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Jeep Liberty Transmission Problems

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  • I bought a new 06 liberty renegade with and automatic transmission 9 months ago. Last weekend the transmission failed while i was on a major highway. The thing only had 12000 miles on it. Chrysler told the dealer i took it to(5 miles in 1st gear-when it decided to move at all)to replace the whole transmission. They told me they found metal shardes in the transmssion?? All this while i was on vacation. The only compensation i got was a local car rental. True, I declined the extra-protection plan at purchase. I ended up getting a rental out of pocket to drive home. My jeep is still 2 states away awaitng a new transmission from michigan. Jeep wont cover my travel expenses to pick it up either. Piss poor customer service that wont stand behind their product cuz they know its flawed. This latest recall tops it off.

    Anyone else had transmission problems within the first few months. This has ruined my jeeps reliability in my eyes.
  • I had a brand new transmission put in my 2003 Liberty when it was 2 years old.
    When I brought it in the first time, they dismissed the noises I heard to "tire noise". Nice. It was in and out of the shop for the majority of 3 weeks, which cost me over $600 in rental car fees. :cry:
    Needless to say, they could never find out what the problem was, and they weren't about to give me anything for my troubles.
  • no problems with my Liberty, it is one heck of a nice vehicle
  • :mad: I have an 05 Liberty with 14k. It's currently at the dealer for the second time with tranny issues. The first time was about a month or so ago, the car would shake when changing gears. They told me it was an internal transmission issued, Chrysler comped me a rental for over a week and that was that, or so I thought. Last night the jeep completely died out on me as I awaited a green light in the middle of rush hour traffic. I initially thought I was rearended because of the impact when the tranny froze up. It was towed to the dealer and this morning I called to get clearance for a rental and they said Chyrsler no longer will flip the bill for it. So I too am out of pocket for the rental...they can do whatever they want with that jeep, I'm all set. I told the manager I'm not stepping foot back in that thing. Back to a sedan I go!
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    travisual: Sorry to hear of your troubles. In over 45 years of buying vehicles, I have learned the very hard way to read what the factory warranty covers, and won't cover. The factory warranty covers only the very basic things. If on the other hand you want serious protection to cover brake down hotel and vehicle rental coverage you have no choice but to purchase an extended Warranty. I have personally have never lost any money that I spent for the extended coverage. For me, just the towing service has been a real benefit, say nothing of the little extra things these extended warranties cover. I always purchase the warranty of the brand of vehicle I buy. For my last 16 vehicles I have bought DaimlerChrysler, and been very pleased. The last 3 Fords 1987 Taursas, 1987 Topaz, and a 1991 Aerostar were not only poor quality, but short lived engines.
    Hope this helps you in your next vehicle purchase.

    Farout
  • Like you, I bought my Liberty March of 2006. I traded in my 2002 which was GREAT, NO PROBLEMS...Well, It was fine for the 1st month...now it is losing power on accerlation, no horsepower between 30mph to 40mph,no spunk...once you get it up to 55mph it runs great...mechanics say nothing is wrong. It's intermittin. Also when putting the jeep in reverse, it hits pretty hard but only once in a while, I'm not happy at all with this 2006...To me IT'S A LEMON:(
  • I have had my 2004 liberty renegade in 9 times for my Transmission, it has been replaced twice and seems like it will need to be replaced again in the near future because it "fell" out of gear again and since no codes were tripped there is nothing the dealership will do for me. What sent me into a screaming match with the service department is when he referred to the vehicle as being reliable for the 7 months between the first and second time that they replaced the trainy as being nothing for me to complain about. Next time I'm going to buy a Subaru. Looks like I will have to get a lawyer.
  • WARNING-DEATH BY JEEEP LIBERTY. Coming Out of Gear. PLEASE, If anyone has experienced a similar problem please contact me rockinghamcafe@yahoo.com
    I pulled in front of my in laws house. Put my jeep in park unbuckled my seat belt, and leaned into back seat and adjusted my baby’s head because she had fallen asleep in route. I then exited my jeep walked in front and around the jeep to the front door. I stood there a few minutes talking to my mom in law. I then saw my jeep DRIVING AWAY by its self!
    It just took off. No one was even near it. In turn, I ran after it. It hit a flower bed which made turn and go down a 30ft incline into a freezing pond. I jumped in and swam out to her my father in law heard me screaming. He swam out, we couldn’t open the doors the speed had picked up enough to make the automatic lock to lock! My baby was inside drowning. The lock on the doors finally pop open. I give God the credit {but some people say the electrical stuff got wet and it made it unlock.} But then it was too late. The water pressure was to strong & I couldn’t open the door .My father in law was smart enough to pull himself on top of the jeep causing it to tilt enough for me to open the door. I almost drowned & so did my baby we all ended up in ICU but my father in law DIED he had a massive heart attach in the water and died helping to save my baby! When I got her out he was face down in the water! I had NO choice but to try to swim back to the docks and save my baby! Chrysler had a recall on 05 & 06 because of a misplaced part in the transmission. Over 400,000 of them. Chrysler SAID it didn’t apply to 04’s. I found out ALL transmissions for 03,04,05 &06 were and are the same. They all were assembled from the same product line. Chrysler even sent a their people across country to look at my jeep. Why would they do that if the KNEW it only applied to 2005 & 2006??? I know for a fact my car was in park that night! Something went WRONG with the jeep. My statue of limitations for court expires Jan. 07. My time is running out to get justice for my mother in law! I am desperately looking for someone who has had similar trouble with the transmission. Please contact me & BE CAREFULL! PARENTS BEWARE JEEP LIBERTYS CAN come out of gear when ignition is left running, ACCELERATE AND DRIVE OFF BY ITSELF!!!
    M.Troxler
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
    That is truly a disturbing story and sympathies for your loss.

    You should consider filing a complaint with the NHTSA (Office of Defects Investigation). You may get an email response from posting here but usually posting your email in a discussion just results in a bunch of spam.
  • honeybhoneyb Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty - and I also have the clunk sound when I back up - not all the time but the dealership did fix it once and now it is doing it again. I have mentioned numerous times again and will be bringing it back in - since I also have a jerking problem when I'm either coming to a stop or driving under about say 10mi per hr. They think maybe the transmission fluid should be changed (we will see) when I have it done. Glad to hear someone else has experienced a similar problem I was feeling a bit confused and thought maybe only my car. My dealership also could not figure out why or what my problems are. But I'll just keep bringing it back and maybe I'll get lucky.
  • This is my first posting, but have been following it since '05.
    I have a 2005 Jeep CRD . First a run down of problems,
    1)Oct. Front ball joint recall. Had to replace leaking rear seal. 2) Fail injector, took 5 days for the dealership to get a part. I was out of town and had to get a motel and rental car. 3) Nov.Failure of repaired rear unit took 3 days to repair, another rental car. 4) F37 recall done. 5) 17 days later, loud bang, engine light on, can't shift past 3rd gear, towed away from home. 5) 8 days later, no word on the repair of the transmission. Living in NC, not sure if this qualifies for the lemon law. Any help here? Regards :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick: ">link title
  • I recently took my 2003 Jeep Liberty in for Transmission drain and fill typical maintenance stuff. After picking it up I notice a hard down shift from 3 to 2. I took it back to the dealer and he said that they may not have put enough transmission fluid in it when they first started the Jeep. This can cause the transmission computer to think there was not enough pressure so it adjusted the pressure. Then after they checked and filled the fluid the transmission had to much pressure. He said after a few days the transmission would relearn this and adjust it. In order to make this happen sooner he plugged in the computer and reset the transmission learning software to default settings. Test drove it and no problems at all. He said in about a week the transmission would relearn my driving habits and make adjustment accordingly. He said at any time if it felt like there was a driving problem with the transmission to just bring it in and they would check the codes and reset if necessary. It took him about 5 minutes to check the codes and retrain the transmission.
  • lcwoslcwos Posts: 35
    This is my second leased Liberty Limited. My 2002 was wonderful. Never had it into the dealership other than oil change and tire rotation. When they offered us a pull forward lease for a 2006, we turned it in. Picked up the 2006 on Halloween Night, 2005. My hubby borrowed my jeep to put miles on it. I only drive about 3,000 miles a year but he's always on the road. Anyway, on his way back from a business trip, the car's Service Engine soon light comes on, then within a couple minutes, it suddenly starts slowing down and comes to a halt. He thinks it's the transmission, as he said he had been noticing a clunking and loud noise when the car shifted at 10mph then again at 28-35mph. He said it sounded like something was falling out of the back end. Coming out of 4wd, the sound was even worse, and the vehicle almost bucked.
    I sure do hope they figure out what the problem is. I live in a rural area the middle Northern Michigan and am alone 5 out of 7 days a week. I'm just thankful my Hubby had the car and a cell phone to summon assistance. I would have been up a creek had it happened to me. Cell phone service is almost non-existant. Wish the Chryslers had ON STAR like the GM's do. Anyway, this wont sour me to the Jeep Liberty, unless they cant get the problem resolved.
    :cry: :sick:
  • Subject: Torque converter recall

    We took out 05 CRD in for the torque converter recall. The recall said they may have to do some computer changes. BOY, did they. It does not have the torque it did. We went back because we are not happy at all. The mechanic
    said the changes were to decrease the torque. It also changed the shift points.
    Now, it shifts like a vehicle that hangs way to long in one gear. Had I know, I would not have authorized this. They said there was nothing they could do about it. Jeep was said the same to my husband.
    If you bought a Viper truck and the recall decreased the horse power to a Hemi, that's the same thing. I did buy this vehicle. Sure, mine runs well, but it's not what I signed a financial contract on .
    Be VERY careful. If you want decreased power and torque, let them reset your computer.
  • Subject: Torque converter recall

    We took out 05 CRD in for the torque converter recall. The recall said they may have to do some computer changes if there was damage. BOY, did they. It does not have the
    torque it did. We went back because we are not happy at all. The mechanic said the changes were to decrease the torque. It also changed the shift points.
    Now, it shifts like a vehicle that hangs way to long in one gear. Had I know, I would not have authorized this. They said there was nothing they could do about it.
    Jeep was saying the same to my husband.
    If you bought a Viper truck and the recall decreased the horse power to a Hemi, that's the same thing. I did buy this vehicle. Sure, mine runs well, but it's not what I signed a financial contract on .
    Be VERY careful. If you want decreased power and torque, let them reset your computer. :mad: :( :surprise:
  • I have a 2006 Liberty CRD with 5400 miles. The engine light comes on and transmission starts acting up. Trans. starts off in 2nd grear and won't shift into overdrive. Had to dealer 3 times. Coil pack replaced, transmission valve body replaced, re-program the PCM. Just got it back, and after 20 min. started acting up again. I give up. Anyone with some problem? :sick:
  • lcwoslcwos Posts: 35
    Time for the Chrysler area or Divisional Rep to get personally involved in this one. Dont stand for this kind of run around, especially with your mileage.
  • nuzeditnuzedit Posts: 1
    The transmission on my daughter's 2002 Liberty Sport went out last week at about 65,000 miles. We are told it was due to the torque converter. Now it looks as though a total rebuild is in order. Oddly, there were two other '02 Liberties in the shop at the same time with virtually the same mileage and the same transmission problem. Maybe Chrysler needs a recall on the '02 Liberty for torque converter replacement as the did on the CRDs. Just a thought. Other than this the car has performed well. Then one must keep in mind that the transmission is one of the most costly key components of any car.
  • I just had the same problem with my 2002 Liberty with 40,000 miles. The engine light came on and it won't shift out of first gear. I dropped it off at the dealer on the way home and they'll call me tomorrow to see what's up... :P
  • The dealership called today and said the transmission controller would not let them download the codes. They're sure the controller is bad and will have to be replaced. They said hopefully nothing else is bad. The controller will cost $1,000 and will take 5-8 days to get here; I live in Honolulu. Of course my extended warranty doesn't cover it because it only covers "lubricated components". That excludes anything electronic right away. I've never had any problems with my Jeep and am still pretty happy with it. Hope this fixes it. :cry:
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