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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
84,687 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Dec 202017

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. While driving at any speed, unusual squeaking noises were heard coming from the ball joints. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the recall repair was previously performed and would not be done a second time. The contact was referred to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer was not notified. The failure was not repaired. The failure mileage was 145,000. The consumer stated the seatbelt connector fails and 4X4 fails to engage.

- Austin, AR, USA

problem #31

Jun 022017


  • 100,000 miles
The electrical system fails from winter to summer causing miscellaneous information to the computer, the auto can overheat, it can also clear down and open failure of gasoline. The ball joints fail truly. It happened to me in three occasions when I circulated by the city when crossing on a street, while passing a tumble, and on a terrace street. The front brake system breaks causing brake liquid leaks this is caused by the warming of parts and dirt. I saw the stain in the soil when I park in my garage and check.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #30

Jun 062016

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
To whom it may concern: I have a Jeep Liberty and I cannot drive it and I cannot get it fixed. It has been out of service for months. It was towed to my local mechanic. He tried to get a transmission several times but they were never the correct one. With the information provided by my mechanic and my research it appears Jeep put the wrong transmission in my Jeep Liberty which explains why I cannot find one to match. Jeep used the 42rle transmission from 2003-2013. The 42rle transmission has 4 connectors and a straight cross member. My transmission does not have 4 connectors and it does not have a straight cross member. Therein lies the problem Jeep put the wrong transmission in my Jeep. Also, Jeep recommends putting a transmission cooler on the vehicle. Why wasn't this done when it was first manufactured. The fact that the wrong transmission was used and they did not install a transmission cooler helps to explain why I have transmission problems. To me this is fraud. I did not receive what I paid for. I checked with a Jeep dealer and the service manager said the 2005 Jeep Liberty did not come equipped with a transmission cooler. Another Jeep dealer provided me with a recommended list of parts to repair the problem sight unseen and it included a transmission cooler that was not installed originally. Chrysler is offering a new lifetime powertrain warranty on 2006-2009 models that includes replacing powertrain components: Engine, transmission and drive system including parts and labor or they will buy your vehicle back. These vehicles have the same components as the 2005 and for one year difference I receive nothing while others receive lifetime. That seems like discrimination to me. Sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sch. Haven, PA, USA

problem #29

Aug 282016


  • 120,000 miles


Transmission failed which ruined the transfer case. Jeep also recommends installing a transmission cooler. So, why is 2005 not covered" they tell me the parts are over $4,600 not including labor. If it was one year newer it would all be free. Explain that to myself and the other owners. Q1: How do I know if I'm covered by the new Chrysler lifetime powertrain warranty? A1: You're covered if you're the first registered vehicle owner retail or lease in U.S., puerto rico and the virgin islands. This applies to 2009 model year vehicles. As well as 2006, 2007 and 2008 model year vehicles. Q2: What does the new powertrain limited warranty include? A2: The Chrysler lifetime powertrain warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair covered powertrain components engine, transmission and drive system on most new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Q3: What powertrain parts and components are covered" A3: Gasoline engine, transmission and drive systems (fwd, AWD, rwd or 4WD). Q6: Why did Chrysler change its warranty coverage" A6: Our confidence level in our vehicles is very high. Our dealers are telling us that our products are the best quality they've seen in a very, very long time maybe ever. So, we'd like to take this level of confidence and share it with you, our customers. This new powertrain warranty demonstrates our commitment to you as a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge customer and the confidence we have in our ability to produce quality, reliable and durable vehicles. We want you to feel that same confidence. Is that why you fired the executive dealing with quality? Q15: What does 'lifetime' mean" A15: Lifetime means lifetime.

- Sch. Haven, PA, USA

problem #28

Aug 282015


  • 109,000 miles
Vehicle abruptly disengages from 1st gear (6 speed manual transmission). Occurs at any speed in first gear and is unpredictable. Also has popped out of first gear after shutoff and stationary. No recalls or service bulletins relating to this issue.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

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problem #27

Jun 302016


  • 120,000 miles
The transmission is defective which in turn ruined the transfer case. I have another defective belt tensioner. Last but not least I have two more broken window regulators. Just check the internet there are articles all over about broken window regulators. I understand they only recalled 2006 and 2007 what about 2002-2005 which were bad first. On top of that they replace them with the same defective window regulators so they will break again and again. That way the dealers can continue to make money on you. The garage told me that the transmission in my car was used for one year on one model and I believe it because they have tried all over for a transmission and cannot get the right one. They have had three sent in and all three were wrong. This just confirms that the transmission was defective and they stop using it. Plus a transmission should last far longer than 120,000 miles. I read all the time that today cars are good for 200,000 miles or more. This does not include the other defective parts on the Jeep: Belt tensioners, locks, roof rack, window regulators, horn, leaking windshield, rubber on roof rack, rubber on and around doors, upholstery stains even from water, master cylinder, replacing lights way to often as well as fuses, marks in the paint, fuel relay switch, and this list is by no means all inclusive it is just what I can remember off the top of my head. I have contacted Chrysler over the years about window regulators and they don't care. Your car is never secure when a window will drop without warning. It can occur while drive or even when you are not in the car. Only one window in my car gets opened. Windows not used break leaving you susceptible to theft and bodily harm. Chrysler does not care about the transmission either. It is all greed. After being bailed out twice by the us taxpayers it is time they pay us back by being honest

- Sch. Haven, PA, USA

problem #26

Oct 012014


  • miles


Jeep Liberty with a 6 speed manual transmission periodically pops out of first gear as you begin to accelerate. There doesn't appear to be a pattern to the problem like how quickly are slowly you accelerate.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #25

Aug 282015


  • 102,000 miles
When shifting my Jeep from 1st to 2nd it sometimes makes a grinding noise. I brought it to my mechanic today and he took it for a ride. He told me that he thinks it's a little ball inside the transmission that is covered with nylon, and a couple of forks make it move. He is going to try changing my transmission fluid to a synthetic brand in hopes that will slow down the wear on the nylon ball, but eventually I will need a new transmission. I asked him what will happen when the ball finally breaks, and he told me the vehicle will cease to move, rather I am driving it or not. He also told me that this problem is a known problem with Jeep. If this is a known problem with Jeep then why haven't they been recalled and/or fixed?

- Saint Albans, VT, USA

problem #24

Jun 172015


  • 146,000 miles
After driving my Jeep for about 20 minutes it will start going in and out of limp mode then it will downshift hard to 3rd gear and will rev the engine until it is shut off and started again. I am no longer driving it and am debating on whether or not to fix it as I just dumped over $3000. For engine. This car seems to be a walking time bomb

- Hewitt,, NJ, USA

problem #23

Feb 162015

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 159,800 miles
At approx 8:00 on the morning of 2/16/15 my 2005 Jeep Liberty, 3.8L V-6 with automatic transmission began to accelerate out of control while braking for a stop sign. The engine was cold, I had just started it and the temperature was in the mid to upper 50S. I was traveling about 27 mph, and began to slow for the stop. At about 10-15 mph, I noticed the car was no longer slowing down. It seemed as though the brakes stopped working. At the same time, the engine briefly revved on its own. This made the car accelerate. I could not stop at the stop sign and the car accelerated into 50 mph cross traffic. I made a hard right turn to bring the car next to the curb, allowing room for traffic to go by. At the same time, I put the transmission into neutral and that allowed the car to stop. I then put the car into park and revved the engine. It seemed to respond normally at that point (engine would return to idle immediately after taking my foot off the gas). After shifting between part to drive, then reverse, etc. Several times, it still seemed to work normally so I continued to work with no further problems. It seemed as though while coming to a stop, the transmission did not down shift or disengage. As the engine rpms were reduced below idle due to the car slowing, the computer control system tried to bring the engine speed back up, causing it to accelerate. A couple of facts - the car has approx. 159,800 miles on the odometer. I purchased it used a few months ago and have put 13,000 miles on it. When I purchased it I had it examined by a mechanic and had all the hoses, belts, etc. Replaced. I've had the oil changed at about 5,000 mile intervals. I drive with one foot only, I don't use separate feet for the gas and the brake. The floor mat was not moved before or after this incident, and is not close to the gas pedal. Check engine light did not come on.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 202011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 39,999 miles


In a clear sunny day I was entering the freeway when I heard a big bang on my lower end front of my Jeep Liberty. There was nothing in the road that could have damaged it. The road was clear of any debris. After a couple of years taking it in into my Jeep dealership they could find nothing wrong with it. Finally not third but forth was a charm when they told me the lower front arms and bushing needed replacing. I have heard from many Jeep owners that they have had the same problems I want to know why these parts have not been recalled.

- Grimes, IA, USA

problem #21

Oct 152014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My girlfriend of 21 years, went into the doctor and when she came out her Jeep Liberty would start and then stall. She said there was clunking noise from the engine. I get there and call aaa and have it towed to a plus transmission and auto repair in brighton Michigan. They said the rocker arm came lose from the adjuster and that should fix the problem. Not so, turns out it was a broken valve seat also that had dropped down into the cylinder causing catastrophic engine failure. We are left with the expense of replacing the engine at a cost to us of $5600. This is a known problem with the Chrysler 3.7 V6 engine. It happens just after the warranty expires. With todays technology I believe that engine should have had lasted up to 200000 miles. Since we cant afford a new car this is the only way we can go. However, I believe Chrysler should help with the expense of this. Never will I buy from Chrysler again.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #20

Aug 112014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Jeep Liberty. While driving 45 mph, the transmission slipped and became stuck in third gear. The contact noticed smoke near the rear of the vehicle and flames rising underneath the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Cisco, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 022014


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving various speeds with the 4X4 activated, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to dealer, who diagnosed that the drive shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 126,000.

- Innwood, WV, USA

problem #18

Jul 112005


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start unless the vehicle was in neutral. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #17

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

problem #16

Feb 112009

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
When at a stop, I put the car into first gear. A lot of times, not all the time, it will violently pop out of gear. I then put it back in gear, and drive away. I can avoid this by put it in to first gear as I glide to a stop, or by creeping the Jeep in 2nd gear and then go back to 1st. This has been going on for a long time now. The pop out of gear sounds and feels like my transmission fell out of the vehicle. I originally thought it was just my car, but after reviewing the blogs, noticed alot of other people having the same issues with their 6 speed manual Jeep.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #15

Dec 172013

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission independently shifted out of four-wheel drive mode without warning. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road as flames ignited from under the hood. The contact exited from the vehicle safely and the fire department extinguished the massive flames. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage facility. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000....updated 02-28-14 the consumer stated the E-mail address is incorrect.

- Kapaa , HI, USA

problem #14

Nov 152011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Two years ago my Jeep started making metallic grinding sounds and violently shaking uncontrollably. I looked under my car at the front drive shaft to see it breaking apart from the inside out. I notified Chrysler and after a long conversation they agreed to fix it admitting it was a faulty part. Yesterday the noises and shaking came back with the newly replaced front drive shaft. Chrysler admits its a unfair situation but refuses to replace there faulty part once again. This will cause a accident as it will happen unexpectedly. Thank you for taking my complaint.

- Crestline, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 222011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Key will not come out of ignition while in "park" because the shift button will not retract automatically as designed (shift-interlock system broken). I must manually retract the shift button while in "park" to remove the key. I must also manually retract the shift button while in "drive" so that the shifter cannot accidentally be bumped out of gear by accident.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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