really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,064 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jan 012015

Grand Cherokee

  • 180,000 miles


Randomly, my car wouldn't start and I would think that the battery went dead. Then, another Jeep owner told me to put my foot on the brake and jiggle the shifter, and that it should work. This worked and after about a year of utilizing this work around, the car felt like it was slipping in between gears as I was driving. It felt like it was fishtailing, however I would see the auto-steering and ABS lights pop up on the dashboard and it felt like the car was losing control. I took it to several mechanics whom would check the starter, realign, do more random testing and the problem persisted. After thousands of dollars and hours spent trying to identify the issue, I eventually received a recall notice in the mail telling me that there was indeed a major issue, however the part needed to correct it was unavailable and more needed to be manufactured. It also stated that I shouldn't drive the vehicle, but rent a car until the part was available and that the cost would be reimbursed eventually, once a part was available to repair the issue. I could not afford to rent a car for an unknown amount of time... and the part remained unavailable for the duration of the time that I owned it. I tool it to a mechanic at one point, explained to them about the recall which they were familiar with, and they replaced my starter, hoping that this would make the car "safer" until the part was available. It did help, however did not rectify the issue. By the time the part became available, I had already spent thousands trying to fix it and had traded it in to a dealership when I took on a lease. Now it doesn't seem to matter how much money I spent trying to fix the issue prior to the part being available as they are only willing to reimburse you for the specific recall itself. Maybe had I been calling them from a hospital room as a result of an accident, they would feel differently.

- Oakmont, PA, USA

problem #27

Nov 092015

Grand Cherokee

  • 162,000 miles
I bought my vehical used in June. (2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited with 160,000 miles) I took it back to dealer where they told me the battery had issues and they "fixed" the problem. I'd be driving and if I came to a stop I would lose all power and my engine would turn off. At a drive through, it would die, at a stop light, die. In October my issues started up again. Now the same things are happening but every light on the dash lights up, flashes/flutter/flickers, headlights shut off, radio shuts off, HVAC system shuts off, but engine will run for about 20min then I lose all power where ever I am, I'll be driving down the highway going 55mph and the engine shuts off. Pulling into the store engine shuts off. On my way to work engine just shut off while going down the highway. Coasted as far as I could to get to a safe place to stop. Now it won't start again.

- Kendrick, ID, USA

problem #26

Oct 212015

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
Received the recall notice and contacted porterville Chrysler. Despite the recall notice about increased risk of occupant injury as well as the potential to cause a collision without warning, they said they had no parts to replace the ones causing the issue, and they had no idea when they would. They claim to have had parts on order for over a year but none have been received and that they could not help me out by complying with the recall notice.

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #25

Sep 022015

Grand Cherokee

  • 142,000 miles


Vehicle has stalled while in drive at various speeds, in reverse or idling at a stop. This issue has been ongoing for over 2 years - has been brought to the dealership; was never told there was a recall on the ignition switch until I brought recently to midas for the above issues. They advised the engine shuts off due to the ignition switch being faulty. There has also been occasions that the ABS seems to engage while in drive, typically occurs when turning. Unknown if this is associated with the faulty ignition switch. Was told by Chrysler that the recalled part would be available as of September 11, 2015 - it is still not available. This vehicle is unsafe to drive.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Jul 022010

Grand Cherokee

  • 188,000 miles
When driving and you hit a bump dash light flash, car shuts down sometimes I've taken all keys, rings ect.off but that don't help key still moves when driving, in June 2015 took it to have 2 recall orders fix which was flash final drive module and the final drive controller module every sense then car is worst off now, now transmission problems pop up that never poped up before this was done at ray laethem. Had to buy and older car cause half the time to scared to dri the Jeep I paid 15,000 dollars for I just want this Jeep to run right and safe or buy it back I'm still waiting for the new ignition.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #22

Sep 032014

Grand Cherokee

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part needed 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 made aware of the issue. In addition, while driving at various speeds, the engine stalled and the traction and esp warning lights illuminated. The vehicle restarted. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Brookland, NY, USA

problem #21

Apr 132015

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle steering and tie rod assembly issues. The consumer stated on April 13, 2015, the steering locked up and the left front tie rod failed and caused an accident. The consumer was driving 30 mph when the accident happened. He also side-swiped another vehicle, before coming to rest. The consumer stated other suspension components were damaged as well.

- Gore, OK, USA

problem #20

Jun 012015

Grand Cherokee

  • 82,000 miles
My car ignition inadvertently turned off and disabling power steering, brake etc. This resulted in the driver not being able to control the keep. The Jeep rolled down the hill and hit the car behind and damaging both the cars and injuring one of the passengers in the car behind.

- Millburn, NJ, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Mar 172015

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles


I bought my 06 Jeep in March of 2015 and had problems with it ever since. First incident happend right after I bought car. Pulled in to mcdonalds drive through and steering wheel locked up on me and dashboard lights lite up all of them. Scared the crap out of me. Same things happened at least 6 other times where the steering wheel would lock up and truck would shut off. I was sitting at a stop light when the dashboard lights lit up and then truck died. Truck will appear to be racing at times when I barly hit gas.I had my 5 year old granddaught with me and the truck shut off while I was driving going about 45 miles. I never was so scared in my life. All I could image was me and my precious granddaughter dying. I was so scared, I could not drive for a day or two to settle my nerves. Please help !!!!!. I think that Chrysler needs to pay for rentals till issue is fixed or have trucks replaced before someone dies. !!!!!!!

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 312015

Grand Cherokee

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) however, the part needed 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 issue. In addition, the contact mentioned that the steering wheel seized and the brake pedal was difficult to depress. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Blue Island, IL, USA

problem #16

Feb 062015

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,597 miles
I was driving on the highway when my car engine suddenly stopped and all the sensor lights came on the dash board I attempted to move to the side of the highway the steering wheel would not move - suddenly the engine started again.

- Brentwood , MO, USA

problem #15

Oct 072014

Grand Cherokee

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. On another occasion, while driving approximately 15 mph, the steering wheel locked and the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that the part was not available to service the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000.

- Hanover, MN, USA

problem #14

Feb 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle stalled while turning at an unknown speed. The failure occurred twice. During the first occasion, the vehicle stalled and crashed into a curb. The vehicle was able to be restarted. In addition, while making a turn, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle crashed into a guardrail. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system) and stated that the remedy was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #13

Jul 212014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 11/06/14 the consumer stated all the indicator lights went off while driving and continued to go and off. The vehicle would not accelerate but, after a few minutes the vehicle would jump into gear. It was determined that the prndl bez was faulty and needed to be replaced. The failure recurred. Updated 7/27/2015 the consumer stated a year later, she experienced the same issue as before. The dealer replaced the same part. The consumer continued to experience problems after the ignition was replaced. Power steering fluid was leaking. The dealer replaced a connector. Updated 12/30/15

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Sep 132011

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I initially purchased this Jeep at 45,000 miles. It now has 98,000 miles. This issue has now happened at least 5 times in this time span. The first few times I thought it may be just a coincidence but now it is starting to scare me that there could be an issue. Because it can not be replicated at the mechanic, S no one can pinpoint what the problem could be. The Jeep will just die spontaneously. There is no warning that it is coming. Luckily I have always been going slow through a parking lot with no other cars in my way. I am able to control the car to a stop and then restart it. This past week I became more nervous however as it happened while I was making a left turn from a major street on to a residential street. I was able to control the car to the side of the residential road while turning however, if there had been cars on the street I was making the left too or I had not given more time for the cars coming at me during the turn this could have equaled a major accident. I am seeing through my research that I am not the only one experiencing this.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #11

Jun 202013

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I was driving on a busy road at night approaching a 4 way traffic light intersection. I was going approximately 35-40 mph and the road conditions were dry. Suddenly the electric, lights, gauges, steering and braking system in my Jeep began flickering and spasming like my Jeep entire electric system was having seizures and was switching power on and off. To the cars ahead of me it looked like I was flashing my lights and the cars behind me as if I was turning my lights on and off rapidly. I pulled off the road into a parking lot and my Jeep continued to spasm and flicker on and off. I turned my vehicle off and let it sit in hopes that this issue was a one time electrical glitch and also because I couldn't safely drive it in this condition. I eventually started my vehicle again and began to drive thinking it was alright. Within minutes it began doing the same thing again. My vehicle has continued to randomly exhibit this behavior along with additionally all the gauge lights and sounds blinking and chiming for several minutes at a time. I never know when it is going to happen but when it does it is extremely dangerous and scary to be in the vehicle. I only have my ignition key on the key ring but that doesn't seem to make any difference. I have noticed that my ignition switch is extremely sensitive even when initially starting the vehicle.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #10

Jul 172014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 95,038 miles
The dash lights started flickering, then the brakes locked up and the Jeep just lost power and turned off. This was the first time that the Jeep's brakes locked up and lost power and this is enough to cause alarm and resulted with this complaint. I will not wait for a second time that the vehicle's brakes lock up and turns itself off at a more dangerous highway situation on a busy traffic and certainly not putting my family at this type of risk which is obviously a manufacturer's defect. [xxx], a customer service representative from Jeep that I have spoken to advised that Chrysler could possibly issue a recall if enough number of complaints were received from NHTSA. Am I really supposed to wait until my family gets injured before something gets done with this known issue? the dash lights/gauges issue has been ongoing and Jeep had been contacted a few years back to no avail. I also advised [xxx] (Jeep rep) about all four handles breaking at the same time. I had to open the door from the outside to let my daughter and her friend get out of the backseat. These handles should not break at all due to it's normal use and purpose. I request your department to please investigate this obvious safety issue, and avoid any injuries that this defect could cause. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #9

May 232014

Grand Cherokee

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving East on the Pennsylvania turnpike from pittsburgh, pa to york, pa with my wife and 1 year old daughter on the Friday of memorial day weekend. I was driving between 70-75 mph in the left hand lane when I noticed I had lost acceleration, power steering, and all of my interior lights had turned off. The entire vehicle had shut off. This easily could have caused a horrific accident as there was a ton of traffic behind me and on the road. Fortunately, I was going down a hill and I was able to maintain speed for enough time to safely drift my car into the right lane and eventually over to the side of the road. Once pulled over, I had difficulty shifting my vehicle into park and turning off the ignition. After a few minutes of attempting to shut it off, I was able to get the key out of the ignition. I waited about 5 or so minutes and was able to start the vehicle without a problem. I stayed in the right hand lane the rest of the trip and eventually made it to my destination safely. When I got home, I took the vehicle to three rivers Chrysler Jeep and Dodge in pittsburgh, pa..I was told I needed to replace the ignition switch and the "wire control module". with all of the recalls in the news regarding Chrysler and GM ignition switches, I would not be surprised if this was a defect in Jeep as well. The experience I had was very frightening and I hope others do not have the same problems.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Read the next 8 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?