just chose today's date because it has been happening ever since I got the Jeep.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

May 122006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,700 miles
Driving vehicle in rush hour traffic when transmission failed, locking wheels in middle of intersection, stalling vehicle. Nearly rear-ended due to sudden lock-up of rear wheels and vehicle without warning. Vehicle would not move, had to put automatic transmission in 1st gear and floor accelerator pedal to move at barely 1 mph. Required 2 minutes to move vehicle out of intersection and onto roadside to avoid traffic accident.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

May 052005

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
1) driving vehicle 2)vehicle stalls, engine cuts out, stumbles 3) reflashed computer numerous times, torque converter and clutch pack replaced.

- Aztec, NM, USA

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