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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,960 miles

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2006 Jeep Liberty transmission problems

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2006 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 272007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,588 miles


On the 27th. Of Dec. 2007 I was traveling on I70E and as I was getting back on the hwy. From a rest stop just East of indianaplois, in. My 2006 Jeep Liberty crd had a failure in the transmission torque converter. I going about 60-65 mph when all of a sudden there was a lot of shuddering coming from the transmission and then a loud klunk and it cause a sudden drop in my speed from 65 to 30 mph. Luckily no one was injured or hurt, however as in the past when this happen, its without warning causing a temporary loss of control. The transmission shudder happened several more times while II was traveling. My dealer has know about this problem for over a year, and I have reported it to his service department more than 4 times and the problem has yet to be fixed. Chrysler I believe knows that there is a problem with the Jeep Liberty crd's drive train but has yet to fix the problem. This will be my third complaint to NHTSA on this. The same problem happened again when I was returning home on the 3rd of Jan. 2008. I will be seeing a rep on this coming Monday and I do not expect to get any satisfaction from him on this safety matter. Also my rear brakes are groaning every time that I stop and the dealer has already did a tsb on them once and the problem has returned. They told me that after the car has more than 12,000 miles they will do nothing. The car has just 16,500.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #8

Oct 102007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles
2006 Jeep Liberty crd began stalling while on the interstate. Driving started out normal, then suddenly while at a steady 65 mph the Jeep began making a loud noise and not responding to acceleration. This went on and off intermittently for 5 miles to the next exit off the freeway, then it occurred intermittently on a highway then side streets until I made it home. From a dead stop it was extremely sluggish to get going at all. The symptoms point to torque converter issues, I had previously had the torque converter recall work done at the dealer in December 2006, apparently that didn't even last a year. It is unacceptable to stall on a freeway, let alone side roads. The dealer was unable to schedule a visit for well over a week, it goes in tomorrow.

- Bluffdale, UT, USA

problem #7

Sep 182007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Automatic transmission torque converter is going into partial lock-up. Manufacturer is aware of situation per kn 87887255, but there is no repair at this time. Hesitation, shudder, almost stalls. Been occurring since purchased new.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 192007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,450 miles


I am the owner of a 2006 Jeep Liberty. Approximately 3 weeks after I purchased the new vehicle the transmission failed while I was driving on the highway. At that time the vehicle was towed to the service department where the transmission problem was said to be repaired. Since that failure the vehicle was not running properly: The automatic transmission did not seem to be shifting smoothly. For the next 8 months I tried to have the service department repair the problem but they did not, the told me the "problem" was normal. In January 2007, I noticed the problem with the transmission was getting worse. I had to press the accelerator more than normal to get the car to shift after making a stop. The car would then jerk into gear while my foot was on the accelerator and I would speed up more than was safe. The final incident was when I was accelerating to get on the highway after a stop and the car jerked into gear along with making a clunking sound. Because I was trying to accelerate, when the car jerked into gear I was sent off the side of the road. Thank goodness there was no traffic or I would have been in a serious accident. I drove to the nearest service department where the problem was quickly diagnosed as a torque converter problem. The vehicle was in for repairs for 22 days before I got it back. Parts were replaced in the transmission but only after approval from the manufacturer. The vehicle is running a little better but it is still not running like it was when I first bought the vehicle. This problem can be deadly and I no longer feel safe driving the vehicle.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #5

May 192006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,850 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Liberty crd (diesel) I have had problems with my Jeep driving safe now since I bought this truck in Jan 2006. My truck will shutter and almost stall on a daily basis in heavy traffic. And back in May 2006 my whole truck stopped dead on a local highway and went into a "limp" mode bringing me from a 45 mph speed to about 2-3 mph in a second. I have researched this and have found that the issue seems to be in a faulty torque converter in the transmission. I have meet several other people on the internet and in person that have all had the same issues. I have told my dealer about this with 0 outcome of a fix, there is a service bulletin for the transmission, but this has not helped either. I only hope that the issue does not happen while im on the interstate with my wife, with the sudden speed loss and lock up of my rear wheels I could only hope the cars behind me could stop in time, could a large semi though? there are many people with this issue and only doing a short internet search will prove this. Just search for Liberty crd lost torque converter and see what you find. I hope that Jeep will have a better solution soon for this.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 132006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a problem with my 2005 Jeep Liberty diesel failing to stop at the first stop sign in the morning. It has also not stopped after being parked for a few hours. The engine continues to push the vehicle forward into traffic or the intersection/cross walk. I have taken the vehicle to Jeep but they cannot duplicate the problem. I have come very close to running over students on the campus of the university of Alabama. I believe this problem is associated with Jeep's torque converter problems. My wife has also experienced this problem so it has nothing to do with driving style. This problem will eventually kill or injure someone.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 092006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles


I was doing a rapid deceleration for traffic slowing down suddenly on us 30 in york county, pa. I heard a loud clunk as I slowed down and the check engine light came on. As I tried to get back up to speed the Jeep would not get out of 3rd gear. I kept to the right and got off at the first exit. After 5 minutes, I got back in the Jeep, started it up, the check engine light still on. It shifted somewhat normally although it did shudder a bit. The following day, 9/10/06, the engine light was off and appears to be shifting ok now. I called the dealer who said that if it happens again I should bring it in. I am aware that there have been problems with this torque converter/transmission. I am concerned that it will happen when I have less flexibility to respond with a sudden power loss, especially in rainy/snowy weather, or a crowded road with only one lane. Jeep Liberty limited, 2006, 2800 miles.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 302006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
2006 Jeep Liberty crd with 2200 miles completely died on the on ramp to an interstate. After 7 days the dealer said that it was the flywheel in the torque converter. They say that they cant get parts to fix the problem. I had my two children in the car and had to wait for a tow truck to rescue us. I felt very lucky that I was not getting on the interstate the other way because there is no place to even try to pull over.

- Seneca, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 052006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,305 miles
Vehicle was driven up to red light. When light turned green, vehicle would not move leaving it in traffic unable to get out of the way. It was later determined by the dealer to be a failed torque converter. The part was replaced, however, other parts in engine and transmission that could have been damaged were not replaced. Was told by dealer that redesigned torque converter is not yet available but coming.

- Walford, IA, USA

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