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Problems from the Beginning!
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By Randy Wallen
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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Worst vehicle I have ever owned!!! Dead on the side of the road and towed back to the dealer 6 times in 6 years! (Would have been more but it was garaged on/off for almost a year due to work travel.) Purchased new in Costa Mesa, CA and all work done by dealer at recommended intervals. Head needed to be replaced with under 6k miles but only what seemed like after trial-and-error diagnostic work ("well, the computer says...) and extreme time delays with warranty approvals from "corporate." (Head issues are well know by Jeep, but still they delay!) Countless check engine light, traction light, etc, experiences. Most recently, just three weeks after taking the Wrangler in for an oil change prior to a long-trip... Wait for it... Dead on the side of a desert road, oil everywhere and electrical system shot. Turns out, the known issue of the "Oil Filter Adapter" failing was the first culprit. But of course, the dealer said it wasn't their fault even through they worked on and around the OFA during the oil change. "Corporate" won't warranty even though message boards are littered with complaints regarding this design flaw. After a 41 mile tow, $600 for a new OFA, a warrantied battery, and much frustration, the car had to go back to the dealer just two days later as it was running hot. $150 for a new thermostat (coupons and discounted labor), and I was guaranteed that I would make it home with no issues. Again, wait for it... Just 10 miles into a 600 mile trip, I once again found myself dead on the side of a mountain road outside of Prescott, AZ. This time, there was no cell service in the area and I had to hike 100 yards up a hill to call AAA. This time, the dealer found a short (why didn't they find it the first time?) and after a 4 hour delay I was back on the road. DO NOT BY THIS CAR! Actually, I would think long and hard about buying any Chrysler product now that FIAT engineering is in the mix...


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Road trip
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By C Garner
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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We flew into Vegas to start our vacation and found out we couldn’t rent a car to drive one way so we went to the local dealership for a vehicle to buy test drive and bought a 2012 wrangler sport unlimited we spent the next week traveling across the US on a road trip it was amazing the Jeep preformed flawlessly a great ride we couldn’t be happier from Nevada to North Carolina I love this Jeep


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My Jeep
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By James McKethan
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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Excellent handling in rain/snow/ice winter conditions.


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Come on Jeep...Get it together
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By A Train
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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This thing is a ton of fun on trails and in the snow. However, it is hard to justify keeping it after so many electronic and mechanical issues. I bought it used in 2013 with 20,000 miles. The repair list is as follows: CD player/radio stopped working—had to be replaced
Seatbelt and Airbag light wouldn’t turn off--$300 sensor repair
Horn stopped working 2x--$400 to replace
Cruise control stopped working 2x, once on a 13 hr road trip—unknown cost
Wheel bearing went out--$200 repair
Headlight bulbs already had to be replaced
Traction control light, Anti-lock brake light, and Hill descent assist lights were all on and it was hesitant to shift out of 1st gear- the cause was that the wheel speed sensor had gone bad/come loose and was driven into the wheel hub assembly--$700 repair
Battery quit at 40,000 miles, 2016--did not give hesitant starts 1st and would not even jump start, had to walk 2 miles to get other car to go get battery and bring back to jeep
May 2017 --rear wiper sprayer had to be re-routed and replaced, also replaced Cruise Control switch for the 3rd time--still not working, also had oil leak--cam shaft seal replaced and it is still leaking


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2012 JKU 35k miles in 1 year
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By Larry F
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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


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If you want a quiet ride this is not the vehicle for you. I have put 35k miles on the jeep in just over a year(travel for work etc). No issues what so ever except a faulty thermostat that was replaced under warranty. Stock tires (Wrangler sra) horrible in snow or even just rain, replaced with Goodyear silent armor AT and it's a world of difference(and maybe .5-1 mpg drop). During spring/summer I have averaged 21mpg on the highway at 80mph through MI/IN/IL. The winter months see 17-18 max. I love the jeep, great for road trips and hauling my 2 german shepherds. I have also used it to move and it can handle a lot with the tall rear area and no headliner to damage(get the hard top). I found a great deal at a Toyota dealership and even after a year owe less than its worth. The resale value is ridiculous on these vehicles. Plan on keeping until the new diesel JL comes out(hopefully next year)


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