really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,378 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problems

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

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problem #11

Mar 012005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


In reference to 05V396000: Everything stated in the recall applies to my vehicle also even though I have a hemi and its associated transmission. Chrysler customer service has neglected to assist me in assessing the implications of four months of shudder effect on the transmission, engine and frame of the vehicle. Customer service continually hangs up on me while I am explaining the situation. After four months of dealing with the shudder I finally was able to convince the dealers service department that I had a serious problem while driving. They replaced the torque converter. I have a fully loaded 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #10

Sep 222005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,332 miles
On September 29, 2005 at approximately 8:20am I was coming off of a highway exit ramp, when I came to a complete stop. Shortly after coming to that stop, I noticed that my engine began to accelerate (rev) and that the RPM's on the speedometer was on its way down from about 5-6K. Before I had a chance to look back up at the road, my vehicle lunged forward and struck the vehicle in front of me, causing extensive damage to the vehicle in front of me as well as mind. The impact of the collision was so powerful that the vehicle that I struck was pushed into a second vehicle, directly in front of the vehicle I struck. Immediately after the collision my vehicle's engine continued to accelerate (rev), making me shift the vehicle from drive to neutral. Once the vehicle was in neutral, my vehicle stalled out and was completely disabled. Once I restarted my vehicle, I noticed that my vehicle's check engine, throttle ignition and esp (electronic stability program) light/indicator were on. I moved my vehicle from the scene of the accident to a parking lot, about a mile down the street and awaited a tow truck, all the while with my vehicle hesitating to accelerate. This is was the third time this has happened. The first time was on 08/17/05, when I came to a complete stop at a highway off ramp, my vehicle lunged forward and then stalled out. Once able to turn on the vehicle, all the above indicator lights came on. I brought it to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong, "we were unable to replicate what you experienced." They also told me that this could have been a result of "bad gas." Three hours after leaving the dealership (08/18/05) the same thing happened again. I brought the vehicle back to the dealership, again, and this time they told me, "something is wrong, we don't know what, but something is wrong." Eventually, they replaced the vehicle's cpm (computer programming module) and everything seemed great, until 09/22/05 and the accident.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #9

Oct 052005

Grand Cherokee

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact rented this vehicle from hertz rental. Therefore he does not have a VIN. The electronic downshift did not work. The contact was on a 10 % down hill decline and the vehicle never shifted into a lower gear, the contact had to ride the brakes down the mountain. The contact did tell hertz about the problem.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 242005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles


The has a tendency to stall when shifting gear while backing up out of the drive after the car has been idle for a period of time. The transmission seems to "clunk" more than a new car should. Also noticed the tendency for the car to stall in stop and go traffic conditions. It seems the transmission is not disengaging properly pulling the RPM below idle. Shifting the car to neutral or giving gas prevents the engine from stalling.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #7

Aug 162005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,923 miles
Transmission: I have a 05 Jeep Cherokee that has continuously had a transmission shudder problem. While driving, the transmission shudders, feels sluggish, jerking the vehicle forward and backward. It happens while traveling at various speeds, but it is excessive while at the 40 mph & 1500 RPM range. The first time it was taken to the dealership, they did a transmission flush and told me to pick it up. The second time, they ordered, then later replaced the drive line. The third time to dealership, the service technician said they reprogrammed the transmission. It has now been dropped off for the same problem 4 times, and still no remedy. I called the dealership again and told them about a possible recall I read about on the NHTSA website on the problem I was having. The public information specifically suggests a remedy, replace the torque converter (which has not been tried on my vehicle). I asked them why they couldn't use that information to fix my vehicle since it is still under warranty rather than wait to see if a recall is even issued, and I was told that the engineers are working on a remedy for the possible recall I was reading about, and it may not affect my vehicle. So, until that recall is issued, nothing can be done. Air conditioner:on 9/22/05, while vehicle in motion, air conditioner, radio, &all dash lights went off at same time, stayed off for 5 seconds or so, then came back on. 5 miles or so later, the same thing happened again. Later on the same day, the air conditioner would only work on the highest setting. On my way to the service appointment the next day, the air conditioner would come on and turn off itself, like it has an electrical short in it or the dash. I can also smell plastic burning/melting but can not locate where it is coming from. Dealership now states that parts are not available to fix the air conditioner, and they do not have any timeline for parts availability. No clue why the dash lights shut down.

- Jellico, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 042005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85 miles
With only 10,500 miles on our leased 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited- the vehicle has spent the last 27 days in a service repair center. The issues began with a rough transmission, car sticking in 3rd gear - "limp mode" (required car to pull over, park & restart to disable limp mode), ac getting hot on acceleration with strong chemical smell, greasy oil leak on inside of cabin out of hood release opening, excessive road noise, check engine light remained on, and easy entry/exit seat not functioning. According to my ten page invoice, the service center replaced the rear drive shaft, entire transmission, almost all the modules (one of which was already replaced for fog light recall), updated firmware, a kick panel and trim on the inside of the cabin that was stained from grease leak, balanced all 4 tires, power flushed, replaced sensors... amongst other things. My husband and I were informed that the ac unit was leaking into the transmission, that it was a very common problem with the Jeep, 300S and Dodge. So serious, in fact, that Chrysler may be considering a mass recall to remedy a gross oversight on their part to physically bend a dip stick to fit parts around it- causing a gap at the base of the rubber gasket that enabled water to enter trans (thro wiring harness). It took the service center 45 minutes to explain all the issues with our car & what was done to it to fix it. We've contacted a lemon law lawyer & are looking to take this to the highest level possible. For $40,000 we expect a lot more for our money!! fyi... trans still rough after all repairs!!!!

- Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 192005

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,850 miles


Our 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited gets stuck in 3rd gea and will not shift. It has 12,000 miles and has been in the shop 4 times for the same problem. It is very dangerous because the car will not accelerate in an intersetion and cannot move out of the way of traffic on the highway. The local Chrysler service manger in san rafael has told us that he cannot solve the problem and that the Chrysler regional manager has not responed to him or to us. The folks at Chrysler's 800 numer has told us that they cannot help us and referred us to the dealer.

- San Anselmo, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 022005

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact purchased a 2005, Jeep Chrysler Cherokee, and before it had 5,000 miles on it they had to put in a new transmission. It was not changing gears properly, and there was a smell coming from the car like plastic burning. She noticed this from the time she bought the vehicle. On 8-2-05 she took vehicle to dealer for an oil change. When she drove it home it started to shake very badly. She took it back to the dealer, and they told her they had to flush her transmission 4 times because it had water in it. Also, the air conditioner (ac) hose was leaking into the transmission. They were waiting on the parts to come in to fix it. Chrysler told her they could not authorize a rental/loaner car to drive.

- Desoto, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 032005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,967 miles
This particular 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7L limited consistently stalls and became a safety hazard when it stalled on the drive-way of the house and rolled back into the street. In the process the car's passenger side door hit my wife causing bruises and pain on her right arm.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #2

May 152005

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 5,101 miles
Two months ago there was an accident after driving about 60 mphon the interstate. The vehicle began to rev U by itself. The brakes were pushed, but the vehicle was still going too fast to stop. The vehicle has both automatic and standard, and the vehicle changed itself to standard. When car was taken to the dealership, they said they couldn't do anything. Owner was afraid to drive it but it was able to run. The owner hasn't driven it since the incident. The car was 2005 Jeep Cherokee. Owner has not called daimler Chrysler.

- Raymond, OR, USA

problem #1

Dec 042004

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
From the first day took deliver of 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee ltd. 5.7 lt hemi engine, first in when pressing accelerator in low RPM, then when reached 80 mph. On flat freeway (with 400 miles on the odometer), ecessive groan and noise from the engine. Same noise was not present on identically equiped test-drive vehicle. Apparent high frequency vibartion, especially in low cruising sppeds on perfectly flat pavement. Vibration strength increasing in higher RPM. Hesitant engine in low RPM and while accelerating. Apparent underpowered operation, compared to test-driven vehicle. Two Jeep dealer service technicians test drove the vehicle for 50 miles. Problem confirmed by service. First attempt, failed to fix malfunction. Adivsed to bring back for a longer stay. Second attempt - after 50 miles of operation - (vehicle stayed in dealerhip service for 4 business days) unsuccessful attempt to fix aqain. Vehicle assessed as safe to drive until daimler Chrysler advises on another solution. Currently vehicle with approx. 600 miles.

- Cranston, RI, USA

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