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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
82,742 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jan 142013


  • 93,000 miles


The check engine light appeared, and I had the code run which stated the problem being the torque clutch converter (tcc) solenoid circuit. Upon researching possible solutions and cost for repair, I noticed many others with this model vehicle had the same problem appear. Since no recalls were available, I had the tcc replaced at the recommendation of my research and the opinion of the local shop who said the problem was not electrical. At this point, the new tcc has been replaced for approximately two months and the check engine light has not reappeared. However, ever since the light originally came on, I have noticed the acceleration and idle have been very strange. While the vehicle does not stall, it does make odd noises when 1) driving at speeds around 1-30 mph, 2) driving at low speeds up an incline, and 3) when moving in reverse initially.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #10

Dec 222012


  • 69,000 miles
Was stopped at a red light waiting to turn left. When the stop light turned green I attempted to proceed with the vehicle. Initially when I depressed the accelerator nothing happened. After about 15 seconds the vehicle lurched dramatically forward into opposing traffic. We were very lucky that the oncoming cars were able to swerve to avoid the vehicle. I took it in to a repair facility and the inspection showed that it was a transmission failure.the vehicle has been previously repaired on 5 separate occasions for similar transmission problems. In speaking with the mechanic performing the repair he indicated that Chrysler had severe problems with the 42rle transmissions. I'm filing this complaint as I am very concerned that manufacturer has been allowed to produce a vehicle with an inherent defect that creates a severe safety impairment.

- Audubon, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 272012

Liberty 6-cyl Diesel

  • 130,000 miles
This Liberty crd has had multiple transmission problems under original warranty, engine was detuned to prevent torque converter problems, after warranty I still had problems. On 11/27/ 2012 going to work merging on toll way car lost power. Turned out to be torque converter blew up and destroyed transmission. Even though car has 130,000 miles, transmission in car never had more than 40,000 due to the many times it was removed.

- Wildwood, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 062012


  • 43,000 miles


The plastic bushing in the transfer case shifter cable broke and the transfer case could not be shifted (4WD, neutral, 2wd). Ours got stuck in 2wd so we able to drive it. This could happen without warning and apparently often does. This is a problem if the unit gets stuck in neutral the vehicle could not be moved out of the way of oncoming objects or if 4WD is needed it may not be able to be shifted into 4WD. Apparently this same plastic bushing is at both ends of the shifter cable and is used in most other 4WD Jeep. The problem is common enough that at lest one after market company is marketing a redesigned shifter cable that does not use the plastic bushings.

- Belleair, FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 152012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Gas tank would not take fuel. For $177 the dealer told me the safty valve was stuck in the fill tube and I needed $1400 for a new tank. Only 72,000 miles and all new valves,2 recalls and now this. Never again.

- Galesburg, IL, USA

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problem #6

Feb 012012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
1) wiring harness failed--rear lights not operable/functional. Vehicle crash possible because car not visible by other drivers at night. 2) gear shift sticks causing inability to put car in park. Roll-away imminent. Causing crash.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 012011


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while the accelerator pedal was depressed, the rear wheels spun out of control. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a curb. The rear passenger wheel separated from the axle during the crash. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Nov 272011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 87,450 miles
Shift cable failed when we rolled to a stop. Went to put the Jeep in park. Would not go. Would not go into reverse. Managed to force it into neutral but that was it. Had to manually push the Jeep backwards to try to turn it around to take it to a shop. Key would not come out as a result making battery go dead. Very unsafe because if that shifter cable broke at a higher speed it may or may not have messed the transmission up or allowed us to shut the vehicle off. For instance it were in drive and could not be shut off what would we do? found out from local Jeep dealers that they have to replace several of these a week. My personal mechanic was unable to secure one for several days because they were sold out all in our region. Suspect this is a big problem. No word from Jeep on this! mechanic was stunned how poorly made the cable is and was surprised it lasted as long as it did!

- King George, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 282006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
As a single mother of baby twins, I am both completely freaked out as well as gratefully relieved to have found this site. The complaints read like a checklist of past issues and god willing, preventable future issues. The gas tank cannot be "topped off"... all things considered, this was a seemingly acceptable issue. The engine light coming on accompanied by totally unexplained stalling every so often became a problem which would cease just as randomly as it occurred. Finally (when pregnant and nervous) I brought it in after one too many times. Apparently this Jeep model/year is weather sensitive. Rain seemed to be the catalyst, but I refuse to put one of those anal person car covers on becoming a slave to the weatherchannel. Mechanic changed temperamental sensor which, so far, seems to be managed. The A/C fan only works at 3 and up, which is too much hot/cold for even the most anemic after more than five minutes. Back to the weather, winter causes front struts to creak and moan like a geriatric beast. Once again, this is annoying but seemingly innocuous. Four wheel drive shift only works in part time hi (or low, don't recall), which is disappointing though again, not life threatening. The combination of these defects simply feels as if it was built with indifference to the consumer. Now that I have two priceless passengers, I refuse to wait for the cv joints to disengage before demanding all repairs be made and double checked by my implicitly trusted mechanic (ironically also a twin). In closing, thank you to all who contributed their stories and enlightening me to caution regarding the dangerous flaws as well as commiserating our shared frustration with the problems, like the window track disengaging, which combined are one big expensive potentiality dangerous headache.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 192008


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty sport. Major snow storm and trying to get home from work. Put the car into 4 wheel drive, shaft broke from internal connector and now it is permanently stuck in four wheel drive. 4wheel drive is horrible, spun out going 10 miles per hour while going up hill, almost got struck by a truck. After some research I've found that it is widely known among the industry that the Jeep Liberty has a poorly designed and faulty 4 wheel drive system but Jeep refuses to recall to fix the problem.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 292008


  • 38,939 miles
This is for a 2005 Jeep Liberty. Faulty speedometer. Was replaced 2 times within 2 years. Chrysler tsb indicates replacement of the rear differential fluid every year to resolve the problem. There is a problem with engineering if you have to do this. They will replace the speedometer for ~ $210 or change the fluid for $199 every year. Consumers are being held hostage for this annual charge for the fluid change as I have had my speedometer changed 2 times already. The maintenance schedule says nothing about this in schedule a. however the dealer refers to schedule B as what they recommend due to this issue. However, the book sites an exclusion in schedule B if your vehicle is used commercially, heavy hauling, snow plowing, of road use, etc. I have as of 08/06/2008 42,722 miles on this, and do to prescribe to the above exclusion.

- Elkton , MD, USA

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