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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,860 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Jeep Wrangler suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 052015

Wrangler

  • 100,000 miles

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

The rust is so bad on the Jeep it's ridiculous it's not safe your going to kill someone when there rear axle shoots out from under them this is a issue you should fix not the consumer I will not be buying this product again if it is my fixed. 98 tj Jeep Wrangler

- Cedarsprings , MI, USA

problem #12

Apr 142015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 99,945 miles
Due to excessive rot that is common on this vehicle, while traveling I hit a bump and snapped my driver side control arm. This consequently made for a dangerous ride. While attempting to repair it I noticed how bad the frame was rotted, but unlike normal circumstances where the outside and inside would have equal corrosion. The inside was rotted much worse, and parts of the frame easily crumbled.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 182015

Wrangler

  • 128,000 miles
The frame around the control arms are rusting, this could be a serious problem that needs addressed and there are more 97-06 Wrangler with rusted frames than not.

- Gilbert, WV, USA

problem #10

Mar 172014

Wrangler

  • 112,000 miles

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

Noticed a noise while driving home the other day thought it may have been my exhaust rattling around, so I got under vehicle to inspect the noise, and what I found was that the rear part of the frame has rusted away and the brackets for the rear trailing arms had detached from the frame allowing the arms to drop, and on this particular side the brake lines are attached to this control arm. I know that Toyota had a similar recall on the truck frames for rust perforation, and that Jeep had one on the Liberty for the rear lower control arms rusting and breaking. I am an automotive technician and my personal Jeep is not the first one I have seen with this potentially dangerous condition. I also googled this problem and found that its very common in these vehicles as well.

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #9

Apr 032013

Wrangler

  • 107,000 miles
The frame is rotten out, and this is a common problem with the Jeep tj's. I have a hole on my tail section of frame and on the rear control arm area.

- Elmira , NY, USA

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problem #8

Oct 262012

Wrangler

  • 150,000 miles
Death wobble, front end shakes violently at higher freeway speeds. Very fearful to drive on other than streets. Has happened several times the last 2 years. Purchased Jeep used 5 years ago but only started to have wobble last 2 years since im retired and don't drive long distances very often and not don't want to drive anywhere that requires me to use freeways.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 132012

Wrangler 4-cyl

  • 104,251 miles

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

Jeep death wobble. Scary!

- Nice, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 282012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 54,986 miles
Rust has eaten completely through Jeep frame in rear support area through about midway of the door section. This is not minor surface rust, but large gaping holes that I can put my whole hand inside of. The Jeep was purchased new in 1998 and has never been offroad. It has very low highway mileage and is in an area where the winters are mild, so there's not a lot of road salt used during the winters here. It has been maintained and has been well taken care of. I had recently taken it to a fabrication shop to see if it could be repaired, and after examination the shop owner said there is no solid metal left in the frame for a repair to be possible. He said there are no drain holes on bottom of the Jeep frame, but only holes that the manufacturer put on the side of the frame. He said, as a result road grime entered the frame from these manufactured side holes, got trapped inside the frame and caused it to rust from the inside out. He said that is why I had not detected the severity of the rust problem before now. The shop owner put his hand inside the frame and pulled out a handful of moist road grime and loose rust flakes to further illustrate the problem. The shop owner went on to inform me that my Jeep is not safe to drive. In stark contrast, the underside of the body of the Jeep has absolutely no rust at all.

- Norton, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 102000

Wrangler

  • miles
Consumer was traveling 60mph on highway and there was a loud bang. Then, vehicle veered to left. A clicking noise came about after incident. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 012000

(reported on)

Wrangler

  • miles
Due to the design of suspension it is rubbing against radiator hose, puncturing the hose which caused a leak. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- Ashland, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 241999

(reported on)

Wrangler 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle leans on one side more than on the other. Dealer has inspected the suspension, improper adjustment of the body mounts causing tilting.

- Ramah, NM, USA

problem #2

Dec 011998

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Suspension.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

May 011999

Wrangler 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed and going over a bump, the steering wheel is vibrating and there is some knocking noise coming from the vehicle. Consumer feels the design of the steering wheel and column mechanism does not fit correctly causing loose fitting.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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