Notes: There's no way around it, the Cherokee's transmission is junk. There's no other explanation for why a vehicle, usually with under 40,000 miles, would have so many complaints


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,295 miles

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #171

Oct 082016


  • 70,000 miles


Car randomly stops moving while driving, sometimes while turning a corner. Seems like it turns itself off, but lights on dash are still on. I'm not really sure what causes it and am hoping that it will be resolved once they have a solution to the current recall for the transaxle wire harness. Have brought it to dealer a few times and they keep telling us it has to do with the 20% oil life. I don't see how that would make a car turn off. And why would they make a car that needs to have the oil changed before the oil life is up or at all.

- Center Moriches, NY, USA

problem #170

Sep 302016


  • miles
After purchasing the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee latitude, I noticed that it had a rough time shifting. The transmission would shift violently from 2nd to 3rd gear and anytime you would stop on an incline. We have had all the necessary recalls done to the vehicle but it has continued to have the same problem. When communicating this issue to the dealership all I get is that we are not used to the 9 gear transmission and we need to get used to it. I will be taking it in for the fourth time to see if they can fix it. On a second note I have also had the vehicle taken in to the shop to see why the vehicle suddenly shuts off. This has also happened to us on several occasions, but when I take it to the dealership they tell me there is nothing wrong. This is a huge safety issue and concerns me. This would be a disaster if it happens to die when I am on the highway. I am very disappointed with this vehicle and more so with the way I am treated when I take it to the dealership. There is something seriously wrong with this vehicle and it needs to be addressed before people get injured.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #169

Apr 122016


  • 19,000 miles
Loss of motor power causing error codes and the shut down of vehicle. Vehicle sometimes restarts but often does not. This occurs while vehicle is in motion. Vehicle has been brought back to dealer 4 different times since April 1016 and still not being fixed. I received a recall notice and dealer stated parts currently not available anywhere to repair issue.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #168

Jul 032016


  • 33,000 miles


Vehicle has cut off while driving, unexpectedly on 6 occasions. The vehicle loses power, steering becomes stuff, and the driver dash shows a message to shift to neutral while actively in drive. After several attempts at a restart, the vehicle eventually resumes normal driving. This has occurred in my personal vehicle, as well as a rental vehicle.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #167

Feb 062016


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. While driving 50 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but failed to respond. The service transmission warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and the valve body and parking brake needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred two additional times. On another occasion, the headlights became inoperable and the "head lamp out" warning message illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the body control module and head lamps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. While driving 15 mph, the automatic power locks failed to operate without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repair; however, the specifics of the repair were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000...updated 10/13/16

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #166

Nov 012014


  • 100 miles
The transmission on this vehicle makes it very dangerous!! surging, hesitation, speeding up, hard shifts continually. The transmission was replaced and it was serviced many times with no improvements. When you try to pull out onto a road, it will hard shift into gear after hesitation, it does the same when backing up. It causes a very dangerous situation and I have almost been hit by another vehicle many times due to the transmission issues. The headlights on this vehicle are dangerous, they follow a severe straight line and when going up and down hills it causes you to lose vision of the road in front of you.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #165

Sep 022016


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the issue recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

- Paoli, OK, USA

problem #164

Sep 122016


  • miles
September 12 2016 460 county route 7 pine plains NY 12567 518-398-0366- home 914-489-9033- cell 914-393-8749 (husband's cell) re: S55/NHTSA 16V-529 VIN: Last 8- EW212459 I received in the mail a recall on my Jeep Cherokee for transaxle wire harness. I called village Dodge, duchess Dodge and they have not received the parts to fix the recall. It is very disturbing to think I might crash out to loss of motive power. Why do the dealerships not have parts yet? after speaking with your fca recall assistance center 1 800 853 1404 angel would only give me her name would not tell me an operator number what state she was in or any information that I contacted the center. I asked for a supervisor and placed on hold. I am requesting a loaning car. Finally angel came back on the phone when I asked again for what state she was in angel stated farmington hills Michigan. Angel told me that I have 24 to 48 hours for a call back from the supervisor. Loaner car will also take 24 to 48 hour for someone call me back and I am being placed on special tracking list. This is unacceptable to be expected to drive a vehicle that could crash and possibly kill me or some innocent drivers. I expect something would be done immediately.

- Pine Plains, NY, USA

problem #163

Jul 042016


  • 50,000 miles
My car stalls randomly (approximately every 1000 miles) while I'm driving (in motion). There is no warning. This last time the car stopped when I was traveling 70 miles per hour on hwy 5 - just died right in the lane!! it has also stalled at busy intersections, on onramps, huge hills etc. I finally - after 10 visits to the Jeep repair shop - understand from the dealership that the car needs a new engine to fix the problem. But they say this is acceptable under Jeep guidelines and won't pay for the new engine... I've put over 20 quarts of expensive synthetic oil in my car over the past year and never know if the car will be safe to drive. This is the worst car I've ever had and I'm disgusted with Jeep. By the way - I just found out it needs a fifth recall - part still in development (as always). When I asked the woman who told me of this new development, she couldn't explain what the risk is while we wait for the new part. In 2 1/2 years of owning this piece of crap car, I've had five recalls and over a dozen stalls... I'm so angry and bummed.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #162

Aug 172016


  • 22,000 miles
Vehicle has been serviced multiple times for transmission not shifting, shifting hard enough to lose traction, and shifting into neutral at random. Transmission is still not fixed nor functioning properly. This also triggers the stability control to malfunction and lose control on slippery surfaces. Now the four wheel drive feature is broken and not functioning as well. Dealer has had the vehicle more than 6 times in the past 8 weeks, and several times prior in the two years before. This vehicles transmission is a huge safety and loss of vehicle control issue.

- St Johns, MI, USA

problem #161

Aug 202016


  • 19,000 miles


While driving about 50 mph on winding hilly country road, the vehicle suddenly jerked and all the dashboard lights lit up. The car completely shut down. This shutdown lasted for only 2-3 seconds and then restarted as if nothing ever happened. It was not necessary for the driver to do anything. There was no need to restart the vehicle it restarted on its own as the key remained in the ignition and we did not touch it.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #160

Jul 082016


  • 69,000 miles
Vehicle doesn't idle at stop signs or light, often the engine shuts down if brake is applied abruptly. When selecting drive from reverse the vehicle engine dies and same with turning left or right if your feet is not on the accelerator pedal. Happens both on the highway or around local streets.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #159

Aug 142016


  • 44,000 miles
I have had multiple instances of the transmission falling out of gear and losing all power. In order to get any acceleration I have to restart the car multiple times. At this point I will be unable to get above 5-10 mph. When shifting between gears during these instances the car will jerk violently as I shift between P R N & D. on one occasion the car accelerated in reverse when the dash shows that I was in D. in every instance this has occurred while I was driving the vehicle. Multiple times both on the freeway and on city streets. When the issue occurs my check engine, service transmission, service parking brake, and traction control lights come on. The issue is not affected by speed, turning, etc. I currently have a replacement transmission in the car and have had it into two different dealerships multiple times for this issue and am still experiencing the problem. I have taken video records of the latest instances and shown the service advisors.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #158

Aug 052016


  • 38,000 miles
Purchased the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and initially had trouble with the zf 9-speed. Issues involved jerky rides in the low gears. Issues were so bad that at times the car would take 5-10 seconds to switch gears and I would be stuck in neutral in the middle of the road, almost causing several accidents. I have now taken my car to two dealerships over the past 2+ years roughly 7 times and theyve perfomed system updates that are supposed to help. They have yet to help and most recently I was involved in another near accident. I have called the Fiat Chrysler service center to put a case together. I am very frustrated with my purchase and hope that they can fix these issues. A more concerning issue was after two weeks of purchase. I was driving on the highway, going roughly 70 mph, and a warning light appeared on the dash screen and they all the screens went black and I lost the ability to accelerate. I was forced to move from the left lane to the far right and let the car come to a stop. I contacted the Jeep dealership, since it had only been 2 weeks after purchase, and they told they didnt know what was wrong and to just turn off the car and wait 5 minutes and then try again. After doing this I drove the car to the dealership and asked them for a reason to why it happened. They couldn't provide an answer and saw nothing wrong with the car. 2 years went by and this hadnt happened again, until this January. I was again on the highway and lost control of accelerating and almost was in an accident. I brought it to the dealership and they said they performed software updates. Hasnt happened again, but last time it took 2 years.

- Cardiff, CA, USA

problem #157

Aug 052016


  • 41,000 miles
The transmission sticks in neutral and I have to stop the vehicle, put it in park, engage the parking brake, disengage the parking brake, and shift into drive in order to fix the issue. There are several known issues with the 9-speed transmission. There have been two recalls and still giving me problems. I took it to the shop today. I have no idea how much this is going to cost.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #156

Jul 292016


  • 56,127 miles
When I got off work one morning, about to get on interstate but Jeep was acting funny, all the warning lights came on, so I decided to stay on service road, came to a light and stopped, mind you all the lights were blinking and then my wipers started going off, the Jeep wouldn't go then it died. I tried three times to push the start button but the Jeep didnt start until finally the 3rd time, it didn't drive well, spudders until I pulled over into a parking lot, the car warning lights were on and flashing wipers going without being on. I turned the car off and waited for about 15 minutes and it came back on still had warning lights on but not flashing and the car drove fine all the way to the dealership. This happened about 5 weeks ago they found nothing wrong. About two weeks I was backing up, then put in drive and the Jeep continue to back up, had to put in park then in drive to go forward this happen three times on that day, then on same day was driving on the interstate and going about 73 mph it was driving rough, the rpms stayed on 4 and never did idal down. Took to dealership again, nothing wrong. Then on Friday 7/29/16 same thing with all the lights and wipers going off, back to dealership, as of yesterday Tuesday still nothing wrong. I brought with 176 miles on it, never got the extra warrenty or service warrenty sorry don't the money for that, I had to pay for my own rent a car, dealership won't pay for it. I have 57000 miles on my car in two years, all hwy miles I work far from home. I want to trade but will be upside down very bad. I don't feel safe in this Jeep and will never buy another one ever, ever, ever... Jeep dealership doesn't give a rat's ass either. Not a happy camper.

- Bells, TX, USA

problem #155

Apr 012014


  • miles
Vehicle does not shift gears properly both on city streets and highway. Often slams into next gear at unexpected times or not at all. On the highway when trying to accelerate past a car there was absolutely no pick up, the car did not even go. It has even caused the car to jump forward after breaking and coming to a complete stop. This has all been happening continuously since purchasing the car. I was initially told it was a software issue but no updates have seemed to fix the issues and it just continues to get worse, I'm scared for my safety.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #154

Jul 202016


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the transmission service warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the instrument panel suggested restarting the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted and functioned normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000. Updated 09/27/16

- Suisun City, CA, USA

problem #153

Oct 302014


  • 4,927 miles
Since getting this vehicle in Oct. 2014 we have had nothing but problems with it. The car switches gears when it shouldn't and lunges forward. Also when you slow down to stop the car lurches and shakes before coming to a complete stop. Sometimes you can feel the pedal pumping under your foot when you are moving slowly in traffic. Whenever you are going up any type of hill the engine sounds like it is going to explode. We have taken it to the dealership where we purchased it numerous times and continue to just be told that it is a known issue with 2014 Jeep Cherokee's. there is also a clicking noise by the tires whenever your make a turn. We also took it to the dealership for this and they claim they didn't notice anything. It sounds like the wheel is going to fall off! we should not have these problems with a car that has less than 20,000 miles on it! I cannot wait to get rid of this Jeep. I've had older cars in the past and had not nearly the amount of problems as I have had with this Jeep. It doesn't feel safe to drive. Jeep is well aware of this issue yet they continue to do nothing about it.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #152

Jun 272016


  • 18,000 miles
Vehicle has stalled twice at a 30 mph rate of speed due to oil low not empty. If vehicle should fall below 2 quarts of oil, vehicle may stall and stop working properly while in motion. My vehicle hold 4-5 quarts of oil and was not due for an oilchange and stalled twice while on residential road. Dealer stated my vehicle should remian a full level of oil in order for it to not stall!!! no oil leaks or mechanical issues were found during service.

- Deptford, NJ, USA

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