The Jeep Renegade is starting to become a more popular option. The spunky Jeeps are popping up more and more all over town. But is investing in a Jeep Renegade a smart decision? Will they provide enough value to be worth it?
How many miles will a Jeep Renegade last?
Because the Jeep Renegade is a newer model, it hasn’t stood the test of time yet. The Renegade made its debut in 2015, and the average driver accrues about 15,000 miles per year. If drivers stuck with the same Renegade since 2015, then they should be reaching about 90,000 miles by now.
According to Off Roadable, people have been reporting that their Renegade models are doing just fine. Some drivers have reached between 80,000 to 90,000 miles, while others have made it over 150,000 miles.
There have been some reports of electrical issues or the need to replace an air conditioning vent from time to time. However, the Jeep Renegade seems to be free of major mechanical problems for the most part. I did replace the ignition coil in the third cylinder of my Renegade, but it was surprisingly easy to do from home.
How reliable is the Jeep Renegade?
According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Jeep Renegade isn’t very reliable. They gave it a predicted reliability rating of one out of five. That’s below average, and honestly, it’s a bit concerning.
Consumer Reports sends out surveys to thousands of vehicle owners, allowing them to report any issues that they had. This provides Consumer Reports with accurate data to create reliable rankings. If they don’t receive enough feedback, then they don’t provide a score.
However, the reliability ratings are based on issues reported on previous models. But Consumer Reports only has data for the 2018 Jeep Renegade with reports of climate system issues, minor engine trouble, and electrical problems. The reliability rating might be higher if they had information about 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021 models.
What are the biggest Jeep Renegade problems?
We switched gears and went over to Car Complaints to see what type of trouble Jeep Renegade owners have reported. It looks like the Renegade has been improving with time. The 2015 model has the most problems reported with 320 complaints, while the 2018 Renegade only has 32 complaints.
The biggest problem with the 2015 Renegade includes electrical issues. Owners would find that their Renegade would have a completely dead battery after only owning their SUV for a few weeks.
Also, sometimes the Renegades wouldn’t start at random times during the day. But the reports are all about brand new Jeeps, so this issue may have been solved with later models.
The second-largest issue involves transmission problems. One driver reported that their transmission doesn’t shift properly at random times. It seems to hesitate between gears. The transmission also seems to randomly surge or shift very hard out of reverse.
But the 2018 Renegade only has two reports of transmission problems, that both include hard shifting. Also, there are fewer reports of engine trouble. They involve excessive oil consumption or loss of acceleration instead of the failure to start or a dead battery.
There are no problems reported about the 2020 or 2019 Jeep Renegade yet. It looks like these are pretty reliable SUVs. However, avoid the 2015 model. Generally, vehicles from the first model year can experience problems that are corrected in later variants.