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

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2006 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

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2006 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Sep 102016


  • 80,000 miles


Shifter moves freely between park-reverse-neutral-drive-2nd-1st gears. This happens when the vehicle is turned on and off; and with or without a key in the ignition. If the shifter is bumped while driving down the road, the vehicle can be thrown into reverse and/or park. When I contacted the Jeep dealer in springfield Missouri, I was told that Jeep has since redesigned the shifter control and the entire assembly must be replaced. Cost for the entire assemble is approximately $480 plus labor. If the problem is so apparent that it can be found thousands of times using google, and if the manufacturer has since redesigned the entire shifter control system; then one would think that they should have issued a recall.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #34

Jul 262016


  • 88,500 miles
On two different occasions while driving on the highway at 60 mph to 70 mph, the engine of the vehicle shut down completely, without warning, with the loss of all steering or control over the vehicle. On two other occasions, the engine shut down completely, without warning, with the loss of any steering or control over the vehicle, after exiting the highway and entering city traffic. That is a total of four engine shut downs or stalls while driving the vehicle. The dealer can find nothing wrong with the vehicle. We just bought the vehicle, and this is nerve-wrecking and dangerous to say the least. The engine shuts down after driving long distances, and has happened from driving distances of approximately 90 miles to 160 miles. If you wait approximately one hour, the vehicle will then start up again and run. But it will stall again with complete loss of power. Others on the internet have also experience this problem with Jeep 3.7 and 4.7 powertech Jeep motors. Our Jeep is a 3.7 motor. This appears to be the same problem as Jeep experienced with Jeep commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee models, which were recalled. This situation can obviously be life threatening. Chrysler Jeep should not be allowed to put life treating vehicles on the market and these Jeep must be recalled. We ask for your help in this matter before someone is seriously injured.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #33

Sep 082008


  • 60,000 miles
H. this car has required engine oil to be added every 50 to 100 miles without any evident smell or sight of leaking oil, also torque converter needed replacement experienced deceleration of speed while driving at 50 mph.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #32

May 272015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V222000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #31

Aug 112015


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the gear shift would not engage into drive and the vehicle started making a roaring noise. The contact's vehicle lunged forward and struck the preceding vehicle. The brakes seized and the pedal was all the way down to the floor. The police filed a report. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000. Updated 05/11/16

- Lexington, NC, USA

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problem #30

Jun 052015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V222000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #29

Nov 132015


  • 129,000 miles


Manual transmission slams out of 1st gear into neutral when accelerating from a stop. This could cause a serious rear-end collision because the vehicle is suddenly out of gear at a critical point of acceleration. It is unpredictable and the only way to prevent it is to hold the stick shift securely while accelerating. It happens quite frequently.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #28

Aug 292015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. While the dealer was repairing the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 13V252000 (fuel system, gasoline, structure), the vehicle failed to start. The technician diagnosed that the PCM was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #27

Aug 252015


  • miles
The pain on the outside roof is peeling, I do live in a state where the roads are salted however, there is no salt used on the top of the vehicle, this, while not a new vehicle should not be peeling the way it is. The front windshield had a severe chip & the installer was barely able to sand this area down enough to be able to seal the windshield. I have done some research & this is a very common problem along with the rear window regulators both of which have had to be replaced. There are problems with the emergency break & the Jeep dealership gives one reason for the ABS, esp among other wheel and breaking issues. And now the one thing that Jeep is finally supposed to be doing something about rather than me having to put more money into this vehicle for, the gas tank recall seems to be a ridiculous fix, and I have been on a waiting list for this for months and still have not been able to get it in to get this fixed. I saw a news story that said that Chrysler was being mandated to fix these very poorly made vehicles. I would like to know how this particular vehicle does not fall into the other recalls when it has been having the same issues. I have been having breaking system issues as long back as 13 months after I purchased this vehicle.

- Oregon, WI, USA

problem #26

May 122015


  • 65,000 miles
The vehicle keys can be removed from the ignition while the shift is in drive, and it was removed on this date and the car rolled into another vehicle

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #25

Nov 162014


  • 146,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph up a hill, the vehicle jerked and there was a burning odor present. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 146,000.

- New Martinsville, WV, USA

problem #24

Jul 272014


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. The contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch and the gear would not shift into park. The dealer was notified and a diagnostic test was not performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that there were no safety related recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Dania, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 122014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Transmission broke! every owner of a 2005 or 2006 Jeep Liberty diesel that I have spoken with, has had to rebuild or replace their transmission.the manufacture had a recall to tune down engine to help prevent problem, I had this done, but this is only a temp fix, (a band-aid). The real problem is a weak link in the tranny, (the torque converter). When the torque converter fails it destroys the transmission.. which is what just happened to me. My Jeep is 8 years old, but I only had 68,000 miles on it. The reason I purchased this vehicle was for the long service life of the 2.8L diesel (300,000 plus miles before rebuild). I live in a somewhat rural area and I have spoke with over 12 people who has experienced this same problem with there 2.8L diesel transmission #545rfe. I know this is a nationwide problem, I have gone online and spoken with alot of Liberty owners and all have had transmission problems, I have also spoke with many former Liberty owners who said they would never drive another Jeep, because lack of dealer concerns over transmission problems..they had! I am correcting the problem by replacing the damaged stock transmission, with a highly recommended aftermarket one made for the torque of a diesel engine.. I feel consumers should not half to endure that large out of pocket expense, to repair a manufacturer problem! thank-you

- Sumas, WA, USA

problem #22

Jun 062014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Could not remove key from ignition. Mechanic discovered cable from shifter to ignition broken. Mechanic also discovered piece within shifter broken that allowed shifter to move in and out of park without depressing brake.

- Topsham, ME, USA

problem #21

May 162014

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Key will not release from ignition on steering column due to restricted (degraded range of motion from a subassembly with weakened spring) movement of automatic transmission shifter interlock cable. Vehicle can not be put in park (shifter freely moves through P R N D 3 2) and key will not make the last little turn before release. Seems to be an extremely common occurrence among owners, based on cursory online research. Requires replacement of entire center console shifter assembly with an "upgraded/improved" mopar part to fix the known high failure subassembly (but not available for purchase separately). Inability to place vehicle securely in park would seem to be biggest safety issue, not to mention vehicle security compromised with key perpetually in ignition...updated 02-10-15

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 102014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle shift assembly for these model of Jeep fails to operate correctly. The cable will not set in the proper position when shifted back into park, disabling the owner's ability to remove their key from the ignition. The only solution is to remove the cover covering the shift assembly and forcefully push the cable into place to release the key. In addition to this, the shift handle can be bumped and shifted into gears, or into reverse or park, without the brake being pushed as would normally operate the assembly. This causes the risk of accidentally bumping the vehicle into a gear that could cause an accident and risk the driver's life.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #19

Feb 062014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 82,200 miles
I put my car into 4WD for a minute and came to a complete stop and took it completely out of 4WD. It stayed stuck in 4WD and after burning up my engine it broke my front passenger side axle and now I have to pay $800 for repairs. I have never used my 4WD and we are stuck in a snowstorm in the mountain close to portland, Oregon and I cant get anywhere.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #18

Oct 292010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Hard to get 4-wheel drive in gear. I had service tech. Talk me thru since it wasn't working properly. 4-wheel drive lever/gear broke completely on Feb. 3, 2014.

- Manheim , PA, USA

problem #17

Jul 222011


  • 72,625 miles
Ac compressor had to be replaced I did not know there was a recall on it.. also the computer went on it and that was repaired on 10/11/13... I was told the spark plugs were wrong. I have never had a tune up or my spark plugs changed! unless the wrong ones were in there when I bought this brand new in September of 2006. Or possibly the Chrysler dealership did it to get a repair. Safford in springfield va. I will not stop perusing this until I have answers. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #16

Jul 172013


  • 75,000 miles
Car will not blow out cold air but works for a moment then just hot air. Thought it needed freon but I am being told new compressor is required $700. I spoke to another mechanic who thought the clutch part is the real issue. The car is garage kept and well maintained. Replacing clutch first. I have seen several similar complaints online too. Windows 3 of 4 have dropped.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

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