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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,670 miles

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2012 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 12 of 13)

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problem #26

Oct 312013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles

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

I responded to a safety recall ( N29/NHTSA/ 13V-234 for a defective transmission oil cooler tube) received in Sept. 2013. I called the dealer and was told the part was not in stock, but would be ordered for me. Several weeks later I called again, still no part. The parts man informed me that the part was "being rationed" due to parts shortage - and that I would be contacted in the future. I asked if I was "in line" by my date of call, he said that I was. Still no contact. I do have a mysterious leak showing up on the garage floor - could it be this problem? my Jeep is a 2012 and has shown no leaks before.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 012013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received a recall notice NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering) and stated that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact did not experience any failures at this time.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #24

Oct 012013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2012 Jeep Wrangler. Consumer writes in regards to transmission oil cooler tube recall notice and unsatisfactory customer service at dealership after dealership damaged vehicle hood lock. The consumer stated he sat at the dealership for an hour and a half, only to be told the technician was unable to open the hood of the vehicle. The consumer believed someone jammed the hood lock, so they wouldn't have to honor the recall.

- Wellton, AZ, USA

problem #23

Jul 162013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles

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

Months ago we received a notice that there was a safety recall on the transmission in our 2012 Jeep Wrangler. My husband took it to our local Jeep dealership, [xxx] and they confirm the line had to be replaced. They said the part was on back order and it would be a month or so. They are receiving approximately one part a week and instead of repairing customers' vehicles, they are putting them on the Jeep Wrangler that are on their lot for sale. They do not care that they are putting their customers in danger. I contacted Chrysler directly and they said that there was nothing they could do to help me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Meade, FL, USA

problem #22

Sep 302013

Wrangler

  • miles
Received 2 recall notices for transmission oil cooler tube, first one on 9/30/13. The second notice told me to contact my Chrysler dealership immediately to set up an appointment for part replacement. Have called dealership twice since receiving notices and each time get told parts are not available yet. Why are they sending these notices out to us owners if the parts are not available?

- Attalla, AL, USA

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problem #21

Oct 012013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 13V234000 (power train, steering) had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The dealer advised that the part was not available for repair and could not provide a time frame in which the part would become available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Fishersville, VA, USA

problem #20

Sep 162013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles

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

Recall was made on the vehicle indicating the oil cooler tube may come in contact with the power steering fluid return tube. Said they will replace the power steering return tube. Dealership indicates that only 1 part is being released every 7 days and it will take months to get the part in. Called Chrysler who was of no help and said to be patient. This is very unacceptable but typical for Chrysler.

- Columbus, NJ, USA

problem #19

Oct 012013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that there was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13V234000 (power train, steering). The dealer was contacted and stated that only two remedy kits were being delivered per week for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was unavailable.

- Andover, KS, USA

problem #18

Sep 302013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train) in the mail and stated the dealer informed him the parts were not available for the repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #17

Aug 072013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that there was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 13V234000 (power train, steering). The recall was expected to begin in December of 2013. The contact was displeased with the amount of unreasonable time taken for the remedy repair to begin. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced any failures.

- Prestige, VA, USA

problem #16

Sep 092013

Wrangler

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train) in the mail and stated that the dealer informed him that the parts were not available for the repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Baea, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 282013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign 13V234000 (power train, steering) and attempted to set an appointment with a local dealer but was informed that the parts were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced any failures.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #14

May 152013

Wrangler

  • 18,500 miles
The shifter includes a feature called autostick that allows you to manually shift the gears. The autostick is too sensitive, and if bumped will down shift to first gear causing a sudden reduction in speed. I was driving down the road at roughly 50 mph when a person in the passenger seat gently nudged the gear selector to the left, which shifted the car into 1st gear. To recover the car has to be put into neutral than put back into drive.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 022012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Jeep Wrangler 2012 reverse gear will not stay in place on manual 6-speed. After placing gear in reverse and initiating movement in reverse gear, the gear pops out of place. Poses safety issue: Not able to go into reverse when expected; car stops suddenly while trying to go into reverse; driver must keep hand on reverse gear rather than being able to turn and look behind shoulder. Brought matter to attention of manufacturer dealer representative in February 2013 and they have stated that replacement part is on back order. Manufacturer and dealer have not taken any action for 2+ months.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #12

Feb 132013

Wrangler

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while parked on an incline, the vehicle rolled away and crashed into the contact's home without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where an investigator was scheduled to inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 30,000.

- Hendersonville , NC, USA

problem #11

Nov 022012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 15,400 miles
Vehicle is currently (Dec 2012) at dealer having heads/valves replaced (10th day after waiting 10 days for parts), original report 9 Nov: Idling engine continues to be very rough, much rougher than when reported to dealer on November 9 2012, dealer did PCM reflash/update as stalling maneuver, after which problem worsened and mil came on vehicle is vibrating abnormally when stopped and idling, all passengers feel the car shaking, almost stalls at times idling engine changes speeds and sound intermittently and is running very loud engine always had slight ticking on left side since new but was never loud or rough loss of power felt at acceleration at top of gears (manual) white exhaust emissions after cold start, this never happened before engine light mil is on and off repeatedly - reads P0306 cylinder 6 misfire gas mileage severely affected (approx 25% worse), car now has 18K miles; dealer said it was ok to drive it - however driving it may cause other damage this is 3rd visit to dealer - when problem first reported dealer service dept said I might have put water in the gas. I have had to push the dealer to fix this and the general attitude has been adversarial and not helpful.

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 122011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Since the Jeep was new, it has made a noise similar to "spark knock" or pre-ignition coming from the area of the engine compartment. The noise did go away after a few minutes, however it now persists even after the engine has warmed up. The noise is more noticeable in cold weather. The Jeep dealer has tried to locate the source to no avail. A Jeep technician even came out to our home for an early morning test ride and he heard the noise. He checked for loose cables etc. But the noise continues. This is very frustrating as I have this feeling that the answer will be found about the time the Jeep is "out of warranty".

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 212012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Chrysler pentastar 3.6L recall needed for major defect that is requiring major engine rework and complete cylinder head replacement around 12K miles. This is going on now and needs public announcement/recall. Please google "cylinder 2 misfire pentastar" this is already reported by ~25% of 2012 owners.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 152012

Wrangler

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler rubicon unlimited. The contact stated that after shifting into reverse while on a cliff the vehicle accelerated forwarded instead of reverse. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 3,500.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 072011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 900 miles
The automatic transmission - tiptronic shift - is much too sensitive, down shifting. The transmission is an automatic with a manual -tiptronic- capability. There is no adjustment linkage. My dealer has order and replaced the original unit, but there is no difference. The pull distance of the lever to down shift is less than 1/16th inch. Conversely, the push distance of the lever to up shift is approximately 3/4 inch.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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