definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,420 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 212014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


Fog lights would not shut off, had to pull fuse. Mechanic found left side multi function switch had an internal defect and the connector was melted at the switch. Both the switch and the connector had to be replaced. Concerned that this a potential fire hazard.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 192014


  • 69,000 miles
Turned my Jeep on and the check engine light, sentry key light, fuel light came on and fuel gauge went to 0, Jeep ran for approx 30sec and shut off. Fuses were checked, nothing found out of place. Tried it again, same thing happened. Was towed to dealership to check and fix. Was informed that the main wiring harness near an O2 sensor was "fried" and that wires were fused and melted together. Granted, my Jeep is 9 years old, but this is a design issue, not a wear and tear issue. Why would wiring be placed close enough to a heat source to where it's able to catch fire and fuse together?

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #7

Aug 152010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Have had ongoing electrical issues beginning in August, 2010. Check engine lights that have been proven inaccurate. Have replaced fan motor resistor X 2, electrical control unit X1, fan blower X1. Wiring is melted (burnt) at locations indicating fuse system/ wiring harness is not functioning properly.

- Howardsville, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 262014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • miles


Key switch spindle went bad, had to replace key, then had to replace the complete key spindle and the wiring harness, it started to short out and cause a fire. Had to go to the dealership for repairs, cost $ $2087 dollars.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 84,779 miles
Had been noticing a plastic burning smell for a couple months, never found a cause or anything not working properly. Driving home early one morning I noticed my headlights were not working, the brights worked and so did the fog lights, but no low beams. After looking on Jeep forums and noticing a lot of people were having the same problem I decided to take the cover off my column and take a look. The wiring harness connected to my multifunction switch was burnt, proof of at least one small electrical fire, if not multiple small fires. I cannot be the only one with this problem, multiple posters on Jeep forums have reported similar events.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 222010


  • miles
2005 Jeep Wrangler. Consumer states within two weeks of purchase vehicle began experiencing electrical problems the consumer stated the heater/fan switch was replaced numerous times. On March 22, 2010, smoke began emitting from the vents into the interior of the vehicle. Within minutes, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and burned completely to the frame. Chrysler determined there were no manufacturing defects despite the numerous problems the consumer encountered with the vehicle.

- Georgetown, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 202011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles


I purchased my Jeep Wrangler rubicon sahara in July 2005. Over the years, the biggest problems I had were the infamous shaking of the car at speeds over about 55mph and the constant need to jump the car and buy new batteries. The latter problem seemed like something I could live with but over time it became worse and you could no longer rely on the car to start. Jeep has always been very cavalier about these problems, but they are real. My car now has only about 17,000 miles on it because of the reliability problem. In January 2011 there was an electrical explosion and smoke in the car. It was towed to lithia Jeep in Santa Fe nm (where I originally bought it). They couldn't really figure out the problem, but charged me for some rewiring and sent it back to me. Within days, the battery was dead again, so I bought a new battery. Within days, that battery was dead and the car was again towed to Jeep. This time, I filed a formal complaint with Chrysler, who accepted the case.the dealer fiddled around with the car without success for a month, before Chrysler agreed to accept most of the charges for a comprehensive rewiring of the car. The dealer also informed me at the time that it was unable to do the recall work on the car's transmission, because the bolts securing the transmission had been stripped at the factory. This seemed odd to me, that a dealer was telling me it couldn't do the recall work on a dangerous condition, so I just had to live with it. In March the dealer commenced the intensive rewiring work, and by April, the dealer said that the problem had not yet been resolved, so it would need additional funds from Chrysler. This carried on into may, and I still did not have the car. Finally, in late may, the dealer called and said they "thought the car might be fixed" but weren't sure, because the computer was still identifying an unknown drain on the battery with potential electrical short implications. No more progress. About $3500 expended.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #2

Sep 012010


  • 60,000 miles
Chrysler changed the oil pump drive assembly (opda) on 2005-06 model Jeep Wrangler. The opda was designed with a seal preventing oil from lubricating the upper bushing causing premature failures. These failures will result in a immediate drop in oil pressure causing the potential for complete engine failure at highway speeds. This will result in severe engine damage and may result in property and/or bodily injury. Chrysler issued a tsb (E05R) on certain models, however this has become a larger issue. www.jeepforum.com/forum/F9/2005-06-Jeep-opda_cps_distributor-failure-1144202/.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 252009


  • 41,000 miles
Dash gauges, including speedometer/tachometer, seat belt restraint light and engine gauges go on and off intermittently while driving down the road. Very distractive as well as dangerous as you suddenly do not know what your speed is while driving.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

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