Used 2015 Jeep Renegade SUV Consumer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars

Renegade is Cute but Loaded with Problems

Brett West, 04/23/2016
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
19 of 19 people found this review helpful

We have just over 13k miles now on our 2015 Renegade Sport 4x4 with the 2.4 liter engine and the 9 speed auto tranny. It had quality issues from the start and we simply do not have much faith in it. We also own a 2008 Jeep Commander that has been an excellent vehicle both on and off road. Our Renegade has suffered from wind noise at the driver's door since new. The transmission is sluggish. It has randomly died in traffic for no reason (guessing electronic issues). The door locks work most of the time but not always. The brakes squeal when moving at slow speeds or in reverse. Since it is built by Fiat in Italy, parts take forever to get if they are available at all. It is a cute little car but not one I would really recommend to someone who hasn't bought yet. The Renegade is more Fiat than it is Jeep in my opinion. I would be very hesitant to take it out into the mountains of Colorado (where we go in our Commander) for fear that it might not get us back out. If you want a Jeep, go with a Wrangler or maybe a Cherokee. I would recommend passing on the Renegade...I would if I had it to do over again. Update: Now at 19.5k miles, our Renegade is in the shop for the 4th time with continuing wind noise and window/door trim issues. The dealer appears to finally be taking it seriously now that we have opened a case with FCA and are discussing our options with a lemon law attorney. If they fail to repair it this time, we may file it as a lemon and see if we can force FCA to buy it back. We would trade out of the Renegade into a Wrangler in a heartbeat if the dealer would give us what is owed on it. Unfortunately that is likely going to require legal action. If you are considering the Renegade, I would encourage you to seriously reconsider and go with an actual Jeep and not what is in reality a Fiat. The Renegade is cute to look at but it is poor quality and riddled with problems. Update: Now at 27.5k miles. After last update, and a total of 7 times in service, the dealer finally figured out that the driver's side window was malformed/warped and that was causing all the wind noise/trim issues in the driver's side front door. They replaced the window and the wind noise was solved. No other major issues to report. Upgrading our star rating to a 3. Wish we had a Jeep dealer within 50 miles that knew the definition of customer service. Our local GMC/Chevy dealer (which is absolutely outstanding) takes care of most of our maintenance needs now. Update: 40k miles now and we are out of warranty. Fingers crossed. Not much new to report other than the radio has issues periodically. To reset it we have to disconnect a battery cable. Just one more quirky thing on the 2015 Renegade.

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5 out of 5 stars

Tight, secure, easy to get into and out of

Robert R Shaffer, 08/28/2015
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
66 of 70 people found this review helpful

I'm 76, wife is 70-- we picked the Renegade Limited as a nice compromise between the Chrysler 300 (which I'd prefer, but find it hard to enter and exit) and the German Smart car (which was a little too small and not that easy to enter and exit). This Jeep Renegade Limited proved very easy to enter/exit, and the luxury features which I love are there too. I've owned sports cars, so I can appreciate thr Renegade's tight and responsive handling-- full throttle on a curving freeway on-ramp lets you feel the g's, but the Renegade gives a secure, no-slip road hug. Have owned for 16 months now and continuing to find nice features usually found only on more expensive vehicles-- like the back-up camera and collision warning system, awesome navigation/entertainment console, remote start, anti-theft festures, the list goes on and on. My wife says she feels more secure and safe in the Renegade Limited then any previous car-- airbags everywhere, seats that hold you surprisingly comfortably, and seat backs that would actually prevent whiplash due to position of headrest. I would not limit this model as only for young adults... this old fart is really liking his Renegade!

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2 out of 5 stars

Lemon

Bill Hlavin, 09/01/2015
Sport 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
52 of 55 people found this review helpful

I loved the car at first, but I've had nothing but trouble with in the first month of ownership. Constant electrical issues have had it in the shop three times. Door locks failed and ignition system failed and had to be replaced. Car was towed twice to dealership. In shop total of ten days. Beware of Fiat product bearing Jeep label. Beginning to think I made a very expensive mistake in purchasing this car.

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4 out of 5 stars

Enjoying it... but-

Chad, 09/29/2015
Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
23 of 24 people found this review helpful

2 Months into ownership. Here are my thoughts -- The Good - I took it on some tough terrain and it did excellent the short overall length made maneuvering easy and fun. Went up and down some crazy steep angels (to the point that I thought I might tip it) without any problems. Love the interior look and feel. I have also got quite a few comments from men and women about it which is always nice. Lots of headroom ( I am 6' 5" and have the mySky and still have plenty of headroom). Plenty of room in the back seat for 8 and 10 year olds. The Bad - don't open the the sunroof portion of mysky when there is morning dew... you will get wet (it just poured in). With both parts of the mySky off going at highway speeds you will need to roll down the windows at least halfway or there will be significant rattling of the center bar (portion in between the panels). The gas tank is small and the fuel mileage is just OK so frequent fill ups are a the result. I have had the 4 wd out of service light come on once (turning on and off the vehicle made it go off but it concerned me a bit). Conclusion - This is my first Jeep and I am still having a lot of fun with it and would buy it again if I can to do it over. I did test drive the latitude (really different feel, try both there are different animals) and would say Trailhawk or bust on this one. The Trailhawk however is priced at the upper limit that I think Jeep could pull off (not a lot of extra value).

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4 out of 5 stars

Trailhawk Trail rated...sort of

Paul, 03/29/2016
Trailhawk 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 9A)
23 of 24 people found this review helpful

Let me get this out of the way first: if you want a Wrangler for the specific purpose of off roading...buy one. If you want a car with more comfort at the cost of some off roading ability...save your pennies and buy a Cherokee Trailhawk instead. My wife has one, and it is superior in every way to my Renegade with the exception of the price. Now, will the Renegade do very light off roading/two tracking? Yes. Is it really comparable to one of the bigger Jeeps? Not in my experience. With that being said, it's the best thing out there that is a daily driver that can leave the pavement for under 30 grand. The car is pretty nimble on the turns, but it's not particularly fast, nor is it particularly good on gas mileage. However, through inclement weather conditions (including Michigan snow) it handles quite nice, so I consider those an acceptable trade off. The front seats are roomy enough for two big guys, but don't plan on putting anyone in the backseat. Overall, this little Jeep is definitely worth a look, and frankly any negative about it can be said for every other mini crossover in the segment (small back seat, lack of cargo space, small engine etc). If you are an outdoors type on a budget the Renegade just might be your next car.

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