hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,795 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 052016


  • 72,000 miles


Vehicle will not shift into 3rd gear. This started while driving the vehicle in town and now only runs in 1st and 2nd gear. Diagnostic code P0765 (shift solenoid D) is the only code showing. Other (03-05) Jeep were recalled for the same problem.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #13

May 092015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, smoke emitted from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road, where the engine was turned off and then the front end and underneath the vehicle ignited into flames. The contact exited the vehicle safely and noticed that the transmission fluid leaked onto the ground. The fire department extinguished the flames and informed the fire originated within the transmission. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Ironridge, WI, USA

problem #12

May 112015


  • 121,000 miles
So was driving my Jeep when I stoped lost all oil pressure dropped to 0 pressure when accerlerated oil pressure went back but continues to drop to 0 when stopped I have replace the oil pressure switch with no change.I have researched online and this seems to be a problem with most 2005 heep Wrangler so my question is is when is enough /enough when are you going to recall and do the right thing?

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #11

Mar 022015


  • 82,000 miles


My Jeep started making a very loud noise when driving. The more gas I gave it the louder it got and now it is un drivable due to a distributor oil pump. Biggest problem is all the Jeep parts people had no idea what the part it was and now they do not have any in the system nor can they tell me when they can have me one. There is a lot of complaints regarding this, stand up and do right for us jeepers!

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 142015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The bushing that attaches the transmission shifter linkage cable broke and the transmission was rendered inoperable. This situation has hundreds of incidents detailed on the internet and Jeep should be forced to recall the effected vehicles since this is obviously a defective design and manufacturer part. Chrysler/Jeep is being dishonest with consumers by saying they have not heard of the problem, yet the parts manager at my dealership told me this is a well documented issue and Jeep is aware of the problem. Also associated with this issue, is the defective shifter tube sleeve nylon insert that cracks. This is also well documented on the Jeep forums. Jeep is aware that both parts are defective and they should be forced to fix the problem free of charge for owners. Please help!

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

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problem #9

May 272013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was advised that the shifter cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- No City , VI, USA

problem #8

Nov 302012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Automatic transmission shift linkage cable broke. Unable to start vehicle with transmission selected in either "park" or "neutral." Shift linkage cable replaced by dealer, not under warranty or recall.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 132012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Around June 2010, I parked the vehicle in a hospital parking lot. Upon returning to vehicle, shift lever just flopped back and forth. Could not shift out of park. Had Jeep towed to Jeep dealership. They replaced the shifter cable at a cost of over $300. Two weeks ago, June 2012, while driving, Jeep shifter broke again while locked in drive. Same dealership replaced the shift cable bushing. Another $100. I called Jeep/Chrysler and their representative informed me that they had no other complaints about this problem. Funny, since there are many websites about this very, ongoing, problem with Jeep shifter cables. In my opinion, this could be a very dangerous problem. There is no warning of failure. If it had occurred a day prior, I could have been backing down the boat ramp! I feel a recall, or at least, a notification to Jeep owners, should be initiated by Jeep/Chrysler. Thank you for your time.

- Camden, NC, USA

problem #6

May 112010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated when he shifted the vehicle in reverse, the gear shift link fell off and the vehicle would not move. The contact also stated that he had to climb underneath the vehicle in order to shift it into gear; where he ran the risk of the vehicle rolling over him. The dealer was notified and stated there were no related complaints related to the failure. The manufacturer stated that if he took the vehicle to the dealer, they would pay a portion of the repair cost. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 25000.

- Silsbee, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 212012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 103,500 miles
Purchase a used 2005 Jeep Wrangler (sport) with 103,000 miles in early 2011. The six speed manual transmission pops out of first gear about once a day when accelerating from a stopped position. It almost seems random, never know when to expect the event. The event is quite disturbing and loud, with a loud "pop". the Jeep rolls forward but out of gear. I must quickly put it back in first gear to clear the intersection, red light, etc. What is going on with this transmission" is it normal wear-and-tare, or is there a design defect with the transmission? what is the solution to this unsafe driving condition? has there been a recall"

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #4

May 012012


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired twice under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V460000 (power train:automatic transmission). The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and rolled backward until he engaged the emergency brake. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was advised to contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 172011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2005 Jeep Wrangler. Well maintained. Highest quality oil, spark plugs, air filters, cooling system. Camshaft failure at roughly 50,000 miles. Excessive wear causing knocking. Diagnosis from Chrysler: New engine required. No overheating, no abuse. The oil pump drive assembly gears are worn down so oil is not flowing properly. This is a possible cause for the camshaft failure. The other possible cause for the camshaft failure is that it is a flat tappet camshaft from the factory. This specific type of camshaft needs the zddp oil additive. Modern oil does not contain zddp because it causes catalytic converter failure. Without zddp excessive wear occurs. This is covered in sae bulletin # 770087. Sae is the society of automotive engineers. Once wear reaches a certain level further wear is rapid and causes catastrophic engine failure.furthermore, my Jeep is still under powertrain warranty. However, my warranty has been unlawfully denied because I have some unrelated aftermarket parts on my Jeep. Litigation is pending on this issue. Chrysler has gone against their own written warranty, and well as federal law (magnuson-moss warranty act).

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 122011


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the transmission was failing. The contact stated that when restarting the vehicle after driving for a short while and shifting into drive, the transmission would hesitate to respond. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and was found that the computer needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 46,000 and the current mileage was 52,000.

- Clanton, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 132008

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 35,630 miles
I was towing my 2005 Jeep Wrangler when a passing motorist signaled me that there was a problem. I stopped and checked the Jeep which was covered with an oily material. I had a tow truck tow the Jeep to san marcos Chrysler/Jeep. It was determined that it was necessary to rebuild the front and rear differentials and replace the transfer case and both front axles. They claimed it was caused by having a one size larger tire on the front tires than the back tires. This would only cause the problem if the car was driven in 4 wheel drive which it never was.

- Austin, TX, USA

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