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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,814 miles

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2013 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #201

Oct 242016

Wrangler

  • 31,000 miles

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

My new to me, but still under factory warranty, Jeep Wrangler sahara 2dr, caught fire and burned the day I got it. It had been driven 250kms from the Jeep dealer to me, then parked until the evening. I took it for a drive for about 40km without incident, parked, and had dinner with a friend. After dinner, I used the remote start to test it, unlocked it, and got in and drove off. I stopped at a store a minute up the road, left it idling, and came out to find my check engine light flashing. I cycled the ignition, and the light went out. I proceeded towards home, but two minutes later the light came back on, followed by a very loud bang, then then the smoke from the hood. I was travelling at about 10km/hr in a neighbouthood having just turned from a stop. My vehicle came to a stop, my passenger and I jumped out, called 911, and watched as a fire coming from what appeared to be the passenger side, with something dripping and burning as well, consumed the front of the Jeep. I notified the dealership and Jeep Canada but have yet to receive responses. Insurance deemed it a total loss. I'd owned the vehicle for 8 hours. It had 50,000kms on the odometer, and one outstanding recall (14V-631) that wasn't done prior to delivery to me.

- Calgary, Alberta, Canada, MT, USA

problem #200

Sep 162016

Wrangler

  • 54,000 miles
When routine maintenance was being performed at the dealer the transmission case broke around a portion of the case where one of the transmission oil pan bolted on. One of the mechanics commented that this portion of the transmission case appeared thin. The transmission case was sent back to the factory by the dealer. I believe this failure of the metal of the transmission case is dangerous due to this being a "trail rated" vehicle and being intended for exposure to off road conditions and this part failure being especially dangerous under these conditions and, of course, if it were to fail in regular driving. It is my belief that if this failure were to occur while driving the vehicle could loose power and thus loose control and under off road conditions could create a very precarious and especially dangerous condition,

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #199

Oct 212016

Wrangler

  • 25,000 miles
I was in motion driving my Jeep rubicon off road in 4WD high and was heading down a steep slop and while shifting my 6 speed manual transmission from 3rd to 2nd the gear shift arm pulled of its mount. Due to the shift arm assembly coming off, I missed 2nd gear and ended up stuck in neutral. Before I realized exactly what happened I had traveled about 20 yards freewheeling. Due to the speed increase I had to apply my brakes which then caused the Jeep to slide sideways. I was able to gain control and ride the brakes down to the bottom of the slope where I investigated what happened and then had to make temporary repairs as I was stuck in a ravine with no easy way out. After a couple of hours attempting to get the shift assembly reinstalled I was able to drive out of the ravine and back to camp to improve the temp repair. I did not drive the Jeep again that weekend until I was ready to head home. I drove it the 280 miles home with the temporary repair in place.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #198

Jul 252016

Wrangler

  • 45,000 miles

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

Jeep randomly stalls and engine dies while driving. Jeep has replaced O2 sensor, PCM and tipm. Problem is still occurring. Very dangerous to drive not knowing when the engine will quit working. Problem started occurring around 45000 miles and is still occurring

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #197

Oct 202016

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 24,322 miles
Vehicle stalls at random times but most often when putting into reverse after sitting for a while. It has stalled while driving on major roads which could have been life threatening. The transmission also shifts very jerky at times for no real reason. The windshield wipers will come on randomly and usually seem tied to turn on the turn signals which happen to be on the other control knob. Lights will dim on nav/radio when windshield wipers are turned on. I would say there is an obvious electrical/computer issue that must be causing these things to happen. I have read hundreds of similar complaints.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

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problem #196

Jan 052013

Wrangler

  • 7,000 miles
2 issues with my 13 Wrangler unlimited 1st... engine temp gets up to about 80 percent of the guage. I have had it in 3 times they replaced the water pump twice and still same issues. They have replace thermostat coolant flush ect. The dealer connot find out whats wrong. I have resorted to adding a secondary coolant fan and it helps a bit but its still a problem ive had since a year fater buying it. 2nd... the transmission(automatic) when going up any kind of incline it does not want to shift untill about 6K rpms. I have had it in for this also and dealer claims nothing they can find.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #195

May 282016

Wrangler

  • miles

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

Transmission stalled on freeway going 65 mph. Lucky to be alive. Coasted off of freeway in nick of time. This should not happen, how many others have had this death defying experience.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #194

Jul 272013

Wrangler

  • 28,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering) however, the part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 28,200. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #193

Nov 112015

Wrangler

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked without warning and stalled. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was unable to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 04/07/16

- Parksville, KY, USA

problem #192

Jan 102016

Wrangler

  • 63,000 miles
My Jeep engine stalled completely. I was taking off from a stop light on a 4 lane highway and it stalled with no warning. I was able to roll to a side road. I waited 5 mins and I was ablet to start it back up, replaced what I thought was the battery. 3 days later was on a busy interstate in downtown miami and it completely stalled again. In the middle of a busy 6 lane highway, I was very lucky to get through the traffic and roll into the median. I waited 5 minutes and was able to start it again. Drove directly to dealership that said it will take weeks to fix. Also have issue with lurching transmission at between 1500 to 1600 RPM. It clunks into the next gear. Also, getting electrical issues with cigarrete lighter. When using a charger in cigarrete lighter the radio does not work, it becomes just static.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #191

Jun 102015

Wrangler

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering) and 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility) however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #190

Nov 072015

Wrangler

  • 51,000 miles
While climbing a rocky grade in 4 wheel drive low, the transmission slips, pauses and slows down, then suddenly catches and lurches forward. This has become dangerious as we travel on narrow roads with drop offs. This has happened multiple times over the past few months.

- Eloy, AZ, USA

problem #189

Nov 042015

Wrangler

  • 38,000 miles
Vehicle clipped/rubbed on a rock on the side of a public road while traveling approximately 30-35mph in a near straight line. No damage at all to wheels, tires, ball joints, control arms, or other bracketry. Axle housing cracked open and caused the vehicle to lose control as the steering system no longer can work from this break. Upon research of the Jeep Wrangler jk model axle housing failures, there appears to be many documented cases of the failure. Major automotive publications have written about the known weakness and failures of this axle housing and many aftermarket companies sell products to reinforce the axle housing. The damage to my this vehicle appears to be in the exact same place as others found online.

- Wildomar, CA, USA

problem #188

Aug 292015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 18,750 miles
Purchased vehicle used in May 2015. I'm the second owner. On approximately Aug. 29, while driving and making a left turn from a stop, I heard a banging noise. The same banging noise happened about 1 week later (Sep. 3), but this time when turning right from a stop. I drove the vehicle home and inspected under the vehicle to check it out. I discovered that the upper control arms on both the driver rear and passenger rear sides were completely broken. Vehicle is still under 3 year 36/000 factory warranty and I also purchased an extended warranty. The dealer provided a "recall report" which came back clean. My vehicle has been parked since Sep 3. I am having it towed to a Chrysler dealership in a couple of days after parts come in for repair. This vehicle could have come totally apart had I been driving at a high rate of speed. In addition, the rear cv joint needed to be replaced. Updated 10/07/15.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #187

Jan 192015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 10,200 miles
My Jeep has a problem with the front tire alignment. The right and left tire wear to fast atd the outer side causing possible problem during handling on wet roads. I have take the Jeep to a shop to be align, but the mechanic toll me that the problem with my Jeep is the camber position and these position is set by the factory. The factory desent want to make the replacement of the front differential and the related component. What I can do to resolve these issue?

- Aibonito, PR, USA

problem #186

Mar 132015

Wrangler 4-cyl

  • 6,343 miles
Following the recall number N28/NHTSA 13V-234 and P61/NHTSA 14V-631 I took my car to potamkin's planet Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealer in miami Florida 33172 on March 13, 2015. They left the car there for one day and they gave me the receipt stating "transmission oil cooler tube - replace power steering tube, inspect transmission oil cooler tube, install protective sleeve and bleed power steering system" and also "heated power side view mirror wire harness - repair install new mirror connectors and water shields." I inspected the car myself after pickup and I noticed none of the repairs were done. I went back to the dealer on March 21, 2015 and I spoke with the service department manager, [xxx]. the car was inspected again and, in fact, no work had been done. They then installed the sleeve in the transmission oil cooler tube and he told me it was the only work needed. So the previous information on March 13, 2015 was fraudulent. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #185

May 012014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
When I go to the gas station to fuel up, I engage the pump lock lever so the pump will fill up and shut off automatically when my gas tank is full. Unfortunately, the fuel pump disengages too late, and an unbelievably excessive amount of fuel will spurt out, cascading down the side of my vehicle. 2 different dealerships have attempted to resolve the issue, yet the problem persists. I have filled up at gas stations across no less than 10 different states - from the West coast to the northeast; with a variety of fuel pump styles; amid various temperatures; yet the only variation is the velocity with which the fuel sprays from the pump.

- Etiwanda, CA, USA

problem #184

May 142013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering). However, the part needed was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact has not experienced a failure.

- Ponta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #183

Dec 302014

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #182

Sep 012013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Marana , AZ, USA

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