really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,904 miles

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2004 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

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2004 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Mar 012012


  • 60,000 miles


When trying to roll down front driver window, it made noise and cable worm came up in between glass and door jam, flapping on inside of window. Window still worked but the cable wire would come loose sometimes and window would either not roll all the way down, or not roll down at all and other times would roll down just fine. I rolled the window down the other day and the cable wire came flapping up while the window glass is stuck inside the door. Had to pry window out of door and tape shut. Window motor still makes sound but no longer operates window.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #15

Dec 252011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that a mechanism within the ignition switch failed and the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 012010


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start on an intermittent basis. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 12,472. The approximate failure mileage was 11,000. The starter was replaced. But did not fix the problem. Updated 11/09/2011

- Pacific City, OR, USA

problem #13

Aug 152011


  • 103,800 miles


My horn will not stop blowing, it woke everyone in my neighborhood up at 10pm last night, and the only way it would stop was to disconnect the battery. Water seems to be leaking into my fuse box. I have taken the car to a mechanic and will see how it turns out.

- Vermont, VT, USA

problem #12

Aug 032011


  • 105,000 miles
I was sitting at a red light waiting on light to turn, car completely shut off, smoke was coming out from under the hood. An emergency vehicle was sitting in front of me and they got out with fire extinguishers. When I raised the hood the fire flamed up more. There was a recall O4V337000 on the alternator could cause a fire under the hood. I never received a letter on this. I received a recall 2 0R 3 years ago and took it to Jeep dealer in kodak, tn. But it was not for this recall

- Seymour, TN, USA

problem #11

Jun 012011

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The rear drivers side window regulator needs replacement as it is defective. The extended warranty nor the dealership will cover this very common defect which will cost me $450.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #10

Jan 092005


  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Liberty. While the contact was driving approximately 60 mph, the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and suddenly the engine stalled. Also, the speed odometer displayed an inaccurate reading which fluctuated when traveling. The engine restarted and the vehicle was able to resume normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where there were replacements of the cruise control sensor, speed control and computer module. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on seven separate occasions for the identical failures. The contact had concern of the safety hazard involved. The failure continued to occur after the service repairs. The failure mileage was approximately 3,000.

- Hurricane , WV, USA

problem #9

Jun 072010


  • 34,500 miles
All lights, (including headlamps), intermittently turn off. This has happened 3 times already, all at night while driving 65-70 mph on the highway. The first occurrence was around July, 2009. The last occurrence was last night, June 7, 2010. Nothing but pitch blackness when they went off. Had to try to steer car to side of road. If you turn the headlamp on/off a few times or jiggle the control it will turn on/off and then stay on. This is pretty dangerous. This is my daughter's car and I will not let her drive it anymore as a result.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #8

May 272010


  • 141,708 miles
Headlights intermittently flash on/off several times. I hear the relay clicking. This occurs one or two times every other day or so.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 022009


  • 100,908 miles
My husband is a mechanic. He and his employer were trying to maneuver a 2004 Jeep Liberty into the work stall from the parking lot. The Jeep had a broken ball joint (a condition that they later found was under recall notice) and would not steer, so my husband was guiding it with a floor jack while his boss was behind the wheel, braking when necessary to help control forward momentum. The vehicle was idling. This is standard procedure, one carried out many times by both men. Both men have at least 25 years of experience each as auto mechanics. There is a lip just at the door of the shop to prevent water from coming in, and when the Jeep came to this lip, the vehicle tipped slightly, and the right front tire touched the ground. Instantly, the engine revved and the vehicle jumped forward at full power. The boss literally stood as hard as he could on the brake but to no effect. The vehicle left a long black skid line behind it where the back tires were trying to brake, but the front tires were continuing to accelerate. My husband was hit and dragged fifteen feet then crushed against an upright support. According to both mechanics, the front wheels should not have had power to them, since the vehicle was not in four-wheel drive and cannot put itself into four-wheel drive: A lever must be raised manually. My husband had to be life flighted to emmanuel hospital where he was diagnosed with a collapsed lung, broken nose, broken collarbone, nine broken ribs, and a broken ankle. He also suffered general crushing of most of his body. A broken left rib was diagnosed two weeks later. The Jeep was taken to a local Chrysler dealership for repair of the broken ball joint and the transmission pan, damaged in the accident.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #6

Aug 012007

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 50,146 miles


2004 Jeep Liberty sport has loss of power and is quitting customer states that he has had multiple parts fixed and replaced and now the vehicle has the same failure problems as last year. ** the consumer has had 2 fuel pumps replaced, a wiring harness in the firewall, cruise control sensor replaced, the entire module replaced, ball joint replaced and now the vehicle is losing power and quitting again. The consumer further stated that the speedometer and tachometer both are going crazy.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #5

Jun 152007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,350 miles
No warning. Efect as described by dealer involved a defective BCM, body control module. Peedometer, headlights, door locks, wipers, power windows, air conditioning would not work. Rear glass hatch opened and would not close/latch.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Passenger side locks inoperable. When clicking remote keyless entry door locks would lock and unlock continuously for up to ten seconds. I feel this eventually led to the lock motor burning out.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #3

May 222006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,576 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was taken to the service dealer about a year ago because there was a slight vibration in the front end. The dealer inspected the vehicle and determined the tires needed to be rotated. The vibration continued and progressively became worse. Today, while driving 30 mph the contact heard a loud grinding sound followed by the vehicle's failure to move forward. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but has not been inspected. Upon visual inspection, the contact noticed the lower ball joint was separated on the passenger side. Updated 7/3/2006 - the driver's side windshield wiper arm came loose twice. The wiper arm was realigned to factory specs and tightened to the correct torque setting. When the consumer used the turn signals while the headlights were on the headlights flickered. This is an intermittent occurrence. On another occasions the headlights remained on although the switch was turned off.

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 172005

Liberty 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,380 miles
I reside in southern California, we were experiencing thunder showers earlier in the day. I went to a 5 hour class, upon returning the horn was blaring, I could not stop it so I had to take the fuse out. Then I started the car but the gauges were acting strange. I had a half a tank of fuel but it was reading as if I had a full tank, then the engine light was on, after I got home I shut of the ignition but the car would not shut off. My car is a manual, 4 cylinder, with no power amenities it is a basic car, no air conditioning. It is just a 2004 Jeep Liberty. After I popped the clutch lightly to stop the engine my lights would not go off. It was not a major storm just a quick shower, it makes me worry quite a bit because this is my main vehicle and if just a little moisture causes havoc what if I was in the snow what kind of problems would it create. Another thing since a light shower caused havoc what does this do to the electrical on my air bags?

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122003


  • 4,700 miles
While driving at 25 mph, the driver side air bag deployed for no logical reason. The consumer lost control of the vehicle and collided with an embankment. The vehicle never ran over anything or hit anything before the mishap. The consumer suffered a sprained wrist, a concussion and trauma to his back. The consumer also reported that before the air bag deployed, that electrical currents from the steering wheel were shocking who ever drove the vehicle. This electrical shock has happened on three different occasions and the dealer has tried to find the source. The manufacturer and the dealer were aware problem. Headlights go out intermittently, dealer replaced switch.

- Marriottsville, MD, USA

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