really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,018 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Apr 022015

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 92,620 miles


While returning to my home in NJ from a trip to fl, I heard a loud thump from the rear passenger side of the car followed by a noticeable change in exhaust note. I pulled into a gas station a few miles away and inspected the vehicle. The rear portion of the exhaust was missing, from what appeared to be separation due to corrosion. The rear bumper melted at the point above where the exhaust tip extends. Of course, warranty coverage for this part expired at 8 yrs/80K miles.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #45

Jan 262015

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
During stop-and-go driving, slowing to a stop, stopped at red light or stop sign, my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/4.7L V8 stalls out, engine dies. I put my hazard flashers on and place the gear shift to park. Restart the car and it starts up right away. Check engine light is not on. Mechanics cannot find problem. No reading on the code reader (dtc). This happens every day, several times a day for the past month. This is a serious problem that I understand many Jeep owners are experiencing like me. Please help us resolve this problem. Thank you.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

problem #44

Nov 302014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • miles
I was driving down an interstate when my car totally shut down. Had I not been in the right lane so that I could coast off the highway, the incident surely would have ended tragically. This has happened once before, but not in such a dangerous setting. I have a recall notice for this very problem, ( P41) but the notice says that Chrysler does not have the part needed to correct the problem. The recall notice states that if I do not feel safe, I should take the car to my dealer, have him repair it at my expense, and you will reimburse me. How can the dealer repair the car if the Chrysler corporation says the part is not available" if the dealer is able to repair it, why should I have to pay since there is a recall? this is not logical to me. In the meantime, we feel very uneasy driving the car. We narrowly escaped one potentially fatal accident. The dealer refuses to give us a loaner car to use until the replacement part is available. We are quite frustrated. Can you give us any indication when the needed part will be available? can you authorize the dealer to repair the problem at your expense" we have always been pleased with our Jeep purchases, but this nonchalant attitude toward a very dangerous problem has really disappointed us. We look forward to hearing from you and hope for an amicable resolution to the problem.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #43

Mar 102014

Grand Cherokee

  • 104,000 miles


I have had my vehicle shut off multiple times while driving. In the past four months, it has happened three times.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #42

Apr 012011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
When turning the ignition key to the start position, you hear 1 "click" but the vehicle does not start. This is an intermittent event that seems to come and go every few months. When it happens, I have to leave the key in the on position for about 1 - 2 minutes, then attempt to start the engine again. I had previously had my vehicle serviced at the dealership for this problem, but since it is so random, the service personnel could not recreate the event. I even advised them that other owners, registering this same complaint, pointed to corroded solenoid wires as being the culprit. However, the service department had me purchase a new battery last year. This did not fix the condition which continues periodically to this very day. Unfortunately, the car has been unable to start at a few times when the surroundings were less than totally safe. I have viewed a number of consumer forums, such as autoforum.classifieds1000.com/Jeep-grand_cherokee/2005_jeep_gc_not_starting?pg=10. All of these owners have the exact issue but each time, when presented with the details of the occurrences, dealerships disavow all knowledge that this condition exists. Many consumers are being told by the dealerships that no other owners have complained about this.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #41

Jun 012010

Grand Cherokee

  • 55,000 miles
Sometimes when I drive the engine feels like it stalls out and my RPM's don't move, all the boxes around prnd light up and the check engine light comes on. I have to pull over and put the car in park or sometimes I have to turn it off. Once this is done the car continues to drive like nothing happened but the check engine light will stay on for a day. Sometimes it happens on the highway which is very scary to just drop speed down to 40. I have read many blogs about this issue. It happens at random times.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #40

Nov 012010

Grand Cherokee

  • 85,000 miles


My 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee started acting up about a year after I purchased it and has progressively gotten worse and worse. It has problems shifting and identifying what gear it is in on a daily basis, for example when I put it in drive from park prnd will all be illuminated like it doesn't know what gear it is in and it will make a loud thud sound. Then when you drive it won't shift from first gear and will rev up or it will get stuck in 3rd gear and won't down shift. Sometimes it will be driving normal and when I stop at a stop sign and then go to pull out into traffic it will stall right in the middle of traffic and I can't get it to snap out of it! it will also decide that it doesn't know what gear it is in while I am driving on the expressway and will start to rev up and freeze on me. This is very unsettling and dangerous and could defiantly cause a serious accident. From what I have read in other reviews many people have this same problem with their 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee so it doesn't seem like just a coincidence to me and something should be done. I have taken it to different mechanics and no one can give me an answer as to whats wrong or how to fix it.

- Grand Rapids, OH, USA

problem #39

Aug 012011

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Consumer states intermittent problem starting the consumer stated on several occasions the vehicle would not start. Several components such as the battery and starter were replaced. However, the problem continued.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #38

Aug 022011

Grand Cherokee

  • 70,000 miles
2005 Jeep Cherokee Laredo stalls while being driven at less than 50 mi/H and after backing up in the driveway almost every day (has been doing it for a year now). It has 70,000 miles on. Replaced alternator and battery after shut off completely in June 2011 at 67,000 miles.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #37

Jan 122011

Grand Cherokee

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated while driving 20 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact stated the vehicle was stuck in the middle of the traffic when the failure occurred. The failure could potentially lead to a crash. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and it was repaired; however, the repair did not remedy the failure. The contact took the vehicle back to dealer who was unable to identify what caused the vehicle to stall. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #36

Nov 012009

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The contact stated the vehicle stalled while driving approximately 65 mph. Upon restart the vehicle operated as normal. No warning lights were illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #35

Jun 152009

Grand Cherokee

  • 58,000 miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee stalled at stop sign.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #34

Mar 102010

Grand Cherokee

  • 42,000 miles
My 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been stalling when at slow speeds. When I come to the end of my driveway, when I stop at a red light, in parking lots and slowing down on the highways the truck begins slowing down and shuts down completely. When I put it in park and restart it has been starting back up. I researched on the internet and saw there were recalls for Jeep stalling, however when I called the dealership, bradshaw Jeep in Oakville ct and I was told that my Jeep was not included in the recall and I would need to pay for anything they would need to work on in the truck if Grand Cherokee were recalled for stalling and I'm now calling to say mine is stalling, it is odd to me that they respond my Jeep is not part of the same problem/recall. It's doing the same thing. In the past week alone my truck has stalled three times, Monday while I was coming towards a traffic light slowing down to turn, last night pulling into my driveway and this morning stopping at a main intersection during rush hour traffic, the truck behind me almost drove into me, we were lucky it went to the side of the road. We are afraid to drive the Jeep at this point.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #33

Feb 202010

Grand Cherokee

  • 81,000 miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the car started to stall sporadically. At first it just started when I stopped at the lamp posts or stop signs, after it started to stall sporadically anytime. I looked up on the internet and found that Jeep already recalled several Grand Cherokee because of the front control module issue. I called Jeep line and they told me that I should take it to the service as it could be a recall issue. I took my Jeep to the service (john hoffer, topeka, ks) on 2/22/2010 when they changed some pump and they said it is fixed; it was not and the car died on me 3 times, I took back the car to the service and they told called me that I have a front control module issue and we need to change it. I called Jeep right away gave them my VIN and they told me that yes it was a recall issue about this module, but they are sorry my vehicle is not in the recalled ones and I have to pay the 1200 usd to change the module. My questions: Who is responsible this safety issue as the vehicle could stop in the middle of the highway" if Jeep recalled several thousands of vehicles about the same issue how could they say that it I not their problem"

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #32

Jun 122008

Grand Cherokee

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions; the vehicle stalled without warning. The driver was able to coast into the emergency lane. The contact was able to restart the vehicle the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two separate occasions for the identical failures which there no resolutions. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 56,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #31

Dec 182008

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact noticed a massive hesitation with his vehicle. The vehicle would not start and the dealer was notified. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and a new starter was installed. After the repair was performed, the check engine indicator illuminated. He went through a drive-thru car wash and noticed that the vehicle began to hesitate. When he placed extra pressure on the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would stutter and then finally catch and increase in speed. The dealer performed a tune-up, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they could not pinpoint the cause of the failure. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 57,802 and failure mileage was approximately 57,400. Updated 03-04-09 the consumer stated a code for the O2 sensor heater was being displayed. The engine light is still on. Updated 03/04/09

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #30

Dec 202008

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine stalls out twice on interstate while traveling with total loss of power, once in parking garage on turn, once going up hill twice at stop sign, another time twice in one 15 minute trip diagnostics showed nothing.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #29

Nov 232008

Grand Cherokee

  • 49,000 miles
1. my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee unexpectedly can stall, typically when the vehicle is moving at less than 15-20 mph. Unfortunately, no warnings are given by the vehicle as the engine simply stalls and dies. No computer error codes are displayed or registered. The stalling occurs both in forward and reverse. Often the stalling occurs when the engine seems to either down shift or up shift in lower gears. The stalling is a safety issue as the unexpected and unpredictable stalling often occurs at stop lights/intersections or parking lots. The problem appears to me to be a coupling between the computer controller/software, the RPM sensor, and the transmission gear box. 2. the failure is intermittent and unpredictable. When the computer fails to "catch" the rpms fall rapidly and the engine stalls and dies. Consequence is that the vehicle can stop suddenly in the middle of an intersection or parking lot. The failures have occurred multiple times. 3. despite several computer flashes and maintenance on the "solenoid-linear iacv, " Jeep has failed to resolve the problem. Chrysler-Jeep gives the run-around. The dealer says that they can help anymore; the regional manager doesn't recognize it as a safety issue; corporate Chrysler-Jeep doesn't see it as an issue.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #28

Sep 172008

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Vehicle stalls, steering locks while moving at high speed due to apparent software malfunction.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #27

Apr 242008

Grand Cherokee

  • 10,000 miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 limited. Purchased car... 2nd owner... with 21K on the odometer. Car constantly stalled... I had one spell where just about everytime I stopped the car stalled. How dangerous and crazy is this? I brought the car under warranty and Jeep kept trying to fix it. 2 weeks later issue would be back. After 5 dealer visits now the car has only stalled twice in the last 3K miles. Still its ridiculous. Daimler chrylser needs to step up and figure this out now B4 more people get hurt.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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