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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,667 miles

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1998 Jeep Wrangler exhaust system problems

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 082011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact heard a loud rattling noise underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the catalytic converter was replaced. Recently, the contact discovered a voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer pertaining to the power train control module. The contact was displeased to know the VIN was not included in the recall and ineligible for reimbursement for the prior repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. The consumer stated the exhaust manifold cracked on two separate occasions and had to be replaced.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 152002

Wrangler

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Exhaust manifold bolts are snapping off in the block of Jeep 2.5 4 cyl engine. This problem is documented by Chrysler as a design fault problem but they will not cover it. The problem has not been repaired yet because Chrysler will not cover it and it is a very expensive fix that can't be afforded at this time. The problem is also a safety problem due to the fact that the exhaust is leaking from between the manifold and head and could get into the vehicle. The problem was first noticed in about Jan 02. The vehicle currently has 54000 miles on it. This vehicle also had a total catalytic converter failure that was covered under the emissions warranty. I feel that this problem with the exhaust manifold should be covered under, the same warranty, especially considering the fact that it was a faulty part design and not wear an tear. Catalytic converter "imploded" all the interior components came loose and began to rattle. It was replaced under the 8 year 80,000 emissions warranty. Supposedly a common problem

- Glenburn, ND, USA

problem #10

Apr 152003

(reported on)

Wrangler

  • miles
A cracked exhaust header caused exhaust fumes to enter the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #9

Apr 152002

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles

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

Cracked exhaust manifold. The crack could have resulted in carbon monoxide entering the passenger compartment. Repair facility reported that this is a common failure in 1997 and 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Manufacurer paid for parts.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 242002

(reported on)

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
The mannifold has cracked twice. The first time, Jeep fixed it, stating there was a "design flaw". now, approx. Two years later, and another 32,000 miles(roughly) the same thing happened again. This time, they would not fix it, due to mileage. However, I feel as if there is a design flaw, and this happens every 30,000 miles or so, someone should be aware of the problem and attempt to correct it. I just had it fixed for the second time and the cost was $600. Nlm

- Mountaintop, PA, USA

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problem #7

Sep 242002

(reported on)

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
The mannifold has cracked twice. The first time, Jeep fixed it, stating there was a "design flaw". now, approx. Two years later, and another 32,000 miles(roughly) the same thing happened again. This time, they would not fix it, due to mileage. However, I feel as if there is a design flaw, and this happens every 30,000 miles or so, someone should be aware of the problem and attempt to correct it. I just had it fixed for the second time and the cost was $600. Nlm

- Mountaintop, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 242002

(reported on)

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles

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

A known problem with exhaust leaks on Wrangler. Nlm

- Odenville, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 152002

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Exhaust header split open at heat effected zone of weld.

- Dresbach, MN, USA

problem #4

Apr 121999

Wrangler 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took the Jeep last year to get the rattle fixed. They fixed it, but on the 1/12/02 I took it back for the same rattle. I don't believe they fixed it, just tightened the linkage up. My wife and I spent 7 hours at landers without anyone contacting us about what the problem was. They also broke a bolt off in the block that holds the exhaust manifold on, again we weren't informed. Our warrenty covered the exhaust problem, but landers said that the linkage wasn't covered even though they had worked on the linkage less than a year ago. They are supposed to cover any repairs they make for a year, but they didn't honor this. We spent 7 hours waiting for the Jeep to be repaired. They offered us a rental to get us home, but didn't offer any gas money or anything for our incovience about driving 150 miles (one way). I'm a gunsmith and make $30 a hour and I was away from my work for 20 hours because of landers not informing me of how long the repairs would take. Now I'm behind with my work and having to work16 hours a day to catch up. I would like some comp. For my time lost. Also my wife went with me to landers and sat through their lies, and she lost work time also. Landers is supposed to have a five star rating toward their customers. We were treated like unwanted step-children. Landers didn't offer to supply us with Transport to go get something to eat, inform us of the problems with our Jeep, and charged us $69.97 for labor and $24.97 for parts, that shouldn't have worn out after 27,100 miles unless they damaged when they 'fixed' the linkages the first time. I know I'm not improtant to them, but I believe they destroyed the bushings the first time they worked on them, and broke the manifold bolt trying to tighten it down causing them to have to pull the head off the motor head off the engine to get to.

- Cushman, AR, USA

problem #3

Aug 212001

Wrangler

  • miles
As I have read mentioned by others at this website, about a year after I bought the Jeep, my dash gauges would go down to zero and the airbag light would go on. This problem is a winter and wet-whether related problem. If I pound on the dashboard with my fist, sometimes the gauges will recover temporarily. If they do recover, they almost immediately go back down to zero. I spoke with a dealership about the problem. They acted surprised. I see from other peoples comments that their are numerous other occasions of this problem. I thought I was alone with this problem until earlier today when a mechanic friend of a friend mentioned someone else with the 1998 Jeep Wrangler has the exact same problem. I need a response from the government. Has there been a recall issued on this? I have also had my catalytic converter "crumble to pieces" according to a local garage. He seemd to think that there was a recall on the catalytic converters. I am at a loss as to how to find out if there indeed has been a recall. Please contact me.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 011999

Wrangler

  • miles
Exhaust system broke twice. This could allow exhaust fumes to enter passenger's compartment. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 151999

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
The exhaust manifold/header cracks at the bottom on the inside pipe I have talked to a few other people and it is apperantly a very common problem on 1997 - 2000 models. It is an emmissions leak and also a possible corbon monoxside problem. I know of 8 Jeep with the same problem and I haven't talked to very many people. The replacement part is the same part that is now installed on my Jeep, so I don't expect it to last very long.

- Vicroria, TX, USA

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