The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most popular cars in America, but not every Wrangler is a hit. Although it’s known for its ruggedness, in some years, Jeep dropped the ball and created a very problematic vehicle. Here are the three model years of Wranglers that you should avoid at all costs according to Car Complaints.
2007 Jeep Wrangler issues
The 2007 Wrangler was plagued by issues on multiple fronts. Not only were there 10 recalls that affected millions of Wranglers, but this model year had issues ranging from its steering to its fuel system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reported that steering problems were the most frequent issue that this model year of Wranglers faced. The NHTSA also reported a lot of airbag issues, and the airbags were also the source of one of the major recalls that Jeep had to do.
The so-called Death Wobble, which notoriously occurs on Jeeps, was a major complaint that was filed on Car Complaints. The average repair cost for the Death Wobble is about $880 according to Car Complaints, and this was the most common complaint made by users of the site.
Both users of Car Complaints and the NHTSA also reported a lot of engine issues. According to those who suffered a total engine failure, the repairs cost them about $4,400. Furthermore, the NHTSA also reported a lot of braking issues with this model year of the Wrangler.
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler failed to fix these issues
The 2008 Wrangler was plagued by similar issues as the 2007 Wrangler, including faulty airbags that caused a major recall. While the 2008 model has slightly fewer recalls than the 2007 models did with nine total, the 2008 model had far more entries on Car Complaints than the 2007 model did.
Once again, these issues affected the entire car, but the notorious Death Wobble was one of the bigger issues. The Death Wobble was the second most common issue according to Car Complaints, and repairs for it will cost about $800.
However, the worst issue for the 2008 model was a total failure of the TIPM, the Totally Integrated Power Module. Repairing the TIPM set the owners back about $960 and it was a very frequent problem.
One of the costlier issues with the 2008 model was a problem with its engine that caused excessive oil consumption. According to Car Complaints, it cost the average person about $5,050 to repair that.
Similar to the 2007 model, the NHTSA also reported a lot of steering and fuel system problems. The NHTSA also reported a lot of drivetrain issues with the 2008 model.
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler was voted the worst model year
One of the newer models, the 2012 Wrangler is actually the worst rated Wrangler overall according to Car Complaints. With nine recalls, it didn’t top out the list for most recalls but it was also involved in one of the largest recalls.
Similar to the older models, issues with the airbags were the main culprit. However, a new issue with this model’s airbags also caused another airbag-related recall that affected millions of cars.
Unlike the other models, the Death Wobble isn’t as common in the 2012 Wrangler. However, it still suffers from a lot of issues that the 2007 and 2008 models suffer from.
For example, its TIPM was also prone to failure, and repairing it costs an average of $1,300. Furthermore, a common engine problem forced many drivers to cough up $4,400 for a total replacement.
A lot of drivers also had heater issues, which required about $1,000 to fix. A lot of these issues were occurring with relatively new Wranglers too. And on top of that, the NHTSA reported a lot of drivetrain problems that affected very new cars.
It’s important to keep in mind that every vehicle is different and overall the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most popular and reliable cars on the road. Just make sure to do your research and know the signs of trouble when looking at older models.