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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,788 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

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2006 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Apr 282012

Liberty 4-cyl Diesel

  • 81,458 miles


On three separate occasions vehicle stalls upon engaging drive or reverse from park or neutral. The shift is made, the vehicle begins to move, then suddenly it stalls, the engine shuts off. Park or neutral must be quickly reselected to restart vehicle. Danger of being in an intersection when this happens it high. Dealer says it is a known issue, with no solution.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #14

May 252012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Vehicle stalled, engine shut off when backing out of driveway. The stall point of the transmission is exceed, making transition from reverse to drive or drive to reverse too much, causing a stall. Also, idle in drive when stopped there are surges that cause a near stall. This is a safety issue, as it can happen when making 2-point or 3-point turns on a road with traffic.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that a rattling noise emitted from the engine compartment when the vehicle was shifted into park or neutral. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 49,000.

- Sherman, CT, USA

problem #12

Apr 022012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Gear shifter stuck in park, key stuck in ignition. Shifter had to be replaced.$431.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 062012

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty 4X4. The contact stated that vehicle would surge forward when shifting into any gear and the vehicle would also loose power abnormally. The egr (exhaust gas recirculation) valve melted, causing a burning smell to release into the vehicle. In addition, the gear shifter would shift out of park independently, causing the vehicle to roll away. The contact also stated that the rear passenger side door handle became defective, making it impossible to open the vehicle door from the interior of the vehicle and the ABS, esp and traction control lights were illuminated on the instrument panel. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failures. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.....updated 06/18/12 the consumer also stated there was a problem with the control arm on the vehicle and because of the widespread problem a recall as issued. The consumer was then informed the recall was old, and her VIN was not included. The vehicle would loose power suddenly after driving forward, the windows would make a dragging noise, even though the dealer replace, the wheel speed sensor was replaced, the interior door handle on the passenger side was inoperative. The check engine light illuminated several times. Updated 06/22/12 updated 6/25/12 updated 06/29/12

- Canon City, CO, USA

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problem #10

Oct 192011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Both rear passage windows fail to work at all we had to tape up the windows and the power make a grilling noise.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #9

Feb 032011

Liberty 4WD

  • 75,000 miles


Key was stuck in ignition of 2006 Jeep Liberty limited edition. Also noticed the shifter was moving freely, without having to be pushed in like it typically would. Took to Jeep dealership & was told that entire shifter column needed to be replaced because it is plastic & brakes easily - cost $200. Have heard that this is a common occurrence.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #8

Oct 312010


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Jeep Liberty sport. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle lost power, the transmission light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the torque converter was defective. A transmission specialist stated that the transmission fluid did not circulate through the seals. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were approximately 86,000.

- Pittsburg , PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 182010


  • 46,000 miles
2006 Jeep Liberty will not shift out of park intermittently. After several attempts of applying service brake it comes out so far. Dealership wants $600 bucks to replace shift lever tower and shift cable. Others on line talk about same problem. Dealerships plead ignorance on the problem, but will gladly take $600 to replace the shift lever tower and !

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #6

May 282010


  • 76,250 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty 4X4. The vehicle was parked when it suddenly began to roll down the street, jump the curb and crashed into a tree. There were no injuries and no police report. The contact notified the insurance company but had not spoken with the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 76,250.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #5

May 302009


  • miles


I have had my 2006 Jeep Liberty at the dealership 6 times in the 3 years I've owned it. I bought this car brand new and have had nothing but problems since. First the car would not come out of park, at the dealership they couldn't duplicate the problem and sent me on my way. After may months of this happening daily I had it towed on a flat bed to the dealership and they finally replaced a cable that connected the gear shift to brake after telling me I could just slam really hard on the brake and it would just disengage, I should just have done that instead of having it towed. (stupid me I guess) then I had the same ABS traction check engine light problems I've heard and read many complaints about, first time taking it in, the problems stopped and they sent me home. Second time, I drove it straight there and made them look at it and drive it, they had my car for four days and call me to tell me there was nothing they could do because the codes were stored and not active reset the computer and sent me on my way. Now yesterday a year later and at 48,000 miles the car started again. I made them hook it up while the car was still running and the lights still on. What they don't tell you is that shutting your car off "stores" the codes. With the car still on, the codes were active and they found the problem. The body control module. However now it is out of factory warranty and I had to fight with the GM to get it covered. They still wouldn't cover it under factory but did cover it under extended warranty and waived my deductible. However I am still very upset that this has not been recalled, this should not be at my expense at all!!! I will never buy another Jeep ever!

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #4

Feb 262008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. While the vehicle was parked in the driveway in first gear, it rolled backwards. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but they could not determine the cause of the failure. Recently, the vehicle was parked in first gear and with the emergency brake engaged. The vehicle rolled away again and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was still able to be driven and sustained moderate damages. The police was called to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle will be taken to a collision center for repairs. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage was 24,010.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 272006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle bucking when attempting to maintain speed manually (w/out cruise control).

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 182006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 530 miles
This is a new Liberty crd (diesel) with 610 miles that was accelerating from a border patrol checkpoint on I-8 East of san diego. While accelerating to ~65 the vehicle suddenly lost power in heavy freeway traffic and slowed to 35 mph even though the engine was running good. This sudden loss of power caused overtaking vehicles to swerve violently to avoid an accident including at least 2 panic stops. When the vehicle was safely on the shoulder (engine was idling fine) the car was shutdown and restarted which apparently recycled the computer and cleared the condition. Vehicle has performed fine since that incident.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 112006


  • miles
I am currently leasing a 2006 Jeep Liberty. I am able to turn off the vehicle and remove the key while still in 'drive'. I did this once and the vehicle began to roll away when I stepped out of the car. I was able to get back in the car and stop it. No accident/no injuries.

- Orchard Lake, MI, USA

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