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2014 Jeep Cherokee transmission problems: not shifting properly

Not Shifting Properly

2014 Jeep Cherokee (Page 1 of 4)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Jeep dealer. Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
22,850 miles
Total Complaints:
72 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (29 reports)
  2. no solution (22 reports)
  3. flash update (10 reports)
  4. replace transmission (7 reports)
  5. replace valve body (3 reports)
  6. recall transaxle calibration (1 reports)
2014 Jeep Cherokee transmission problems

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Jan 012015

Cherokee Trailhawk V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


I picked up my Cherokee in November of 2014. Within the first month of driving it I started noticing that the transmission would hesitate when coming out of a complete stop. I would hit the gas to go and the car just would not move, and then it would catch and the tires would screech and the entire car would jerk forward. This has been a constant problem. It has been recalled twice for supposed software corrections, but none have made a difference.

The problem is so severe that it almost caused an accident when my car froze for several seconds when I was trying to pull into a busy intersection, causing me to miss my window, only to then jerk forward right into the path of an oncoming semi. I have complained multiple times to jeep dealerships and have been told everything from "we could not replicate the problem" (which is BS because they took it on the highway. Not surprising you couldn't replicate a problem starting from a dead stop when you drove it on the highways for 90 percent of your test run) to "That is how the transmission is supposed to work". Which is equally laughable.

- cbrockman, Aurora, US

problem #71

Mar 122018

Cherokee V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Car does not shift smoothly and lunges and jerks. It even would not move from start from a stop and the "D" started blinking (this happened twice). First time at the dealer they said they did a PTM and TCM update. I checked the VIN on Mopar website for the S55 recall and it said all fixes have been implemented. This was before the first trip. Acted the same and now were at Second time back to the dealer.

I spoke with the service manager who said they don't know what it is and that he was waiting from STAR. The service advisory who is dealing with my girlfriend says the service manager couldn't find what was wrong and was going to drive it home to see if he could reproduce the issue. This is after he told me he was waiting on STAR.

Sounds like there giving us the run around. Bought used but with power train warranty. Any thoughts?

- Matthew R., Iron Station, NC, US

problem #70

Nov 112014

Cherokee Sport 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,847 miles

dealer was unable to correct problem as they were getting no support from Chrysler Fiat. This is the first and last jeep i will ever buy and will not recommend a jeep purchase to anyone. My 2014 is a piece of crap.

- Michael S B., Edmonton, Canada

problem #69

Jan 182018

Cherokee Lartitude 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,025 miles


Vehicle jerking, lunging and failing to shift at low speeds. Transmission delay in shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Jeep service road test and "quick learn" performed on vehicle. Returned to service without repair as test drive could not replicate problem.

- John G., Ocala, FL, US

problem #68

Aug 012016

Cherokee Trailhawk V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

I first noticed this problem around 10,000 miles but didn't mention it until I had service. I have been mentioning it since and have been told it was fixed through a software update. Now I am being told there will eventually be a recall, but every time I ask, they say it is not ready yet or think there is not going to be a recall.

- kkbrofft, Monument, US

problem #67

Sep 282017

Cherokee Sport 2.4L I4 9 Speed

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,950 miles

I was driving at approximately 25 MPH when the transmission warning lights, ABS and traction control lights all came on and warning signs signaled. The car automatically shifted to a lower gear and was hard to drive. I pulled over. The dash read "CHECK TRANSMISSION" and "PUT VEHICLE IN PARK AND THEN SELECT GEAR". I turned vehicle off and restarted a couple of times. After a few minutes, only the engine light came on. Vehicle remained in a low gear, was drive-able. I drove home and made an immediate appointment with Jeep. Jeep provided a software update, flashed the TCM (update #21). Apparently this transmission engine problem has been occurring since this vehicle hit the pavement and Jeep does not know how to fix, hence having 21 different updates. I am concerned that all Jeep did was to put a band-aid on a large wound. I am afraid to drive my vehicle and if this happens on the highway, I know that I am risking being in an accident.

Update from Oct 1, 2017: The day after I got my car back from Hall CDJR Service Department, I got in the car and started it up to see that all the warning lights were on again (engine, check transmission, stability and ABS). I put the gear in Reverse and the car would not drive. I had shut the car off and started it again. This time, only the engine light came on but when trying to change gears, there was a repeated clicking noise. The vehicle jerked when I placed it in reverse. Needless to say, I had contacted Hall CDJR Service Department and got authorization to have the vehicle towed to the service department. I had to fight to get a loaner car since they will be keeping the vehicle over the weekend. From reading all of the horror stories about this transmission, I have made an appointment with a lawyer. This is a defective product and I do not feel safe keeping this car. There is no fix for this transmission.

- gailc2704gs, Suffolk, US

problem #66

Dec 222017

Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,812 miles


I live on a tight budget. Very tight. As a result, there is no room for error. The purchase of this Jeep was an error. I traded in my 2011 Ford Ranger with 168,000 miles on it. It needed to go. I commute 100 miles a day for work and I need a reliable vehicle. I wanted a Jeep and the Cherokee is the only one I could barely afford to get into. I purchased it from Auto Lenders in Lakewood, NJ. All of the vehicles they sell are Certified Pre-owned.

This Jeep, according to CarFax, had no previous problems and was previously leased and turned in with just over 35K miles. I am the second owner. I purchased this Jeep in August 2017. My wife has driven it a couple of times a couple of weeks ago and she said she noticed some clanking and noises coming from the transmission when she put it in gear. I've noticed a few things here and there but nothing severe. Then on December 22, I went to get gas, after I filled up I pulled out of the station and wham! There was nothing. No power as I tried to accelerate into traffic. Then it bucked and clanged and banged... every light on the dash lit up and the "Service Transmission" warning kept flashing. The "D" light was flashing on the dash as well. I limped home after several traffic light close calls.

- Theodore J., Brick, NJ, US

problem #65

Dec 192017

Cherokee Lattitude V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

My check transmission light came on. The car is not shifting properly and parking brake is not engaging. I am very worried at what is to come.

- Ryan G., Portland, OR, US

problem #64

Aug 232017

Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,142 miles

Continuing Transmission problems...Starts in 3rd gear, very slow to downshift.. never uses 2nd gear. Step on the gas to get going and then slams it into 1st gear. Dealer Installed another new flash update. Think they will stall until out of warranty !!

- Gary H., Helena, MT, USA

problem #63

Aug 312017

Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,847 miles

This is a repeat problem with many transmission problems. In this case, many error and warnings were triggered and the vehicle would not move forward or reverse. The dealer says that FCM requires them to clear all error codes and then try to repeat the problem. Since it did not repeat, the dealer says they can do nothing until the problem recurs. Further, they say the only way to be certain the error code will be read and accepted by FCM is if the vehicle is kept running until it arrives at the dealer and the dealer reads the active error codes. Crazy and not practical!

- Teresa L., Houston, US

problem #62

Dec 122014

Cherokee Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Vehicle jumps abruptly when pulling out at a stop sign or red light, Going up a hill it doesn't shift properly. Very erratic. Received a ticket from local police who thought we were trying to peel out due to the transmission. Complain to dealer numerous times and took in for repair to have them just say it needs to be reprogrammed!! Very dissapointed in the vehicles performance and tire wear is progressed by the bad transmission. Anyone who rides in the vehicle askes what is wrong with it and says I should complain to the dealer. The 9 speed transmission definitely had problems this year and Jeep does not want to admit it and replace the transmission!!

- Jackie C., Jefferson Hills, US

problem #61

Feb 012017

Cherokee Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

When I step on the gas, it feels like it barely moves. Sometimes it sounds like I'm driving a racing car, except I'm going really slow. The RPM goes all the way up to 5 and it still moves slow. I feel like it's also using a lot of gas, and it's just getting worse. Sometimes it pulls itself forward, which on several occasions I almost got in a car accident.

- luriostegui, Itasca, US

problem #60

Jun 192015

Cherokee Latitude 4X4 9 Speed

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,895 miles

I bought this Jeep Latitude 2014 in October 2014. The transmission problem started immediately. We kept reading the owners manual to see if there was something we were doing wrong. Sometimes it drives fine but when it starts it's scary. I have had this Jeep back to the dealership multiple times. And every time they look at me like I'm stupid. Then I start getting the recalls I thought, thank god there's hope. Not even close!!! The last time I took it back to the dealership was June 2017. I was told that they updated the computer module and that it was fixed. NOT!!! It was a touch better but after taking a short trip upstate it became soooooo much worse. I spent a lot of money on this Jeep and for the extended warranty!!! Something needs to be done!!! My family doesn't feel safe in this vehicle!!! You can get serious whiplash from this transmission!!!!!

- Deanna K., Lake Hopatcong, US

problem #59

Jun 262017

Cherokee Lattitude 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I had this issue four times now and Jeep was not able to fix. Its still under warranty and dealer refused to give a rental or loner car when they have this issue. And they say they don't have appointments for a week. I am using Uber every day to commute to work, we only have one car for the family, its been very difficult. Called Jeep customer service like 5 times for rental car and they say they should get manger approval for this and they are delaying this from past three days.

Its the worst car and I will never buy anything from Chrysler.

- Satish C., Scottsdale, AZ, US

problem #58

Feb 282014

Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

Transmission is a POS needs to be replaced with new one !

- Guy M., Hopatcong, NJ, US

problem #57

Sep 012014

Cherokee Limited 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles

2014 Jeep Cherokee 9-speed transmission is a piece of junk. The dealer has tried the software "fix" Jeep recommends several times to no avail. It is becoming dangerous shifting gears because of the lack of acceleration and stalling. The entire transmission needs to be replaced as do the yahoo's at the dealership and the yahoo's at Jeep who decided to put this in.

- thompco8, Chicago, IL, US

problem #56

Apr 142017

Cherokee Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

The car would jump every time it was put into gear. After bringing it in 4 times for transmission related issues the dealership finally had a tech drive the car and he was able to duplicate the concern so they replaced the valve body. The car no longer jumps when put into gear but the shifting is as rough as ever. This car is a lemon and I am so frustrated that they cannot fix the issues that I am ready to trade it in and take the financial hit.

- scash, Fort Myers, US

problem #55

Apr 022016

Cherokee Latitude 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Car has bad pickup. It shifts roughly. It is a brand-new car, with less than 10,000 miles on it when the problem occored. It never went away and only got worse.

- Anthony C., Marlboro Township, US

problem #54

Feb 212014

Cherokee Latitude 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

Had my Jeep Cherokee 2014 serviced 2 times for hard shifting of the transmission and lurching, jumping and sudden shut off. They said it was software but I still have the same problems.

- Mitch L., Lockport, IL, US

problem #53

May 052014

Cherokee Limited V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 100 miles

Have had problems with the transmission from the day we bought our vehicle. Love the vehicle itself and would keep it if it weren't for the transmission problem. Will be returning when lease it up.

- Jim C., West Fargo, ND, US

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