really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,666 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty suspension problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #28

Nov 182010


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact was driving 25 mph when the steering wheel started to shake and the contact crashed into a parked vehicle. No one was injured during the crash. The contact drove the vehicle home and later discovered that the front suspension was fractured. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the front suspension repaired. There had been no issues with the vehicle since the repair. The failure mileage was 25,000. The VIN was not available.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #27

Feb 292012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Left and right rear a=arms rusted at weldings. A-arm's fell apart leaving vehicle unsteerable. Vehicle towed to repair shop. Quoted aftermarket replacement $1050 no Jeep replacement parts available.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #26

Jan 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
While driving to my workplace, I noticed my Jeep swaying on the road, which I first attributed to icy road conditions. However, when I stopped the vehicle I saw that my rear control arms were severely rusted, with the left rear arm almost sheared through with rust. I was able to nurse the Jeep Liberty two miles to a safe parking place with my flashers on and driving about 10 mph. Thankfully I was on back country roads and not driving at higher speeds! who knows what might have occurred if I had been driving at highway speeds? hopefully, I can be compensated by Chrysler corporation for the cost of my repairs and towing. I find it unfathomable that such critical components would rust through on a vehicle with 70,000 miles.

- Laughlintown, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 84,251 miles


I was traveling 70 mph on the freeway when I very slightly let off the accelerator as I came over a bridge. At that point, part of the Jeep wanted to go straight and the other part wanted to go off the road. It truly felt like the Jeep was going to roll. I slowed down and managed to keep it going straight until I could safely pull off the freeway. Had it towed to my dealer who informed me that the left rear lateral arm connecting axle to the frame rusted through and became disconnected. They also said that the right lateral arm is close to rusting though as well. Although the lateral arms were on backorder from Chrysler, the dealer managed to find one from another dealer and replaced the left arm. We agreed to order the right lateral arm and replace it before it too becomes disconnected.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #24

Jan 232012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 65,603 miles
At approximately 0520 a.M. on January 23, 2012 I was traveling North on West Virginia route 26 just outside of kingwood, West Virginia on my way to work. I was descending a hill around several sharp turns at a rate of speed approximately 30 mph on dry bumpy pavement. Without warning I felt a vibration which seemed to originate in the rear of my 2005 Jeep Liberty. Several seconds later a hard thump was felt underneath the floor boards accompanied by a metal scraping noise. I immediately began applying the brakes to stop the car to investigate but before I could bring the vehicle to a complete halt the rear of the car began to come around toward the front of the SUV from the right. Once I got the car completely stopped I put it into park, applied my emergency brake, turned on my hazard lights and then got out to investigate the situation. As I examined the back of the vehicle I noticed that the right rear wheel was out of alignment almost touching the back of the wheel well. I then shined my flashlight underneath of the car and saw the front end of the drive shaft lying on the street. I coasted my car into a nearby driveway to get it off of the street. I had my vehicle towed to the nearest Jeep dealership for repair. Diagnosis: Right hand rear control arm failure due to excessive erosion/rusting. I had the failed part replaced and as a precaution I had the left hand control arm replaced as well. Both old parts are available for inspection. I purchased my Jeep new in Wisconsin in 2005 and I moved to West Virginia in 2010.

- Buckhannon, WV, USA

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problem #23

Feb 132012


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle began to wobble. The contact also heard a snapping noise from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technician stated that the rear lower control arm fractured due to corrosion. There was an investigation open under NHTSA action number EA11013 (suspension:rear), that may be related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #22

Feb 072012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


Was driving about 35 mph during rush hour when I heard a loud noise, followed by a grinding noise from the rear of the vehicle. Noise went away and I picked up speed returning to about 35 when vehicle lost all control of back tires. Fishtailed as if I was slipping on an ice patch. Was able to pull over without hitting anything but was very close to the car in the left lane. Mechanic told me the right trailer arm was completely rusted through and snapped. Left trailer arm also showed signs of corrosion and is very weak. Was about 2 miles from getting on the highway during rush hour. Could have been much caused an accident.

- Charlestown, RI, USA

problem #21

Feb 032012


  • 60,000 miles
Right rear lower control arm rotted out and fractured. Vehicle becomes almost impossible to control. Upon inspection, the left lower control arm was so thin a screwdriver could be pushed through the metal with little effort. The control arm was visibly sound to naked eye but rotted from inside out.

- Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #20

Jan 242012

Liberty 4-cyl Diesel

  • 156,000 miles
Severe corrosion on drivers side rear lower control arm corroded from inside out potentially dangerous condition.

- Usaf Academy, CO, USA

problem #19

Jan 102012


  • 84,045 miles
While making a left turn, the vehicle was felt to slip causing a momentary loss of control. On inspection, found the left rear lower control arm was rusted through along the length of the arm on the outer and inner sides. This allowed the arm to buckle. The right rear lower control arm was rusted similarly and in imminent danger of failing.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 092012


  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while coming to a stop, the rear passenger side tired seized without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle felt as if someone had crashed into the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, he noticed that the passenger side rear lower control arm was fractured as a result of excessive corrosion. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 145,000.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #17

Dec 292011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Rear lower control arms rusted away on both driver and passenger side on vehicle. Vehicle unsafe to drive until control arms were replaced. Control arms replaced at a cost of $360 dollars.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #16

Dec 052011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
In backing out the driveway, the rear axle separated from the frame on the right side. The right rear control arm is completely rusted through and broke. There are signs that the left rear control arm is rusted through and about to fail also. I am lucky that I was not on the road yet.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #15

Nov 182011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 47,500 miles
I had just pulled off of the highway and had stopped. I pulled on to the city street when I heard a noise. I at first thought I had a flat tire. And when I was trying to pull off to a side street my Jeep had started to slide sideway into the other lane. I could not control the Jeep. I felt like I was sliding on something. Thank goodness no one was next to me or coming in the other lane or I would have caused an accident. I got my Jeep stopped and then made my way back into the other lane and turned down a side street to get out of the way. When I got out I looked on the passenger side looking for a flat. But no flat. I could see that the rear tire was slide back close to the under side of the wheel well. I could see that something had broke. I called my husband and when he got there and looked under he could see that the rear trailing arms had both broke. That they were rusted through. We had to have the Jeep towed to a dealer that was close by. They had verified that they had rusted through. In all the years that I have been driving I have never had this happen to me before. I was just very thankful that I had gotten off the highway before this broke. I know that if this would have happened at a much higher speed I could have cause a terrible wreck. I can not believe after seeing all of these complaint for the exact same thing that there has not been a recall. How can a manufacturer of cars let something like this continue. The day this happened was a clear dry day. To have this happen I could have seriously hurt myself or some other people. What are they waiting for. Some one to be killed.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 072011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 94,500 miles
While driving over a speed bump in a parking lot, heard a loud thunk. While driving home afterward, observed that the vehicle wasn't steering straight and swayed badly when applying brakes. Inspection revealed that the right rear lower suspension control arm has rusted through, and split in two lengthwise. Had this happened while traveling at highway speed I could easily have lost control of the vehicle. The dealer service department says this does not fall under the vehicle rust warranty.

- Coal Valley, IL, USA

problem #13

Oct 092011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 50,147 miles
While driving approximately 30-35 mph down road, weather conditions dry, sunny, temperature 55 degrees. Heard something snap/break, lost control of car, swerved into oncoming lane. Pulled into parking lot and noticed something broke on rear passenger side of car. Called local car dealer, car was towed and right rear control arm was broken. Argued with dealer because it was very noticeable that it was rusted right through. Had nys inspection done on September 15, 2011 and was never told that something was wrong. After having it repaired, dealer never notified me that the driver side was also rusted. Took it to a repair shop the following week and also had that one replaced. I told both repair facilities that I wanted the faulty parts back. After researching for information, realized there is a NHTSA action number of EA11013 that is exactly the same thing that happened to me. I do have pictures of the parts - both the broken one and the one I had replaced if you would like them.

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 082011


  • 120,000 miles
The rear control arm completely rusted through and broke as I was driving on a 2 lane highway. I lost control of the Jeep, luckily there were no other cars around so I was able to avoid a crash. The other arm is almost rusted through as well. This is not normal wear and tear. The corrosion is excessive! the Jeep has not been used for snow plowing or anything like that. There is no rust anywhere else on the car just the rear control arms.

- Minerva, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 012011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 83,500 miles
I was on my way home from my job early and I had noticed a funny grinding sound when I pulled out of my parking space. I got out, checked around the truck and saw nothing. I then drove home about 7 miles from my house my car had began going right then left and I was unable to steer it at all. I was fortunate that I was not going fast and I was able to stop and pull into a parking lot. I would have crashed if this had happened minutes before when I was on the interstate. I had my car towed to the nearest garage and learned that the rear suspension control arms had both completely rusted through and the only thing keeping my Jeep rear end together was a sway bar. The mechanic says he had never seen anything like it. I have contacted Chrysler also. I purchased the car in Connecticut.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #10

May 022011


  • miles
I've had multiple window regulator failures (leaving my car open to theft and damage), seat belt broken, and air condition compressor, and rear axel problems. All issues happened shortly after the warranty expired.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 172011


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact lost control of the vehicle while driving 25 mph and crashed. The contact was told the cause of the crash was black ice, but the contact beleived that the crash was caused by a loss of control in the steering wheel. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

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