really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,429 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty brakes problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 112011


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the rear passenger side of the vehicle would exhibit a loud clunking noise when braking to a complete stop. The dealer and manufacturer were contacted but denied assistance with repairing the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 37,000.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #7

Mar 062011

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
On Sunday, March 6, 2011, my 2005 Jeep Liberty experienced a tire blowout that was associated to a Jeep confirmed faulty rear set of brake calipers and rotors. I have taken my car in on four previous occasions regarding a "loud scraping and grinding" noise from the rear tires and a burning odor. On all occasions, the car was taken to a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep dealership and was informed that there was no issue. After the incident on March 11th that drove me off the road and in to a ditch, I contacted the Jeep corporate offices. My case was escalated to a special investigations team who dispatched a field engineer from Jeep. The engineer assessed the Jeep on that Friday and took photos for corporate. After ~5 days, I received a call from the legal department at Jeep corporate who informed me that, indeed, the issue that I have been attesting for the past four months was a critical issue and did involve brake calipers and rotors that were fused together and could lead to a "fire and possibly and accident" after a rude conversation with the agent who indicated that I "was pissy", the legal department indicated that in order to receive repairs, I would need to remove any liability form Jeep by verbally authorizing the repair. They would not provide any written documentation regarding the case. Since then, Jeep has held my vehicle and will not provide any updates. The dealership that has my vehicle and all supporting areas are bound to confidentiality to the legal department and I have been without a car for 8 days. Most intriguingly, I have a service contract that covers this issue and Jeep refuses to repair the issue, indicating that this is a legal issue and a member of their team "will return my call" which I hear every day. From this, I have determined that this is a larger issue that Jeep refuses to acknowledge and leaves me no recourse than to explore other avenues to get my car back (repaired) and to follow-through on their contractual obligations for a safe car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 212010


  • 57,080 miles
While traveling on the highway at approx 55-60 mph, driver depressed brakes to quickly slow down to avoid the car in front which had slowed and was turning. Rear brakes on vehicle locked causing vehicle to screech, tires to smoke and vehicle to spin around in a circle and cross center line on the highway. It was a clean, dry highway at approx 5:45 pm. Fortunately, there were no other vehicles in the area besides the one in front. Had an automobile been behind the vehicle, it would have resulted in a crash. Driver was able to drive away from the scene. ABS light came on after the incident, but did not illuminate when vehicle was started the next time about 2 hours later. ABS light was not on prior to the incident. Vehicle has not been operated since it was re-started 2 hours after incident and driven about 6 miles home.

- Bayfield, CO, USA

problem #5

May 132010


  • 37,250 miles


Rear left wheel caliper up. 37,000 miles in the car with brand new pads and rotors installed 200 miles ago.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 122009


  • 45,000 miles
2005 Jeep Liberty ltd, was having brake problems. It was shimmying etc, when I put on brakes and at times the pedal went to the floor. I was involved in an accident when my Jeep would not stop when I put on brakes. I rearended someone. I had a mechanic check this out before accident and could not find anything wrong. I have owned 3 Jeep in my life time and never had problems. I have a $3000 repair to my car because of brake failure, plus the airbags did not come out. I expect someone to contact me immediately.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,302 miles
I was driving down my 3/10 mile private road, approximately a 12% grade with brake pedal engaged when suddenly the pedal went to the floor and the steering wheel locked. The car went 150' & down a 12' embankment head first onto a gravel drive and landed upside down. I was conscious at all times and crawled out the passenger side window. It was an hour before I was found. I had 2 broken legs & cracked 2nd vertebra. I spent 5 months in hospitals & a nursing home with a halo on my head & fixators on my legs. The car was totaled.

- Sylva, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 242006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,800 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at various speeds, the brake pedal went all the way down to the floorboard, and there was an increased stopping distance. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer, who determined the master cylinder needed to be replaced. Afterwards, the problem persisted. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Huntingburg, IN, USA

problem #1

May 152006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
2005 Jeep Liberty exhibits a loud clunking noise in the rear end of the vehicle when backing up after sitting overnight when the outdoor temperature is below 50 degrees F. once the vehicle is driven a short distance, the noise disappears. This noise first appeared to be the rear axle but after owner hung out the rear of the vehicle while another person was driving it backwards, it is coming from the rear brakes and discs. Have taken this vehicle into Jeep 3 times to have this corrected. The first time they didn't even look for the problem since they did not hear it. The second time, they heard it but could not find it. The third time, they were directed to the rear brakes by the owner and they still could not find the problem. The problem still exists. The Jeep dealership appears to not know these vehicles very well. Since this is in Texas, will have to wait for colder fall temps and owner will likely have to fix since dealership is confused.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

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