2016 Jeep Cherokee transmission problems: transmission not working properly

Transmission Not Working Properly

2016 Jeep Cherokee (Page 1 of 2)

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
20,100 miles
Total Complaints:
36 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (26 reports)
  2. replace transmission (3 reports)
  3. download latest software patch (2 reports)
  4. replaced transmission module (2 reports)
  5. repair coolant lines (1 reports)
  6. replace the transmission (1 reports)
2016 Jeep Cherokee transmission problems

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2016 Jeep Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

May 012019

Cherokee Latitude

  • CVT transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Like many others, I started noticing really hard shifting and hesitation with my transmission around 30k miles. I had the CPU updates done a few weeks ago and it only made the problem worse. I now hear clunking noises with down shift, hesitation is greater, and I feel the harder shifting in several more gears than I had. It went back into the shop this week because it wouldn't start (Read battery issue complaint..) and they again checked the transmission. I, too, was told that is just the way it drives and it is fine.

I wish I had researched harder before purchasing this vehicle because now only a few thousand miles away from my 3/36 warranty ending and several issues are starting to arise. It baffles me that a car driving that poorly "is what it is". I will be looking for a new vehicle.

- Krystle G., Waterbury, US

problem #35

Jan 122019

Cherokee Limited 4-2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,500 miles

Driving home from work and as I accelerated the vehicle sounded like it didn't catch a gear. It began to grind loudly and would not accelerate. After a few more seconds it caught and off it went. Not sure why or what this was about. When I brought it to the shop I mentioned this along with the vehicle shutting off a different day and they said it was low oil.

- Stephanie H., Racine, US

problem #34

Feb 022017

Cherokee Latitude 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I am sick of this Jeep. Been having problems since day one. Been telling the dealership and nothing happens. Every time it’s time for an oil change transmission tripping, electrical problem,or the alternator. Over it but stuck with it. So pissed off. Got stuck on the highway with my new baby recently and now they say needs computer update. Over this sh*t. DON'T GET A JEEP CHEROKEE!

- Lex T., Littleton, CO, US

problem #33

Sep 022018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


I have a 2016 Jeep Cherokee that I am having Transmission issues with. The transmission light came on about a week ago and went right back off. Then it came on again about 2 days ago and my car stalled in the middle of a hwy. After about 10-15 seconds it started going again and the light went off. Well today the light came on once again and stalled on another road and finally after a few seconds started driving again. The car now is not shifting like it should, the car will rev up really fast but the car will only go about 10 MPH when it does and takes forever to go. I tried contacting the Chrysler/Jeep dealer in my area to get in under warranty but they said they will have to deny my request for at least 75 days.

- Mattie W., Denham Springs, LA, US

problem #32

Aug 302018

Cherokee Lattitude 2.4L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Noticed that the transmission started to feel like it is slipping or rough shifting on the highway at 60-65 MPH, especially around 2000 RPMs up slight grades. This also occurs at lower speeds at around 2000 RPMs. I started noticing this around 84,000 miles, but it was very infrequent. It has gotten far worse at around 85,000 miles.

Took it to Dealer at 85,000 and they said they could not replicate the issue and there is nothing wrong with the transmission. They also said that these symptoms are just the "nature of the beast". I have an extended 100K drive train warranty and I just hope that they are not helping until the warranty runs out and I have to replace the transmission out of my own pocket.

- Rob P., Highland Mills, NY, US

problem #31

May 202016

Cherokee Trailhawk 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

I have had transmission issues since buying the vehicle. I have been to the dealer about 3 or 4 times to have the issue fixed and it was never fixed. Low power, hesitations in acceleration, randomly dropping speed while acceleration, and complete loss of power. It all continues to this day and I have all but given up on getting Chrysler to take responsibility. I am sometimes even afraid to drive the vehicle when one or more of these symptoms happens. Chrysler needs to take responsibility. As a consumer I am entitled to get what I pay for!

- Nate C., Charleston, SC, US

problem #30

Aug 012017

Cherokee Latitude

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,120 miles


This piece of junk vehicle has done nothing but give me problems since the day I bought it!!! Starting within the first month the car not wanting to start at all, dealership ended up replacing the ignition. Now the hunk of junk slams into gear when driving. It feels like you get rear ended. It is very dangerous because you don't know when it is going to happen. I am worried it will happen when i do not want to go forward and get involved into an accident. It is usually at lower speeds but I don't want to allow it to become a problem. Oh and don't let me be going down a steep hill that I have to brake on, the rpm with ramp all the way into the red zone and never downshift until I slam the brakes as hard as I can. I am going to end up in a freaking wreak because of this lemon. Supposedly they fixed this problem in the 2016, well I am hear to tell you they have not!!! Oh and service department where I bought the lemon just looks at me like I am crazy.

NOW I am stuck in a Lemon that has negative equity in it and can't even trade out of it unless I want to pay out my butt.

- dtidwell, Batesville, US

problem #29

Dec 012016

Cherokee Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I bought a 2016 Jeep Cherokee because I thought it would be a reliable vehicle. I have had my Jeep in to the shop 2 times now for transmission problems. This time the shop had my vehicle for 4 days. The transmission work was under warranty but the front end alignment and normal 15,000 mile check up cost me just under $400. Pick up my Jeep in the morning-I hope it makes the trip to Tahoe ok, or I will be very unhappy. Not that it matters to Jeep, but I thought I would let the world know to beware!

- Shari M., Sparks, US

problem #28

Nov 072017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,773 miles

not shifting into drive

Am seriously freaked out right now. I've had this vehicle 1.5 yrs and not had a single problem until now. Super stressed out.

- Denise C., Caldwell, US

problem #27

Dec 122017

Cherokee Limited 3.2 V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 28,000 miles

My wife is the primary driver of this 2016 Jeep Cherokee, and when we bought this, the salesman was pitching his whole "Jeep Reliability" speech! I had my doubts, but my wife really liked the vehicle, so we ended up getting it.

The whole Engine Shutoff when at a stop was some getting used to, but even after the two years we've had it (28,000 miles), it was still rather annoying.

On her way from work, she called me and said that the Cherokee just all of a sudden started to lunge, and that it felt like it wanted to stall. She turned off the engine shutoff feature, but said that didn't help. Shortly after that, she said that the Transmission indicator turned on and the "Service Transmission" displayed on the info screen.

Luckily Huffine's Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep of Plano, TX was close, so she was able to make it there! The service department was already closed, but yesterday (Dec 15, 2017) they called her and said that the entire transmission was shot! They would have to replace the whole thing - so new transmission supposedly coming in from Detroit (2 weeks) and another week to do the work!

I started to do some research on this vehicle and was alarmed at all the transmission related articles out there! It's rather scary and doesn't give us piece of mind that this vehicle is safe. Actually, we're rather upset and disappointed that Jeep hasn't had a recall! And, that we're in a $30K+ vehicle, that is not reliable.

I'm not sure what we can do about this, since it's "being fixed".

- Roberto A., McKinney, TX, US

problem #26

Dec 092017

Cherokee Latitude 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles


The vehicle slams into gear when driving. It feels like you get rear ended. It is very dangerous because you don't know when it is going to happen. I am worried it will happen when i do not want to go forward and get involved into an accident. It is usually at lower speeds but I don't want to allow it to become a problem. I have dropped it off at the dealer and hope they can resolve the problem. Orange coast Ram in Costa Mesa, CA. I have my fingers crossed because because everything I read with other people experience is that it is a common problem.

- Brett F., Huntington Beach, CA, US

problem #25

Feb 012016

Cherokee Latitude 3.2L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles

Took it to the dealership and they said it needed a oil change and it would fix it. One year later and the car is back at it and this time the service isn’t even 2k miles in and less than 2 months ago....

- Dangelo F., Lakeland, US

problem #24

Oct 092017

Cherokee Latitude 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,158 miles

While traveling on a 2 lane rd @ 55mph towing a small boat in moderate traffic the Jeep lost all power. I was lucky to find a place quickly to coast onto the narrow shoulder. The cars behind were alert and there was no accident. The potential was there though. It was still running at an idle (1000rpm) so I did retain brakes and steering. The engine light and a message of "service transmission" message coincided with the problem. I did manage to get it home and it's now at the dealership where I purchased it. I will update when I hear from them. I'm not filled with confidence as the dealership pretty much said this would be a rare event. I see plenty of this exact same complaint on several websites including NHTSA.

Update from Oct 11, 2017: Got the Jeep back from the dealer today (10/11/17) after they flashed both the PCM and the TCM with the latest software. It seems to be working fine after this procedure. I have a copy of the service order if it would be of any further help.

- William L., Grawn, US

problem #23

Sep 242017

Cherokee Sport 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,641 miles

This is a very common issue on the Jeep Cherokee. These transmissions are not working properly all the time.

- Nicholas B., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

problem #22

Aug 032017

Cherokee Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

I was driving 70 miles an hour down a major highway in the Atlanta, GA area and all of a sudden my engine light comes on and my car starts to decelerate. Fortunately, I was able to get my car to the side of the road and call AAA. My car has been at the dealer for going on 3 weeks but mostly to the dealer service center being backed up.

They figured out quickly it was transmission related and said they'd have to get to it. Fortunately, they gave me a loner vehicle. When they finally got it up to check it out, they said it the transmission module was out of date and needed to be updated. They "updated" it and said they needed to drive the car for 50 miles without the light coming one. Apparently, they did and it all works fine.

Not sure what that means but the car is only a year old and I am worried as I have now seen several of these complaints online about the same exact thing. It was super scary running out of power on the highway. Any recommendations about how I should proceed?

- Kathleen O., Atlanta, US

problem #21

May 082017

Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L Gasoline V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,560 miles

Seems to shift rough and wonder if any damage was,done with low transmission fluid when driving.

- Wayne S., Polk City, US

problem #20

May 272017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

The same damn thing happened again with the transmission. This is the second transmission issue we have had on this Jeep in less than 2 years. I am so annoyed by this car. Once we can get this fixed and paid down more, we are getting rid of this hunk of junk. I will never buy another Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep ever again. Shoddy parts and never any ownership by the company.

- Shannon B., Dayton, OH, US

problem #19

Jan 122016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles

We purchased this vehicle in December 2015. Before we had made our first car payment we had to have the transmission completely replaced. My husband was on the expressway doing 70 mph when the service transmission light came on and his vehicle immediately began losing speed. Luckily he was able to get to the side of the road.

The dealership had our BRAND NEW car for over 2 weeks while they waited to diagnose the problem and have a rebuilt transmission shipped from the factory. We drove this car off the lot we 3 miles on it. In less than 30 days we had to have the transmission replaced?! And not even a NEW transmission, a rebuilt one to go into our brand new car. Such crap! And the dealership didn't give a crap about it.

- Shannon B., Dayton, OH, US

problem #18

Mar 122017

Cherokee SE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,080 miles

round 2 with a transmission that doesnt shift. this time turning off the key does not reset the computer and i had to remove the fuse for 10min to be able to drive home. called dealer and was told i would have to wait almost a week till they could look at it. was able to get it in 2days early (tomorrow) and will see what they say

Update from Mar 16, 2017: picked up the jeep from the dealership today and was told i have a valve body on order (1.5 to 2weeks) because it is on back order. I was also told that if this dosnt fix it the time time will be a complete transmission

Update from Aug 18, 2017: Transmission took 5 weeks to replace. So far so good at 15000 miles. Seems to hold years longer and still has a "shimmy in 1st gear but at least it runs

- Michael M., Makawao, HI, US

problem #17

Aug 112016

Cherokee Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,114 miles

2016 jeep cherokee limited -- transmission issue.

I suddenly came to stop. thank god I was not on the highway.

- Rinjee S., Jackson Heights, NY, US

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