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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,895 miles

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1998 Jeep Wrangler exhaust system problems

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #19

Jan 152000

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Many problems with this vehicle. Water pump leaked - fixed under warranty, gas tank seal leaked - fixed under warranty, seats ripped - fixed under warranty, suction cup marks on window - fixed under warranty, front stabilizer shock leaked - fixed under warranty, rear window seal leaked - repaired under warranty two times and still leaks, instrument panel fails - out of warranty not repaired, radiator failed - out of warranty fixed at my cost, stabilizer arm failed both sides twice - fixed under warranty once and the out of warranty fixed at my cost, exhaust manifold failed - out of warranty - fixed at my cost, clutch fork failed - out of warranty fixed at my cost, leak under the dash board passenger side - fixed under warranty. Of all the problems above... loss of instrument panel needs to be fixed by the manufacturer regardless of in or out of warranty. Loss of gauges is a driving distraction and can result in an accident. Jeep needs to address this manufacturing defect as long as this vehicle is on the road.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #18

Feb 072006

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Main exhaust header flange at the collector cracked leading to exhaust gases entering the car.

- Scio, OR, USA

problem #17

Jan 052004

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
1998 4.0 Jeep Wrangler (49K mi) with cracked exhaust manifold. Have replaced manifold twice, once with oem and the last time with banks header w/lifetime guaranty. Most 4.0 I know have had to replace the header within the first 100K mi. Design sucks...

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #16

Feb 202004

Wrangler

  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Intake manifold cracked.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #15

Jan 042004

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Exhaust manifold cracked in 3 places. The first manifold was replaced by dealer at approximately 35,000 miles. Second manifold is cracked. This seems to be a common defect with Jeep Wrangler 4.0L years 1997-1998.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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problem #14

Oct 252003

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exhaust manifold leak.

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #13

Mar 012001

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L, exhaust manifold crack at 30,000 miles. Jeep/Chrysler refused to fix, stating only catalytic converter covered under warranty. Crack occurred in a weld joining the two pipe, almost 3/4 of the way around the pipe, causing cosiderable noise, and loss of power. Guages fail periodically, but come back on there own, after a few minutes. Air conditioner drains onto floor inside vehicle on long drives and can even short out the radio. The steering column also sqeals like an old door when its cold outside.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 292003

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have had numerous problems with my Jeep Wrangler 1998. This is a partial list I sent to Chrysler: I bought my Jeep with just 3600 miles on it from a dealer in 1999. From day one I started experiencing problems. Many of them I returned to the service department. Some they were able to fix, others, after many return trips, they were 'unable to duplicate the problem'. 1. gauges would stop working while driving - I brought the vehicle in 5 times before they were able to duplicate and finally fix the problem. 2. this was also true of the blinkers that not always worked - or worked all at the same time. 3. my hazards still do not work every time. 4. the air conditioner goes out when driving, very uncomfortable when it is hot and raining. 5. the sound bar has never worked properly - first it would only come in some times - now never. 6. headers are cracked - bad. They have been welded several times. When I went to have them welded it was found they were welded before my purchase - at 3600 mil! they are still cracked, welding does not hold. I can not get anyone to replace them because even exhaust specialists say it is too cumbersome. The dealer charges way more than I have considering the number of repairs and the price of gas - at 12 mpg. 7. drivers seat belt locks tightly with any amount of pressure on the brakes - it has now gotten to the point it locks just while driving. 8. windows - the zippers broke almost immediately - I paid alot to have these replaced. The back window now has a cut in it and is very difficult to see through. 9. the top has never quite fit right; it has always leaked and been extremely noisy - more so than anyone else's that I know. It has also come apart at the seams. The dealership has not been of any help. They wanted to charge outrageous amounts just for diagnostics, even when I had the best warranty. I've also had problems with the door molding coming out immediately, grinding in the steering wheel, grinding while trying to put it in reverse and more.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #11

Jun 042002

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Exhaust header cracked & broke in two will not pass state safety inspection or emission

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #10

Jun 222002

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Exhaust manifold cracked. $900 repair. Database shows manufacturer's defect know since 1997. Should be covered warranty repair.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Feb 252002

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Exhaust manifold cracked near the flange.

- Spring Lake, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 012000

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Exhaust manifold cracked.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #7

Nov 032001

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Manifold cracked had it welded now it cracked again in 3 other spots.

- Smiths Creek, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 182001

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Multiple cracks in header(exhaust)pipe coming from engine: Mechanic said serious problem, but shouldn't happen so soon in life of vehicle. Multiple mechanics had never seen it happen so soon in the life of a vehicle. 1998 model, failure happened sometime in August 2001. Told to check for recall info on make and model of vehicle and to must go to a dealer to fix.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 042000

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Manifold cracked at weld by flange.

- Smiths Creek, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 142001

Wrangler

  • miles
An exhaust leakage due to a crack in manifol.; dealer / manufacturer notified, and unwilling to assist in this matter. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Manti, UT, USA

problem #3

Sep 211998

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Brake rotors had to be re-finished after only 8000 miles. I question the quality of materials Chrysler is using. Steering wheel rubbing: Steering column would make a rubbing noise every time it was turned. Did this even on the initial test drive new off the lot. They said it was a simple lubrication issue. 2 weeks later, the noise was back. I brought it in a total of 6 times before the problem was finally resolved, apparently with some new super slick polymer and only after I personally called the factory to get advice. Other issues: Driver's seat creaks like an old tractor. They couldn't fix it. I had the problem with the gauges on my dash going off. They knew what that was and dixed it. Exhaust manifold went after only 12,000 miles (more substandard parts used by Chrysler). This is why I hesitate to buy american.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 022000

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Exhaust manifold/header cracked laterally in stainless steel pipe in two places just off of engine.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 151998

Wrangler

  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problems with varous parts: 1. cracked intake manifold; 2. muffler failed/ replaced;, 3. water leaking through front windshield moulding; 4. instrument lights would intermittently go out, and 5. fuel gauge/sender would not register properly.

- Sandy, OR, USA

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