Notes: The 2012 Grand Cherokee hasn't seen the same complaint volume as the 2011, at least not yet.

It's worth noting both model years are part of a class-action lawsuit that focuses on a defective TIPM and a long wait for replacement parts.

The 2012 also received national attention after it failed a Swedish Magazine's "moose test". The test measures a vehicle's ability to swerve out of the way of an obstacle you wouldn't want to hit while driving down the road ... like a moose.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
55,650 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace warped cam shaft (1 reports)
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine problems

engine problem

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 122018

Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,251 miles


Jeep knows there is an issue with the camshaft warping in the 5.7L V8 hemi engine. The guy at the repair shop told me about it as design flaw in the engine. They fixed the state trooper engine because they didn't want the drama behind that. Know it's time for you to do the regular consumer right.

- Dewayne D., CHEYENNE, WY, US

problem #1

Aug 012012

Grand Cherokee Overland 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

This same problem was present in my 2011 jeep grand cherokee along with excess oil consumption and engine knock, all which was described as normal per chrysler. My 2012 exhibits same problem but now chrysler has a tsb out but no fix. Neither vehicle did this at time of purchase and it has progressively gotten worse. Vehicles sputter, some are calling it torque converter shutter but its basically the engine is not getting enough fuel during acceleration under load.

- rnmst, Dallas, GA, US

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