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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,962 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Feb 222016


  • 112,014 miles


While in motion on a country road, comming out of some turns the front end/stearing suddenly began shaking hard rendering the vehicle unable to control. The vehicle then began to swerve until hitting an enbankment and rolling multiple times.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #35

Mar 112015


  • 121,114 miles
The death wobble at approx 60-65 mph/ repaired steering stabilizer/front axel joint/ right outer pitman adjustment sleeve/ left hand steering arm to connecting tie rod/ left inner to LH adjustment sleeve/ alignment, repairs cost $675, have been on the highway and still shimmies.

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #34

Nov 032014


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 35 mph and driving over a bump, the front two wheels started to shake uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the sway bar needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Piercefield , NY, USA

problem #33

Mar 052015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


Violent front end vibration / wobbling known as "death wobble".

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #32

Sep 182013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
I've encountered the term of the death wobble in the Jeep I purchased. I was wondering if there is some kind of recall on these types of vehicles. I recently purchased the Jeep and haven't driven it much. Trying to fix problems but it will be expensive.

- Lexington, NC, USA

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problem #31

May 142014


  • 79,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. While driving between 50-65 mph, the entire front end of the vehicle began to move up and down uncontrollably. The contact had to depress the brake pedal in order for the failure to cease. The failure occurred multiple times. An independent mechanic speculated that the steering stabilizer, ball joints, brakes, or control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #30

Jul 102014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


When reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour the Jeep shakes to a point of almost losing control of the vehicle until the Jeep reaches a speed of 65 - 70 mph then settles down.

- Rutland, VT, USA

problem #29

Dec 312013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 55,100 miles
This is second time this has happened; it has happened to me at least 4 times since 11/30/2013. I was accelerating, and when I hit about 50mph, my left tire hit a small pot hole. My front end began shaking violently; my steering wheel was literally bouncing in my hands and I could not actively control the Jeep. The shaking would not stop until I slowed down to about 5 miles per hour on a busy roadway. I almost caused an accident. This Jeep has a shimmy/wobble that occurs on some bumps. Some lead to the "death wobble, " and others do not. The shaking is so intense that the front end felt like it was going to come apart. I have new tires, and the vehicle was just purchased used from the dealership, after having received a full service. I took it into the Jeep dealership that confirmed that everything looked ok, and the bushings were fine.

- Aguanga, CA, USA

problem #28

Dec 092011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Death wobble!!!! started about Dec 2011 around speeds of 55-60 mph. Car will suddenly start to violently shake. When viewing from behind in another car it appears as if the wheels may come off. I have replaced the shocks, struts, stabilizer bar, track bar, springs, spacers, calipers, hubs, new tires, balance and rotate tire every 5000-6000 miles, new front brakes, new back brakes, two rear alignments, 3 front alignments, and rotors, I death wobble has gone from bad to dangerously worse. My Wrangler is a factory right hand drive Jeep that I use to deliver mail. I was using as my primary car as well. I must drive 25 miles to work via interstate and then another 65 miles on my route. The car consistently shakes when I hit speeds of 45 mph or higher. A bump in the road will trigger the wobble as well. I spoke to two different Jeep dealerships today and was told that there is no solution to my problem. I have been to at least 6 different mechanic shops, one off road shop, and two different alignment shops. I was told that I could try replacing the gear box ($899.99) and also try replacing my rims! if the maker of my vehicle has no idea on what or how to fix it........then who will? I would like to resolve my death wobble. I am extremely annoyed! I no longer feel safe driving my car to and from work and when it rains I am a nervous wreck just knowing I will have to drive my Jeep on the interstate. Sadly its gotten to the point that I will not allow any of my kids in this vehicle. I end up having to leave my Jeep at work in another town if my husband isn't able to drive it to and from work for me. I am willing to fix the problem.......if Jeep would just let me know what that is!!!! in good conscious I could never sell and stick someone else with this problem/headache!! also, when I fill my Jeep up with gas, it overflows splashing gas everywhere!

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #27

Jun 132012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Wrangler unlimited...while driving on the highway hitting a speed of about 62 my Jeep starting shaking so violently that I thought I was going to loose my front end! the steering wheel felt like it was going to come off in my hands and that my tires were ready to fall off as well! this was very very scary since I had my grandchild in the Jeep with me! I paid over $800 to have the suspension rod/tie rods replaced. Then shortly thereafter, my Jeep would not start. A little pin in the steering column broke and the that part is not sold separately so I had to have the whole steering column replaced...about another $600.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #26

Jun 272013


  • 65,287 miles


Hi, apparently my situation isn't unique, I have a 2005 Jeep Wrangler unlimited with less than 70K miles. At about 50mph it starts shaking violently, this has happened to me at least 5 times since I've owned this Jeep, about 2 1/2 months. I took it to the tire shop and they inspected the tie-rod ends and found no problem. It was shaking so bad I thought that surely my front end was coming apart so, I googled my problem and was led to a plethora of information and found the term "death wobble", I thought it felt like driving over railroad tracks, but death wobble seems to also be an appropriate term as well, because the front end seems to be shaking to death. I, like so many others, went to kevin's off road, kor, website and read about the potential causes and cures. In my particular case there hasn't been any aftermarket modifications, it's as stock as they come. Anyway, kevin's recommended solution to my "wobble" is to replace the track bar, the steering damper, control arms and bushings. The cost for this is around $366 for the parts and I'm not sure what the labor costs will be. It seems to me that maybe someone at Chrysler should actually go drive one before they say "it's not our fault". they should be part of the solution since they created the problem. My 1989 Jeep doesn't have this problem, leaf springs vs. Independent coil springs, perhaps, ... a smoother ride but at what cost" $366 plus labor for me. Can you please help apply pressure to Chrysler to make this right" thanks for your time and interest.

- Cortez, CO, USA

problem #25

Apr 282013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I was driving on the inside lane at or about 43mph on a state hwy when it hit a very small bump in the road. Almost immediately after my 2005 Jeep Wrangler began shaking violently causing me to lose my grip on the steering wheel before I could regain control, nearly striking another vehicle traveling on the outside lane. The shaking was so violent I thought my Jeep was literally going to fall apart and/or flip over. I work out of town and was forced to return home and take my wife's truck.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 012012

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph or above, the vehicle would shake uncontrollably. The contact had to reduce speed to regain control. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who test drove and was able to recreate the failure in the vehicle however, they advised that they were unable to remedy the failure. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where a diagnostic was performed that located the failure at the steering assembly. The steering assembly was replaced and the failure was corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage wa 82,000. The dealer did acknowledge there was a problem with the steering. However, they did not have a fix for it. The consumer stated he found a mechanic that was familiar with the problem and all four control arms, trac bar and steering shock were replaced. Updated 02/07/13

- Cross Lanes , WV, USA

problem #23

Jun 272012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 90,874 miles
Was on vacation in Alaska when we started to get the Jeep death wobble ( shimmy). We tried wheel balance as I thought maybe we lost a wheel weight. Still shimmying. Installed a new steering dampener and this helped a little. Still shaking at around 55 to 60 mph. Ended up buying 4 new tires and that seems to have helped but there is always a slight shimmy in the steering wheel. Nothing like B/4 thou when you would have to slam the brakes on to get it to stop shaking. Waiting for it to start again.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #22

Mar 302007

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
This problem has been occurring since the first week I bought the Jeep used back in 2007. I returned to the dealership three times in the first month to have them balance, rotate tires, check alignment. Was told I needed new tires. New tires does fix the problem for a while. I have replaced brakes, rotors, tires, had alignments, rotations etc. Only to have the problem recur. I have now found that this problem is called the "Jeep death wobble" and has hundreds of like complaints. My tire wobbles terribly at around 55 miles per hour. I am now told that I should replace my upper and lower ball joints. Chrysler/Jeep has already acknowledged a similar problem on their Liberty. They need to discover the problem so that we can fix this and ride safely before someone dies from this defect.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #21

Jul 042011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,500 miles
After I had my tires rotated and was traveling about 45 mph the front end began to severely shimmy. It occurred several times. The only way to get it to stop was to decelerate. I had the dampener and tires replaced (they were worn unevenly) today. I have major concerns about the safety of the vehicle long term. There are many anecdotal references on google concerning this being a major problem (google search Wrangler "death wobble." ) one story indicated that there were a limited number of formal complaints to your organization so I wanted to make sure I added a complaint as this condition could cause an accident for an unsuspecting driver. I will update the result of the repair in terms of whether it resolves the incident or not.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #20

Apr 032010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Hello, I own a 2005 Jeep Wrangler unlimited. While driving on the highway, trying to "maintain" the proper speed limit, my Jeep will develop a death wobble to the front end. This erratic and almost uncontrollable behavior occurs at anywhere from 55 to 60mph. After trying to research the solution to this problem, I have noticed multiple other Jeep owners having the same issue. My Jeep is my daily driver, and also is used to Transport my 4 and 5 year old kids around. Due to the economy I can not afford to purchase another vehicle, nor will I sell these problems to someone else. I am surprised there hasn't been more highway related incidents/fatalities due to this issue. Any help will be greatly appreciated in solving this issue. Dealerships are no help and I cant afford to replace the whole front end just to end up with the same problems. Thank you for your time in this matter, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grafton, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 052008

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • miles
Death wobble violent shaking of steering wheel with after market parts I have spent thousands of dollars trying to fix the problem and it still death wobbles Jeep need to reimburse people for this if I would have been told this by a disclosure of some sort when I went to purchase the Jeep I would have not purchased it.

- Forestville, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 222006

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,503 miles
Front end shakes violently after hitting a bump and will not stop shaking until vehicle is brought to a stop. Dealer has attempted to fix it 5 times between August 06 and January 07. Dealer replaced steering dampner in August, 2006. Replaced trac bar in December, 2006. I had independent shop check front end. Found nothing out of spec. At one point dealer claimed that it was caused by tires. New tires fixed problem for a short time. Had tires balanced 4 times in 2009. Replaced stabilizer shock again in August, 2009 and again in December of 2011 with heavy duty one. Problem persists today in January of 2012.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 092011


  • 25,000 miles
Was driving over 50 miles per hour when I hit a little bump and my whole front end of my Jeep started to shake violently, I thought the wheels were going to come off, I could bearly control the steering wheel to make it to the side of road, I have had less violent ones but they are becoming more frequent now, I just went to dealer and they said my steering damper will have to be replaced for $255, I have been reading all the complaints about this " death wobble" and all the work that people are having done only to have the issue come back, I do not want to waste money on all the things that they will try and replace only to find its not the real issue. Please help!

- Dayville, CT, USA

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