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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,976 miles

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2001 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 282016


  • 120,000 miles


Takata recall my vehicle was in motion traveling about 50 mph when it lost control on a wet road. The car slid across the road, over a small ditch, and head on into a tree. The car bounced from the tree and swiped the drivers side with another tree and finally bouncing back towards the road. The road was slightly curved downhill in a small town. I attempted to use my brakes while out of control but they were ineffective. The weather conditions were thunderstorms on and off, raining in the area of the accident. I believe the airbag is the safety risk. The car hit the tree in the center of the grill which cracked the radiator, twisted the motor mounts, damaged the suspension, folded the frame and several other fractures. The airbag never deployed, both a body shop and the towing company said it should have deployed. The car is considered totaled. I was immediately taken to the emergency room. Injury's to the driver include broken ribs, sprained ankle, bruised muscles, and a cut on my forehead that required 5 stitches among a few more minor injury's. I also believe the tall steering wheel kept me from being ejected.

- Summerhill, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 282015


  • 159,221 miles
Was traveling down dirt road at at 20 to 25 mph, then heard different noise like metal scraping. Shifting seemed a little harder but was still working. After returning home I looked under the Jeep and found the transmission skid plate had rusted away from the frame and only 3 bolts on the drivers side holding the transmission in place. If traveling at highway speeds and if both sides broke loose this would have been a different story. I've done some checking after this happens and learned this is a common issue as well as rusting out in other places with Jeep and think the manufacturer has and least some liability with this ongoing issue.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #9

Mar 212015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 214,506 miles
I have a Jeep that has a frame that is rusted in the rear trailing arms and were the transmission is held. No incident has happened yet but if this were to break on the road could cause an accident. I work for Hyundai who has a recall on quite a few cars and SUVS for the frame rotting out on cars as old as 2000 I also no Toyota and Nissan and other manufactures have recalls on frames why not Jeep I realize it may be specific to salt belt areas but those other companies are fixing the problem. Also the climate control melted could have caused a fire I know this is also a common problem.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #8

Feb 042015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


Skid plate that holds transmission fell from rusted frame. If I was going on freeway at 55 or plus this would have been a very bad situation....looking into frame I see that this is common with Wrangler from like 1997 to 2002 and it is a factory have recalled Mazda, Toyota and other 2000ish vehicles due to rusted frames...these should be recalled and frames replaced before more fatal things happen....I am looking in getting mine replaced...but if I do and then it is recalled do I get Jeep to pay me back for my repairs"?"

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 042015


  • 150,000 miles
Frame rusted on both driver and passenger side at brush guard/trans support, and transmission dropped while driving. Bottom of frame under driver/passenger seat were brush guard attaches is completely rusted away and the frame has started to crack up the sides. I would think this would be a crash safety issue. I have never seen a frame completely rust away on a 14 year old car.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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problem #6

Sep 012014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Driving over a railroad tracks, heard a pop. Discovered the frame by the trailer arm, on right hand side became completely detached, as it had rusted through.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 012005

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle new from a dealer. The vehicle has not been modified in any way. About 2005 it started to shake at highway speed. Did not know what it was and since the vehicle is driven mostly in town it was not noticed very much. Now that the vehicle is driven more it starts to shake uncontrollably at about 50 mph and then it will stop when slowed down to around 40 mph. I have taken it to 2 dealers, a mechanic and a tire store. Since starting to try to correct the problem I have had several repairs done. The tires were checked, the balance was checked, the alignment was checked, new tires were put on, shocks were replaced, brake rotors were replaced, torsion bar clips were replaced, and I do not remember the many other things that were replaced or repaired. The last dealer that it was taken to test drove the vehicle and said that he could feel the shake but he did not know what it was or how to fix it. He suggested that I take it to a frame shop. Since then I found out that other Wrangler have this problem and that it even has a name. They call it the "death wobble." When this starts the vehicle shakes all over the and there is little control until you get the vehicle under 40.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #4

Dec 122012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 71,005 miles
I was driving in the mountains and noticed an unusual noise under my Jeep and got out to check it out and found that my frame had cracked under the passenger seat where the control arm is welded to the frame. After looking more closely, the frame has completely rusted through and is a hole has developed for approximately 20 inches along the center of the bottom of the frame rail and up and through where the control arm bracket is welded to the frame. There is only about 1 inch of weld still holding on the outside bracket. I was afraid to drive home. From the looks of the rust, the entire frame could buckle at any time. I am not a rock crawler and do not abuse my Jeep. It is all stock and has really only been down dirt roads and not trails. Upon searching online, I found that many other Wrangler owners are experiencing a similar problem several actually had their crossover support for the transmission fall out of the vehicle. I know these vehicles are 10 years old but we are talking about the frame here. This is unsafe and certainly a manufacturer defect or design oversight. After all, it is a Jeep which is expected to get some use off road. I can't imagine what it would be like if I truly spent some time off road. Please take the necessary steps to at least let owners know there could be a problem. I normally don't look under my vehicle and this could have easily gone unnoticed and compromised the entire frame structure if I had an accident.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 172012


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, he drove over a bump and the front end of the vehicle violently vibrated. The contact had to apply the brakes to stop the failure. The failure recurred intermittently when the contact drove over bumps. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 102011


  • 160,000 miles
Jeep front end wobbles when hitting a bump at highway speeds. Aka death wobble. Must slow down immediately, loss of control.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022011


  • 95,000 miles
I have experienced a terrible wobble in my front tire that makes my vehicle hard to maintain to even keep on the road it is very dangerous and I could not even steer. I cannot believe this vehicle is allowed on the road with this problem and it is only a matter of time before someone is going to be seriously hurt. I hope something gets worked out with the "death wobble".

- Galloway, OH, USA

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