really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,815 miles

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 242014

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


Jeep had the dreaded "death wobble" many parts failed and needed replaced multiple times within 30,000 miles of highway driving at safe speeds. Tires were properly inflated and alignment was correct.

- Salineville, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 202014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 187,521 miles
My Jeep Grand Cherokee lost power while driving. I was able to pull over with difficulty. I then put in park and was able to get engine started and drove back home. My husband checked out and thought I might have bumped the key since I need the seat so close in order to touch the pedals. I heard on the tv there was a recall on models 2005-2007. Why not on older? if I had been going any faster I might not have been able to steer to the side.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 092014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • miles
My Jeep is doing several things that is cause for not driving it because it can cause a accident. It does not always just start. I have to move the steering wheel up & down ^ then it will start generally. When driving the Jeep will rev up all of a sudden especially at stop signs. If I didn't have my foot on the brakes I could have caused a accident. Also I would have to keep my foot on the gas or it would die on me. These things have been going on for the last 2-3 months.when I put my Jeep in reverse or in drive it makes a major clunking noise like my transmission is ready to fall out. This clunking noise started when all of the other problems started! I have emailed several websites & have not received a response to my problem!! help!!!

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Jul 042013

Grand Cherokee

  • 190,000 miles


I was driving down the road yesterday in my Jeep Grand Cherokee and the throttle went wide open on me, I tried to get it to stop by tapping the gas thinking it was just a little stuck, but it would not stop so I immediately pulled over, had to slam it into gear, got out and ran into a gas station and had them call 911, came back out and my Jeep was shooting flames out of my exhaust and the entire under carriage was glowing red. Resulting in a loss of my serpentine belt, power steering pulley, melted my transfer case, and more that is yet to be inspected.

- Midvale, UT, USA

problem #4

Dec 152012

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
I was driving in the rain going the speed limit. My Jeep hit a pool of water on the surface of the highway and started to skid and hydroploane. The next thing I knew it was flipping over and landed on the shoulder of the highway. I was lucky to be wearing my seat belt. I was suspended upside down by my seatbelt. I was able to unbuckle it and crawl out the drivers side window which was completely blown out. Seconds after I got out of the car it burst into flames and the entire vehicle was engulfed and burned completely inside and out. There was nothing left of it but burnt frame. As soon as the car came to a stop upside down, I smelled gas and just a minute or two later the car was totally burned up.

- Glendale, CO, USA

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problem #3

Mar 232009

Grand Cherokee

  • 74,000 miles
Vehicles gear was put in P-park, shut off and vehicle continued to roll down driveway---the gears are passing or (slipping gears)---P is reverse, N is drive, none of gears are correct.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 202003

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When stopped, with the transmission in drive, the car would jump forward without ever touching the accelerator. The only way to prevent the car from lurching forward was to increase pressure on the brake pedal, but the lurch was still felt. I have heard this termed a "bump stop" by others that have had it happen to them.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 142003

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The consumer had the vehicle in the shop almost 10 times for repairs. The consumer argued that the power steering was out of order and she was unable to steer the vehicle in reverse. The vehicle had experienced other problems such as the drive pinion, heating pads, brake rotors, calipers, pads, power steering pump, the rear shock absorbers and rear sway bar links. The dealer was contacted about the problems no help was offered. It had appeared that there had been a recall issued for the Grand Cherokee built only from Nov 22- Dec 5 2000 for the power steering and the consumer missed it by a month, but the vehicle experienced the same problem as the recall that was issued. The consumer was very dissatisfied with the dealership. The vehicle also experienced three tire blowouts. The consumer was told the problem was caused by the gear box, there was a recall regarding the issue, however the consumers vehicle was not included in the recall. The front pinion seal leaked.

- Munster, IN, USA

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