really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,505 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 212015


  • 111,000 miles


Parking/emergency brake does not hold the vehicle. Brakes have been replaced and inspected in good condition. This model is equipped with an auto-adjusting system that does not auto adjust as stated in the service manual. Vehicle has popped out of gear and coasted from its parking spot with parking brake fully applied. (see complaint 10897627 for manual transmission complaint). No recalls or service bulletin relating to this safety issue.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 012016


  • 92,000 miles
ABS sensor in rear differential failed affecting the ability of the ABS braking system to function. Well known problem on the internet identifying frayed wires to the ABS sensor. This vehicle has had 3 sensor failures.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 312015


  • 124,547 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. While driving over a bump at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to shake and vibrate when pressing the brake pedal. The contact indicated that the ABS sensor light later illuminated. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,547. Updated 11/09/15

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 112013


  • 80,000 miles


Vehicle was rolling backwards when brake was applied while sitting on a hill at a stop sign. Jeep would not move forward when gas was applied it tried to roll backwards as if it were a manual transmission.

- Warner Robins , GA, USA

problem #5

May 072015


  • 0 miles
This is a safety complaint on a 2005 Jeep Liberty complaint for the 3 recalls. Ball joints, trailer hitch and control arms. On this day I brought my vehicle to transitowne in williamsville, NY for the recalls, I never received the ball joint recall previously. My vehicle was safe, no noise, no problems and was currently in mint condition mechanically and otherwise. I dropped it off Thursday night 5/7/2015 to be worked on 7/8/2015. They called the morning of 7/8/2015 to say the vehicle was complete. As I drove home the wheel shakes and front end makes noise while braking and sounds loose. I immediately returned it, they were rude and after my obvious frustration finally decided to take a test drive. When sal, the service coordinator came back and actually admitted (with a witness) I was one in a million that received bad ball joints but that they don't have any more I would have to wait. I explained when braking something is rubbing, steering is shaky and makes a clunk noise from ball joints. They let me drive away with a vehicle that is unsafe. Loose ball joints with any play in them can result in an accident. They offered no rental, no help and ignore me. I have my own business (sole) and cannot drive it, I don't trust it and it cannot be driven to kayaking. My entire weekend was ruined not to mention I cannot drive a noisy, dangerous vehicle. They did not replace the trailer hitch even though it's 10 years old (I put it on myself) did not come with the Jeep, and it's welds are rusty and brittle, they did not care about that either. Chrysler case # 26946712. I feel like nobody cares about my problem, it can't be legal for a dealership to send drivers home with vehicles that have loose ball joints and tell them it's safe, they have no idea where I go and drive with my vehicle, it's construction season and one pothole on the thruway could kill me.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 032014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I was coming home the day before the holiday. It was a busy day around 4:30 pm. I began heading down the heel and the car just turned off. I was unable to restart, steer, brake or control any aspect of the car. Unfortunately when the car stopped, it threw me forward into the dash. Fortunately, the gentleman that was in front of me saw me waving and yelling I couldn't stop and risked his life by pulling in front of the oncoming traffic to allow my car to continue soaring down the hill. Once I reached the bottom of the hill, my vehicle came to rest between two lanes of a four lane road. Mind you this road has hills coming from both ways. Fortunately again, a tow truck driver came along and stopped traffic until he could safely tow me into my driveway (free of charge). When I tried starting the vehicle again it ran like it was about to blow up and rattled something terrible. I contacted Chevrolet and they explained that they had never heard of any such situation regarding my type of vehicle. However, as the stories began spilling into the media, it was like reliving that moment over and over again, but unfortunately for some their situation didn't turn out as well. How long will this major motor company be able to risk human lives just to make a profit. Why don't they just admit that they used defective parts to make a big profit and it has now back fired.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 052014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


While driving approximately 45 mph vehicle's primary brake system failed. The vehicle was able to be stopped using the emergency brake. Inspecting the brake system it was identified that the front driver side brake line had corroded.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 302011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
When driving over metal plates or small patches of ice front wheels lock and make steering impossible if brakes are being applied. This is happening at very low speed. I bought this Jeep used.

- S Ozone Pk, NY, USA

problem #1

May 182014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
While driving the vehicle in a busy highway the steering becomes heavy and some fluid splashed on the front windshield and suddenly lost steering and gearing.I forced the vehicle to the shoulder and stepped out of it to check what went wrong. There was no light indicator or overheating. As soon as I stepped out of the car it starts rolling backward, so it lost braking as well..I was panicking and picturing how many accidents and toll death would have happened on the scene. One moving car had collided with my vehicle while it was rolling backward and two people got injured. The police have been notified and my Jeep got towed as it is not drivable. I have contact Chrysler and they return my call and promise to send their engineer to investigate and find out what went wrong without warring and it could have caused a total disaster on 95 North.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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