really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
158,805 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 092015

Grand Cherokee 4WD 4.7L 8 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187,000 miles


This "death wobble" as it has been called started almost a year ago. It happens at varying speeds, usually on the road where there are several bumps and unevenness in the road. The first time it happened, I was crossing a bridge in the road and thought I was about to wreck before I could get pulled over and stopped. I have to cross bridges every day and the roads are not smooth anywhere so this is an issue I have to just clench the steering wheel and hope I can get pulled over or at least slowed down enough to get the violent shaking or bouncing stopped. Heck I don't even know what action to say it is doing, whether it is bouncing up and down or from side to side. It is horrible and I am totally surprised I haven't wrecked yet. I have to drive it everyday to work. I have no other vehicle to use so I am stuck with this horrid vehicle until I can find a replacement.

It scared me and my children to death the first time it did it. I have had the tie rod ends replaced and an alignment done so far. This repair took a little of the shaking out at first but it is back to as bad as it initially was. This is a problem Jeep needs to address. It is obviously not the first time this has happened, and it has apparently been a bad problem with Jeeps. Wish I had known prior to purchasing this vehicle because I would have just kept on walking by if I had. It is bad when mechanics look at you and say that you are wasting your money trying to repair this issue because you will never get rid of it.

Jeep you need to do something about this NOW!!! I am surprised that a company like Jeep has let this be a continuous problem. As soon as I can get another vehicle, my behind is out of this Jeep. I don't know what to do with it though because I sure don't want to put it in another car lot for them to sell to someone else. Between this and the lighting issue it isn't worth getting someone hurt over.

- , Gleason, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015

Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

The death wobble is horrible and scary! I almost wrecked 2 times. I barely got the jeep stopped before crashing into other vechicles. You have no control.

- , Howard, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 152015

Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L I6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,234 miles

I have replaced the whole front end of my Jeep and I still get the death wobble. New steering box, lower control arms, steering stabilzer, tie rod ends, drag end link ends, upper and lower ball joints and track bar 2 new front shocks, tires and alignment. I've been in and out of my shop that I've bought it to 4 different times. Now in the past month and have spent close to 2 grand trying to fix this problem and it's still there. I've had mechanics that have worked on Jeeps for over 20 years not know what else to do and I've just had enough and want to know what else to do.

- , Islip Terrace, NY, USA

problem #4

May 252015

Grand Cherokee Limited 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


I was driving about 70 mph down the road and there is a red light that basically separates the towns. I tapped the brakes to slow down and as soon as I did the entire front end started violently wobbling. To me shaking would be the wrong word because there was no steady motion to this. It was wobbling like the entire front end was going to come apart and split in two. I immediately pulled over and checked the tires and sway bar. I thought for sure the sway bar was about to break (if it hadn't already) or, at the very least, the tire was flat. There was absolutely no physical damage showing that would of caused the problem.

My boyfriend and I went and bought new tires for the Jeep the next day. More instances will be talked about in new complaints on this forum.

- , Bridge City, TX, USA

problem #3

May 012015

Grand Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

Encountering the well known "Jeep Wobble". As a Jeep Fan, this should not be happening. I have lost all faith in the Jeep Vehicles. This unbearable violent shaking should not be occurring. This is a high alert safety issue that Jeep needs to remedy IMMEDIATELY !!! This is just a fatal accident waiting to happen. It does not "fix" itself quickly even when the brakes are applied. Other vehicle parts are being ruined because of this wobble. It is impossible to properly steer your vehicle when this happens. Jeep , I've been there for you all these years. Where are you now???

- , Mont Alto, PA, USA

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problem #2

Oct 132014

Grand Cherokee Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

Violent front end (death) wobble. Spent $1600 on repairs and $600 on new tires and the problem still exists. Mostly occurs after hitting a bump in the road at various speeds, as slow as 40MPH and up to interstate speeds.

I spoke to a man today with a 2001 Jeep like mine and he has the same problem and has spent hundreds in repairs without success. I can't believe the manufacturer has not had a recall. The only way to get it to stop the wobble is to pull off the road almost to a stop and reenter traffic. It happened on the interstate when I was in the high speed lane and I brought traffic to an almost complete stop.

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 152012

Grand Cherokee Lmited 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,400 miles

I was driving down the highway at about 60 mph when the front end of the Jeep started shaking violently. I slowed down and it stopped, but I was terrified and took it to the nearest repair shop where they replaced the track bar and some pins in the front end. About a week later, my husband was driving and it did the same thing. We took it back where they did an alignment and welded the track bar where it didn't seem to be fiting right. Not only am I out nearly $700, this is an extremely dangerous problem! It is a miracle nobody was hurt either time! We live in Utah and if this had happened in the winter with slick roads I doubt we would have been so lucky. From what I have learned since the first occurance, this is NOT an uncommon problem in Jeeps and for the safety of my family and everybody on the road I demand that Jeep address this! It is obviously a Jeep problem.

- , Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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