really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,953 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 39 of 41)

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problem #60

Nov 232010

Grand Cherokee

  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the instrument panel light would fail sporadically with the intermittent failure of the instrument panel gauges. In addition, the air conditioner would intermittently activate as the failure occurred and the headlights would illuminate sporadically. The contact had taken the vehicle to the dealer several times but they were unable to determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000 and the current mileage was 67,000. The VIN was not available.

- Logan, UT, USA

problem #59

Mar 012011

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Jeep Cherokee. Consumer states several problems with vehicle including electrical, brake system issues, battery failure, alternator failure, 3 broken stems and repetitive issues with a transmission filter the consumer stated the transmission problem would often leave him stranded. The transmission would often cause the vehicle to lurch forward or backwards when the transmission finally engaged. The vehicle has stalled at intersections while making turns which caused the consumer to lose steering ability.

- Centerville, MA, USA

problem #58

Jan 122011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
In cold weather (anything below approximately 30F) all instrument panel indicator lights light up, the speedometer and tachometer needles drop to zero, as do the fuel and engine temperature gauges. The reverse assist indicator lights in the tailgate also light up. There is a clicking sound in the dashboard. The engine continues to run, but the ABS service required instrument panel indicator light does stay lit up. This is an everyday occurrence in cold weather, and starts happening 10-12 minutes after starting the engine. The vehicle needs to be brought to a full stop and the engine turned off and then on again before it stops happening. Until stopping and restarting, it just keeps on occurring. A quick search of the internet reveals that this is a common problem with various year models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Chrysler dealership simply pleads ignorance after charging me several hundred dollars to 'fix' a loose connection under the driver's seat. An electrical problem of this nature poses a definite electrical fire hazard. Do we need to wait for that before taking action or can we be proactive?

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #57

Jan 102011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


When driving home at night at approximately 65 miles per hour all the dashboard warning lights came on, then the dashboard went blank and shortly after that the headlights went off. After hitting the brakes the dashboard and headlights came back on, the headlights were on auto. I have researched the internet and it appears that Jeep has a problem with this on their 2005 Jeep and is a serious problem that could cause serious injuries or deaths if not fixed.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #56

Feb 112011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I filed a compliant earlier about my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The cd number is 10374691. I will like to update that compliant. I have had the ignition replaced, the computer replaced and they did not fix the problems that I incurred in my previous compliant. The dashboard warning lights all came on again last night as I was driving down the road. This is a serious problem and the dealer has no idea how to fix this problem.

- Huron, SD, USA

problem #55

Dec 252010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
When driving home at night at approximately 65 miles per hour all the dashboard warning lights came on, then the dashboard went blank and shortly after that the headlights went off. After hitting the brakes the dashboard and headlights came back on, the headlights were on auto. I have researched the internet and it appears that Jeep has a problem with this on their 2005 Jeep and is a serious problem that could cause serious injuries or deaths if not fixed.

- Huron, SD, USA

problem #54

Jan 022011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 150,902 miles


Dashboard lights and service electrical brake system come on and off while driving. When the dashboard flickers all gauges shut down while driving. Major safety hazard. Researched on internet and this is a global issue with 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #53

Jul 202009

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Driving home from work (55-65 mph) me head light went off, they then proceeded to blink on and off. From time to time the head lights still blink off and on but it is impossible for me to recreate this situation. The dash lights still continue to blink off and on all the time. Chrysler will not acknowledge a problem and I know of three other vehicles this happens to as well. I have never had anyone find anything wrong with vehicle (so I have been told).

- Oneonta, NY, USA

problem #52

Dec 032010

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
While driving my 2005 Jeep(with my 2 year old daughter in the back)on a Friday evening my dashboard lights and headlights went nuts. They flashed on and off for about 30 seconds and it was pitch black-I was going about 60mph. I decided to take it really slowly but keep on driving, I had issues earlier this year with some shifting module.I really get freaked out about this stuff when my daughters in the car but it was fine for the rest of the weekend.then Monday comes. I was on the highway doing about 70mph when it happened again. This time it was not my front lights but it was the dashboard again for about 2 minutes. I called Chrysler because I have a power-terrain warranty I thought it my be covered. But I need to pay to have it diagnosed-not easy in December right before the holidays. The other problem is a "pop" or "lock" when I'm driving. It seems to be coming from the back. Almost like the brakes locking"?"and again have to pay to just have it diagnosed. What happen to the public calling and explaining the issue and the tech saying"oh I know what that is"or "yea sounds like your blank is loose" I just bought this not even 2 years ago and already dumped over $1000 for parts. It seems like a lot of others are having these issues. Diamler Chrysler should recall these issues for safety purposes.

- Northfield, MA, USA

problem #51

Nov 222010

Grand Cherokee

  • 58,550 miles
When I start and as I'm driving the truck the headlights are flickering along with the radio. The RPM and speedometer gauges are jumping up and down as I drive. I can hear a cluster of clicking noises coming from behind the radio, underneath the steering wheel in the wiring harness's and also from underneath the hood in the fuze box closet to the driver. The heated seats do not work along with the radio and gps, the turning signals and the fog lights do not work when this is going on. The dealer has no idea what's wrong with the car, I have already changed the battery, alternator, and starter. This seams to be an ongoing problem with this truck and its a serious safety hazard.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #50

Feb 072009

Grand Cherokee

  • 84,277 miles


Blower motor relay burned out three times. After search on internet found this is a very common problem with this vehicle.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #49

Sep 162009

Grand Cherokee

  • 97,845 miles
Wiring harness on my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo burned. Checked on internet and this seems to be a common problem on this Jeep model. Dealer would not replace or acknowledge issue.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #48

May 262010

Grand Cherokee

  • 50,000 miles
I bought my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee in April 2010 so I have had it for 5 months. In that 5 months the driver side rear door handle has completely broken and fallen into the door, the passenger side rear door has cracked and will be completely broken soon, the passenger front door handle is just beginning to crack so the only one that really works 100% is the driver door handle. I have an extended bumper to bumper warranty that we purchased and were told the only thing it didn't cover was the dvd player...well they lied! about a month after we bought the Jeep while driving the ac would shut off and everything on the dash would start to blink on and off and then suddenly stop, I took it in and all they said was we could not get it to do it again. We recently had the rear differentials repaired due to them going out, they actually covered that under the warranty. The only other issue is sometimes while stopped at a stoplight and idle the Jeep will seem like it wants to die but never does. I only have 56000 miles on my car and have owned it 5 short months and have had all of these issues, my main concern is the door handles because not only can my 3 kids not get out if there is an emergency, but where the plastic has cracked it has sharp edges and they could easily cut their hands. Something needs to be done before that happens! what is it going to take, an injured child"???"

- Aubrey, TX, USA

problem #47

Aug 102008

Grand Cherokee

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph with the air conditioner in operation when it suddenly failed along with the entire instrument panel.the contact shut off the engine and when restarted, the check engine warning light was illuminated. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was shut off a second time. The failure occurred three times. The control module and battery were previously replaced by the dealer. The VIN was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #46

Aug 042010

Grand Cherokee

  • 80,000 miles
I have had the same issues with my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for many years. It seems to be an electrical problem, but no one can tell me for sure what the problem is. There are three major issues that seem to happen around the same time. 1. while slowing down and the engine is idling it has a tendency to stall. It stalls at many stop signs and red lights. Sometimes when I'm just idling the engine will fluxuate between 400 and 1000 RPM's and then it will stall. 2. while driving I will lose all electrical power. The lights will flash and the dash will ding and click. The tachometer and speedometer will go to 0 the engine will remain running while this happens. If the ignition is turned off and re-started the problem seem to vanish. 3. out of nowhere the Jeep won't start. All I get is a clicking noise when I turn the ignition. The dash lights up and the lights work and the radio works. The battery tests out fine. I've had the battery, alternator, and started replaced but the issue remains. It will eventually start, but the problem return in a few days. I've had the Jeep into the dealership but they can't find anything wrong.

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #45

Jul 242010

Grand Cherokee

  • 30,000 miles
I have been having a problem with my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee since October of 2008. I have been at my wit's end because I have had the ECM replaced along with the battery and starter and the same intermittent starting continues. I have just discovered that I am not the only one. Please refer to the link below. I urge you to investigate this problem. I have had four Jeep and this is the only one I have had a problem with and it seems that a large number of people have the same problem. This seems to be a problem that begs for an investigation. The date I have indicated is only the latest date of the incidents that have occurred since October 2008. I have had three incidents this week starting on July 18th and ending the 23rd. autoforum.classifieds1000.com/Jeep grand_cherokee/2005_jeep_gc_not_starting [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Salinas , CA, USA

problem #44

Jun 032007

Grand Cherokee

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted and began to function normally. In addition, the entire electrical system would not function which included the instrument panel and temperature gauges. The failures occurred intermittently and became progressively worse over time. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a diagnostic test was performed. The technician was unable to identify the electrical problem. The manufacturer stated that they would conduct a research regarding the electrical failure and follow up with the contact. The contact stated that the manufacturer had not been responsive to him concerning the safety defects when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #43

Sep 212007

Grand Cherokee

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited. While the contact was driving approximately 65 mph, the electrical brake system service warning light illuminated. The vehicle stalled after the warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and began functioning normally. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times for a similar failure; however, the technician was unable to duplicate the failures. The vehicle had not been repaired and the failure continued to occur. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #42

May 172010

Grand Cherokee

  • 90,600 miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee has had continuous electrical problems with engine light coming on and stalling since it had about 9000 miles on it and was bought new. Dealership has looked at it several times and could not every find anything wrong with it and usually clears out failure and problems occur shortly after again. After the vehicle stranded me a week ago and once again the service department found nothing wrong-replaced the battery, the vehicle is stalling more than ever and almost had a serious accident that could have been fatal because the power went out driving on the interstate with power steering gone and came close to getting hit by a tractor trailer. Was able to throw into neutral and restart, but this is not a safe condition. The area on interstate was in a construction zone and it seems the problem typically occurs when decelerating below 30 mph.

- Oldenburg, IN, USA

problem #41

Nov 252009

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
I own a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee that has 4 interior door handles broken. To get out of my car I have to roll down my window, open my door and then open the rest of the doors for my 3 kids. This is a scary situation in case I am involved in an accident and there is a fire. If my Jeep turns off how am I supposed to roll down the electrical window and escape out of my car. Our safety is in great danger because of defective door handles that are not even forced and break off so easily. Another problem I have with my Jeep is that when I start it and start driving, the electrical brake system light, the engine light, the ABS light and some other light turn on. After the lights turn, the speedometer will no longer work, I can't see how many miles per hour I am driving. I have to turn of the Jeep, restart it and that will make the speedometer work but the engine light will not go off. In a couple of occasions I have come to make a complete stop with the vehicle and all of a sudden it will turn off dead. I have to put the vehicle in park and restart it again.

- Sullivan City, TX, USA

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