Automatic Transmission problems of the 2004 Jeep Liberty

Ten problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 2004 Jeep Liberty. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2004 Jeep Liberty based on all problems reported for the 2004 Liberty.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 04/02/2007

I bought a 2004 Jeep Liberty in August 2006 with 19,000 miles on it, from the day I bought it I complained of bad shifting. It has been in the shop 6 times for this problem, with the last time on April 2, 2007 when they finally pulled the pan and found brass shavings! they claimed that one side of clutches were completely burnt. I explained to them over and over that it hesitated and would not always want to take off. -.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 11/28/2006

2004 Jeep Liberty, vehicle seems to upshift too early and when traveling in the 45-60 mph range for a minute or so, I can step on the gas pedal almost to the floor before it down shifts very abruptly and then whines out rpms. It does this going up inclined roads also, but not downshifting properly until I step on the gas very hard. (the incident date here is deceiving, it's been doing it for 2 yrs now and the dealer can't get it to do it, or figure it out and I'm concerned that my trans/drive terrain warranty will not cover this if something fails as a result).

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 07/23/2005

1. Transmission downshifts hard when decelerating to a stop 2. Steering gear replaced 3. After item 2 , left (driver) side front lower ball joint broke.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 01/02/2005

: the contact stated after parking the vehicle, with the engine running, the driver walked 15 feet away, and then the vehicle began to roll backward down a hill into a pond. The vehicle gained speed while rolling down the hill and the doors automatically locked. The contact's infant was still inside the vehicle when it rolled into the water. Both the contact and the father-in-law swam 40 feet from shore to the vehicle and retrieved the baby. Once the child was out of the vehicle, the contact began to swim to shore, the baby and contact made it safely to shore. The father-in-law had a heart attack in the water and passed away on the scene. The police department responded and a report was taken. The contact and baby were admitted to intensive care. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, where both the dealership and manufacturer representatives were unable to determine the problem. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where it was determined the same problem existed that was addressed in NHTSA recall #05v460000 on the automatic transmission.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 11/16/2004

Vehicle lost power when driving at 40 mph. Although the vehicle was in gear it began to coast because the engine was not getting any power. Consumertook the vehicle to the dealer and contacted the manufacturer. Dealer contacted an engineer, who test drove the vehicle 10 miles but the problem could not be duplicated. The consumer also indicated that the vehicle does not operate in 4wd high in reverse.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 10/07/2004

Shortly after purchasing my Jeep Liberty 4x4 with 6 cyl. Engine and 4-speed automatic transmission new, it would occasionally exhibit an abrupt thunk when downshifting into first gear as in coming to a stop. The local Jeep dealer said it was common to the vehicle and a "quirk. " it continued to do this off and on until I reached approximately 43,000 miles at which time the condition worsened. Now, it will also display a loud thunk and jerk in the rear feeling as if you have been hit from behind when starting to move forward from a stop in 1st gear. I know I was not hit as there was no one behind me one time and I pulled over to check on a second time to be sure there was no evidence of being hit. This happens approximately 2 times per week, depending on how often the vehicle is driven. The feeling is very alarming. I called one Jeep dealer who said there was nothing they could do unless they can reproduce the symptom or if a warning light was on to read the error codes (no warning light has ever gone on). The second dealer said they would look at it for $100, but could not guarantee anything.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 07/19/2004

Transmission downshifts hard when decelerating to a stop. A loud bang is heard and a harsh jolt is felt from the rear of the vehicle as it comes to a stop. No damage is visible under the vehicle and vehicle drives normal most of the time. This is a very intermittent problem. Dealer (mack massey of el paso) could not replicate, but stated he (service manager) knows of the issue and called it "a characteristic" of the Jeep Liberty. This has been a problem since purchase, April 2004. Incident occurs at least 10-15 times per week.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 07/09/2004

Transmission downshifts hard when decelertaing to a stop. Aharsh jolt is felt from the rear of the vehicle as it comes to a stop. Vehicle drives normal most of the time. And this is a very intermittent problem. Chrysler technician at ( potamkin Chrysler in miami) could not duplicate the problem mentioned. A copilot is being installed to record the transmisson problem. This Jeep was purchased brand new in June of 2004 and has been a problem since. Vehicle only has 2,000 miles.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 06/29/2004

While releasing the brake in an incline, the vehicle rolled back. The driver applied the accelerator pedal to move the vehicle forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic can not duplicate the problem. Please provide further details.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 02/04/2004

While in drive on an incline vehicle will roll back and need to apply brakes to hold position! dealer has looked at transmission and found nothing wrong.

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