definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,636 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty engine problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 022011


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty sport diesel. The contact stated that the check engine light would illuminate sporadically. The dealer diagnosed that the turbo was defective and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but provided no assistance. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 58,200.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 202010

Liberty 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2005 Jeep Liberty 4 cylinder gas engine. There was a pressure build up that caused cam seals to give way. Engine would require 3 quarts of oil each day until fixed. Mechanic replaced seals and when engine was completely put together and started the seals both blew again. The oil pump as removed to be checked for problems with the pump but when the pump was removed from engine, pieces of cast iron (from engine block) fell out.

- Dayville, CT, USA

problem #9

Dec 302009


  • 82,000 miles
My 2005 Jeep Liberty has had numerous engine problems since I purchased it. Three times when the check engine light was on and I was under warranty, the mechanic at the Jeep dealership turned the light off and said that was "just something Jeep's do." Now that my warranty has expired, I need an entire new engine. The mechanic saying that oil is not flowing through the lines in the engine. I recently replaced the water pump and the mechanic mentioned it was much too soon for that. Without looking at service records or speaking with the dealership where I bought the car or had the car serviced under warranty, they rejected my appeal for assistance for parts and/or labor with the repair. I guess that is the "new" Chrysler. I have now transportation. Commute F hours per day on public transportation in la and am paying $45 per day storage fee at the garage until I can afford the repairs.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 142008

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


2005 Jeep Liberty 3.6L V6 valve sticks causing engine failure and rapid deceleration. This problem is not uncommon with this engine and is a severe safety hazard when traveling at highway speeds.

- Sherwood, OR, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jun 162006

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,990 miles
2005 Jeep Liberty CRV diesel check engine light stayed on. Dealer replaced egr valve twice (under warranty). Problem was not resolved until the third trip to the dealer. They replaced the block that the egr valve mounted to and this finally resolved the problem. I now have 28,000 miles on the vehicle and no problems. The dealer was very good and persistent in finding the problem.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jan 162006

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
I brought this car new from the dealership so knowing that it was new I didn't think to have so many problems with it. The check engine light turns on the car so I take the car to get check where I brought it so when I do they keep the car for a at least a week and I stay with out a car. So they give me the car back and then again with the same problem I take it back to get fixed and again they tell me they fixed it and gives it back to me. They told me that most likely it's a factory manufacture problem. Having all those problems with this auto; I want to cancel the purchase of this auto.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 142005

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Attempted to start the Jeep and the car stalled 3 times before it would stay started. Once the car started the oil light came on and stayed on. Took the car to the service dept who found metal inside the oil pump, which caused the oil pump to fail and the engine was damaged beyond repair. Complete engine replacement...still waiting on the engine which had to be ordered. Owned the Jeep 3 weeks and has 1000 miles on it.

- Lake Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 202005

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 977 miles
Sudden and uncontrollable full throttle activation by electronic throttle control while driving normally at low and freeway speeds. Driven to dealer for analysis.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 142005

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states the check engine light is illuminated and the vehicle hesitates and blows black smoke. After the vehicle has set in the sun it seems to be worse. In the past week the black smoke has become worse. The service dealer did input a new code into the computer, but this did not remedy the problem. The service dealer states it is an egr valve that needs to be replaced. The service dealer is aware of the problem, and is waiting for the part to come in. The consumer has contacted the manufacturer; they refer him to the dealership.

- Berwick, PA, USA

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