really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,045 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #76

Jul 022016

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles


All 4 interior door opening handles breaking/failing: 1 rear door totally inoperable. This is a dangerous safety issue if handles break or are inoperable in certain emergency situations, passengers may not be able to exit the vehicle, causing serious injury or death! manufacturer charge to replace/repair handles is prohibitively expensive

- Centerton, AR, USA

problem #75

Dec 192016

Grand Cherokee

  • 150,000 miles
Hatchback failed to stay opened and slammed on hand. This is the second time this happened with this vehicle. Had hatchback cylinder replaced after first time by dealer. No injury first time. Second time medical expenses. Needs to be replaced again. Vehicle was stationary both times in driveway.

- Woodstock, VA, USA

problem #74

Oct 102016

Grand Cherokee

  • 116,000 miles
The center back seat seatbelt will not come loose. It is tightened and will not retract. I have to put my six year old on the left passenger side because I cannot seat her in the middle. It's concerning in the event of an accident, my child is susceptible to more injuries since I cannot properly seat her in the middle seat in the back. Also, when it rains, the car leaks into the inside. This has been going on for quite sometime. I don't understand it. I spoke with my cousin who also owns a brand new Jeep and even hers does this as well.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #73

Nov 062016

Grand Cherokee

  • 168,850 miles


My Jeep jumps to third gear randomly, and it ends up jittering and shaking. My car got stuck so many times and ended up being stalled on a busy highway and almost got into an accident. I was once parked and had shifted to drive but instead the Jeep suddenly jumped to 3rd and my car started to go backwards and ended up hitting another car behind me. I had to pay the guy $500 and also got all the fluids and oils changed in hopes of getting this fixed, but to no avail. Yesterday, I spent $450 on these fluid and oil changes only to have the problem continue. Thousands of people are having the same issues and Jeep has no answers. You guys need to do a total vehicle recall since Jeep has no answers. Many people can die from this defect. I have a video to prove the car jumping to third and all the issues I just described.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #72

Sep 132016

Grand Cherokee

  • 130,000 miles
My transmission keeps reading over temp but when I check everything on said vehicle there is no known problem. This makes me feel unsafe in my vehicle. Especially with children in it. It happens parked or while driving randomly anywhere

- Mineralwells, WV, USA

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problem #71

Jul 072016

Grand Cherokee

  • 140,000 miles
The airbag light is on Chrysler says they need to be fixed and do not work also the backing of the door handles have all cracked and broke the doors do not open from the inside due to the backing that holds the door handles together have all cracked and broke.

- Belleview, FL, USA

problem #70

Aug 252016

Grand Cherokee

  • 145,000 miles


The key for my vehicle will no longer work. The buttons will not unlock the Jeep. When trying to unlock the vehicle, I have to unlock with the physical key, then experience the alarm going off to get into the car. This has been occurring for over the last year. Changing the battery does not help.

- Kennedale, TX, USA

problem #69

Aug 252016

Grand Cherokee

  • 145,000 miles
Door handles on rear doors completely broken off. In an emergency, my child could not get out of the car. The car was parked and the doors would not open from the inside. If the car was in a more serious emergency...flood, fire, crash, anyone in the backseat could not get out of the vehicle.

- Kennedale, TX, USA

problem #68

Jul 202016

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Takata recall, my car shifts to neutral whenever I'm driving

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #67

May 012015

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Problem with broken door handles 1front passenger 2rear passenger doors all broken which causes a safety hazard for my kids and others who ride in the vehicle. Rather expense to replace and should be recalled by Chrysler.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #66

Jul 232016

Grand Cherokee

  • 140,495 miles


While driving the vehicle in drive it slips into gear 3 by itself and when I attempt to accelerate its in limp mode. I always have to pull to the side and shut the vehicle on and restart it several times before it actually shift the ( D ) drive.

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #65

Jun 242016

Grand Cherokee

  • 129,479 miles
On 04/23/2016 I took my vehicle for a recall, P41 / NHTSA 14V-438 today is 7/10/2016 and the vehicle has done the same thing twice, all of a sudden all the lights in the dash board go on I loose power and after a while it starts up again. Like I said before this has happen twice now I lost my cruise control and a service electrical brake system is coming on and engine light. I fear that this is going to cause me to have an accident one day and there for I have been using only secondary roads that don't have much traffic.

- Montvale, NJ, USA

problem #64

Jun 082010

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
My car keys stopped working in 2010. This means that every time I lock the doors I need to do it manually which cancels the alarm to function. My car does not have any protection form being broken into. I have searched the problem online and there are several owners that have the same problem which is described as defective keys.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #63

Jun 142016

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The speakers are made cheap plastic that the magnet on back falls off. The interior door handles are easily to break due to plastic very brittle all 4 doors are broke making it difficult to open doors. Also the transmission will sputter as if I'm running out of gas. While driving the connection from air control knob has burned out air only blows on high. Also the part that switches form cold to heat, the plastic gears wore down now will now switch over.. over all these vehicles are over priced for all the cheap plastic parts that are used. I have read the interior door handles were trying to get on recall list but guess it didn't make it. Unable to select a date this all happened but it been over the years starting in 2007

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #62

Jun 012016

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Grand Cherokee I bought it new and it have 48575 mile this vehicle has problem since I bought it when it rain the water come in the driver side I make many complain to Jeep about it an they are not fixing the problem now all my door panel were the handle is are broken and Jeep don't want to fix it.the cost on me to replace the panel for each door are about seven hundred dollars each panel and that is some [xxx]. never buy a Jeep the service suck and the are made of cheap material. Someone need to do an investigation on this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hollis, NY, USA

problem #61

Jun 152015

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving at a low speed, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. In addition, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000. Updated 05/18/16 the consumer stated the failure was not due to a failure of the ignition recall that was performed by the dealer. After extensive diagnostics, it was determined the power failure was due to non-related maintenance issues. The consumer requested to have his complaint withdrawn. Updated 07/07/16

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #60

Apr 042016

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Brought vehicle in for oil change (only oil change). Jeep dealer gave back vehicle back with a new ignition stating there was a recall on it without me asking or authorizing them to do so. Now I have a new ignition that is not flush with the dash (sticks out about half an inch) and does not work properly with my original keys. My keys are extremely difficult to go in and out of the ignition and on 2 separate occasions the key was unable to be removed from the ignition resulting in the acc being left on overnight and being forced to take vehicle to dealer in the morning with a dead battery. Dealer states I need to purchase a new key because my keys are original and the ignition they replaced is brand new and are not synced up. The service manager told me it is my problem to purchase new keys for the Jeep that had no issues prior to them replacing the ignition. Called Jeep customer service and they told me I would be given a new key but than put me on hold for 20 minutes and told me it is actually my responsibility to purchase a new key after they changed out my ignition.

- Center Valley, PA, USA

problem #59

Mar 012016

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
All 4 of my interior door handles have cracked around the door handle itself. The plastic supporting the door handles has broken leaving the door handle useless. There have been numerous complaints with the same issue around the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a recall should have been issued. God forbid a fire occurs the passengers in the car would not be able to exit the vehicle from the inside!!!!!

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #58

Mar 072016

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
Front passenger door handle cracked / vech. Has approx 60K miles little use for a 2005

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #57

Jan 042016

Grand Cherokee

  • 67,000 miles
All 4 of my indoor door handed are broken!!!

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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