really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 2
Average Mileage:
46,150 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee electrical problems

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 32 of 33)

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problem #37

Aug 212011

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 68,548 miles


My dashboard light was flashing and clicking many time for about 2 minutes this is the 4 times this happen, I took my car 3 times before to the dealer and they do not fine anything in my car and this problem started at beginning these year and my card just have 68,564 miles. I left my car last Saturday 08/28/11 and they told me is not any thing in the computer, I saw online many complaints about this on the internet. I do not want somebody have a accident before Chrysler find the problem with Jeep Grand Cherokee 2006.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #36

Aug 172011

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee continually has a problem with the entire control panel shutting down, gauges going to zero, A/C stopping, and headlights turning off when they are on. Recently the vehicle stabilization lights came on and a terrible grinding noise made. This has probably happened 30 times over the past year. It usually happens in about a 5-10 second time span. This past week it stayed that way for around 15 minutes. As sounds typical, the dealership says nothing is showing up. I've had it to an independent shop and the Chrysler dealership. This page is literally covered up with the same problem. Why is there not enough evidence on this one site (many others contain this same complaint) to do something about this" do I just have to take it to the shop forever and spend money only to never get anyone to fix it, or do I wait until I have a horrible accident? I don't really have the money to scrap an unsafe vehicle and start over with nothing. What am I supposed to do"

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 222011

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Instrument panel randomly shut down while driving and lights up again. All gauges go to zero and all warning lights come on, then returns to normal.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #34

May 282011

Grand Cherokee

  • 70,230 miles


While driving home on the interstate last night, my dash lights and my head light flash on and off and sometimes they go off and will not come back on. I have taken it to the dealership and they told me they could not find the problem, and I would have to let it get worse and it would have to happen when they were driving it to see what was wrong with it..it needs to be fixed soon before it causes a crash and someone gets hurt.

- Lumberton , TX, USA

problem #33

May 182011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
At approximately 78K miles, vehicle would occasionally start and the only system that was operational was the radio. I cleaned and inspected all connectors that I could access, and problem appeared to go away. Then just after the warranty expired (80K miles) intermittent electrical issues have begun to appear. The transmission sometimes "sticks" in 3rd gear, the windshield wipers fail to function and when I attempt to turn them on it crashes the powertrain control module which then begins running random system errors, and the headlights sometimes turn off or fail to come on.

- Los Alamos, NM, USA

problem #32

Jan 032006

Grand Cherokee

  • 66,000 miles
My dashboard lights flicker on my 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee while driving when I turn on the heat with the fan. There are many complaints about this on the internet discovered with a google search. I called Jeep and brought it to their attention, but the person I spoke to didnt seem to interested and said nothing would be done unless NHTSA recieved enough complaints. There response seemed pretty lax for what I consider a major safety concern.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #31

Jan 062011

Grand Cherokee

  • 75,000 miles


While driving down the road the dash lights will shut off and turn back on without warning. It almost seems like it shuts off but the engine stays running. The radio presets stay programmed. Has only done it twice in the last month and I've owned it for 3 years. Seems to do it in the extreme cold, but vehicle is fully warmed before I drive it. I usually let it run 20 minutes before I leave on days when it is really cold( usually below 32 degrees Fahrenheit) all of the gauge lights shut off, the radio, interior lighting. Haven't noticed if exterior lighting goes off as well.

- Harrisville, NY, USA

problem #30

Jan 022011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 6-cyl

  • 64,800 miles
I purchased a certified used 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2008 with 26K miles. Besides a malfunctioning electronic shifter in 2009 everything has been running great until 1/2/2011. At approximately 6:30pm while driving on the freeway at 65mph all exterior lights and interior lights (except for the map lights) began to flicker and then fail. The lights would come back on for a few seconds and then fail. The problem occurred intermittently over the next 30 miles and persistently worsened until I got home when the lights remained off for 15 to 20 seconds at a time. Each time it failed while driving I cycled the switch, cycled the brights and tried anything I could to get the lights to stay on. None of these methods worked. Upon getting home safely I turned the car off and restarted it only to have the same problem after two restarts. I went to bed and tried it in the morning and the lights worked fine for a 70 mile daylight drive to the dealer. Just received word from the dealer that they could not replicate the failure so there is nothing they can do. This vehicle is unsafe to drive and dangerous to others on the road in this condition even if it only happens once every two years.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #29

Nov 062010

Grand Cherokee

  • 63,675 miles
Had complained to dealership that all lights on the instrument panel will all come on and go off at the same time, and will happen several times in a row. They told me to try wiggling the key in the ignition when it happened again. On said date this happened again while I was driving, but this time my ABS engaged, which stopped me in the middle of the road. Luckily, I was pulling up to a stop sign anyway. However, had this happened on the interstate, I would be devastated to know what could have happened. Also, it sounded as if my starter was trying to start again. I have done some research online and have found may people with the exact same issue who have tried many different things to fix the problem, but it seems as if no one has bee able to resolve the issue. The dealerships are even unable to fix the problem. How should someone proceed with an issue like this? it seems as if the government needs to step in and make Chrysler do a recall to fix the problem that so many of us are having.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #28

Oct 232009

Grand Cherokee

  • 65,000 miles
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee - all safety warning lights as well as engine lights flash on and off, RPM gauge drops, all lights around gear panel light, doesn't seem to know what gear it is in. Sometimes it is just the lights on the panel flashing on and off. No codes read when taken to mechanic. Put a new batter and alternator in the vehicle. Problem is intermittent. May happen a few times in a row and then go away for days or weeks. Lost power brakes and steering as well a few times, luckily no accidents resulted due to loss of power. You can hear a clicking noise when the panel lights are flickering on and off. This problem has been occurring for the last year and a half. I had a complete transmission service as well.

- Keeseville, NY, USA

problem #27

Oct 132010

Grand Cherokee

  • 101,401 miles


Headlights and dash lights flicker and turn off intermittently on 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Vehicle was recently in garage to fix problem. Problem could not be duplicated in shop. Next day issue occurred again. Problem began approximately six months ago.

- Saint Leonard, MD, USA

problem #26

Jun 012007

Grand Cherokee

  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. Upon restart, the vehicle operated normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The failure occurred again and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. Once again, the dealer could not diagnose the cause for the failure. The contact noticed that the vehicle stalled whenever contact was made with the key while it was in the ignition. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was advised to remove the key chains from her key. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 4,000 and the current mileage was approximately 24,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #25

Sep 202010

Grand Cherokee

  • 57,000 miles
Two issues occurred that are likely the result of the same electrical problem with the vehicle. The first is the headlights will intermittently turn off without warning or cause. The second, the more recent of the two problems, is the entire dashboard will light up then power down completely. The vehicle still runs (engine) but all gauges drop as if the vehicle were off, A/C shuts off, radio shuts off, etc. When reported to the dealership they say they've never heard of it, although a brief online search turned up dozens and dozens of similar instances.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #24

Sep 122010

Grand Cherokee

  • 27,000 miles
After 11/2 hours highway driving. Approaching stop light that was red. Decelerated, brakes. Light turned green when vehicle was at approx 30 mph. On attempted acceleration, engine failed, all electronics dead, no power steering. Stopped vehicle, shifted into park, turned off ignition. Turned ignition on, started engine, drove away.

- Brookhaven, MS, USA

problem #23

Apr 152010

Grand Cherokee

  • 23,000 miles
After 2 hours of highway driving followed by 20 minutes of bumper to bumper crawl. Decelerated and hit brakes to make right turn at intersection. Engine failed, all electronics dead. Stopped, put vehicle in park, started engine and drove away.

- Brookhaven, MS, USA

problem #22

Aug 282010

Grand Cherokee

  • 48,683 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact noticed that the air conditioner wasn't cooling the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed the failure as the wiring connector resistor being burned. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 48,683.

- Saint James, MO, USA

problem #21

Jan 172010

Grand Cherokee

  • 8,000 miles
Electrical system: During the dusk\twilight hours all the system lights begin to 'blink\flash' off and on as if there is an electrical short. Headlights, dash lights all electrical components flash on and off. This only occurs during 'dusk or twilight┐ hours. The dealership is unable to replicate the issue. At complete darkness, if I approach a lighted parking lot or establishment in about 3 to 4 minutes the lights will begin to flicker on and off. My thought is some light dimming sensor. Again the dealership claims no issues\error codes have been identified.

- Wilmington , NC, USA

problem #20

May 042010

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
All interior and exterior lights flash as if the car has been restarted, all gauges zero out then return to normal. This has happened several times and can not be replicated during service. Car has shut down 2 times when this happens during regular driving speeds.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #19

Mar 292010

Grand Cherokee

  • 57,000 miles
While driving in any condition all console lights flash, all gauges bottom out, headlights turn off, engine may sputter

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #18

Feb 012010

Grand Cherokee

  • 30,400 miles
Harness plug on resistor module for manual fan speed was found partial melted and can be a potential fire hazard if not corrected.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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