really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,538 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty steering problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Sep 122011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles


I cannot control my vehicle while driving on the highway. The steering column seems to be very loose and the Jeep shimmies. It seems that when you reach maybe 50 mph the back end seems to pull to the right while you are trying to drive straight. Causing alot of shaking and pulling going on. A very unsteady ride. And noticed when trying to stop at the fast pace the front end wants to go to the left while the back end wants to go to the right. Very scary driving conditions. Took it to the Jeep dealer last year and they told me that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, that Jeep have alot of play in the steering. But when I noticed that when I go over a bump a loud clanking noise happens I decided to look on line to see what the problem could be and I saw that there was a recall on ball joints, so I thought it could be that. I took it into the dealership yesterday and they told me that there was something wrong, described exactly what I was dealing with and told me that they would find out. To my dismay, they said it was my rear lowe control arms that needed to be replaced and would charge me over 600 to fix. Now finding out that others are having the same issue and some have resulted in a wreck. Something needs to be done regarding this issue before someone loses their lives.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 052010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and was towed to a local repair shop for inspection. The mechanic diagnosed that the steering column was defective and made repairs. The failure recurred within one year and the vehicle was taken back to the mechanic where the contact was advised to have the steering column replaced a second time. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 78,000.

- South East Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Nov 122010


  • 55,000 miles


While driving on a straight road at 35 miles/hour, the 2005 Jeep Liberty suddenly lost control. The vehicle turned left and then around, and stopped on the opposite lane. It was raining and the road was wet. No hard brake or acceleration before this happened. The steering wheel was locked when the vehicle finally stopped. No injuries. The engine seemed on but the accelerator didn't work. Had to turn off the vehicle completely and restart it. Then everything started working. Couldn't visually see anything wrong from the outside or under the hood. All fluid levels were normal. Scared to death. The vehicle had no any issues before. It had always been working fine. It only had ~55K miles on it.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #14

Aug 012010


  • 42,000 miles
2005 Jeep Liberty power steering hose failed for no apparent reason and this should not be happening !!

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #13

Apr 292010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. While driving 30 mph, the contact was unable to control the steering wheel and crashed into a guardrail. The contact suffered broken ribs, several bruises and cuts. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The manufacturer confirmed that an investigator would further assess the failure. The investigation had not occurred when the complaint was filed. The failure and current mileages were 25,000. Updated 06/22/10.

- Running Springs, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 152010


  • 10,000 miles


The height adjustment on the steering column unlocks and releases often with no warning. I find the lock bar dropped down and fully released. When resetting it is not firmly held in place. It is a real challenge to control a steering wheel that moves up and down.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 222009


  • 47,000 miles
Steering part on left side broke off (still in rubber boot) and vehicle veered to the right and rolled over @ 30 mph.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 262009


  • 305,178 miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty whose ignition switch just failed. Had it towed and the ignition switch must be replaced (which is under warranty), but it entails also exchanging the steering column (which, is not under warranty). They are telling me that I have to pay $800 to fix this my warranty which is still under effect that components not listed are not covered unless required as a direct result of the failure of a covered component. Having read complaint after complaint with Jeep liberties starting with year 2002 to present, it becomes obvious that this is a serious defect and it appears Jeep has done nothing to rectify this problem and is coercing people (even under warranty) to pay for this. The parts are not even immediately available. This has not been resolved yet, but I think it is serious to note the incident. Thank you

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

Aug 082007

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,802 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. While attempting to make a right turn at 25 mph, the steering wheel locked. The contact lost control and the vehicle proceeded onto the other side of the road, where it crashed into an idle vehicle. The weather conditions were rainy. There were no injuries. One week prior to the crash, the contact stated that the vehicle felt strange, but assumed that it was due to the rain. She received a recall notice for the lower ball joints the day after the crash. The vehicle is unable to be driven and is parked at her residence. Police report number 10060304 was filed. The powertrain and recall number were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 41,802.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 012006

Liberty 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I received a recall notice on my 2005 Jeep Liberty around the end of March stating that the ball joints could corrode and come apart while the vehicle is being driven causing a crash. My husband and I purchased the vehicle from auto world in big stone gap, Virginia. We have called them several times since received the recall notice was received. However the problem still has not been corrected. We called them again about a month ago and was told that daimerler Chrysler is not sending them the parts that they need to fix the recalled vehicles and that they are only getting 1 or 2 sets of ball joints per month from them. At that time they told us that we were #12 on their list and we have not heard anything since. I find this totally unacceptable. This is my only means of transportation to and from work so I do not have any choice but to drive it and hope that I do not get killed while doing so. Also, it has come to my attention that the initial recall notice appeared in consumer reports magazine in November of 2006. I did not receive a recall notice until March/April of 2007. I can assure them that if any of my family members are injured or killed due to this problem I will own their company. I would appreciated any assistance with this matter.

- Clintwood, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 232007


  • miles
I purchased this Liberty renegade in October of 2006 and have been experiencing problems with it since. The main symptom is that when it is (or has been) raining, there is a very loud humming noise that comes from the area of the wheels, especially when turning one direction or another. I had the recall work done on the lower ball joint and on the material of the brakes (twice) and the same symptom is happening. The reason I bought this vehicle was because I have to drive over snow covered mountains to get to air national guard duty, and I certainly do not feel very safe. I am going to have to take the car back for a 4th time and there are only 18.000 miles on it.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #4

Feb 032007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
My 2005 Jeep Liberty 4X4 was serviced on January 11, 2007 at its place of purchase (brown daub Chrysler in easton, pa). I had described to my service tech the car was making a loud screeching noise when turning and that the car had pulled to the right off and on (every few days) while I was driving. The mechanic stated that he found a "normal noise" related to an air valve in the power steering, and there were no repairs made to the vehicle. I was operating the Jeep Liberty on Saturday, February 3rd. I had the vehicle in park at a drive-up atm. When I shifted the car back into drive, the front tires grabbed, the car kicked forward and the steering wheel pulled to the right. The Jeep rode up over a concrete curb and struck a cement pole, shattering the passenger's side front window, ripping off the door handle, causing a dent and paint damage to the passenger's side of the vehicle. Beyond this problem, the Jeep has been serviced for a broad range of mechanical problems at least seven other times since the purchase date (October 2004). The fuel sending unit has been replaced twice, the vehicle has had two recalls, and four months after I purchased the vehicle the sensor wires had "rubbed through completely" on the transmission. Right now, the vehicle is at a body shop for repair and inspection. It will then be returned to brown daub for a thorough diagnostic checkup of the power steering and/or steering column. Beyond the steering issue, this is not the first time the car has 'kicked forward' - normally this occurs after stopping on wet roads (at traffic lights) my main concern, again, is the steering issue that contributed to this accident. I believe it needs to be further investigated.

- Riegelsville, PA, USA

problem #3

May 232006

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Jeep Liberty limited on 05/23/2006. Prior to taking delivery of the vehicle, I took it for a test drive and I noticed that the vehicle was pulling to the right and was told by the salesperson that it probably just needed an alignment. I received an "we owe you" for the alignment. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership for the alignment. The mechanic stated on the service slip that after he performed the alignment the Liberty still pulled to the right and he stated that it was due to the crowning of the roadway. The road had nothing to do with it. It has gotten worse and I even drove it on a flat surfaced parking lot, first doing about 25 mph and it pulled right and then letting Liberty coast and it still pulled right. I have owned and have driven several vehicles and I have never had this problem. Received a call from a customer service rep regarding the visit to the service dept. For the alignment and they were told that the vehicle was still pulling to the right and that I was not happy with my experience purchasing this Jeep, they informed me that they would notified the service manager. I have not been contacted by the service manger. After doing some research on the internet, I see that Jeep has had some problems with the pulling right issue, and has had some recalls. It still pulls to the right and seems to be worse. Number of failures would be everytime I drive the thing. This is a major safety issue that Jeep Chrysler needs to get fixed. The other concern I have is with the Goodyear Wrangler hp tires. These are not safe for this vehicle. I was at a stop light waiting to make a left turn, completely stopped waiting for the light to turn green. It had just started to sprinkle. When the light turned green, I started to go forward and was just making my turn when the vehicle fishtailed and I spun completely around and was facing oncoming traffic. How could a vehicle spin out upon starting from a complete stop at a stop light"?"

- Gulf Shores, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 302005

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
Purchased 2005 Jeep Liberty 9/29/05. The tire pressure sensor light was on immediately. Took vehicle back to dealership and complained that the vehicle pulls badly to the right, especially at 65+ mph. The dealership fixed the tire pressure sensor, but told me the pulling to the right must be due to road conditions. After reading other customer complaints, I doubt it. When driving at highway speeds it is difficult to maintain in lane. If large tractor-trailer trucks pass this will create even more intense struggle to keep vehicle on the road. Safety concerns regarding winter snow conditions are a deciding factor on keeping the vehicle.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #1

Nov 202004

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
No accident as yet. Purchased vehicle and notice after 1 day that steering control was not acceptable. Steering on vehicle has both play and stiction reducing vehicle control and requiring intense concentration to continuously maintain direction.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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