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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,999 miles

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2004 Jeep Wrangler suspension problems

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2004 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

Mar 092010


  • 45,000 miles


Steering wheel shakes, most recently made whole vehicle shake uncontrollably. Has not been off road or altered in any way. Lady driven only.

- Russellville, KY, USA

problem #27

Apr 082012


  • miles
I own a Jeep Wrangler X 2004. I have experienced the Jeep "death wobble" on numerous occassions in the past year. This past Sunday being the worst. I have had my entire front end replaced with no results. I have been searching the internet for answers and every suggestion that I have found has already been done on my Jeep. We have spoken with a Jeep mechanic that we know and he stated that it is a "known problem" and they do not know how to fix it. At this point I am extremely frustrated and I am looking for answers. I have found a website for congresswoman eshoo and I am aware of the request for an investigation into this matter. Please, I hope that you are taking this matter very seriously. This is a very scary and dangerous problem that is occuring in Jeep.

- Tarrytown , NY, USA

problem #26

Mar 052012


  • 39,978 miles
Like so many, I've now experienced the infamous 'death wobble.' The vehicle starts to violently shake after hitting a bump and becomes essentially unable to be controlled. All you can do is brake hard and hope to stay in your lane/on the road as you decelerate. After spending many hours on the internet and at the place where I purchased it, things are no better. This seems like an obvious design flaw and renders the vehicle unsafe. Jeep seems to have no interest in fixing the problem and it's hard to believe that nobody has been killed because of it. I wish I had known about this as I now have an unsafe and unusable vehicle that nobody seems to know how to fix. There is a tsb out regarding this issue, but Jeep keeps that information 'secret'. I cannot imagine why there hasn't been a recall, if I keep driving this vehicle, it's not a question of 'if' I'm going to wreck it, it's a matter of 'when' it's going to occur.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #25

Oct 182011

Wrangler 4WD 4-cyl

  • 54,279 miles


The problem has occurred several times since Oct 18, 2011. The Jeep experienced the "death wobble" whereby the Jeep' wheels suddenly began to wobble to the point that one almost must slow down immediately. The condition appears to be quite common with the Jeep Wrangler. Portable received via U.S. mail. A portion of the complaint was illegible. 02/28/12 updated 02/28/12

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #24

Jan 052007


  • 30 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Jeep Wrangler. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when the front end of the vehicle began to vibrate violently. The failure recurred whenever driving over a slight road bump at 55 mph or more. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where the sway bar link and damper were replaced however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time but they were unable to locate the malfunction. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 30.

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

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problem #23

Jul 152009

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 23,762 miles
Multiple incidents of violent vibration in the vehicle front end, including the steering wheel and front wheels, are occurring after hitting a minor pot hole in the road. Incidents occur at highways speeds, normally 45 - 55 mph. The driver must reduce speed to near zero in order to recover safe and effective control of the vehicle. This vehicle defect appears to be the well-known and major safety issue in Jeep Wrangler vehicles known as "the death wobble". I purchased this vehicle new from a Jeep dealership and have had it professionally maintained per the manufacturer's instructions since the day I bought it. My spouse and I have both experienced this defect several times in the past few years, most recently on December 15, 2011. At this point, we've had the vehicle inspected several times and replaced a number of components on the vehicle, including the steering damper, four shock absorbers, and all 4 tires., in addition, the suspension has been inspected numerous times in the past 3 years. Given the shear number of similar complaints by other owners, I feel that this is an obvious manufacturer defect that should be acknowledged and corrected by the manufacturer.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

problem #22

Jan 212006

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 16,710 miles


Steering wobbles at speeds 40 to 55mph and is especially worse after hitting a bump. This happens every day and not once in a while. Very scary when you have no control because it shakes so bad. It actually gives you little or no control over the vehicle. Have had tires balanced and rotated the steering damper replaced. Have had it looked at several times and no one really knows what to do about it. It is a life and death situation and feel that nothing will be done about it until someone is actually killed. Looking at blogs there are many people who experienced the same thing known as the death wobble.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #21

Sep 182011


  • 56,000 miles
My 2004 Wrangler rubicon has a violent wobble/shake at 55-60 mph. The wobble is so violent I have to immediately brake and it stops around 40. I have had it aligned and balanced. I was considering pouring more into the repair but after reading all of the complaints I fell it is not worth the effort. The Jeep is stock and I am the original owner. I am going to approach the dealer but since it is out of warranty I have the feeling it is going to be in vain.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #20

Aug 102011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 44,560 miles
Front end of my 2007 Jeep Wrangler unlimited has dangerous wobble between 50 and 60 miles per hour. Tires are good, tires have been balanced but the problem remains. Usually triggered by a bump in the road.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #19

Jun 302011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 20,500 miles
Have a Jeep 2004 Wrangler. At 60 mph. It begins to wobble very badly! have purchased new tires, balancing, front stabilizing bar, new brakes & rotors, alignment. Still wobbles! many other Jeep owners are having same problem & Jeep dealers cannot come up with a solution to stop this! it happens everytime I hit 60mph! very scary!!!!! almost flipped me off the road coming down the mountains!

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jul 052011


  • 70,000 miles


2004 Jeep does a death wobble at 40-60 mph when ever it hits a bump. Suspension is defective. Jeep has had tons of compalints on this.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #17

May 252011


  • 69,400 miles
Severe shaking (coined death wobble) at 55 mph. This has happened (3) times. I have replaced steering dampener, front end alignment, (4) new tires all within last week. There are countless complaints for this same problem, yet no resolution to be found. There seems to be with all of the complaints a "head in sand" mentality hoping that this will go away. I'm shocked, after the experience of trying to get veh off of highway during this event, that there have not been any fatalities.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #16

Jan 102011


  • 15,848 miles
I purchased a used 2004 Jeep Wrangler 5 months ago. It had only 15K miles on it. Shortly after purchase it began shaking violently between the speeds of 55-60, and when there are road imperfections. I had the tires balanced. No fix. The shop kept the Jeep for three days last week and cannot locate the source of the problem. Appears this is a "death wobble" issue from the strongly-documented cases in Jeep Wrangler. There appears to be no permanent fix. There have been no recalls that I can find. I owe for this vehicle that I cannot even drive!

- Scottsville, VA, USA

problem #15

Apr 102011


  • 86,000 miles
I have a 2004 Wrangler rubicon - all stock, and have been experiencing what I've just come to realize is the death wobble for the past 8+ months. I've replaced all 4 tires, had alignment and balancing, just today had steering stabilizer replaced to no avail. The wobbling continued on the way home from the shop. Anytime I hit a bump, the front end starts to shake violently and I have to slow down to a near stop before I can proceed. This is very unsafe and should be addressed by Jeep. This is my daily ride to work and it is not safe!

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 202010


  • 28,000 miles
Front tire shimmy so bad that it can cause the car to go out of control. When a bump, pothole or railroad track is driven over that front tires wobble and shimmy so bad that it is difficult to maintain control of the car. There have been new tires, wheels, alignments and steering stabilizers installed but that has not stopped the shimmy. The car has 30,000 miles on it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 282010


  • miles
I have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler columbia edition. I experience the "death wobble" phenomena that others in the complaint section have posted about. I can not drive my vehicle between 51-60 mph without it occurring. When it occurs I must either quickly accelerate above this range or slow down below it (depending on speed limit in area of course). Jeep did replace the steering stabilizer, which fixed the problem, but only for about 2-3 weeks. Jeep really needs to recall this and apply a permanent fix. This is extremely dangerous, when it happens the vehicle feels like the front tires will fly off at any moment. I am entering today's date as the incident date as this is ongoing, but has been going on for a long time now.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #12

Jan 102008


  • 30,000 miles
My 2004 Jeep Wrangler has "the death wobble". at approx. 45-50 mph the steering wheel just about shakes out of my hands. The dealership will not even check it out without charging me by the hour with an estimated 2 hr. Inspection. It's all over the internet yet Jeep refuses to acknowledge it exists. I love my Jeep, it's the 3rd one I've owned, but I will never buy another one. The only fix seems to be to pour money in my vehicle until I get the right part taken care of. I can't even trade it in while it's doing this. I'm stuck and I want some action taken by Jeep!

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 192005


  • 7,000 miles
I own a 2004 Jeep "Wrangler X" since it was new and have experience the "death wobble " almost from the beginning. The steering stabilizer was replaced while on warranty and I have replaced that one myself. The vehicle has @ 41,000 mi. And the problem is getting worse.

- Port Saint Lucie , FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 152010


  • miles
I have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler unlimited. I have been the only owner of this vehicle and I have personally be dealing with the intense shaking of the steering wheel. I have recently taken it to the shop to be worked on because I could not put up the "death wobble" that everyone else has been talking about, and shop that worked on my vehicle recommended a steering stabilizer that it was what would fix the problem. Well it worked for about a week and now the Jeep is doing the exact same thing. Nothing seems to make it go away. These Jeep that are having problems such as this one needs to have a recall and fix the true problem. This is not giving Jeep a good reputation.

- Galax, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 212010


  • 60,000 miles
2004 Jeep Wrangler death wobble. Front end shakes violently after hitting potholes at 45 to 70 miles and hour. Will not stop unless you come to almost a stop. This happens daily. Key in Jeep death wobble into any search engine or youtube video for a lenghty list of discussion on this subject. I myself have not been able to correct it permanently with stabilizers, new tires, alignment, wheel balancing and steering component tightening. This is very dangerous and needs to be looked at. This is a stock Jeep, no lift, standard size tires. This is not one incident, but an on-going problem for several years. New tires have fixed it temporarily once, new steering stabilzer fixed it temporarily once, new sway bar also did a short temp fix. I need a permanent fix as do many many other Jeep owners out there.

- Fruitport, MI, USA

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