Notes: How many transmission complaints can a new vehicle really receive? You'd be surprised. Unless you're a 2015 Cherokee owner, then I bet you're not surprised at all.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,701 miles

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2015 Jeep Cherokee drivetrain problems

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 14 of 19)

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problem #117

Aug 212015


  • 21,000 miles


Transmission failed to shift. Check engine light on, service transmission message displayed.

- Titusville, NJ, USA

problem #116

Jan 262015


  • 9,794 miles
Transmission failure. Vehicle would not shift out of third gear.

- Titusville, NJ, USA

problem #115

Aug 112015


  • 5,645 miles
We were driving cross-country, far from home when the service light came on at 5,645 miles. Fortunately, we broke down in a city with a Jeep dealer nearby that could scan the codes. We learned that the transmission control module indicated a problem with the transmission. The dealer recommended replacing the transmission. After 5 days, we picked up our car. We have noticed rough shifting on both the old transmission and the new transmission. We have since learned that the transmission in this make/model vehicle is new and not production ready. Many customers are complaining about the same problems and experiencing close calls with vehicles hitting their stalled car on freeways and busy streets. We are very worried about our safety as the transmission continues to run rough like before. Please investigate.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #114

Jul 082015


  • 100 miles


Transmission responsiveness has very long (greater than one whole second) delay from driver input to actual power delivery. This leads to frequent near misses in dense traffic, particularly merging from a secondary street to a highway. I have not driven any other vehicle with a delay this extended.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #113

Jul 012015


  • 3,000 miles
When my 2015 Jeep Cherokee sport reached about 3000 miles it began having acceleration problems when I began to decelerate at stop signs, traffic lights, or in traffic. When the vehicle decelerated it always had a one or two second occurrence of rapid acceleration causing me to slam on my brakes avoiding collisions. This became worse as the car approached 4000 miles. I would then have problems accelerating into traffic and had issues with excessive rpms before shifting into the correct gear. I scheduled a visit to me dealership upon my return from vacation. The Friday before we left for our return trip home from vacation my wife put the car into drive and the Jeep shifted into reverse for several seconds before shifting into drive. Very dangerous. The very next day we were on our way home from vacation and got 4 miles on the highway (130 miles from home) when I reached 60 mph the transmission service light and check engine light came on and the car would not accelerate and began to stop in high speed traffic. We coasted off the road with my young children in back and had to be towed to the nearest Jeep dealer which was 130 miles from our house. The dealer has seen this before and seems to think it is a software issue. They will reinstall the software (which didn't work the first time) and test the car for several days. When asked if this will occur again they gave me no reassurance, saying it's software and not an actual part. I was advised confidentially by a serviceman at the dealer to speak to an attorney as I do not feel safe for my wife and young children traveling in this car without any reassurance. It is a very dangerous situation which it seems Jeep knows about but will not address correctly until fatalities occur. Should not happen with a 2 month old car. Looking at the lemon law but it seems to need 3 occurrences which by that time may lead to a fatality.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

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problem #112

Aug 072015


  • 325 miles
This is a newly leased vehicle. After driving at 65 mph for about 20 minutes and then stopping, a burning smell was observed. After opening hood, smoke was rising from behind the engine, but no fire. Oil was observed leaking underneath the vehicle and engine oil level had dropped below the recommended level. Oil was leaking onto the skid plate and exhaust which caused the smoke. Vehicle was driven back to the dealer for repairs. Dealer stated the oil pan seal was leaking and replaced the seal immediately at no charge to me.

- Milton, VT, USA

problem #111

Aug 072015


  • 21,000 miles


Shifting with the vehicle or accelerating often has unexpected results. Shifting from reverse or park to drive results in lunging forward with increased speed. Shift from reverse to park or park to reverse can experience forward lunging. Pressing the gas, or even attempting rapid speed increase, can result in an unresponsive vehicle - no movement forward, high revs and significant rpms. After several seconds a rapid "catch" occurs and an uncontrolled jerking lunge forward.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #110

Jul 262015


  • 1,790 miles
I purchased a latitude V6 2wd 2 months ago. This past Sunday, while stopping at a stop light, the car made a dinging noise, the check engine light came on along with the message that the start/stop feature was not working. When I began to accelerate, the car would not shift gears and by the time I got to 40 mph my RPM's were at 4,000. After a mile or so, I was able to pull over and turn the car off. When I restarted the car, the check engine light remained on but it was driving fine until I got to the next stop light. The same thing happened again. On Monday, I had the car towed to the dealership. They told me that they performed updates on my car and resolved the issue. I requested them to test drive it for good measure and was assured all was well on Tuesday morning. I picked up the car on Tuesday afternoon and before I could get to the highway, the same error returned! this time I was able to accelerate normally without the RPM issue but as I was slowing my car, the down shifting was extremely rough. The service guy brought his tablet into my car and said that the errors were coming from the PCM. Today, Wednesday, he informed me that they were replacing the PCM. I should get it back tomorrow or Friday. I will follow up on this issue. 7/31 - replacing the PCM did not fix the issue. They are now replacing the transmission - which is on a 3 week backorder.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #109

May 292015


  • 4,000 miles
Car transmission failed, causing us to get hit numerous times. Can not accelerate when necessary, sometimes it will go fine and other times gas pedal floored and go no where.

- Mesquite , TX, USA

problem #108

May 202015

Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 304 miles
Thank you!! the first incident occurred at 304 miles. Check engine light came on and the car started shaking and could not accelerate. Check engine light started flashing and called the dealership immediately. Had the truck towed in and they advised at first that the upper head of the engine blew, after speaking with my customer resolution rep (case number: [xxx]) the dealership called me again and advised it was just a bad spark plug and they fixed it. The second incident occurred about a week after this service I took a 200 mile trip to pa to visit family and on the way back from this trip the check engine light came on again. I checked the oil levels and there was nothing on the measuring stick. Had to car towed again and this time bayside Chrysler advised the O-ring went on the car and that it was replaced/fixed. After the O-ring service the car is still loosing oil but I can't smell is burning and there is nothing under the car after leaving a parking spot. However, when the car first starts blue smoke comes out of the exhaust and the engine knocks/tics a bit upon starting but that stops after the oil hits the engine I guess. On 8/5/2015 I started the car after work and the check engine light came on and flashing again and the car began shaking. It was towed to the dealership again this morning for service. The above covers the engine issues. Two weeks ago at a stop sign I stepped on the gas but the engine just revved for a few seconds followed by the transmission engaging. Since then the transmission has not been shifting normally. The transmission has not failed yet but it appears it's on its way. Currently the car has 2,400 miles on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been in contact with many other on forums and these people have family's/small children as do I. something needs to be done about these cars. Their not safe. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #107

Jun 272015


  • 5,000 miles


Went in for software update for transmission in April. Started experiencing differences in shifting which I was told would be normal and the result of the software update to prevent wear on the transmission. Gradually got worse, had moments of loss of power when trying to pass/accelerate even with the gas pedal all the way to the floor. Had moments of acceleration when pulling into traffic where there was considerable hesitation in the transmission before finally engaging in a very low gear, sticking in that gear even with rps very high, finally shifted but did not allow for proper acceleration to get out of the way of traffic in this type of situation. Also experienced issues with down-shifting when coming to stops at intersections, the transmission would not downshift in the lower gears, so all stopping power was in braking even when gradually coming to a stop which should be aided by the down- shifting of the transmission. Vehicle also was not able to maintain speeds well while in cruise control. Sometimes it would take off going over 10 mph over the set speed, sometimes it would lag well behind the set speed. Could feel transmission constantly shifting from one gear to another to try and maintain the constant speed on flat ground. Check engine light finally came on. Transmission is being replaced. Today is day 22 without my vehicle as it sits in the shop waiting for a very popular back-ordered part to be installed behind a wait list of other customers.

- Cowiche, WA, USA

problem #106

Aug 032015


  • 5,300 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine shut off and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power train module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but did not offer any further explanation. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,300.

- Farmingville, NY, USA

problem #105

Apr 132015


  • 1,100 miles
My husband and I bought a brand new 2015 Jeep Cherokee trailhawk. 2 weeks after owning our brand new car that we purchased because we were expecting a baby and wanted to have a safe reliable vehicle we started having shifting problems and electrical issues. We brought in the vehicle multiple times (4 times) and although we were told that it might be transmission related issues but then as soon as Chrysler got involved we were told our vehicle is perfectly fine. Nothing was ever fixed until my husband and I went to a different dealership. The new dealership fixed the electrical problems but said everything with the transmission is normal. The car makes shudder motions, sometimes it does not accelerate as I'm trying to get onto the freeway and it shifts very jerky. We have owned a Jeep before which did not do that. We are so disappointment how Chrysler is responding to known transmission problems and not doing any recalls on transmission related issues. We bought this vehicle because we wanted a safe vehicle for the family. However, after the latest tcm update the shifting has gotten worse and it doesn't feel safe to drive the vehicle yet Chrysler won't do anything as we are being told this is normal.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #104

Jun 302015


  • 1,000 miles
Mine is 2015 new Jeep Cherokee V6 limited model. The problems mainly lie in the zf 9 speed transmission. 1) experienced front end wobbling when shifting from 2nd gear to 3rd gear accelerating at 1750 RPM to 2000. The vibration happens most frequent when starting from uphill. 2) the vehicle will accelerate on its own even without gas pedal engaged when down shifting from 4th to 3rd or lower gear, causing significant safety issues.

- Mapleshade, NJ, USA

problem #103

Apr 182015


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. While driving at 40 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and the vehicle would not shift properly to speed. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred after 2,000 miles. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #102

Feb 162015


  • 1,254 miles
Purchased 2015 Cherokee in January, 2015. First recall in Feb 2015. Software update for transmission and rapid response transmittal. Shifting problems started shortly after update. Hesitation from a stop; delayed start and then "takes off"; surging forward without foot on gas; shifts up when coming to a stop with foot on brake; clunking noise started at 7000 miles. Took it in for recalls on airbag and radio security and told dealer about transmission issues. Was originally told they would have Jeep for 2 hours. 7 hours later they called to tell me they did several software updates (ptu, rdm, dtcm, PCM, BCM); when I went to pick it up I asked for details on each update. Frustrated when I was told it would "take some time for the car to learn my driving habits." I asked, "what happens when I am teaching my kids how to drive (twins that will be driving in a month)?" the service tech told me that "the transmission would be really confused." I expressed my concern for safety. Told him I never know when it is going to accelerate on its own or hesitate with a 5 second or longer delay. I asked how that could be safe when teaching kids how to drive. He didn't have an answer. Just said, "I understand your concern." I have only driven it about 20 miles since the updates. Now it shifts quickly through the first 3 gears, still hesitates, and rough shifting. Keeping detailed records now. I've had my Jeep for 7 months (7000 miles) with 3 actual recalls, and 6 software updates that weren't recalls, just performed based on my complaints. The issues with this transmission are a safety hazard, especially when sitting at an intersection waiting to make a left hand turn and never knowing how the Jeep will respond...this isn't safe for an experienced driver. How can anyone safely put a new driver into a car that has these types of issues?

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #101

Feb 212015


  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. When the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle would not shift out of park. The contact stated that the brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the diagnosis was unknown. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer as made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 2,500.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #100

Jul 252015


  • 7,800 miles
This problems is intermittent when pulling out into traffic vehicle will move but then has no throttle response leaving you in ath of incoming government traffic good 3 second delay and as you can push accelator down and no response then after a delay RPM shoots way up and be vehicle bolts forward. This has even happen when leaving parking spot the trams mission is not consistent on its shifting. I'm going to take to dealer again but if it doesn't show a code they won't do anything. The vehicle could run and drive good for a month then it will have problem again could happen once or each time you take off then goes away and drives fine again. It is usage with the delay and no throttle response and hardy shifting. Not a good feeling when traffic coming at you and your vehicle won't move and when it does you bolt forward.I have check over the internet and the are tons of complaints with this vehicles transmission and software. Please get this problem fix before someone gets seriously injured or killed.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #99

Jan 022015


  • 1,890 miles
I have owned this 2015 Jeep Cherokee since December 2014. The transmission had to be replaced @ 1890 miles, car stopped dead trying to pass a truck on steep grade, overheated transmission. The power brake master booster had to be replaced twice, @ 2490 miles and 4920 miles, no brakes just crash into nearest curb or car, part and system failure. The transmission mounts had to be replaced @ 2560 miles, car howling like a banchee, parts failure. The software had to be changed 3 times, "trying to solve factory problem". warning lights for check engine and battery came on and car shuttered and came to abrupt stop, in the middle of a dangerous curve, with all system shut down completely @ 4970 miles, currently investigating cause. The car has been with the dealer, in total, more than 45 days, currently at dealer again. This car has left me in life threatening situations 4 times. It appears that when any preprogramed limits are reached, all systems shut down, brakes, steering, everything. You are left totally defenseless and not able to control the vehicle. The Jeep has no emergency brake! this is the most unreliable and dangerous vehicle I have ever driven. I have been totally stranded away from home twice, and have yet to recover over $1000 in out of pocket expense, transportation, hotel, food, and cabs. The dealer closed at 2pm on a Saturday, 280 miles from home, said good by and told me to contact Chrysler for assistance, " it wasn't his responsibility". all 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee should be recalled and taken off the road. This poorly conceived and engineered vehicle is dangerous and will kill many people, if it already has not. The Chrysler corporation and its dealers are knowingly selling a faulty and dangerous vehicle to the public.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #98

Dec 152014


  • 2,000 miles
Vehicle speeds up when brake is applied, downshifting is jerky and uneven. Transmission has been replaced once. Symptoms are the same.

- Naples, NY, USA

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