really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,126 miles

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #73

Sep 172014

Grand Cherokee

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The failure was persistent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch failed and needed to be replaced. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. Updated 12/01/15

- Humboldt, TN, USA

problem #72

Oct 152013

Grand Cherokee

  • 93,655 miles
While driving under normal road & weather conditions the vehicle began shutting off & on sometimes resulting in a complete stall that required restarting the engine after rolling onto the shoulder without any power! we received a recall notice that details their recommendation that it should be driven without only the key in the ignition as a temporary approach. The problem persist even under this precaution & has become worse! driver has to hold the key while driving when it starts to shut down to avoid the stall.

- Bayport, NY, USA

problem #71

Aug 182015

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the vehicle was difficult to shift and the engine misfired. In addition, the vehicle shifted independently. The check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 141,000. Updated 11/18/15 the consumer stated he paid for the repairs at his expense. Updated 11/25/15.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #70

Aug 062014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


It has been over a year since the recall for the ignition switch... Chrysler/Fiat has yet to make the replacement part available to any of the 4-5 local dealers in northern ca that are within 50 miles of my home. They seem to be avoiding responsibility to correct the problem

- Sonoma, CA, USA

problem #69

Aug 222015

Grand Cherokee

  • 78,955 miles
While parked the car will rotate between not cranking to starting but shutting completely off. In addition to these issues while driving 40 mph the vehicle will sometimes stall and engine will start to lose power. I took the vehicle into cutter Dodge in honolulu for repair on 8/25. They diagnosed the problem as a ignition switch recall but they didn't have the part to fix it at this time. In addition, stated that the wireless control module(wcm) had failed and needed to be replaced. While the car was there they also performed a 28 point inspection and didn't find any additional concerns. Nine days later the wcm part come in from Canada and was replaced. My vehicle was returned to me on 9/2. the car ran as intended at times for 9 days and on 9/12 the no crank, no start issue returned. As of the time of this formal complaint the vehicle will not start. In a closing, the issues the car was experiencing prior to taking it to the dealership for repair or exactly the same issues that I'm experiencing today. I will have the Jeep towed back to the dealership first thing Sunday morning.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #68

Sep 022015

Grand Cherokee

  • 98,000 miles
I was driving to work down an incline/hill on 9/2, there was traffic ahead, the engine shut off and the breaks locked. I pulled the E-break and swerved off the side of the road, luckily without any crash. I was able to restart the vehicle but had a tow truck tow it to my local mechanic who verified there was no problem with the breaks, and notified me of the recall P41 on the ignition switch which can cause the engine to shut off and power steering and breaks to lock while driving. The Jeep dealership told me not only are the parts not available but they don't know when they will be available and they can't diagnose this as the problem without replicating the problem. This is a known issue so it is unclear to me why the issue would have to be replicated. I have a baby and do not want to drive this car, as recommended by Jeep customer service and the dealership, and risk accident to myself or others until the part is in and fixed. I can't believe Jeep would ask me to continue driving this vehicle not only knowing there is a risk but an actual problem. I think it's fair that Jeep provide me with a safe alternative form of transportation in the meantime.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #67

Aug 082013

Grand Cherokee

  • 95,000 miles


I was reversing and came to a complete stop to shift into drive, when I shifted into drive and let my foot off the brake, it killed the engine and completely shut it off. All electronics remained on. I then reapplied my foot on the brake and shifted into park and started the engine up again, shifted into drive and was able to drive. This continues to happen from time to time and not every time and no one can figure out the issue.

- Indianola, IA, USA

problem #66

Nov 252014

Grand Cherokee

  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle ignition turned off while traveling. Recall NHTSA 14V-438. Chrysler has yet to provide a means to correct this safety issue.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #65

Jun 302015

Grand Cherokee

  • 67,223 miles
The check engine (gas cap) warning light came on. Then I was backing out of our driveway, stopped to put garage door down and the vehicle quit (while in reverse and it was idling). The vehicle started right up when I put it in park but then quit again approximately 2 hours later when I was pulling into a parking space. We took it into a dealership in nampa and they stated that they fixed the problem with the check engine light but they did not know why the vehicle quit. They informed us that there was a recall on the ignition switch and that could be the problem but parts to fix it were not available. I called Chrysler and they told me parts may be available in September. I am afraid to drive the vehicle because we live in a remote mountain area and if the vehicle quits, I will not have power brakes or power steering when driving along the river on a very curvy, treacherous road. I cannot afford to leave the vehicle parked until parts are available at an apparently unknown date. Chrysler did suggest that I have the ignition replaced and they may or may not reimburse me. The dealership said the parts they currently have may or may not fix the problem. Can you please tell me what you would suggest" what happens if the vehicle quits and there is an accident? is Chrysler and/or the dealership liable for any injury and/or damages" thank you.

- Cascade, ID, USA

problem #64

Jan 032011

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Engine suddenly stops, all lights on dashboard come on, unable to steer properly and control vehicle...breaking doesn't work well either when this happens..on occassion I have been able to re-start the engine immediately but the check engine light comes on and stays on for a few days. Has happened while driving, while parked, while idling in traffic...I only have the ignition key in use I do not have a heavy key chain. Extremely scary when this has happened on interstate!! please let me know if there is a fix for this problem. I have taken it to a shop several times and they cannot find anything and tell me there are no recalls on my vehicle.

- Winchester, TN, USA

problem #63

Jan 282015

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


I have a recall that says that the ignition switch can change position while I am driving causing the car to cut off while driving. This can cause a loss in engine power, powere steering, braking assistance and possible failure of air bags causing an accident. The incident that I describe above occurred on interstate 85. I beleive that was what happened as I was able to coast off the raod to an exit. Sat for a while trying to fiqure out what was wrong finally after a while the car started back up and I got to my destination. After reading the article and looking up my VIN number which shows this recall I beleive that is what happended. This recall has been pending for more than a year and Chrysler still says they don't hav the parts to fix it.the Chrysler recall # is 14V-438.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #62

Sep 252012

Grand Cherokee

  • 45,000 miles
When driving my transmission would be stuck in a gear sometimes and other times it would shift to neutral while on city roads and highways. This would happen mostly when accelerating when the automatic transmission had to shift to the next gear. It wouldn't or would go to neutral so I had to shift the transmission back and forth from neutral to drive to catch a gear. I read about a recall back in 2013 but Chrysler said it did not apply to my vehicle so I paid to get the problem fixed. Since Chrysler is currently having recall problems I'm curious to find out if this was something that wasn't reported.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #61

Jun 302015

Grand Cherokee

  • 87,000 miles
Going 40 mph the all lights on dashboard came on, the radio shut off, the ABS brakes made a noise then everything on dashboard went out. Check engine light came on & the gas gage didn't work you couldn't tell how fast you were going, the air conditioner quit & engine stopped, the vehicle was hard to steer & the brakes were manual & then engine started again. I turned the car off & turned it back on & the check engine light is on & the dashboard seems to work again. This has happened 2 times within 3 days. I am renting a vehicle cause I'm too afraid to drive the vehicle. There is a recall on this vehicle for the ignition switch with all the same vehicle loss of engine power, power steering & braking assist but it doesn't include the dashboard lights coming on & the dealers say it is not the same thing. The ignition switch recall came out in July 2014 & to date they have not provided any dealerships with the replacement parts. How can Jeep say it is not the same problem if they won't replace the recalled ignition switch to find out?

- White Oak, PA, USA

problem #60

Jun 182015

Grand Cherokee

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While idling, the vehicle would stall and come to a complete stop. The contact had to turn off the engine and restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed by an independent mechanic or a dealer. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Weathland, CA, USA

problem #59

Oct 252013

Grand Cherokee

  • 77,295 miles
While driving Jeep lost all power this has happened 4 times I took it back to dealer but they didn't find any thing this last time it was in a rear end accident so Chrysler took it back to investigate the problem the dealer has had for a total of over 9 weeks and still don't have a answer for it I don't know what to do know can you help.

- Laporte, IN, USA

problem #58

May 012015

Grand Cherokee

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly shut off. After restarting the engine, the vehicle would operate normally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #57

May 012015

Grand Cherokee

  • 90,000 miles
On July 18 2014 recall # P41 was issued by Chrysler Corp. They have, as yet no solution for this issue. It has been almost a year and no solution in sight. Who in their right mind issues a recall without a solution? I need this recall completed so I can get it licensed. I need the nhtsb to insist that Chrysler live up to it's claim that safety is of paramount importance. Either abandon this recall or fix the problem.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #56

Sep 132012

Grand Cherokee

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the contact discovered that the engine rpms begin to increase and the transmission failed to shift into the next gear. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #55

Dec 082014

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving at 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred several times. The contact received a notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000. Updated 6/11/15 the consumer stated the vehicle shut off and a message displayed invalid key. A red blinking light illuminated on the instrument panel. It took at least five attempts to re-start the vehicle. Also, while driving 35-45 mph, the vehicle down shifted very hard and then up shifted to a higher gear. Updated 06/23/15

- Fenton , MI, USA

problem #54

Mar 282015

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
Prior to the incident, my Jeep felt as if it were having trouble switching between gears. It felt jerky, if you will. While traveling along I-95 on the East coast of Florida, my Jeep (twice) slipped gear and appeared to have gone into neutral. If you know the area, it's not the ideal place for this to happen. Since returning to the West coast of Florida, it has happened once. I've taken to a shop for a tune-up and to check on that problem. Needless to say, the 'fix' did not fix it and I'm still experiencing jerky shifts and gear failure. I've read a number of similar complaints regarding the same type of incidents on the NHTSA website, but have not located a fix for the problem. Without hesitation, I'll say I'm terrified.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

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