I bought a used Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited with 45k miles.
By 65,000 I'm totally disgusted.
I had planned to drive this thing until it was dead. No idea it would happen so soon.
It's a jeep, with the looks and the fun to drive aspect.
And that's where it ends.
- cracked exhaust manifold
- o2sensors go out
- catalytic converter go out (thank g-d a federal warranty makes these guys fix it!)
- radio (xm/Sirius) go out
- repeated "hot oil" (transmission) warnings during MILD 4WD
- roof leaks
I bought this vehicle thinking it would be a rugged, reliable vehicle that would last as long as I kept fluids clean.
One time buyer...
2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M)
I have always loved the Jeep style so I bought the four door and loved it... until 69,000 miles.
That's when the spider gear went out.
It was covered under the lifetime powertrain warranty because I bought it new in 2008.
I was told Jeep wouldn't cover it because the spider gear wasn't under the warranty coverage.
If the spider gear isn't powertrain, I don't know what is.
I threw a fit to Jeep and they finally covered it.
It stayed in the shop a week.
I went to go get it and was told the axle seals were leaking.
So it was gone another week.
Got it back and the axle seals were still leaking.
They replaced them again.
After that, it never worked right again.
Loved the style, 4 door feature, sits high, 4x4.
Stand behind a powertrain warranty, improve handling, improve gas mileage.
i had my 08 wrangler x for four years. in those four years my emergency break broke ( right after the warranty expired of course), i had a leaky rear differential, there was a recall on the fuel tank because sometimes while filling up the gas would over flow and spill, and last but not least, my steering gear box went out. the steering gear box was a 700 dollar fix, too much if you ask me from a 4 year old vehicle. the steering gear box started going out relatively quickly, but the dealer refused to fix it because it technically still worked, when it finally went out around the 80k mile mark, i was in for a costly repair. the jk was loud on the highway, no room, rough, and a guzzler.
do not lift your jk if you have one! if you want an off road toy, or even a "mall crawler" get an older tj, you'll be better off.
I had sold my 2007 Range Rover to get something "American Made".
Unfortunately, all my fears about doing this were realized.
Within weeks of getting the Jeep, I found my car in the dealer almost on a weekly basis.
One part, the parking brake, failed 4 times.
This car is fine for what it is built for...off roading in extreme conditions.
Its amazing to me that this car is STILL 2 wheel drive, which the majority of the time, is extremely inconvenient.
If in 4wheel drive, it has considerable power hop when turning, can't exceed more 55mph.
Very disappointing car.
I have been driving Jeeps since 1976 and my loyalty to this company is over. At 45,000 mile the problems on this Jeep are too numerous to mention. I hope that people who read this and other reviews will seriously take heed before purchasing a Wrangler.
Talk to the consumer before you put something out on the market.