really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,004 miles

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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 122016

Grand Cherokee

  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While backing out of the driveway, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The vehicle crashed into a fence and then a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a body shop. There were no injuries. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #11

Sep 102010

(reported on)

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Letter from congressman king on behalf of constituent re accelerator problem with his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee (dot/I #2010-2143) respond to massapequa park, NY office the consumer stated while driving, the accelerator became stuck. The vehicle continued at full throttle up to 90 mph until he turned the engine off and coasted to the side of the road. The consumer took the vehicle to his mechanic who stated the throttle housing was warped; most likely due to heat and it would have to be replaced.

- Glen Cove, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 142008

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Driving to work on Thursday morning, 2/14/08. Road conditions damp but not slick. Pulled into parking spot and car accelerated very quickly and ran into the building. I couldn't seem to stop the car.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #9

Jan 102007

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,577 miles


- the contact owns a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. The contacts vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact was unable to engage the brakes, which almost caused a collision on the highway. No matter how hard he applied the brakes the vehicle would not stop immediately. This failure occurred on two occasions. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer, who stated that the gas pedal and brake pedal were too close together and he was engaging both at one time. The contact stated that the failure was due to the vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal. The contact had spoken to several owners and they are experienced the same failure. The failure occurs occasionally in the morning. Updated 08/13/07

- Wayne , NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 012006

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
: the contact stated the motor to the adjustable pedals became inoperable causing the accelerator and brake pedals to be out of alignment. The accelerator pedal moved down and the brake pedal moved up. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined the motor needed to be replaced.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 222006

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,249 miles
: the contact stated after starting the vehicle the accelerator pedal was depressed with the vehicle still in park. The accelerator pedal did not move and the pedal was depressed again. This time the pedal went to the floor. This occurred two more times. The vehicle was taken to the dealership but no problem was found. Updated 3/17/2006 - the dealer determined that the gas pedal was hard/sticking on cold start up. The technician removed the throttle and cleaned it and replaced the throttle position sensor.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #6

May 072005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles


When breaking to come to a stop at a stop light, slowly rolling at about 5 mph, the car suddenly accelerated on its own and lurched forward. I had to press down on the break pedal very hard to stop the car, the same time it was accelerating. This lasted about 2 seconds, and then the acceleration stopped. When I returned home I took the car into the dealer and the dealer said that it would probably not be able to diagnose the problem unless it did it again when I took it in. It has not happened again since. The auto is a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a V-8 engine.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 052005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 27,700 miles
Soon after startup, moving slowly forward or in reverse, as when entering a roadway or backing out of the garage, and after removing foot from accelerator while braking vehicle resists this action and the engine rpms speeds up to 1300 rpms +. very high braking force was required to overcome the problem. There have been at least 5 instances of this. The local dealer was unable to offer any plausible explanation or help, although he put a recording instrument on the car for a while. My passenger has witnessed this problem at least two occasions. It was an accident threatening situation in at least two instances. Vehicle cannot be trusted.

- Sequim, WA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,402 miles
Whille backing into a service bay the accelerator stuck, the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting a service attendent. My husband had to apply both feet to halt the vehicle, while both back tires smoked.

- Grafton, WV, USA

problem #3

Jan 152005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,200 miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration. After coming to a complete stop and idling. The rpms suddenly revved up, then went back down, followed by sudden acceleration. When this occurred excessive force had to be applied to the brake pedal to stop the acceleration. This resulted in consumer's vehicle almost running a red light and hitting a pedestrian. Dealership had done several diagnostic tests, but was unable to determine the cause of the failure.

- Westchester, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 022004

Grand Cherokee

  • 420 miles
Vehicle accelerated from a stop, the vehicle rpms raced to a high rate, and vehicle hit a tree. Consumer sustained injuries. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 212004

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Consumer's son was pulling into driveway when gas pedal got stuck. This caused him to spin out of control, knock down a fence, and then keep going, ending up chopping down a very large tree. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver and son sustained bumps on the heads, but there were no serious injuries.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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