Notes: The 2015 Jeep Renegade has a very large volume of complaints for such a new model, especially compared to other SUVs in the same class.

Most Jeep Renegade complaints are for various problems with interior accessories & electrical systems, as well as squealing brakes, transmission (rough shifting) and engine problems.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,914 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2015 Jeep Renegade drivetrain problems

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2015 Jeep Renegade Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Feb 242016


  • 1,975 miles


My new Renegade started hesitating when accelerating and was not shifting properly. You could tell it was stuck in gears too long before shifting. Took it to the dealer 3 times. First time they updated the computer even though they said they did not notice any issues during their test drive. Second time the tech said he felt it and fixed the problem with a module update. It did ride great after that-but lasted for only one day. Took the vehicle back for the third time and they did nothing-said they could not replicate the problem. The whole time I am thinking maybe I am imaging the issue, only to speak to another customer in the waiting room about her ongoing issues in her 2012 Cherokee-same transmission as in the Renegade. Now, the interior lights dim and come back on and the front wipers come on when you turn the back wipers on. The vehicle has 2070 miles on it. After reading the other complaints (car stalling while driving at highway speeds) I am concerned about driving it. The service man said I could bring it back-which I am going to tomorrow. But if they insist they don't feel it I am not sure what my recourse is. Do I have to wait till I crash due to a system defect>

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 152016


  • 8,260 miles
On February 15, 2015 with 8260 miles the service transmission light came on and the vehicle would not accelerate. After having the vehicle towed to the nearest dealer I was informed that it was an issue with the computer and it had been reprogrammed. On February 22, 2015 the same error occurred. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealer. I was informed the next day that the transmission would need to be replaced.

- New Franklin, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 112016


  • 6,200 miles
I purchased my 2015 Renegade latitude 6-speed manual transmission vehicle last fall and found that from the beginning at times I had difficulty getting it into gear. I've been driving manual transmission cars (all sedans until this) for nearly 35 + years so I'm familiar with how to shift etc. I knew and expected that there'd be a learning curve as every vehicle is different. But by now it should be resolved. Instead, it has worsened. I have maneuvered around the minor problems -those at lower speeds-having to downshift a few times when I needed to upshift (I rely on sound and the rpms as my guide). The car now has 6200 miles on it (a mix of back road driving with Suburban streets and some highway) and it is now revving uncontrollably at times, throwing me out of cruise control, acting as if on ice when there is none, surging forward when I haven't accelerated. And the advertised 31/27 mpg has not happened. I am now down to 23 mpg. I will be dropping it off tomorrow for an oil change and for them to look at this revving problem and the low mpg. I am afraid to drive this car, which I love very much, aside from the problems btw. I am concerned because I see that there have been complaints listed on sites about just this thing and it is a reminder of the out of control acceleration problems of cars in years past (like with Audi). Please let me know what to do besides taking it into the shop. I see below that you ask when this happened: As I said, from the beginning-I noticed that when I backed out of my driveway and put it into first and then shifted into 2nd, I'd have to go back to first. Then, it would surge ahead as if it were in third or fourth. That has continued.. the scary issue is the revving in traffic last week. I have not driven it since then.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 302016


  • 990 miles


At around 980 miles, the car started loosing power and the transmission was jerking a lot. Then I came to a condition where I cannot control the speed anymore. I had to stop my car in the middle of hwy-15 at night. This happened on 1/16 and same problem recurred after the first fix attempt. This is a critical safety issue. I cannot imagine driving this car again. Just after 2 weeks, after driving about 10 miles, the same problem happened. This issue seems to be prevalent. It needs to be investigate. I am going for a lemon law this time....

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 162016


  • 800 miles
The 2015 Jeep Renegade has had about 800 miles when the problem appeared. I was driving on a freeway at 70 mph. All the sudden, the car started jerking and the car would not accelerate even when I push the pedal as I intended. So I got off the freeway and started driving local at lower speed, and the car was acting even more weird. The car was jerking and came to stop. The engine was on but the car would not go. Luckily, it was at night time and in residential area, there were only few cars around so they could drive around. I changed the automatic mode, 'd', to the semi-manual mode. The frequency of the jerking reduced but the car came to a stop again while I was driving about 6 miles to drop the car at a repair shop at a mfg authorized dealership. This could have caused serious property damage and bodily harm. I was lucky that there were many cars around at the time and the car did not stall on the freeway. I am not an expert, but the problem seemed to be related to the power train (and speed control possibly.) I hope I am the only person with the problem. This problem must be assessed and appropriate action needs to be taken. My car is currently at a repair shop and will be assessed, hopefully tomorrow.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #7

Jan 122016


  • 14,000 miles
I bought my vehicle approx May 2015 drove 7600 with virtually no problems. All of a sudden began having shifting issues with a bad hesitation between gears to the point where I didn't think the vehicle would move then it did. Took to the dealership & they did an update on the transmission software. That made it better for only a short time. My car started doing it again but was a lot worse. Car had 14000 miles on it & it was jerking into gear. Took to dealership & they verified the rough shifting said they were told by Chrysler to do a relearn procedure on transmission & that sometimes will correct the issue. The transmission isn't jerking into gear at the moment but you can still feel it shift into gear. Think this problem really needs to be researched.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 282015


  • 2,000 miles


Just purchased a new 2015 Jeep Renegade one month ago, and my daughter was driving it to work one morning and the vehicle lost total power in the middle of the road and would not move, had to get it towed to the dealer where it was purchased and they called me and told me the transmission needs replaced. The vehicle has 2000 miles on it. Updated 09/15/15

- Nanty Glo, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232015


  • 578 miles
On 7-23-2014, when attempting to back up, the Jeep would not move and no less than 5 warning lights came on. Multiple messages:service hill start assist, service engine, service electronic parking brake, service transmission. Shifted to park, huge clunk, shifted back to reverse, huge clunk, then was able to back up. Shifted to drive, wouldn't move. Repeated process, clunking transmission, then moved forward. Drove home slowly then had towed to dealer. See online that the 9 speed 948te auto transmission is a problem. Why isn't anyone looking at this?? dealer has Jeep and has done 7 software updates and aren't sure if it will fix the problem. I paid $28,000 and don't know if the &#@% thing is going to do this every time I leave the driveway. Please look into this. I understand the 2013 forward Cherokee has the same problem and no one is helping these owners either.

- Schuylerville, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 052015


  • 1,000 miles
Note: Case file with has been established - :case #: 27105715 1st incident: Vehicle was backing up - vehicle stopped moving backwards mileage on vehicle apprx 1000mi 2nd incident. : battery was dead - battery was charged, then vehicle would not back up out of the garage. 3rd incident - vehicle would not back up out of a parking space in a shopping lot parking lot.

- Howard, OH, USA

problem #3

May 212015


  • 530 miles
Hesitation shifting between multiple gears. Lunged forward without warning at a complete stop. Made manufacturer aware of issue.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #2

May 172015


  • 1,972 miles
My 6 week old Jeep Renegade won't start. I inserted my key into the ignition, I turned and briefly the electricity went on but the engine didn't turn. Then I went to try again and everything locked up. The key was stuck, the gear shift was locked and wouldn't move, and the vehicle would not turn on. Finally got the key out but when you put it back in, you cannot turn the key. Nothing works, it is completely shut down. It appears as though the lock cylinder may be broken. Very pissed off.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 062015


  • 185 miles
My husband and I both just bought 2015 Jeep with their 9-speed automatic transmissions. These cars are extremely dangerous and I am scared to drive these vehicles in snow. The vehicle will all of a sudden accelerate even though you are braking to come to a stop or are slowly idling forward. It is very scary and people across the country are having problems with it. It is all related to the 9-speed automatic transmission. Jeep knows it is an issue (having recalled vehicles to do numerous flashes), but it is not resolving the problem. I don't want someone to die as they did with Toyota before the government finally steps in. Please take this up with Jeep and force them to make this right.

- Coeur D'alene, ID, USA

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