• Mar 7, 2008
Chrysler is warning 1,338 owners of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders that they could be driving unsafe vehicles. In Chrysler Recall H03, a handful of Jeep owners are told their vehicles' control modules might have been incorrectly installed, which could cause stalling and/or windshield wiper failure. Both of which, as we all know, could be quite dangerous.

The campaign began on February 5, so we might be a little late in warning the few owners involved. But ConsumerAffairs.com quotes several owners of older (some, much older) Jeep Cherokees exhibiting the same problems. The way we see it, if you're driving a 10-year-old Jeep, you should expect an occasional stall and infrequent wiper failures. But with luck, owners of the misbehaving SUVs might just see their vehicles repaired under an expanded recall. Keep your fingers crossed, but don't hold your breath. Thanks for the tip, David!

[Source: NHTSA via Consumer Affairs]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler was a good company before Diamler got a hold of it.
      Makes one wonder how good Mercedes really is. They couldn`t even run Chrysler right. Maybe they didn`t intend to.
      We still love our 05 Caravan.
      Five years from now I hope Chrysler will be good again. Thats how long it takes in the auto business.
      The good stuff during the first five years of the merger of equils was Chrysler Corporation`s doings. We are now seeing Diamler`s work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My wife's 2005 does it too... this vehicle is a piece of junk... it's the 6th jeep we've had and plain terrible.

      The fabric stains when it gets water on it... we had rain the other day and now the seats look like the back seat in Pulp Fiction (think the "brain detail" scene)... lots of fit & finish problems, wonky HVAC system, trim panels coming detached - just a piece of junk.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How were your other five Jeeps?
          • 6 Years Ago
          The others were fine. That's the rub - we've had excellent service from our Jeeps in the past and we get this wart. IMHO, Jeep lost its way a bit trying too hard to appeal to too broad of a market. Too much hard plastic inside, too slab sided outside... blah.

          Aside from my 198x (can't remember the MY) Commanche, all Jeeps were purchased new, in or before their MY.

          198x Jeep Commanche - cool truck, traded for my 1993 Wrangler
          1993 Wrangler - solid little 4x4, traded for my 1997 Wrangler
          1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (wife's car) - reliable, comfortable, sold it when we got her the 2005 Grand Cherokee
          1997 Wrangler - excellent Jeep, no hassles
          2003 Wrangler Rubicon - awesome 4x4 - no problems at all - sold it a couple years ago. Solid performer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 1997 Jeep GCL 2 wd which I bought used approx. 2years ago. The stalling problem started January of this year (2008). My Jeep stalls while driving on the highway. No codes come up. We could be going 60 mph on the highway and it would just die. Power totally gone. Lights would come back on but engine still dead. I have brought it to the mechanic twice and he could not find the problem. The Chrysler phone number listed on the Consumer Affairs site to report the stalling problem is 1-800-853-1403. I'm going to call. I encourage everyone to call so they can expand the recall to include all Jeeps with the stalling problem.
        mnlghtprss
        • 2 Years Ago
        My 97 jeep has same issue, changed, computer, coil 2x, distributor, pick up coil, EGR and today it dies again going down the street at 35 mph. Someimte sitting at light and turns green go to drive and stalls. Possibly told next venture is fuel pump which is in the fuel tank which incorporates, fuel filter, regulator assembly. Tried putting in dry gas to remove water. Jeep will run fine for days, weeks and at time a month and just when you get relaxed it stalls and go back to the death grip on the steering wheel. More grays on top or less hair and more funds out of the wallet. When it acts up I try and get to my mechanic and he will even drive around with me for a while then it runs fine. Be sure to post if you find a real fix.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My '05 Jeep Grand Cherokee stalls a lot too... especially in reverse. I have had a new torque converter installed, then a new transmission. The heater controls have also been replaced. As for the interior fabric staining with water... I can attest to that, too.
      Shelly
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2001 GC has the same stalling issue for two years. I've had it in the garage and shop off/on since then. Five times in the shop at a total of 10 weeks, they still don't know what's wrong. I've had a major tune-up, IAV, throttle body cleaned, 2 new batteries, and never a code appeared. The idle usually gets rough and it stalls at a stop sign, not always. Almost got rearended twice by these crazy LA drivers. Shame on Jeep for not recalling these SUVs!!! The next thing is going to be a class action suit, because this problem is all over the Internet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The grand cherokee is the most unreliable car on the market. At 70,000 miles, I had:
      Rebuilt the 4 wheel drive system (I live in the city)
      New hubs
      Dual A/C works terrible
      Rubber moldings are falling apart
      Interior in general is falling apart
      Breaks warp every year
      Outside of the engine and body panels, and interior, everything has been replaced. Spent close to $10,000.
      The kicker, the cycle started again.

      My friend told me Chryslers are built to last 100K. Should have listened.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Replaced hubs?

        You are probably one of the people that don't realize you can't ride around in 4WD on dry pavement.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I have permanent all wheel drive. Welcome to the 21 century.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can imagine someone out there probably got a good deal on a slightly used Jeep because the original owner was sick of it stalling.
      And then of course gets it fixed under the recall.
      That would be sweet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They need to consolidate their line-up. Too many watered-down jeep models. I'd rather sell 1000 models that are good quality than 10000 models of which 9500 are junk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was hoping to get a jeep grand cherokee and now you are making me second guesses myself. what do i do now can anyone help me there..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could be responsible for stalling sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 2007 Wrangler that has the issue where it stalls for a second, all the lights go off and on.
      Chrysler says my Jeep is not on the recall list for this problem.

      They suck and deserve to go under, maybe someone will buy Jeep and stop making sucky vechicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 06 jeep grand cherokee stalls occasionally when coming to a complete stop. It always starts back up. I took it to a mechanic and they said it was the torque converter. They replaced it and but, it is still stalling. Has anyone else had this problem?
        • 6 Years Ago
        We have a 2005 Grand Cherokee that stalls periodically when at slow speeds. Such as...around the supermaket or fast food drive-up speeds. We have had 2 new PCM (think thats right int.) valves installed and a new torque converter over the years. The wipers act funny at times also, so I'm hoping the next time I go into the dealership that this recall that I'm just now hearing about with the Control Module installed incorrectly can be repaired and may be my answer. We spent alot of money on this vehicle and it is ashame that we have received as little help as we have from Jeep in trying to fix the problem. We were really on top of this for the first two years, and I guess finally we just gave up. Exactly what they wanted us to do I'm sure.
        Just had a new wheel hub and bearing replaced for $600.00 also on this vehicle. Vehicle has 60,000 miles.
        Wish I had deep pockets or connections with someone at Jeep...looks like that is the only way to get anywhere anymore. Unfortunatley we are just a number.
        Looks like Jeep has some serious issues, but they are protected enough by the laws that govern them to not have to recall all these vehicles...to much money. I'm sure someone out there has been hurt or even killed by their vehicle stalling while pulling into traffic etc...
        Sorry about your vehicle and good luck with getting it repaired. I think our best bet is to just get rid of this piece of junk to be honest about it, but it sure does hurt to spend all that money and not get anything out of it.
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