1996 JEEP CHEROKEE VIN: 1J4FJ78S3TL196616

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Damage
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VIN 1J4FJ78S3TL196616 Decoding Jeep Vin Decoder

Error Text

0 - VIN decoded clean. Check Digit (9th position) is correct

Make

JEEP

Manufacturer Name

FCA US LLC

Model

Cherokee

Model Year

1996

Plant City

TOLEDO

Trim

Limited(Export)/Country

Vehicle Type

MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLE (MPV)

Plant Country

UNITED STATES (USA)

Plant Company Name

Toledo Assembly # 1

Plant State

OHIO

Note

Right Hand Drive - Europe

Body Class

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

Doors

4

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1C: 4,001 - 5,000 lb (1,814 - 2,268 kg)

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Steering Location

Left Hand Drive (LHD)

Drive Type

4WD/4-Wheel Drive/4x4

Brake System Type

Hydraulic

Engine Number of Cylinders

6

Displacement (CC)

4000

Displacement (CI)

244.0949763789

Displacement (L)

4

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Engine Configuration

In-Line

Fuel Delivery / Fuel Injection Type

Multipoint Fuel Injection (MPFI)

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

1996 JEEP CHEROKEE Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

1996 JEEP CHEROKEE Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Not Available

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Not Available

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN 1J4FJ78S3TL196616

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

September 28, 2022
NHTSA ID Number: 559029
Consumer Location: HONOLULU, HI
VIN: 1J4FJ78S3TL****

Summary of Complaint

CONSUMER DOES NOT THINK HE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR PARTS DURING RECALL REPAIR 00V-136 FOR FAULTY FRONT BRAKE ROTORS AND BELIEVES IT SHOULD BE SOLEY THE MANUFACTURERS RESPONSIBILITY, CONSUMER BELIEVES THE THE DEALERS AND MANUFACTURER ARE COLLUDING TO RIP OFF CUSTOMERS. NLM

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

November 01, 1998
NHTSA ID Number: 553036
Consumer Location: WESTWOOD, MA
VIN: 1J4FJ78S3TL****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE EXPERIENCED FAILURE OF THE RECALL COMPONENT (00V-136) PRIOR TO RECALL NOTIFICATION, CONSUMER IS REQUESTING REIMBURSEMENT. *MJS

Components: SUSPENSION ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 01, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11317447
Consumer Location: TOLLESON, AZ
VIN: 1J4FT28S2TL****

Summary of Complaint

THE JEEP WILL START TO SHAKE WHENEVER YOU HIT A BUMP REALLY BAD SHAKING . ALSO WHENEVER YOU COME TO A STOP AFTER DRIVING 10 MILES THE MOST , THE CAR WILL NOT TURN ON AGAIN FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. AT SOME POINT I ROCKED THE CAR FROM SIDE TO SIDE AND AFTER THAT IT WILL START. ALSO TOO THE STEERING COLUMN SEEMS LOOSE . MY SHOCKS LIKE IT DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY

Components: SUSPENSION WHEELS

November 01, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 11152942
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. WHILE DRIVING 65 MPH OVER A BUMP IN THE ROAD, THE STEERING WHEEL AND VEHICLE JERKED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE EXPERIENCED THE "DEATH WOBBLE". THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO DETERMINED THAT AN ALIGNMENT WAS NEEDED. THE LOCAL DEALER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED AND REFERRED THE CONTACT TO NHTSA. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 160,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

Components: SUSPENSION

November 17, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11152494
Consumer Location: MADISONVILLE, KY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. WHILE DRIVING 70 MPH OVER UNEVEN PAVEMENT, THE VEHICLE STARTED TO VIBRATE UNCONTROLLABLY. THE VIBRATION STOPPED WHEN DECELERATING TO LOW SPEEDS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO A DEALER OR INDEPENDENT MECHANIC FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING OR REPAIRS. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 180,000.

Components: STEERING

July 15, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11096835
Consumer Location: STURGIS, SD
VIN: 1J4GZ58S7TC****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING ON THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY AT ABOUT 65 TO 75 MPH VEHICLE BEGAN TO SHAKE IN THE FRONT END SO SEVERELY WE HAD TO SLOW COMPLETELY DOWN AND PULL TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND TO A STOP COMPLETELY. THE JEEP IS NOT SAFE TO DRIVE AND I HAVE READ OF OTHER INCIDENTS THAT THEY HAVE NAMED IT THE DEATH WOBBLE. IT COULD HAVE MADE US FLIP OVER AND WE COULD HAVE DIED IN A ROLL OVER. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO US BEFORE AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS THE SHOCKS, BUT THAT HAS EVIDENTLY NOT FIXED THE PROBLEM. IT APPEARS FROM WHAT WE READ AND HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM IN THE FRONT END AND NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE MANUFACTURER.

Components: STEERING SUSPENSION POWER TRAIN

March 30, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11090348
Consumer Location: JACKSONVILLE, AR
VIN: 1J4FT27S4TL****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. WHILE DRIVING 55 MPH, THE VEHICLE SHOOK UNCONTROLLABLY. IN ADDITION, THE POWER STEERING SEIZED AND THEN BECAME LOOSE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT A NEW POWER STEERING GAUGE AND A FRONT END ALIGNMENT WERE NEEDED. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT NOTIFIED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

Components: TIRES

February 21, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10957087
Consumer Location: PINEHURST, NC
VIN: 1J4FJ78S2TL****

Summary of Complaint

ON 2/21/17 AT 6:25 AM, TRAVELING AT 65 MPH, MY PASSENGER REAR TIRE BLEW OUT AND BECAME DETACHED FROM THE WHEEL. NO EVIDENCE OF PUNCTURE OR VALVE STEM ISSUE. TOOK TIRE REMAINS TO DISCOUNT TIRE IN DURHAM FOR REPLACEMENT. YOKOHAMA YKHTX. P235/75 R15.

Components: STEERING

September 25, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10948132
Consumer Location: OLNEY, MD
VIN: 1J4FJ6859TL****

Summary of Complaint

WAS DRIVING ABOUT 60 MPH ON THE WASHINGTON DC BELTWAY WHEN THE FRONT END OF THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO SHAKE VIOLENTLY. SUBSEQUENTLY DIAGNOSED AS THE "JEEP DEATH WOBBLE".

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

November 02, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10881953
Consumer Location: TRENTON, FL
VIN: 1JF4FJB8S7T****

Summary of Complaint

WE BOUGHT AN IMPORTED RIGHT-HAND DRIVE JEEP FROM POSTAL PETE, GALENA IL, FOR A MAIL ROUTE. THIS IS NOT SAFETY MAYBE: 1. THE OIL PRESSURE GUAGE, INSTEAD OF BEING REPAIRED IN THE DASH, THEY ADDED AN AUXILLARY OIL GAUGE BELOW THE DASH, WHICH MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SAFELY LOOK AT THE GAUGE. 2. THE ODOMETER/SPEEDOMETER UNIT DOESN'T MEASURE CORRECTLY I THINK. 3. THE LIGHTS ON THE DASH & CONSOLE DON'T WORK. BECAUSE OF THE TAKATA RECALLS, I LOOKED AT YOUR SITE. WHEN WE COMPLAINED WITH THE DEALER THEIR ATTITUDE WAS TOUGH YOU PAID FOR IT. ALSO THE REAR END WAS BAD. MY HUSBAND WENT BACK BEFORE HE LEFT IL FOR FL. THEY EXCUSED IT SAYING IT WAS TIRES. MY HUSBAND KNEW THEY WERE LYING (HE DOES WORK ON VEHICLES FOR US). WE ENDED UP HAVING TO REPLACE THE REAR END. THIS COMPLAINT IS MORE ABOUT THE IMPORTER POSTAL PETE THAN IT IS ABOUT THE VEHICLE. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DO THIS TO CUSTOMERS. ALSO THEY REQUIRED A CHECK IN ADVANCE, THEREBY MAKING IT SO WE COULD NOT REFUSE THE VEHICLE BECAUSE THEY HAD OUR MONEY. NOT NICE PEOPLE. DIS-HONESTY. I RETIRED DEC. 2011. I DON'T REMEMBER PURCHASE DATE. YOU REQUIRE SOMETHING. PICKED UP 11/02/10 REG. 12/07/2010 THANK YOU. ALICIA

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

March 25, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10876502
Consumer Location: COLUMBIA FALLS, MT
VIN: 1J4FJ78S9TL****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE SPEEDOMETER SEIZED WITHOUT WARNING AND THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO DECELERATE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER WHERE THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 120,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

June 02, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10873658
Consumer Location: LISBON, IA
VIN: 1J4FJ68S6TL****

Summary of Complaint

JEEP DEATH WOBBLE. VIOLENT SHAKING OF A CAR WHEN DRIVING ON HIGHWAYS AND I HAVE TO SLOW DOWN TO BELOW THE SPEED LIMIT TO STOP IT. MULTIPLE TIME OCCURRENCE. HAS BEEN "FIXED" BUT HAS NEVER BEEN FIXED.

Components: STRUCTURE

March 20, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10852849
Consumer Location: CINCINNATI, OH
VIN: 1J4FJ68S7TL****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVERS DOOR UPPER HINGE RUSTED WHERE WELDED TO BODY AND SEPARATED FROM BODY . DOOR IS ONLY HELD ON BY LOWER HINGE.

Components: STRUCTURE

July 28, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10810825
Consumer Location: WALLOON LAKE, MI
VIN: 1J4FJ68SXTL****

Summary of Complaint

SEVERE RUST ALL OVER THE BODY BUT ESPECIALLY ON THE FRAME. HAVE HAD MULTIPLE COMPONENTS FAIL AND CRACK, NOW TAKING IN WATER THROUGH CORNERS OF THE ROOF THROUGH RUST HOLES. PASSENGER SIDE OF FRAME LIKELY TO SEVER UNDER FURTHER DRIVING. RUST ON THE BRACKETS HOLDING THE FUEL TANK TO THE VEHICLE CREATED A HOLE IN THE FUEL TANK. PART WAS REPLACED, NO PICTURE.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM UNKNOWN OR OTHER ENGINE

May 20, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10721042
Consumer Location: AGUADILLA, PR
VIN: 1J4FJ68SXTL****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING AT APROX. 40-45 MPH, THE JEEP WOULD START TO SHUDDER. EVENTUALLY IT WOULD SHUT OFF. THE JEEP WOULD THEN CRANK BUT NOT START. I HAD THIS PROBLEM HAPPEN FOR ABOUT FOUR TIMES. THREE OF THE TIMES THE JEEP WAS TOWED TO A REPAIR SHOP. TWICE THE PCM UNIT WAS REPLACED AND TWICE THE CRANK POSITION SENSOR WAS ALSO REPLACED. THE LAST REPAIR WAS 1 MONTH AND A HALF AGO. TWO DAYS AGO, THE JEEP STALLED AGAIN DOWN THE ROAD. I WAS TRAVELING WITH MY WIFE AND CHILDREN. WE ALMOST LOST OUR LIVES. A 16 WHEELER ALMOST COLLIDED WITH US DUE THAT I COULD BARELY MANIPULATE THE JEEP BECAUSE IT TURNED OFF ON ME. I TRIED TO DO SOME VISUAL INSPECTIONS UNDER THE HOOD. I HAD ONE OF MY SONS TO WIGGLE THE PCM (COMPUTER) WHILE I CRANKED THE STARTING SWITCH. AT ONE POINT THE JEEP MANAGED TO START AGAIN. THEN IT STALLED THE MOMENT MY SON STOPPED WIGGLING THE PCM. I HAD ANOTHER TOW TRUCK PICK UP THE JEEP AND SEND IT BACK TO THE MECHANIC. CHRYSLER HAS NOT CORRECTED THIS ISSUE ON THE PCM AND PERHAPS MIGHT NOT DO IT UNTIL ONE DAY SOMEONE GETS SERIOUSLY HURT. VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE SHOW OTHER JEEP CHEROKEE OWNERS HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM 1996-2001.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 16, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10693765
Consumer Location: COCHRAN, GA
VIN: 1J4FT78S0TL****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE BEGAN STALLING WHEN COMING TO AN ABRUPT STOP OR BEING JARRED BY A BUMP OR POT HOLE. GRADUALLY PROGRESSED TO RANDOMLY STALLING WHEN APPLYING ANY PRESSURE TO BRAKES OR ANY SLIGHT JARRING. ALL POWER IS LOST AT THIS TIME ALONG WITH ANY CONTROL OF STEERING AND ACCELERATING UNTIL VEHICLE IS TURNED ON AGAIN. RECENTLY VEHICLE REPEATEDLY AND INTERMITTENTLY STALLS WITHOUT ANY PATTERN DURING ACCELERATION OR DECELERATION AT ANY SPEED WITHOUT ANY BRAKING OR JARRING. IT THEN CATCHES ON ITS OWN AND REGAINS POWER. *TR

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

October 24, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10649731
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION FOR NHTSA CAMPAIGN: 13V252000 (FUEL SYSTEM). HOWEVER, THE PARTS NEEDED WERE UNAVAILABLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN INTO THE DEALER TO SERVICE IT UNDER THE RECALL. THE DEALER STARTED THE REMEDY PROCEDURE BUT WAS UNABLE TO FINISH THE SERVICE DUE TO OTHER PARTS NOT BEING AVAILABLE. THE DEALER INFORMED THE CONTACT THAT ONCE THE REST OF THE PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE THEY WOULD FINALIZE THE REPAIRS AND RECOMMENDED TO NOT USE THE HITCH DUE TO THE CONDITION. THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THERE WERE ONLY SIX BOLTS TO HOLD THE HITCH UNTO THE VEHICLE SINCE THE DEALER HAD BUSTED THREE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND INFORMED THE CONTACT THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO PRODUCE THE PARTS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE. UPDATED 12/09/14*LJ THE CONSUMER STATED THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED AFTER 4 WEEKS OF WAITING FOR THE PARTS. UPDATED 5/11/15 *JS

Components: STEERING SERVICE BRAKES

March 12, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10641475
Consumer Location: SUMMERVILLE, SC
VIN: 1J4FN68SXTL****

Summary of Complaint

AFTER VIEWING WEB SITE FOUND INFORMATION ON THIS 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE THIS RECALL FOR THIS VEHICLE WAS RECALL INCOMPLETE STATUS PURCHASE THIS JEEP IN AUGUST 2011 NOTICE VEHICLE STEERING BOX WAS LOOSE.I FEEL THAT JEEP WAS NOT UNEXPECTED GOOD HAD SO MANY PROBLEMS AS LOOKING INTO THE DATA PURCHASE THIS FROM THIS COMPANY HAVE TO CALLIN FOR VEHICLE THEY FINALLY SHIP THIS IS NOT SAFE.NEEDSOME ASSISTANCES OF GETTING A REFUND THEY HAD TO KNOW THIS SOME INFO WAS SEND A BOUT THE 3RD BRAKE LIGHT NEED TO BE REPLACE THEY NEVER TRY TO COMPLETE THIS BEFORE SELLIN THE VEHICLE THIS IS UNSAFE THANKS GOD FOR THIS WEB SITE OF COURSE RIDING LIKE THIS NOT COOL. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE STRUCTURE

August 09, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10626574
Consumer Location: MIDLOTHIAN, VA
VIN: 1J4GZ58S1TC****

Summary of Complaint

RECEIVED SAFETY RECALL IN AUGUST, 2013 RECALL NO. N45/NHTSA 13V-252. NO FOLLOW UP. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. *TR

Components: STRUCTURE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

April 02, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10576935
Consumer Location: SPOKANE, WA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT HE ATTEMPTED TO HAVE THE VEHICLE REPAIRED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 13V252000 (FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE , STRUCTURE) BUT WAS INFORMED THAT THE PARTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THE CONTACT FELT THAT SINCE THE FAILURE WAS REPORTED IN JUNE OF 2013, THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A REMEDY AVAILABLE BEFORE APRIL OF 2014. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MANUFACTURER HAD EXCEEDED A REASONABLE TIME FOR REPAIR. THE CONTACT HAD NOT EXPERIENCED A FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

Components: STEERING

November 12, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10552049
Consumer Location: DAVIE, FL
VIN: 1J4FJ27SXTL****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 40 MPH OVER A POT HOLE, THERE WAS A SUDDEN LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL AND CONTINUED DRIVING. THERE WAS A RECALL UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 97V069000 (STEERING) HOWEVER, THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED. THE CONTACT WAS A CERTIFIED MECHANIC, HE NOTICED A CRACK IN THE FRAME ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE NEAR THE STEERING GEAR BOX. THE CONTACT PLANNED TO REPAIR THE VEHICLE HIMSELF. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 146,000.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

March 08, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10546603
Consumer Location: AGUADILLA, PR
VIN: 1J4FJ68SXTL****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE LEAVING HOME FROM WORK, THE VEHICLE STARTED TO SHUTTER AND FAIL. I MANAGED TO GET HOME AT A SPEED OF 40MPH SINCE I NOTICED THAT AT A HIGHER SPEED, THE VEHICLE WOULD TRY TO STALL. THE NEXT DAY I TRIED TO TURN ON THE VEHICLE BUT IT WOULD NOT TURN ON. I CALLED A CERTIFIED MECHANIC AND RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS THRU CELL PHONE TO SHAKE A BIT THE CABLES TO COMPUTER COMPONENTS AND CABLES TO DISTRIBUTOR COMPONENTS. THE VEHICLE TURNED ON BUT WITH PROBLEMS. I MANAGED TO DRIVE TO MECHANIC SHOP WHERE THE CHEROKEE WAS LEFT FOR TESTING AND REPAIRS. THE DIAGNOSTICS SHOWED A FAULTY COMPUTER. THE COMPUTER WAS REPLACED. ABOUT THREE MONTHS LATER, THE VEHICLE STALLED AGAIN AT A CROSS ROAD AND TURNED OFF. A TRUCK NEARLY STRUCK ME BECAUSE I COULDN'T GET OUT ON TIME. THE MECHANIC HAD TO SHOW UP AT THE SITE AND HAD SOME PROBLEMS STARTING THE CHEROKEE. THE DIAGNOSTICS, ANOTHER BLOWN COMPUTER. THE MECHANIC ORDERED ANOTHER COMPUTER WITH UPGRADE (HAD TO WAIT ABOUT A MONTH) ORIGINAL CRANK SHAFT SENSOR WAS ADDED. ALL SEEMED TO WORK WELL UNTIL YESTERDAY OCT/2/2013 WHEN I WENT OUT FOR A RIDE WITH MY SON AND THE CHEROKEE STALLED AND TURNED OFF. THE SAME SYMPTOMS AS BEFORE. I HAVE SPENT ABOUT $1,000.00 TRYING TO GET MY JEEP CHEROKEE TO RUN PROPERLY AND NOW I'M AFRAID TO TAKE IT OUT TO THE STREET. I HAVE A FAMILY OF 4 AND I WORRY THAT THE CHEROKEE WOULD FAIL ME BY STALLING AGAIN AT A CROSSROAD CAUSING A FATAL ACCIDENT TO ME OR MY FAMILY BECAUSE OF THIS ELECTRICAL FAILURE. ALL CABLES WERE CHECKED FOR SHORTS BUT NOTHING SOLVES THE PROBLEM. I DID SOME RECALL SEARCH BUT NOTHING OFFICIAL ALTHOUGH SOME JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE USERS REPORT THE SAME PROBLEMS FOR THEIR 4.0L ENGINE (MY JEEP CHEROKEE IS ALSO 4.0L) COINCIDENCE? I LOVE MY CHEROKEE BUT FEEL THAT I CAN'T RELY ANYMORE ON IT AS FOR SAFETY. HAD IT FOR ABOUT 6 YEARS WITHOUT PROBLEMS THE FIRST 5 YEARS. *TR

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

September 10, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10543056
Consumer Location: ROCKY HILL, KY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING TO WORK AT 4:30 AM HEADLIGHTS WENT OUT, THEN CAME BACK ON, SEVERAL TIMES, THIS IS THE SECOND TIME WE HAVE HAD THIS ISSUE, WE REPLACED THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO, AND IT APPEARED TO RECTIFY THE PROBLEM NOW IT HAS OCCURRED AGAIN. CALLED THE DEALERSHIP IN MY AREA, AND THEY ARE AWARE OF NO RECALLS FOR THIS PROBLEM, BUT AFTER CONDUCTING A WEB SEARCH, I SEE THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM, HOPEFULLY NO ONE WILL BE INJURED BEFORE THIS DEFECT CAUSES AN ACCIDENT. *TR

Components: STEERING SUSPENSION

August 05, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10542606
Consumer Location: WESTPORT, CT
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

CHEROKEE BEGAN TO SHAKE VERY VIOLENTLY ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS RECENTLY AFTER HITTING MINOR BUMPS AT 55 MPH. SHAKING WOULD NOT STOP OR EVEN SUBSIDE UNTIL CAR WAS PULLED OVER. SHAKING SO VIOLENT IT CAUSED AN EXHAUST LEAK. NEVER AN ISSUE UNTIL RECENTLY - SEVERAL RECENT INCIDENTS. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

June 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10519511
Consumer Location: BEAUMONT, TX
VIN: 1J4FX58S9TC****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE SITTING IDLE AT A COMPLETE STOP, A TRUCK CRASHED INTO THE REAR OF THE CONTACT'S VEHICLE, PUSHING THE VEHICLE INTO A FOREGOING VEHICLE. THE CONTACT'S AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED INJURIES TO THE NECK AND BACK. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE CONTACT WAS ALSO CONCERNED THAT THE FUEL TANK LOCATION COULD BE A GREATER DANGER IF THERE WAS ANOTHER REAR END CRASH. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000 AND THE APPROXIMATE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 183,000.

Components: SUSPENSION ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

May 09, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10513044
Consumer Location: FLORENCE, MT
VIN: 1J4FJ7856TL****

Summary of Complaint

ALL OF A SUDEN THIS VERY BAD SHAKING PROBLEM HAS OCCURED AT ABOUT 50 MPH. VERY UNSAFE. MY CETIFIED ASE MECHANIC HAS BEEN TRYING TO FIND THE PROBLEM FOR OVER A WEEK NOW - NO LUCK SO FAR. *TR

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

June 12, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10508430
Consumer Location: PLEASANTVILLE, NY
VIN: 1J4FT28S2TL****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS DRIVING ON A SLICK SURFACE, AS IT WAS RAINING, LIGHTLY. THE PERSON DRIVING IN FRONT OF ME STOPPED SHORT AT A YELLOW LIGHT AND I APPLIED MY BRAKES. MY BRAKES FAILED AND I CRASHED INTO THE VEHICLE, MY AIRBAG DEPLOYED, AND MY FRONT END WAS SMASHED. I WAS TOLD IT WAS A TOTAL. MY BRAKES SHOULD HAVE DONE WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO - WORK. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM UNKNOWN OR OTHER ENGINE

August 07, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10487514
Consumer Location: ARGILLITE, KY
VIN: 1J4FJ28S7TL****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY,AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEARD A LOUD NOISE. SO I PULLED OVER TO THE NEAREST GAS STATION AND REALIZED I WAS LEAKING OIL PROFUSELY. THEN I REALIZED THE DRIVER SIDE MOTOR MOUNT HAD BROKEN OFF OF THE ENGINE CAUSING A LARGE HOLE IN THE ENGINE BLOCK. I HAVE TAKEN GREAT CARE OF MY VEHICLE, CHANGED THE OIL EVERY 3,000 MILES, AND THEN THIS HAPPENS AT RANDOM. I DIDN'T HIT ANYTHING TO CAUSE THE MOTOR MOUNT TO BREAK, SO WHY WOULD IT BREAK FOR NO REASON? ANYWAYS, THE LEAKING OIL CAUSED A FIRE BENEATH MY VEHICLE, AND INSIDE THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. BUT I QUICKLY PUT OUT THE FIRE BY A CONTAINER OF WATER I HAD IN MY VEHICLE. I HAD MY 13 YEAR OLD BROTHER WITH ME AND THANK GOD HE OR MYSELF WAS NOT INJURED. BUT IT CAUSED US GREAT FEAR AND STRESS. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

June 16, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10461923
Consumer Location: CHURCHVILLE, PA
VIN: 1J4FJ78S1TL****

Summary of Complaint

SPORADIC GAS LEAK FROM FUEL PUMP HOOKUP ON GAS TANK AT STARTUP. COULD NOT BE DUPLICATED EXCEPT AT RANDOM OCCURRENCES. *JB

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

February 15, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10456075
Consumer Location: BELEN, NM
VIN: 1J4FJ28S9TL****

Summary of Complaint

WITH TIME THE BLOWER MOTOR WIRING HARNESS (WHICH IS TOO SMALL FOR THE AMPERAGE) IN THESE VEHICLES INVARIABLY HEATS UP AND MELTS OR BURNS. THE MELTING OF THE HARNESS AND CONNECTOR BEHIND THE BLOWER SPEED SELECTOR SWITCH IN THE DASH AND THE BURNING OF THE SWITCH ITSELF OCCURED IN MY VEHICLE, ALLONG WITH THE FAILURE OF THE BLOWER MOTOR RESISTOR, BUT IN MANY VEHICLES THE RESISTOR IS THE FIRST TO BURN AND FAIL. I HAVE LOOKED AT OVER 20 OF THESE VEHICLES RANGING FROM 1991 TO 1996, AND 30000 TO 220000 MILES, AND EVERY SINGLE ONE ONE THEM HAD THESE COMPONENTS MELTED AND BURNED TO THE POINT OF NOT BEING USABLE, AND MAKING ONE WONDER HOW MANY OTHER VEHICLES HAVE CAUGHT FIRE AND BURNED BECAUSE OF THIS FAULT. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES ALSO SHOWED ASSOCIATED WIRES BURNED OR MELTED IN THE STEERING COLUMN. AN ASSOCIATED SYMPTOM IS THAT THE BLOWER MOTOR CEASES TO FUNCTION, OR (IN THE CASE OF RESISTOR FAILURE, WILL USUALLY WORK ONLY ON HIGH SPEED). THIS SHOWS A DEFECT THAT MAY TAKE TIME TO MANIFEST, BUT WILL ALWAYS OCCUR EVENTUALLY IN EVERY VEHICLE UNLESS THE BLOWER IS NEVER USED. THE BLOWER SWITCH TO RESISTOR WIRING HARNESS AND SWITCH CONNECTOR/PLUG ARE NOT EVEN AVAILABLE FROM DEALERS, BUT THE SWITCH ITSELF AND THE RESISTOR ARE AVAILABLE AS AFTERMARKET ITEMS. HOWEVER, IF REPLACED, THESE WILL FAIL TOO, UNLESS THE WIRING IN THIS CIRCUIT IS REPLACED WITH HEAVIER GUAGE WIRING OR SOMEHOW PROTECTED FROM HIGH AMPERAGE. AS EVIDENCED BY HUNDREDS OF RELATED COMPLAINTS ON INTERNET FORUMS, THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT COULD RESULT IN FIRES, AND POTENTIALLY LOSS OF LIFE. LUCKILY MY FIRE WAS MINOR, DID LITTLE DAMAGE AND WAS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED. HOWEVER, I'M NOT SURE HOW TO RESOLVE THE ACTUAL PROBLEM PROPERLY, SINCE OEM REPLACEMENT PARTS WILL SOONER OR LATER DEVELOP THE SAME PROBLEMS, AND AVAILABLE AFTERMARKET PARTS ARE NOT IMPROVED OVER THE ORIGINALS. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

February 06, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10453707
Consumer Location: LOS ANGELES, CA
VIN: 1J4FX78S1TC****

Summary of Complaint

CAR STALLS WHILE DRIVING WITH NO WARNING. STALLS ON FREEWAY OR IN CITY DRIVING. THIS IS AN INFAMOUS MANUFACTURING DEFECT ON 96 JEEPS. VERY HAZARDOUS BECAUSE ENGINE CUTS OUT COMPLETELY WHILE IN MOTION. REQUIRES PULLING OVER WITH ENGINE NOT RUNNING TO RESTART ENGINE. JEEP THEN WILL REPEATEDLY DIE AFTER RE-STARTING. SINCE ENGINE DIES WHILE IN MOTION, CARS BEHIND ARE IN REAL DANGER OF COLLIDING WITH MY VEHICLE. THIS ISSUE IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX WITH NORMAL MECHANICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING. ENGINE LIGHT DOES NOT COME ON. THIS ISSUE IS WELL DOCUMENTED IN ONLINE BLOGS FOR JEEPS WITH THIS PROBLEM. THIS PROBLEM WITH STALLING WHILE IN MOTION POSES A GREAT THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. JEEP/CHRYSLER IS AWARE AND DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROBLEM. *TR

Components: SUSPENSION

December 17, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10440457
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BRACKET THAT HELD THE FRONT AXLE IN PLACE FRACTURED. IN ADDITION, THE VEHICLE HAD NO BUMPER AND COULD RESULT IN INJURIES IF THERE WAS A CRASH. THE CONTACT ALSO NOTICED THAT THE SUPPORT ARMS FOR THE AXLE WERE CORRODED. THE DEALER ADVISED THE CONTACT TO REPLACE THE FRONT AXLE BRACKETS, SUPPORT ARMS, AND INSTALL A NEW BUMPER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE UNKNOWN. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE.

Components: VISIBILITY

December 11, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10440194
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1J4FJ68S5TL****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE HEATING UNIT WAS ACTIVATED AND THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO MISFIRE. THE CONTACT LIFTED THE HOOD AND FOUND THAT THE SWITCH FOR THE HEATING FAN HAD FAILED AND A SMALL FIRE STARTED FROM UNDER THE HOOD. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED AND ADVISED THE CONTACT THAT THE PART NEEDED FOR REPAIRS WAS NO LONGER BEING MANUFACTURED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 167,275.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

August 05, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10417210
Consumer Location: ALIQUIPPA, PA
VIN: 1J4FJ68S5TL****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER ACTIVATED ON HIGH, SMOKE BEGAN TO EMIT FROM THE IGNITION SWITCH. THE AIR CONDITIONER WAS TURNED OFF IN ORDER TO STOP THE SMOKE FROM EMITTING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER FOR DIAGNOSTICS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 61,015.

Components: TIRES

December 26, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10373514
Consumer Location: HAMPTON, VA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

PRIMEWELL TIRES SOLD AT FIRESTONE ARE ADVERTISED AS ALL SEASON. I BOUGHT THESE TIRES IN FEB 2010. ON DEC 26TH 2010, WE HAD A SNOWSTORM IN HAMPTON AREA. I HAD TO GO OUT AND FOUND OUT THE TIRES HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO TRACTION ON SNOW. THESE TIRES ARE DANGEROUS FOR WINTER CONDITIONS. I LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE SEVERAL TIMES. ON THE WAY HOME, I WAS GOING APPROXIMATELY 15MPH WHEN ALL FOUR TIRES LOSS TRACTION DUE TO A 15 TO 20 MPH WIND AND ENDED UP IN A DITCH. THE NEXT DAY I REPLACED THE TIRES WITH KELLY EXPLORER TIRES AND HAD NO TROUBLE NEGOTIATING THE SNOW. THESE TIRES NEED TO BE PULLED FROM THE MARKET OR A WARNING GIVEN TO CONSUMERS. THEY ALSO LOSE TRACTION ON WET ROADS EASILY. AS STATED, THEY ARE ADVERTISED AS " TIRES DELIVER ALL-SEASON TRACTION ". *TR

Components: SEAT BELTS

September 09, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10357196
Consumer Location: HAZARD, KY
VIN: 1J4FJ78S6TL****

Summary of Complaint

FRONT END COLLISION WITH BRIDGE. PASSENGER SHOULDER HARNESS DID NOT CATCH TO RESTRAIN PASSENGER. PASSENGER SUFFERED SEVERE FACIAL AND CLOSED HEAD INJURY. *TR

Components: STRUCTURE

August 10, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10348616
Consumer Location: LOS ANGELES, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING 10 MPH THE MOTOR MOUNT BOLTS SHEARED OFF WITHOUT WARNING AND CAUSED ENGINE TO DROP THREE INCHES. WAS MY BIRTHDAY TODAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. [XXX] INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). *TR

Components: SEATS

May 11, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10329912
Consumer Location: LAFAYETTE, LA
VIN: 1J4FT78S3TL****

Summary of Complaint

UNDERSIDE OF FRONT SEAT (METAL RAIL CONNECTING TO TRACKS) BROKE SUDDENLY NEAR RETAINING BOLTS ON BOTH FRONT CONNECTIONS. METAL WAS FLIMSY (1/8 IN OR SO) AND DID NOT APPEAR TO BE REINFORCED AGAINST SHEAR (UP/DOWN) STRESS AT CONNECTION POINT TO ACCOMMODATE SEAT MOTION WHEN DRIVERS GOT INTO/OUT OF VEHICLE. I WAS JUST GETTING IN TO GO TO WORK WHEN IT FAILED, BUT IT COULD JUST HAVE EASILY HAPPENED IN TRAFFIC OR AT A TRAFFIC STOP. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM VISIBILITY

January 02, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10301780
Consumer Location: LOCK HAVEN, PA
VIN: 1J4FT28S5TL****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE A 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE. THE HEATER STARTED MAKING A FUNNY NOISE SO WE BOUGHT A NEW BLOWER MOTOR. THEN WE BOUGHT A NEW RESISTOR. WE STILL COULD NOT GET THE SPEEDS TO WORK IN THE HEATER. SO WE THEN BOUGHT A SWITCH. WELL WE COME TO FIND OUT THAT THE SWITCH HARNESS WAS BURNT TO A CRISP. I CALLED THE PARTS STORE AND THEY DON'T CARRY THEM, SO I THEN CALLED A DEALER. THE DEALER TOLD ME THEY DON'T JUST SELL THAT HARNESS I HAD TO BUY THE ENTIRE ONE FOR EVERYTHING IN THE JEEP. THEN TOLD ME TO GO CUT ONE OUT OF A JUNK YARD. I CALLED MY LOCAL JUNK YARD AND THE GUY WENT AND CUT THREE HARNESSES OUT. ONE THAT WAS A 1996, ONE THAT WAS A 1995, AND BOTH OF THE ENDS WERE BURNT JUST LIKE MINE. HE THEN CUT ONE OUT OF AN EVEN OLDER ONE, AND THE WIRES WERE THICKER THAN THE ONES ON MINE, AND DIFFERENT COLORS. I TRIED HOOKING IT UP AND IT DOESN'T WORK. I BELIEVE THAT SHOULD BE A RECALL AND IT SHOULD HAVE TO BE REPLACED BY THE COMPANY. THE COMPANY SHOULD ALSO SELL INDIVIDUAL HARNESSES. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

December 08, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10294997
Consumer Location: JASPER, GA
VIN: 1J4FJ68S7TL****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE OPERATING THE VEHICLE I KEPT SMELLING BURNING PLASTIC. THE HEATER FAN QUIT AND WHEN I JIGGLED THE SWITCH IT STARTED TO OPERATE AT HIGH FAN ONLY AND WOULD NOT LET ME SET IT TO LOW. THEN IT QUIT WORKING AND I REMOVED THE SWITCH TO REPLACE IT. I FOUND THAT THE WIRING HARNESS WAS MELTED. I AM NOW CONCERNED ABOUT THE DANGER OF REPLACING THE SWITCH. I AM NOT SURE IF I CAN REPLACE THE MELTED PART OF THE WIRING HARNESS. I ALSO NOTICED THAT THE SWITCH HAS 5 CONNECTIONS BUT ONLY 4 WIRES WERE CONNECTED TO IT. *TR

JEEP CHEROKEE Sold

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