definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,798 miles

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problem #17

Oct 302012


  • 52,094 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty diesel. The contact stated that when refueling to capacity, fuel would leak from the vehicle. The failure ceased for a short time but later recurred. The leak would not occur when the fuel tank was first filled, but would leak over time. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 52,094 and the current mileage was 63,900.

- Annaheim, CA, USA

problem #16

May 152012

Liberty 4-cyl Diesel

  • 52,515 miles
This problem pertains to the 2006 Jeep Liberty crd 2.8L diesel. Under acceleration from 55 mph to 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and would not go over 3,000 RPM. When the vehicle slowed to 45 mph, it would not increase speed, effectively in a "limp-in mode". after the vehicle stopped, the engine was shut off for about 2 minutes then restarted. The vehicle traveled for approximately 5-7 miles with no problems then the incident happened again. The vehicle was towed to the Jeep dealer where it was purchased and after two weeks the dealer basically gave up trying to fix the car. The issue has not been fixed and as I scan the internet I find this is a common yet dangerous problem with this vehicle.

- Cochranville, PA, USA

problem #15

Mar 242011

Liberty 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Over the past few months, I have occasionally smelled a kerosene odor while driving my Jeep Liberty diesel. Today, I read about a common problem with the fuel heater on the Liberty diesel and so I checked the heater on my vehicle. The plastic insulator around the electrical pins of the fuel heater connector (on cable) is discolored and partially melted. Doing further reading this evening, I discovered that this problem can also be a source of fuel seepage. Although I didn't see any evidence of fuel around the connector, this is obviously an electrical problem and may have been also been the source of the odor I have been smelling while driving. I feel fortunate to have discovered this in a pre-failure condition and have not (yet) experienced a serious fuel leak, engine fire or engine stoppage due to fuel system failure, I was disappointed to learn that your Agency was aware of this design problem back in 2007 (PE07041), but closed it with apparently no action taken. In my opinion, this condition certainly warrants a manufacturer's recall and repair. I have photos of the partially burned connector on my vehicle, should you be interested in seeing them. It is quite obvious that the electrical capacity of this connector is being exceeded and is a serious design flaw.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #14

Apr 102008


  • 40,000 miles
My rear tail lights and stop lights bulbs keep burniging out. The rear passenger housing has been replaced free by the dealer. Since then I have had to replace the same housing in less than two years. The rear tail lamp and brake lamp bulbs do not burn the filament the light bulbs actually explode inside the housing or melt the housing. The plugs that hold the bulbs are scorched. I have both the rear lamp and plugs to show the defect. I am not the isolated case: Most Liberty owners and some Grand Cherokee owners have had the same problems. My second complaint is a fuel leak at the connection of the fuel heating element. The filter head where the fuel filter is attached also has a heating elemnt.. the electic plug connection at the head leaked fuel onto the connection. I observed when the ignition was tuned on, the fuel leaked and vaporize as it was being shorted and heated. I disconnected the electric plug., filled the female receptacle with fuel tank epoxy and rubber plug for good measure. Will be replacing scorched connection and filter head as soon as possible. I will keep all defective parts for your inspecton upon your request thank you.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012010


  • 99,000 miles
Several things 2 list: Vehicle = 2.8L diesel Jeep Liberty, 2006. The codes are P0093 & U0121. 1st) it says a large leak in the fuel system. Something in the emission system. Has happened several X's. I've had it towed 4 this. Engine runs rough & quits @ X's. no power. Changed fuel filter & did air leak test in the fuel return system / tech at Dodge Jeep dealer. No air in return line found. Problem still exist on an intermitant & sporadic X frame since June 2010. Last X occurred = 8-20-10ish. 2) low boost from hole in the waste gate actuator vacum tube from improper routing at factory. Found by tech at Jeep dealer. 2 visits many hours & $$$. egr valve replaced @ same time. Big $'s. 3rd) belt squeak from bearing going out in A/C compressor /dealer tech"?? 3rd visit. Need A/C compressor he says. Previously changed tensioner pulley for this problem but did not fix problem. They now say its the A/C compressor??" 4th) right rear electric window motor failed 10-2-10. Replaced motor/regulator assembly 10-7-10= $172.99. I should be reimbursed for all parts & labor for these damages. I paid a lot of $ for a supposedly good vehicle but it keeps failing. 5th) part time 4X4 light on dash says its in part time 4X4 when in two wheel drive. Haven't repaired cause of $. please note that because of low power I was almost in several accidents because of the low turbo boost at acceleration. There could be injuries or fatalities in the future if this happens to someone else that's not mechanically inclined and not aware of reduced engine performance of a turbo failing slowly like mine because of a small hole in the waste gate actuator tubing from vibration on the housing bracket by the tube. Was replaced and rerouted by dealer tech.

- Palmer, AK, USA

problem #12

Mar 252010


  • 50,000 miles
On a 2006 Jeep Liberty 4X4 every time gas is pumped into the tank (from several different filling stations) gas over flows spilling over vehicle and over the ground posing a health and environmental risk. I have read where this is a common problem among Chrysler vehicles with no support from the company.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 152009


  • 51,000 miles
Uncontrolled acceleration 2006 Jeep Liberty crd. While stopped at a red light, engine idling, foot on the brake, my engine started to wildly accelerate. I held the brake as hard as I could and the rear wheels started spinning and burning runner and the entire car was 'jumping'. after a few seconds of this I put it into neutral and turned off the engine. When I restarted it moments later it was fine. I brought it to my Jeep dealer in mt kisco NY but they couldn't ind anything wrong. It hasn't done it again. There was nothing jamming the gas pedal. The car was at a stop and idling with my foot on the brake when the engine suddenly started racing on it's own.

- Mount Kisco, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 042008


  • 30,000 miles
Numerous mechanical problems all dash lights come on at once between 15 - 50 mph dealer replaced body control module lights still come on now has more problems after repair by dealer. Several recalls on this leased vehicle running up miles back 2 dealer rear window fall down repaired motor tried 2 quit 3 times could be dangerous in traffic seems it loses prime on fuel system. Also excessive tire wear on front tires had it aligned myself was out from factory 10 deg. I have no confidence in dealer 2 fix since I have more problems after last visit. Horn doesn't sound on key pad door lock and fog lights stay on at highbeam after electrical work. Vehicle has locked me out when I shut doors 4 no apparent reason switch keys in ignition and motor running.

- Elkton , KY, USA

problem #9

Jun 132008


  • 70,045 miles
Read info online on www.lostkjs.com about issues with the fuel filter housing and fuel heater puck wire on my 2006 Jeep Liberty crd (diesel). I checked mine and noticed diesel fuel on the wiring and burn marks on the wire connector. This seems like a potential fire hazard. Due to the fuel leakage and scorching of wiring I will have to get both the fuel filter housing and plug replaced. Based upon the number of issues I have read about this seems like a design flaw that needs to be recalled.

- Avilla, IN, USA

problem #8

Jun 082008

Liberty 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
2006 Jeep Liberty crd fuel filter separator heater element evidence of pending failure and leak and fire hazard; browning of plug contact and air in system due to some sort of slow leak. This makes element overheat in aforementioned air - as it was designed to be submerged in fuel - and will melt thermoplastic plug element fitting, causing leak, which will dribble onto hot areas below - if gases not ignited by heating element first in air/fuel space created by air leak - and potentially cause fire and death.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #7

Jun 012007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Liberty. While driving between 50- 65 mph, the vehicle hesitated without warning. The contact smelled fuel inside the passenger compartment twice. The dealer inspected the vehicle and found no failures. The failure mileage was 34,000 and current mileage was 38,792.

- Chesnee , SC, USA

problem #6

Aug 172007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
2006 Jeep Liberty diesel with 14,500 miles. Engine dies 10-15 seconds after start. Fuel system must be primed with pump on fuel filter head in order to restart engine. Fuel is seeping from the fuel heater electrical connector located on the filter assembly. Dealer replaced fuel filter assembly as a warranty repair.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 142007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,327 miles
Our Jeep Liberty diesel as been running terribly lately, and then stalled and would not start. After looking further into the cause, I found that the fuel filter head had a fuel leak at the electrical connection for the fuel heater. It appears that the heater is over heating and melting the non-metallic filter head where the connector penetrates and seals. The connector that plugs into the filter head is black around one of the pins. I have left the heater unplugged, and for now have sealed the leak with a fuel tank epoxy patch.

- Bellville, TX, USA

problem #4

May 012007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Air leak in fuel system. Requires regular purging. Could lead to an unsafe breakdown.

- Gwinn, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 012007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
While doing routine maintenance under the hood of the vehicle I noticed diesel fuel leaking out of the fuel heater connector located in the fuel filter housing. I pulled the connector off and found it partially damaged by excess heat at the connector terminal and wet with fuel. I left the connector disconnected from the housing until I had the dealer replace the filter housing assembly under warranty. The burned/damaged connector was not replaced by the dealership when the housing was replaced. I don't have the old housing, but I could take a picture of the damaged connector/terminal that was still on the vehicle. Also, I noticed that there was excess air in the filter housing before the replacement of the housing. After the housing was replaced there was still excess air, but not nearly as much as before. While the connector was off, and I was waiting for the replacement part the vehicle would not start 2 separate times because air was entering through the connector. I had to pump the primer that was installed on the filter housing to get the vehicle started both times.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 072007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,300 miles
After purchasing my diesel Jeep I noticed a shuddering in the transmission at about 55-65 miles an hour. Considerably worse with you decelerate after acceleration. In a construction hold on traffic my vehicle idled for about 10 minutes. When I was cleared to move forward I put the gear selector in drive. The Jeep stalled. It took me a several attempts to restart the motor. I have done extensive research and have come up with one answer. Air is in the fuel. I have taken it to a Jeep dealer in ozark Alabama and in dothan Alabama. Chrysler tells them that the air in my fuel system is ok. I demand to know what is a safe level of air allowed in the fuel system. No one has measured the amount of air in the fuel system. Please tell me so I can have it measured because I have volumes. I am afraid it will stall out on me again. I have had a few close calls when the Jeep hesitated and choked after a long light and a train crossing,

- Midland City, AL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012007

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,780 miles
My wife contacted me this morning complaining the Jeep wouldn't start. I walked to where she was and checked out the engine. I noticed fuel around the fuel filter mount; I bled the fuel system and the vehicle started. I got it home and check a little further and noticed fuel leaking out of the fuel heater plug. I unplugged it and a small amount of fuel dumped out. I took it to the local dealer and had them order the part. The technician said it's ok to drive the Jeep until next week when the part arrives. Email update (6/25/2007): "...my replacement heater is overheating and leaking again."

- Hampton, VA, USA