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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,550 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. new engine (1 reports)
  3. replace TIPM, wiring harness (1 reports)
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 232015

Grand Cherokee Laredo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


In July 2015, my husband drove the car to Atlanta to pick me up from a conference. In rush hour traffic, the car began to lose power every time the car idled (which was a lot). This continued until we were out of traffic. For the next couple of days, this occurred every time we came to a stop, made a slow turn, and even once going over the railroad tracks. We took it to a dealer who immediately diagnosed it as the ignition switch recall. After 2 weeks, Chrysler provided me with a rental. I left the car at the dealer because the part was not available. It sat there for 3 months. In October, I was called and told that the car was ready. I picked it up. After an hour, it started to do the exact same thing with the new ignition switch! My husband and I barely avoided a serious collision while making a left hand turn into busy traffic. This time, the dealer said it was the battery. When I asked them how a weak battery could cause the exact same thing to happen, they said that a weak battery could make the same thing happen. I asked them if the problem could have been a weak battery the entire time (3 months) and I was told "possibly." After the battery was replaced, it has been driven about 70 miles with no more incident. I am scared to death of this vehicle because I'm not sure if the problem was related to the ignition switch or the battery. I have replaced the battery fairly often in the last 10 years. After seeing all the complaints about electrical systems and this model, I'm thinking it could all be related.

- ask77, Eastman, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 152015

Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,450 miles

Continuation of previous problem. After picking up Jeep from Jeep dealer the 2nd time and being assured that the electrical problem was fixed, the Jeep lost power and stalled on freeway in extremely hot weather and in very heavy traffic. Very dangerous situation. After waiting 45 minutes for a tow, we were taken to the nearest Jeep dealer, where they had no loaners and no rental cars nearby. Had to be towed to another Jeep dealer 10 miles away. Left Jeep with service person who helped us get a rental (45 minutes from home). Received diagnosis today. Had never heard of TIPM before but it needs replacement as well as one new harness. Extremely expensive fix at $3,580. Parts are on order. Seriously afraid to drive this car after 3 breakdowns in 10 days that were all related to electrical problems. May not have needed a fuel pump that cost $1,000 when the problem all along may have been the TIPM.

- jeansjeep, Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 102015

Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,260 miles

Continuation of earlier problem. After paying $1,000 for fuel pump replacement to Jeep dealer, car lost power and stalled on freeway on very hot day after driving 10 miles. Had to be towed by CHP to nearest exit and waited 3 hours for tow service with 2 dogs in car. Jeep dealer brought a loaner. Jeep towed back to dealer. Diagnosed as electrical wiring problem related to 2014 repair. Dealer did not charge for the 2nd repair but assured that car was repaired. Picked up car 5 days later and after 45 minutes, Jeep lost power again on freeway in extremely hot weather and heavy traffic. Waited 45 minutes for tow and took Jeep to a different Jeep dealer. Since, we were out of town, had to rent a car.

- jeansjeep, Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 262015

Grand Cherokee Limited V8 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Bought it used and seemed to drive great. Within a day the engine seemed to stall whenever I would come to a stop at a stop sign or red light. The problem seemed to stop when the engine warmed up. A day later I noticed a shuttering/ jerking action while driving in low RPMs. This too seemed to subside after engine warmed up.

I took it to a shop and had the EGR valve replaced after reading up on JEEP issues. Not only did it not fix the problem, but afterwards the JEEP wouldn't even start! The mechanic stated that he believed it to be a wiring issue. Anyone have a similar experience and figured it out? No one seems to know what the problem is. They also read the computer and it had no issues come up that had anything to do with that, Please HELP!!!!!

- shellitotn, Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #3

Sep 012014

Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

I've had the Jeep for three years now, since December of 2013. It's been to dealer three times for same problem. As I drive on the highway at highway speeds without warning the Jeep cuts off and won't restart. At first it would restart after 15 to 20 minutes, now it cuts off and won't restart. I had it towed home. Last year I had the crank sensor, cam sensors, fuel pump, all replaced. It cranks but won't start. I have fuel pressure. I've tried both keys and still same results.

- Mark S., Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 142012

Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

My dad bought me this car. According yo the dealers this car was in immaculate condition and always had been well taken care of, oil changes etc. 2 months after I had the car my check engine light went on. It was running very rough and sometimes the whole car would just shut off! When I took it to the dealer they said the heads were bad and I need a whole new engine!!! They estimated over 6,000 of work to be done! I called the Chrysler headquarters numerous times and they refused to help me! How can a car with only 80,000 miles possibly need a whole new engine??? I had a shop that was not a Chrysler dealer say that this was in fact a manufactures defect. Thus engine was discontinued the very next year because of all the problems everybody was having! This should have been recalled!!!

- justinegamez, San Jose, CA, US

problem #1

Feb 102013

Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

dealer has failed on 2 attempts to fix this problem. the last attempt involved them reprogramming the on board computer at a cost of $99 dollars.

- Joe G., Louisville, KY, USA

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