really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,209 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 232010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


This is the fourth time that I have had a window regulator problem. The second time on the same window. I have heard that it is caused from overuse but the only window regulator that has not yet needed to be replaced is my driver window which is the one I use the most! this obviously has nothing to do with it. It is simply a faulty part that they do not feel is significant enough to find a permanent solution for. I fear that it will happen when I am on vacation or something and a storm will ruin my car without my knowing or my car will be "broken" into or even stolen. I know there are many other people with the same issues happening multiple times but not everyone knows to report it. I hope that enough people complaining about the same faulty part will make them do something about it.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Mar 152012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
The left oxygen sensor wiring harness contacted the exhaust pipe and burned the harness. They is a recall on this for 06 Jeep Liberty I would like mine to be included in this 06 Jeep NHTSA campaign number: 06V036000.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 062011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


While driving down the interstate, I heard a clunk. My back window behind driver had slipped down. I called my personal mechanic, not dealer, and he diagnosed it over the phone as the regulator. He told me it was common in Jeep. While at the mechanic's, another customer said her father's Jeep had done the same thing. The mechanic told me to be glad that my window did not break. I was charged to replace the regulator $300. I have no children and my back window is never used. Too many people have spent hundreds of dollars for this repair. This is definitely an inferior product and should be recalled. Customers should not be expected to pay for this repair. I only hope I can get rid of my Jeep before I have another window regulator fail!!!

- Franklin, OH, USA

problem #13

Jul 152011


  • miles
I have had to replace both back passenger window systems. Both went down with seemingly no cause and it cost hundreds to repair each. No one ever rides in the back of my car. This should not happen, but I understand it's common in these vehicles. Should not be allowed by consumer protection.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #12

Oct 012007


  • miles
The rear window on the driver's side fell down for no reason. I pressed the switch it did not move. I pulled it up by hand but it would fall right down. I took it to the Jeep dealer thinking it would be under warranty but they charged me. Two years later it happened again on the same window. I paid for it again. Since, they fixed it last time they scratched the glass and I cannot open the door from the inside. I am single and 99.9% of the time I am the only one in the car. The window does not even get used and it fails. The window was not used once since the second replacement and it has failed again for a third time. The second time I was at the Jeep dealer to have it replaced the service advisor even said to me that this happens all the time on these vehicles. Well, then why isn't something being done about it? when you read the internet you will find that all Jeep Liberty's from 2002 to 2007 have this problem. The part was not engineered correctly and does not hold up. The part is clearly defective. You will be driving along and all of a sudden you hear air rushing in behind you. Chrysler needs to be forced to fix it because otherwise, they will not do it. They knowingly sold a defective product which is fraud and it is illegal. Your Jeep is never secure and is unsafe. I travel into the city every day and have to fear that when I walk out my window will be down and I will be robbed or someone can just reach in and get in my car because the window is down and kill me, attack me or rob me. This does not even include the numerous other problems: Belt tensioner defective, ball joints bad, rear window not working, roof rack lose and faded, windshield leaking, electrical issue, horn stuck on just to name some of the problems I have experienced. Every year or two Jeep expects you to pay hundreds of dollars to have a defective part fixed.

- Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 312011


  • 85,100 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after several attempts. The vehicle was then towed to a local mechanic where he was advised that the ignition switch and steering column would need to be replaced. There was no electrical current passing through the starter and the mechanic advised that there were aluminum pieces that fractured in the steering column and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired because the parts needed were on backorder. The contact believed that the manufacturer was ignoring the issue which he stated was a severe safety issue. In addition, the contact stated that the transmission was replaced twice since owning the vehicle. The failure mileage was 85,100. The VIN was not available.

- Los Angels, CA, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Apr 202009


  • 25,000 miles
2005 Jeep libery rear driver side window regulator failure, resulting in loss of power window function and inability to keep window closed. Regulator was replaced at cost to owner. At approx same time, rear window wiper motor failed, was not repaired due to cost.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 162010


  • 43,000 miles
Researching issues related to my 2005 Jeep Liberty (3.7 limited 4 X 4). Repeated electronic issues with windows - came across others with same issue. Exactly how many repairs has Jeep Chrysler done on Jeep liberties... just thought you should know. It's not cheap - read info at: www.denlorstools.com/autoblog/2009/02/Jeep-Liberty-power-window-problems-diy-tips/.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #7

May 292010


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty turbo diesel. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle caught fire without warning. The contact suffered from smoke inhalation and other minor unknown injuries. A police and fire report were filed. The dealer advised that the fire was caused by a fuel heater under the hood. The contact filed a claim with the manufacturer but the manufacturer advised they were unable to provide an exact cause of the failure. The contact's claim was denied. The vehicle was left at the dealer for further analysis. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 152008


  • 75,000 miles
The steering column inside where ignition switch is cracked, that what I was told the vehicle has 90000 miles on it but it was in a crash and now the insurance adjuster says it is normal wear. It will not start, and it shorted out the battery.

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 042007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. A week after purchasing the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle has been to the dealer five times due to spark plug failures. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer three times because the cruise control would shut off, the dial on the speedometer gauge would go to zero, the odometer would freeze, and the check engine light would illuminate. Currently, the speedometer dial remains at zero, the odometer is stuck at 29,647, and the cruise control does not work. The overhead console has failed and does not keep accurate information at any time. The dealer currently has the vehicle. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 112006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,528 miles
1.a) ck engine lt came on, heavy black smoke, Jeep would stall, fuel mil decreased, B) A/C quit working, C) Jeep violently jerked while accelerating/braking, Jeep would lurch after coming to a complete stop, Jeep stalled during turns and in middle of intersections leaving the Jeep stuck in the path of oncoming traffic, D) safety recall of lower ball joints, E) while out of state, driving home at pm on highway, the elect throttle and battery warning lights started flashing, electronics and lights on Jeep failed, Jeep stalled on highway and would not restart, F) after P/U the Jeep up from the shop for a new starter and battery, within 30 miles, same warning lights appeared, electr quit, and Jeep again stalled in traffic and would not restart, rear hatch opened and windows stuck down 2.a) wouldn't run properly, unsafe to drive B)A/C quit C)not safe operate Jeep for 5 days until auth dealer could take in thejeep D) recall replacement E) had to have Chrysler tow to shop (first site didn't even work on diesels, second didn't have a certified diesel tech in) F) had to have Chrysler tow to shop 3.a)egr etc replaced but in shop for 5 days due to backorder on parts B) transducer switch replaced, refrigerant refilled; safety backup switch on A/C not replaced because part was on backorder, part installed a month later C) authorized dealer stated diagnostics showed transmission failure to include front pump, seals, and other misc. Parts with the torque converter out of range, service bullentin issued by Chrysler indicated parts were on backorder, parts installed after 10 days in the shop D) lower ball joint kit installed, in shop and unable to drive for 1 day E) installed new starter, let Jeep sit for 1 day and was not able to start, put in new battery and stated Jeep was fixed, unable to drive Jeep 7 days F) Jeep still there, no power, may be the alternator but because battery is dead, the failure history is unretrievable, not able to diag problems other thean prob electrical.

- Mt Sterling, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 162006

Liberty 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, who replaced the power control module. The problem returned after a month. That component was replaced five times. Also, while depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle lost pressure. The vehicle operated after restarting. The tire pressure light illuminated, but the tire pressure was normal. The dealership was unable to diagnose these problems.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 182006

Liberty 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
While driving at night and during day with no warning or events leading up to, the lights and radio shut off and then a few seconds later come back on. While driving anytime any speed car bucks like a bull. Car will occasionally stall out after backing up while shifting into drive also while going up hill car engine sounded like it was falling out from under it had gas to floor no motion dealers replaces parts but claims no problem found.

- Berkeley Springs, WV, USA

problem #1

May 272005

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
2005 Jeep Liberty crd will "sling shot" itself when starting from a stop with the A/C on. When you start to accelerate making a turn from being stopped the vehicle will start to move and you can feel, hear the engine gaining RPM but not movement then a sudden slingshot effect will take place. The selling dealer said it was normal for a diesel engine with a turbo to do this. Also stated it was in the electronics and there wasn't any thing they could do to repair it. I would have to wait for a factory bulletin to come out. This new vehicle pulls to the right constantly, I requested the alignment to be corrected during the same dealership visit as above. I was told my alignment was checked and there was no abnormal tire wear so it must be the crown of the road causing the pull or drift. This vehicle also surges when the cruise control is engaged and you start up an incline, it will continue to surge as long as the incline lasts. After picking the vehicle up at the dealership today I started home and all three of the faults occurred. I returned to the dealership and the shop foreman went with me, where the vehicle again acted up. He said there was not any thing they could do about the surging and the alignment and the sling shotting was turbo lag. I have not diven the vehicle on wet or snow covered pavement, however, with what does I not sure I want to.

- Fort Ashby, WV, USA

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