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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,984 miles

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2015 Jeep Renegade Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 232016


  • miles


Was going approximate 25-30 mph switched lanes and the traffic stop I pressed the brakes and here was a grinding felling and hit the back of another car and did substantial damage to the front end of my Jeep and the airbags did not go off

- Carney's Point, NJ, USA

problem #16

Aug 122016


  • 4,600 miles
I have owned this vehicle for a year and have less than 5K miles on it. Today I was making a normal right hand turn (not sharp or anything) and as I was turning the Jeep lost all power and the traction control light came on the dash.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #15

Jul 012016


  • 4,000 miles
I have had a "service in 30 days, I'm now on 6 days" and I have been to 2 different dealers to have the service message removed from when I start the Jeep but the message never goes away, I have had the service done twice now to get the message to go away but it never does, the date just goes down and I have no way to remove the message, and apparently dealers can't either, what happens when I hit day 1 or beyond" when will I know my vehicle needs service next if the light never turn off to begin with on a new vehicle"

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 242016


  • 29,623 miles


At 1040 miles while going up a 7% grade in 100+ degree temperatures. The transmission down shifted and immediately lost power then began 'lunging'. display showed "place vehicle in park prior to selecting a gear". after waiting several minutes restarted vehicle but as soon as it needed to shift it would do the same stall out. This exact behavior also occurred on the same section (within 2 mi) of highway at the following odometer readings: 4811, 5202, 28928, 29580 and 29623. Common RPM's are around 3500 but varies somewhat each time and usually between 50-65 mph. The car is being driven in full automatic mode and is unresponsive if attempting to switch to manual mode once it starts. Cruise control was only used the first time. I quit using it after that in case there was any relation to the shift selections. The gap in the mileages indicate the almost almost 3 months that the dealership had the vehicle and the time that I did not experience the problem- cold months only. Many of the occurrences are with days of each other and or after picking up the vehicle. The vehicle also experiences extremely hard low speed shifts (from a light or stop sign). The stretch of highway I drive daily is very busy and a main corridor from the neighboring city to my rural town. It is dangerous to suddenly drop "back" on speed so dramatically.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #13

Feb 222016


  • 2,000 miles
2015 Jeep Renegade: Vehicle shifts hard; like a canon. Took vehicle in to dealer and they said it just needed an update. Problem still not fixed. Vehicle makes a ringing sound like a phone when at highway speeds of 65 miles per hour. Vehicle rattles a lot especially in the speaker areas and also the driver side seatbelt area. When I took it in to the dealer to have them figure out the rattles they said that they could not find it. The seats do not heat up well. When it is turned on high, it feels like it is on the low setting still. When the steering when is being turned at any speed it makes a creaking sound.

- Everett, WA, USA

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problem #12

Mar 152016


  • 5,000 miles
My wife purchased new, 2015 Jeep Renegade latitude from don davis Chrysler, arlington, tx on or about 01/23/2016. Front windshield began to crack with no impact damage about middle of March, 2016. I took Jeep to don davis. They inspected the crack which began in the center of the windshield at the point of the windshield mounted defroster and confirmed that this was a warranty defect. At that time, they sent photos of the break to Jeep and ordered a replacement windshield. The service department confirmed that the replacement costs, if they had not been covered by warranty would be about $1,300. Several weeks passed without any further communication from don davis. When the dealership confirmed that the replacement still had not arrived, I contacted Jeep customer service by telephone and explained the issues. The service representative had no record of the problem, and took my verbal information. I next met with the dealership service manager. After showing me that he had notified Jeep and requested the replacement, he again took additional photos and had me remain while he confirmed that the part was ordered. By this time, the crack extended to about three inches from either side of the end of the windshield, a change of about 5" to 6" on either side from when I first met with the dealership about this problem. Chrysler had sent a defective windshield as a replacement. The dealership returned it and after several months now, we are still without a new windshield. I am greatly concerned that my wife or I may be driving on the freeway, especially if we have our seven year old grandson, whom we are raising, riding with us and the windshield cracks as result of debris or simply because it will no longer retain support with such a long, 42" horizontal crack. Other owners have made similar complaints on the internet.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 142016


  • 4,000 miles


Door locks do not work. I tried locking it using both key fobs to no avail. I also tried pressing the lock button on the door also does not work. All along I thought the locks were working but apparently you hear the chirp and the lights will flash but the doors do not lock. Now I have to lock everything manually. Car has less than 4000 miles on it purchased brand new.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 122016


  • 6,490 miles
This is an update to an earlier complaint (#10826148) about my 6-speed manual 4X4 2015 Renegade latitude (with ~6490 miles on it) which was revving uncontrollably, popping out of cruise control, difficult to get into and out of gear as well as exhibiting poor fuel economy. At first, the dealership service department said they couldn┐T replicate any of the problems, but I insisted that they keep the car and drive it further. They did and were able to see that there was a problem. That was nearly one month ago. They kept the car for 3 weeks for what was described as a problem with the clutch, a part for which (the throw-out bearing) was on back order. I picked up the car this past Friday 3/11/16, drove it home and parked it in my garage, happy that it was fixed. Or so I thought. Saturday morning, less than 24 hours since bringing it home, as I was preparing to go out of town, the car would not go into reverse, and there it sits, stuck in my garage, to be towed back to the dealership. Thing is, I had not tried out the reverse on it when I picked it up or got it home. I had a straight run out of the garage when I picked it up, drove around the building and then straight to my home. I'm wondering if they had not done so too. Now that it is nearly 30 days out of commission, I will probably try to get the car declared a lemon and ask the dealership to buy it back. I don┐T want to do that but I do not feel safe in it, even if they were to fix the clutch again. NHTSA, please look into our cars-I have read the complaints and it seems that something is very wrong with it!

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 282016


  • 4,500 miles
Forward collision warning has been activating randomly while driving on city streets and while entering/exiting highway ramps, specifically where overpasses are present. Also, the fcw light would come on randomly at start up of the vehicle forcing me to go to settings and turning back on. It was determined by the local dealer that the fcw was not working at all. The fcw would not bring the vehicle to a stop during dealer performed obstacle test. So far all attemps to repair by the dealer have failed.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #8

Jan 062015


  • miles
Jeep Renegade purchased new 2015, strong alcohol odor after using windshield washers. Took to dealer they also smelled alcohol after using washers. They state that it is a problem that Renegades have and don't have a fix for it. It can be very strong and iwindshield washer fluid can be harmful to respiratory system

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 242015


  • 3,000 miles


On September 24th I was driving and the floor mat got pushed forward and wrapped around the exposed steering column. I had to stop the car in the middle of a busy street to get out and manually pull the floor mat out of the steering column because I was unable to steer the car even to the side of the road. Then, January 15th I was driving through the imperial dunes area on the way to California and the hard plastic strip that covers the roof rack hardware (I do not have a roof rack so Jeep put a strip in there to cover the hardware) broke in half and flew off my vehicle while going 70 miles an hour into the traffic behind me.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #6

Oct 022015


  • 1 miles
Violent rumbling noise and vibration when letting off the gas between 30 and 20 mph. Can be made to go away when in manual mode or when traction control is turned off. This happens every time we drive the car. Car and driver writeup: my own blog post:

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #5

Oct 082015


  • 531 miles
Purchased 2015 Jeep Renegade and have 531 miles on it currently. The service 4wheel drive has flashed three times in normal city driiving while the automatic 4X4 is engaged. The Jeep has been taken into the dealer for warranty repair since 8 Oct 15. The dealership has had the vehicle for one week and after replacing the 4 wheel drive module is still unsure what is causing the service 4 wheel drive light to come on. According to owner forum this is not a one off in that this issue is affecting many vehicles in this series. As linked

- Grand Forks, ND, USA

problem #4

Aug 152015


  • 1,001 miles
I have had two incidents of my Jeep Renegade(9 speed automatic) stalling on me when stopped and in drive and when in park. The engine would shutter intermittently. I notice that when in park the tachometer would rev up without the gas pedal being pressed down. I would have to put car in park at stops or red lights to restart car and put back into drive to get going. Even then the car would lag trying to get back up to speed. It would shutter when driving at low mph. This is horrible and I am afraid I will get into an accident. My dealership service department could not find anything wrong with it when I had the problem the first time( after I drove right of the lot). So here it is a month and half later and the problem has returned but worse than before. I am taking the car back to service again. However, I am going to ask for them to tow Jeep because this car is unpredictable right now to be driven safely!

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 102015


  • 1,737 miles
I started my vehicle and then shifted it from park to drive. All the warning lights flashed and the vehicle lost power and the interior and exterior systems went dead. I shifted back to park and attempted to start the vehicle again. It did not start and turning the key resulted in all the warning lights lighting up. The parking brake engaged and did not release. The power door locks and windows did not work but after the key was turned the headlights did flash if the lock or unlock buttons on the key fob were pushed. Also the steering wheel did not turn with the key in place and the key could not be removed from the steering column. The tow truck driver had to resort to using a power pack on the battery terminals to get power to the electrical system so he could restore the steering and release the parking brake. At the dealership that repaired the car they found the electrical systems functional and the battery fully charged. The service reciept states the dtcm had an active code C2502-64 and they flashed dtcm with latest flash number and cleared codes.

- North Bend, OR, USA

problem #2

Jun 012015


  • 1,200 miles
Bought Renegade sport fwd April 28, 2015. 1. door locks/key-fob stopped working by June 1st. Took to dealer, said Chrysler knew of issue, trying to get a "permanent" fix, but a temp fix was to re-set the computer system; they did and it lasted less than 2 hours. Have to use key to unlock driver door, then reach around and unlock/lock the other 3 doors by hand once inside the car. "luckily", the key-fob still locks/unlocks the rear lift gate. 2. rear wiper blade turns on randomly when front wipers are on. Only way to stop the rear wiper is to turn off the front wipers, wait a few seconds, then turn them back on. 3. car sat for 3 days (July 15-17), and battery completely drained/dead. Key stuck in ignition. Called road side assistance, they tried to jump it with a jump-box, Jeep wouldn't turn over, so had to jump with the tow truck's battery connected to jumper cables and after several minutes, the electrical gadgets started to work, and several minutes later on the charge, it finally turned over. 4. car transmission "jerking" when driving slowly out of my driveway (approx. 5 mph). This has happened several times.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 122015


  • 39 miles
Water has been leaking into the car and forming a puddle in the carpeting on the passenger side front and rear floor. I believe it is coming from the ac.

- Charleston, SC, USA

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