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This iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an improvement over its predecessor, but still scored lower than most of its contemporaries. Steering and handling were markedly better, but the Jeep wasn't particularly agile by the standards of the day. The 5.7-liter V8 engine is thirsty and failed to deliver the performance of some V6s in the class. Even average-height drivers complained about the lack of headroom.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006.
Road Test

This iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an improvement over its predecessor, but still scored lower than most of its contemporaries. Steering and handling were markedly better, but the Jeep wasn't particularly agile by the standards of the day. The 5.7-liter V8 engine is thirsty and failed to deliver the performance of some V6s in the class. Even average-height drivers complained about the lack of headroom. Cargo capacity is small compared to many competing SUVs.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (330 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Intermittently doesn't respond to key transmitter, requiring a manual unlock of the door which sets the alarm off”

Daniel G., MD (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Body control module

“Automatic seat adjustment failed. I brought it in for service to Jeep. They claimed they fixed it but they didn't”

Antonio P., VA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Vehicle did not start at times when hot. Required 15-45 minutes before it would start again. Very difficult to replicate and diagnose. Starter was replaced twice, as well as starter wiring harness - typical items causing this type of problem. No codes stored anywhere. Eventually was traced to BCM that acted up under certain conditions; the technician had to go through the engine compartment with a heat gun to trace it. The whole episode lasted about 1.5 years until the final fix”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Cruise control stop working, replaced clock spring, worked one time. I've read that wiring in steerling shafts groundso from chaffing. Got tired of electrical problems. Sold Jeep”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Gauges

“Dashboard gauge lights failed and are a labor intensive and expensive replacement”

Ernest P., NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“temporary electrical outage that dealership is unable to identify”

Anonymous, AR (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“heating/cooling system fan adjustment - high only - couldn't adjust - had fixed. very recently, radio will not turn on - will have fixed fuse/electrical stuff?”

William W., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“On an intermittent basis all of the gauges will stop working including the speedometer and then will come back on and go off again (like an electrical short of some type)”

J E., KY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Problem with the ignition switch replacement that caused all the warning lights to go on”

Donald C., WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Trailer running lights problem has been traced to fuse box terminal”

Harvey H., MO (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“No longer heat properly”

Antonio P., VA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Interior lights

“Dash gauge lights tend to flicker/change brightness, and the lights behind the climate control gauges are totally out”

Daniel G., MD (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“lights in back seat to pull out and drop out of socket”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Ire pressure misread”

Anonymous, DC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“Air bag light comes on and off, mostly on. Tire air pressure light on all the time”

James R., MT (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“Random warning lights come on”

David N., WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“temporary electrical outages and then blinking that dealership unable to identify cause”

Anonymous, AR (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“When going up steep hill (Grapevine in CA) the warning light blinks. If I don't stop, the warning light then stays on. When I check with my mechanic he reports that my injectors have misfired”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“vapor pressure system activates check engine light on dash. requires trip to mechanic to clear light. Happened approximately 10 times in last year. Planning to replace vehicle”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“My Jeep was plagued by wiper problems for years. When I started the car the wipers would come on, take two or three swipes and then stopped but not parked in the down position. It did the same when I turned off the car”

Jon W., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Horn

“Have lost a few of the notes in the chord when it beeps. Has happened twice”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“About three years ago the steering wheel clock spring had to be replaced due to a cheap part that failed expensively. This effected the horn to blast in turns. Now it does not work at all”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Key fob and actually using the key physically to turn the lock would not work. AAA came and and unlocked car, but it wouldn't drive because Jeep thought it was being stolen. I unplugged the battery which reset everything. "Invalid key" code was what ran at the dealership. I also had a blown timing cover, but didn't know what category to put that under”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“it jammed”

Daniel C., AZ (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Has not worked in a couple of years. Rejects CD.Expensive to replace whole system”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure 3.7-L V6)

“Will not accept CD's and makes a disturbing clicking sound when you turn on the ignition”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“CD player will typically fail to eject and will frequently fail to play a disc in the player”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“all the lights in the dash come on ..no seat belt skid ,tire ,engine,or they all go out ...speed ,tac ..all of them. .the engine keeps running...thank god”

Sebastian A., MA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“The navigation system main board went out”

David N., WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“screen going blank means radio/nav system needs replaced/repaired”

Jon A., NE (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Screen goes blank at temperatures below freezing”

Bruce M., PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Entire nav/entertainment system fails regularly due to a possible short or other failure”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“TOGLE CONTROL HAS FAILED. TO REPAIR WILL REQUIRE A NEW UNIT AND IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE”

L B., ID (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Works only 1-2 days per year, otherwise inoperative”

Jeffrey S., VA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“First it started with not working, and gave message that it couldn't read the disk. Now the screen is just blank. Very expensive to fix, so we are just doing without it”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“At temperatures above approximately 20 degrees F, the entire system becomes inoperable. This includes the radio as well as the Navigation system and CD player. I suspect a compromised circuit board but have not attempted any repairs”

Bruce M., PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Radio component is bad. Screen goes blank. You can hear the radio, but you can't see what you are tuning. I've discovered online this is a common issue for this Jeep”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Radio failed; did not work”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

“Display screen blinks off and on until I tap the turn signal arm”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Speakers

“The front driver speaker rarely works and when it does, it sounds unclear and full of static”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“a/c stopped working”

Stephen D., MA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)

“Compressor freon leak requiring expensive repairs because of dashboard removal. Right now we have decided to top up freon, instead of paying the 2,500-3,500$ repair”

Harry D., QC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“ac does not work on passenger side”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“compressor froze and would not rotate”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Automatic climate control

“The passenger side of the car would not cool down when the temperature was lowered. The failure was located in the actuator and blend doors. This seams to be a common problem but the dash needs to be removed to allow access to make the needed repai”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee)

“Air door vacuum motor”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“controls would only heat or cool in the extreme position. Had to replace the electronic controller”

Jon A., NE (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“engine overheats when air cond. is on”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“One (passenger) will quit blowing cooled air in the summer. Fixed once, needs it again”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Blower motor resistors burnt out, and the control switches for damper positioning malfunctioned”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“In-cabin filter cannot be changed and smells like a goat”

Stephen D., MA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Unsure)
Evaporator

“slow feron leak in evaporator following servive on AC lines which also had small leak. line leak repaired by dealer for $500.00. 6-8 weeks later evapoorator leaked - dealer replaced evaporator and several other A/C items, like expansion valve, drye”

Franklin G., FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“the evaporator is leaking the same problem that broke on our previous jeep”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure Unsure)

“I have owned a few Jeeps and that occursed on each jeep”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Heater is all or nothing, don't know why but we've had enough repairs on this vehicle that we haven't bothered with this (yet)”

Cathleen C., OR (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“bearings in rear axle will need to be replace for the 2nd time”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

“Wheel sensor for traction/ESC failed”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Speed sensor went”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“Switch/control mechanism to transfer into LOW failed”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“electrical problem that prevents shifting into 4-low”

Robert S., NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Would not go into 4WD Low”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Complete failure in 4WD system in snow. Seems like lots of repairs needed in general on this car”

Cathleen C., OR (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Differential Mount Failed and Needed Replacement”

Thomas J., VA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Differential seized, shattering the CV joint and tearing the driveshaft from the underside of the vehicle”

John B., TX (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Transfer case shift motor burned out with less than 100K miles. Would NOT have expected that”

Richard C., WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Transfer case had leaks - needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Recall N23 to reprogram FDCM caused four-wheel low range and neutral in the transfer to become inoperable. Finally fixed after almost two years with P73 recall. Also, cracked exhaust manifold and broken front differential mount. This auto has been”

Tim D., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Cooler lines had rust holes and was leaking - $400”

Lawrence J., PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Transmission cooling line leaking. $1200 replacement cost”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Have replaced the gear box twice”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“slipping”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“See previous comments”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Slipping transmission

“Losing power”

Armando C., FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Problem appeared after I took a long trip pulling a large U-Haul trailer.. Shifting between 2nd and third gear is now rough/or slipping. Repair shop says not bad enough to repair”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Transmission computer

“Cumputer had to be replace”

Armando C., FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“It was cooler lines”

Lawrence J., PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Jeep showed a code and went into "limp home" mode. Shop diagnosed to determined bad solenoid pack. Drive fine now”

Ken P., CO (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Had solenoids replaced multiple times and spent far too much money on a car that was supposed to be reliable”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The ABS light periodically comes on throughout the cold weather months...this happened throughout the entire time I have owned it. It will go off after warmer or drier months”

Anonymous, OK (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“ABS controller and motor were replaced due to failure”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Dealer misdiagnosis and then a screw up, sent me home claiming it was repaired, apparently destroyed evidence that I was there for several hours. Finally got part replaced at a third appointment”

Daryl M., NE (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“Brakes were replaced after 140,000 miles”

Thomas M., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Rotors

“I needed to replace the brake pads and rostors because of the warped rotors”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee)

“Rotors were replaced earlier than the rear brakes. Approx. 130000 miles”

Thomas M., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“premature failure”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Bushings

“Started getting a clunking noise when shifting from forward to reverse. This is caused by a front suspension bushing (4wd model only). This is a known problem. NOT FIXED. Should be a recall”

Philben S., TX (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Replaced due to high mileage”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Drivers side strut had to be replaced at 150,000 miles”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“identified twice by repairman as needing replaced , yet proven it was not replaced even though charged for the repair”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Passenger front wheel bearing failed. Previously replaced same wheel bearing at 75,000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Cracked exhaust manifold which had to be replaced by me as auto was out of warranty”

Tim D., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“broken bolt on exhaust manafold”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“The exhaust manifold developed a leak a few years ago. Had to take it to a mechanic to get it repaired. Mostly it just made the Jeep noisy”

Anonymous, ID (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“Left & Right exhaust manifold heat shield mounting bolts broke and had to be replaced. apparently this is a common problem at least with this model Jeep”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Muffler

“Had to have muffler replaced due to loud noise”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Water pump began to leak and had to be replaced”

H R., OK (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Had to replace the water pump”

David L., VA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Leak through the sunroof causing water to enter the cabin”

Donald C., WA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“The seal and weather stripping around the driver side window needed to be replaced because it was not staying in place when I rolled the window up or down”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)
Wind noise

“It's just getting older and the seals etc. aren't as tight as they once were”

John H., IN (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Engine was burning antifreeze thru the exhaust, I put radiator seal in the system and that has stopped the problem for now. Possibly a cracked head or head gasket issue”

Robert M., NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Water pump

“Water pump bearing wore out”

James R., MT (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“bad bearing”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“I was out running errands and my car began to overheat. I was very close to a shop after it cooled off I took it there. The mechanic did not want to replace the thermostat and ran it hot till it opened. I blame him for the engine rebuilt”

Janet D., TX (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Water pump was leaking”

Joanna-Steve A., PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Small accident”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Paint fading on door handles”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Rust

“rust in front fenders by headlights had repaired returned within 3 months”

A T., NH (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rust taking over the color of the car. Horrible paint”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Drivers side fender rusted thru”

Robert M., NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“caused the engine to missfire occasionally”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“engine cut off while driving. different mechanics gave varied reasons as to cause, ranging from no problem detected to battery failure”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“Gasket and oil line change. Not a big deal”

Harry D., QC (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.7-L V6)

“Valve cover gasket leaking. Had both replaced, though only one was leaking”

Jeffrey A., CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission completely failed @ 132000 miles requiring a total rebuild”

John H., IN (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“would not say in over drive”

Thomas S., OH (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I needed a new transmission”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

“Rebuilt Failed. 2nd: installer ruined computer sensor which damaged torque converter. replaced by private transmission business. out of action time: @ 6 weeks”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“The plastic has crumbled where the interior door handles are mounted, causing the interior handles to fall out, and repair is estimated to cost an outrageous $3200 for what is clearly a safety issue involving weak plastic”

John B., TX (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)
Locks and latches

“The interior door handles are surrounded by hard plastic(interior door). Therefore with USge the plastic cracks and breaks off, allowing the door handle to fall off. This has been a problem with three of the door handles. Apparently it has been a”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Right rear passenger door handle came loose from the door frame. Service included replacing a plastic frame that holds the handle and allows it to operate”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I was hit in Walmart no theytook off”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Short battery life. On 4th battery in less than 10 years. Second battery actually "exploded" (popped, split at seams, indented padding on under side of hood, etc.)”

Edmund S., NJ (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

“Replace Battery several time. Seem Germany interested used Batteries that are not common in US and are very expensive”

Phillip L., MD (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Never works regardless of how new”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Ignition switch

“Notified summer 2014 that recall issued for ignition switch and that replacement would be coming. 9 months later still waiting. Have learned that no replacement parts are in process of being manufactured”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“Engine completely failed. Started with intermittent oil pressure/pump. While on the road had a local shop replace with remanufactured Jasper Engine with warranty. All is running very well”

Phillip L., MD (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

“My water pump went out and I lost compression in the 6th. So I had the choice of junking it or rebuilding. It is a great car so I had it rebuilt, and I am glad I did. May be I will get another three hundred thoUSnd miles”

Janet D., TX (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7-L V6)
Head gasket

“I blew a head gasket w/ less then 70,000 miles in the car and it was unfortunately out of warranty. I then replaced it w/ a used engine w/ 55,000 miles and blew that engine w/ about 75,000 miles. 2 head gaskets in 1 year clearly cooling issues”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“have had sensors replaced 3 times problem returns had complete exhaust system replaced problem persists”

A T., NH (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Check engine light. Diagnosis showed catalytic converter failure. $2800 replacement cost”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7-L V8)
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