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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,946 miles

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Jul 112016


  • miles


The contact owned a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the vent controls failed to work for the heat and air conditioner intermittently. In addition, there may have been toxic fumes emitting through the vents when the heat or air conditioner were activated, which affected a child passenger's breathing. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than three times, but they were unable to replicate and diagnose the failure. In addition, the contact was not experiencing any engine failures before the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a manufacturer recall where the dealer replaced the engine sensors and the transmission. The service engine light illuminated after the repair. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who provided no solution after the recall repair. The contact noticed that shortly after leaving the dealer, smoke emitted into the vehicle and flames appeared under the hood. The contact was able to exit the vehicle and the fire department extinguished the flames. A report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and was towed to the contacts residence. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would provide an investigation. The contact was still waiting on a response from the manufacturer. The failure mileage was not available.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #38

Jan 052013


  • 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 #37

Jul 312016


  • 50,000 miles
My Jeep was parked on the street in front of my house for about 13 hours and a electrical fire started on the front passenger side at around 3am. It burned half the vehicle before being put out and totaled out my Jeep. It also damaged the entire back end of the car parked in front of me. The fire department ruled this was a electrical fire and not arson. Days before I noticed the outside temp was reading at 119 degrees out side when the temp was actually 99 degrees. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with it but I found it very odd. I have read thousands of incidents similar to this some involving worst property damage and even cases with fatalities. I think Chrysler/Jeep need to be held accountable for this and get these dagerous vehicles off the streets asap

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 292016


  • 57,000 miles


Jeep randomly cuts off while driving. Has happened at low and high speeds, normally low speed it will cut back on quickly, you have to wait 5-10 min for a high speed cut off. The vehicle does not throw any codes and dealer cannot fix if they can't replicate. This has happened 5 times in the last month.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #35

Jul 182016


  • 10 miles
Since the spring of 2016, my Jeep Wrangler rubicon has been stalling after ignition, as I put the vehicle in reverse (it is an automatic transmission) and occasionally while idling at stop lights. This problem has occured 20-25 times over the last 7 months. The dealership has reflashed the control modules, but the problem persist. The vehicle isn't safe to drive because of the tendency to stall at stop lights. What caught my attention was the first time it did it and I had my 5 years old son in the car. The vehicle is currently at the dealership and they are further investigating the problem. They have been able to replicate the issue (stalling in reverse, and while idling). The vehicle starts right away, but occasionally power isn't available immediately (2-3 seconds delay). Jeep wasn't aware of similar problems when I called... and this morning I learned about other fca vehicles been recalled because they are stalling in traffic.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #34

Jun 062016


  • 38,000 miles
Woke up approx. 0230 to find my 2013 Jeep Wrangler sport engulfed in flames in my driveway. The last time the Jeep was running was approx. 8pm the night prior.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #33

Mar 252016


  • 66,672 miles


Vehicle stalled without warning. It has stalled 5 times while driving with no warning at different speeds and after different driving times. This time I had only driven 5 mins and about 300 yrds when it stalled. It has not started 2 times prior when leaving work. After 10mins the vehicle started and I drove it another 515 miles to dealership. Waiting to see what they do after the 5th time at the dealership. This thing is going to kill me one day. It has already stalled on the interstate at 60mph. It is only a matter of time.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #32

Mar 112016


  • 51,000 miles
When changing the oil. When you remove the oil filter there is a plastic part on the shaft in the oil filter housing. This is a valve that controls the oil if the filter gets gummed up the presser causes this valve to open so that the oil will still flow if the filter is clogged. This plastic valve breaks during normal oil changes. To fix this 10 cent part you have to buy a whole new oil cooler unit at the cost of $237 also to have the dealership fix it your looking at $800 plus for a 10 cent part. Jeep changed the oil cooling filter unit in the 2014 models. This also happens not only in the Jeep jk V6 but also in Dodge chargers and any V6 models that use this same filter oil cooler unit. Part # 05184294ae number on image: 1 category: 3.6L gas; engine msrp$237 price may vary by dealer adapter engine oil filter seems like a ripoff that you can not buy a 10 cent part but have to buy a $237 unit that is not needed

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 282016


  • 66,196 miles
Got vehicle back from dealership after 5 different stallings and 3 times it did not start this is 3rd time at dealership. No code came up, tech drove 20 mins and they had no problem, said come pick up your vehicle. Got vehicle back on Thursday, drove Friday 240 miles with one stop in the middle with no issues. Drove back home 240 miles 2 days later, 3 hours and 45 mins into 4 hour drive, it stalled out with no warning. On single lane secluded road outside miami. Krome ave- no passing 2 lane road. Car stalled out with no warning. Was able to drift to side of road, waited 5 mins and it started back up. After it had stalled out and was on side of the road, it showed the lightning bolt in the venturi symbol. I escaped death and injury again. I have decided to get an insurance death policy on me. I think my luck is going to be running out after this being the 6th time stalling and 3rd time not starting. What do I do now"????" I have put a lot of money in this Jeep, with bumpers a lift kit.... I have no idea what to do. Chrysler is not helping. They have had other Chrysler vehicles including Jeep Cherokee that were recalled with this same problem but yet they cant fix my vehicle. I guess there were more rich people driving the other vehicles.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 262016


  • 60,000 miles
About a month ago I was in the middle of a 4 hour drive I do on a weekly basis and 2 hours into the drive my vehicle stalled as I was slowing for a yellow light. There was no warning at all and it took me a second to realize it had stalled. I was able to roll out of the traffic lane onto a side road. The police showed up and helped me push it off to the side of the road. At that point I tried to start it, approximately 10mins after stalling and it started right up. I went straight to autozone and had a new battery installed, $250 and got going on my way home - fat, dumb and happy - until 2 days later when it did it again. The second time it stalled I was on a busy 12 lane interstate 95 in downtown miami. Again I did not know it had stalled, I was increasing speed from about 50mph to 60mph and pushed the gas pedal and nothing happened. I was in the middle of 6 lanes and immediately put my hazards on and rolled through traffic onto the side of the interstate. I waited 5 mins and it started right up and I went straight to the Chrysler dealer in kendall, fl. They gave me a rental vehicle - thank god. About 3 weeks later they changed out the PCM and gave it back to me - fixed (supposedly). 2 weeks later it stalled in traffic on a 4 lane hwy; waited 5 mins and it started fine, was later at the store got in the vehicle and it would not start just kept trying to crank itself, waited 5 mins later and it started. That weekend took it to Chrysler in tampa (jerry ulm) they said it is not in my warranty and I paid $400 for what I was told was a Chrysler "work around". 2 days later it would not start and it tried to crank itself. I turned the key off and waited 5 mins and it started right up and I went directly to kendal Chrysler, where it is sitting today as I write this.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #29

Nov 112015


  • 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 #28

Feb 142016


  • 65,000 miles
Jeep stalls on occasion. Very annoying. Usually starts right up and no check engine light.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 102015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted after numerous attempts. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Ijamsville, MD, USA

problem #26

Jan 102016


  • 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 #25

Jul 232015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle, 2013 Jeep Wrangler unlimited vent on fire, while I was driving on the highway, in russian federation. I observed the fire, coming from right side of engine compartment. I stopped, pulled out fire extinguisher, but all my attempts to put down fire failed. Entire vehicle burnt down completely in 7-10 minutes. Independent expertise, determine that cause of fire was leakage of transmission fluid on catalytic converter, on the right side of engine compartment. Also, I'd like to mention, that vehicle were purchase from official Jeep dealer in sankt petersburg, russian federation. Complaint were made to zao Chrysler rus I can submit police and emt reports, from the place of accident. I asked my friend, who lives in the United States, submit this application, so people will know potential hazards, which could happened on the road, and prevent them, so I will be using his address for future mail and correspondence thank you best regards [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #24

Sep 182015


  • 35,684 miles
As I begin to pull into heavy traffic, I hear and see the check engine light warning along with the skid control light illuminating. The car then stalls leaving me sitting in 70 mph traffic. The vehicle starts back up but has a noticeable loss of power. This loss of power continued until I got home. When I finally get home I use a code reader which indicated it was a camshaft position sensor. Code P0344. This could have been a much worse incident as there were no mechanical issues leading up to this.

- Mineral Wells, TX, USA

problem #23

Oct 152013


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. While driving at 40 mph, the check engine and traction control warning indicators were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer or mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Davis, OK, USA

problem #22

May 042015


  • 21,227 miles
Driving down the road another driver pulled up yelling that my car was on fire. I pulled over, saw the smoke and then the flames from under the hood. Fire and rescue determined it was an electrical fire. I had just had the safety recall taken care of for the mirrors last month and my state inspection done 4 days prior. It is at the shop currently under "investigation" by the dealership to determine the cause.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #21

Mar 192015


  • 37,580 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle shifted into park and restarted. When the accelerator pedal was applied, it traveled to the floorboard but the vehicle would not move. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,580.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 092015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
My truck has been brought in for service twice for repeatedly stalling while in motion. It has been at the dealership service department for a combined 56 days. I first brought the vehicle in for service on 1/13/2015, after the vehicle stalled on 1/9/2015 while driving 70 mph, and 1/13/2015 when accelerating to 50 mph. My vehicle was cleared to pick up on 1/24/2015 following service that included computer updates, physical inspection, and road testing. My vehicle stalled again on 2/5/2015 while driving on a highway entrance ramp. In all three cases, the vehicle started without assistance in about ten minutes. I immediately returned my vehicle to the dealership for service. I was informed that the service department would contact the manufacturer to send a technician to inspect my vehicle. They never did. On 3/6/2015, I contacted Jeep customer service requesting additional help. My case was referred to a special case manager where my concerns were rudely dismissed. I have been contacted multiple times by the dealership to pick up my truck since 3/11/2015, despite the failure of the service department to identify what is causing the vehicle to stall. I do not feel the truck is safe to drive. I have a family and will not put them at risk because the dealership and manufacturer are being negligent. I will not pick up the vehicle until the problem is identified and repaired, or the vehicle is replaced. I have seen a similar case involving a 2013 Jeep Wrangler that stalls for unidentified reasons posted on the NHTSA web site. This also sounds similar to the recent GM recall due to defective ignition systems that resulted in stalling and caused numerous fatalities. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

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