Few other vehicles produce the level of off-roading satisfaction as a Jeep. For more than 20 years, the Wrangler has been the most recognizable and popular model in the brand’s lineup. Though several issues continue to dog the Wrangler, few other rides boast this iconic SUV’s longevity on the road, off the road, or anywhere in between.
So it begs the question: How many miles can you get out of a Jeep Wrangler?
The Jeep Wrangler boasts extreme longevity
Motor and Wheels notes that the fifth year arrives like a plague for most automobiles, which begin to have problems just in time for the warranty to expire. However, Jeep vehicles generally breeze through year five and continue to perform well for up to 15 years and beyond. A Wrangler can typically reach 280,000 miles before significant problems begin to surface. But well-maintained models exceed 20 years and over 400,000 miles.
The Wrangler is built for the outdoors and designed to tackle tough terrain, contributing to its longevity. Its versatility allows you to use it off-roading on the weekend and commuting during the week without lowering your performance expectations in either capacity. Off-roaders expect their Wrangler to take a beating and keep performing, characteristics allowing it to rack up thousands of miles without a letdown.
Potential problems with your Jeep Wrangler
However, the Jeep Wrangler isn’t perfect. As with any other vehicle, neglect and poor maintenance accelerate the aging process. Because these SUVs are often exposed to mud and water during off-road adventures, electrical issues are usually the first indication a Wrangler needs some TLC. Hard starting, malfunctioning lights and gauges, and A/C performance are the most common totally integrated power module (TIPM) problems, which warrant immediate attention.
Other warning signs to look for are a leaky radiator, rear main seal leaks, and transfer case leaks. These typically show up after you’ve pushed your Wrangler to the limit on extreme terrain. So you tend to these issues before they become major problems.
Tips for getting the most out of your Wrangler
The only way to slow your Jeep Wrangler’s aging process is to leave it parked in a garage. But you can hold off the effects of aging if you adopt a few basic habits.
Follow a strict scheduled maintenance routine, and change the oil and oil filter every six months or 5,000 miles. Also, the suspension system lasts longer when your Wrangler rolls on good tires. With varied terrain and driving styles, your tires wear more rapidly, so they need to be changed more often.
Rust prevention and corrosion will also extend your Wrangler’s life. So wash and wax it as often as possible, giving attention to the undercarriage too. Covering your Wrangler or storing it in a carport or garage also helps prevent UV and other environmental damage that will age your 4×4.
You can go many miles in a Wrangler
Off-road adventurers look for rugged dependability in their vehicles. These qualities also contribute to the Jeep Wrangler’s overall longevity. Its ability to perform on rough terrain and the daily commute alike make it attractive to consumers seeking dependable transportation on and off the beaten path.
And with proper maintenance and a little TLC, you can continue to enjoy the benefits of your Jeep beyond 15 years and 280,000 miles.