Notes: Be warned the previous model year (2015) Jeep Renegade has a large number of complaints reported by owners. Time will tell whether the 2016 Renegade has the same issues.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,588 miles

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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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2016 Jeep Renegade drivetrain problems

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2016 Jeep Renegade Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 062016


  • 5,825 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Jeep Renegade. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate, lounge, or stall at speeds ranging from 0-40 mph. When the vehicle was driven above 40 mph, the failure would no longer occur. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the computer was reprogrammed; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 5,825.

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #15

Nov 232016


  • 4,600 miles
On the hutchinson parkway, could not shift gears in my manual car.middle lane not able to engage transmission in to any 6 forward gears. This occurred November 23,2016 thanksgiving eve. At 2:30 pm. I'm alive but this was the worst experience in MY40 plus years of driving. Three tows later, and still have not heard what is wrong with the Jeep, going on a month. Stationary had to be pushed from middle lane of this major highway in the bronx, NY.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #14

Nov 182016


  • 630 miles
Incident with new 2016 Jeep Renegade resulting in an accident. I was slowly pulling in a parking space when the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own and I was unable to bring the vehicle to a stop before it went over the parking curb and hit the side of the restaurant. I contacted Jeep roadside assistance on Monday morning 11/21/16 to have it towed to capitol city Jeep in jefferson city.  I explained the acceleration incident.   I contacted my insurance company (aaa - policy number A4-150117-1; claim # PA1401055).  I contacted national Jeep customer assistance that morning, explained the incident, and was assigned a case file number (30543876).  that same afternoon, the service technician at the dealership contacted my cell phone and left a message (which I have retained), stating they had installed several flash updates to correct the acceleration. The vehicle damage was $862. my insurance adjuster was told  by the dealership that the flash updates that were installed had nothing to do with acceleration issues.  these were two conflicting results entirely.  Mr. Peyton contacted me next on 11/30/16 and said he had been to look at the vehicle (he did not notify me when he was going, as he had said he would).  he asked me the date and time of the accident, if there were any injuries (no), any passengers (no), any property damage (4500) and my insurance company (aaa).  he also asked me my preferred outcome - and I said to have a full refund since the vehicle only had 630 miles on it and for Jeep to cover damage to the vehicle ($862), associated property damage  in my subsequent research on the 2015 and 2016 Jeep Renegade, I found a high volume of complaints with transmission/power train problems, including several sudden acceleration events.  this is a very dangerous situation for Jeep. Received letter from Jeep 12/1216 - no acknowledgment of defective parts.  

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #13

Sep 142016

Renegade 4WD 4-cyl

  • 10 miles


Vehicle loses power during turning operations. When making a left or a right turn on dry pavement, the traction control light illuminates and the vehicle loses power. When I initially took the vehicle into the dealer the issue was only occurring during left turns. Dealer did a PCM software update and now the problem occurs during right and left turns. I have come disturbing close to being hit while losing power mid turn. I and others are having the same issue. This needs to be addressed before someone gets seriously injured or killed. Car was brand new when problem started.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #12

Oct 112016


  • 420 miles
Brand new two week old 2016 Jeep Renegade with 400 miles. Twice today while pulling out from a stop making a left turn complete loss of power and traction control light lit up. Street was a paved asphalt city road. About 2-3 seconds of no power until power returned. It was 65 degrees and sunny. Not wet or gravel. No wheel slippage. Within an hour I researched this issue and immediately saw several complaints same issue. I called Jeep customer service and explained the situation and asked if there had been any reports of this issue or resolutions to the problem. The customer service rep denied having any complaints or record of this issue. Next stop will be the dealer. I have been unable to re-create the issue but again it just started today. This is a very dangerous issue and seems to be happening to many other customers.

- Erie, PA, USA

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problem #11

Sep 162016


  • 5,000 miles
Brand new vehicle at under 5000 miles - while making a U-turn, the vehicle's traction control engaged and there was a complete loss of acceleration and power. The traction control light went off on its own about 4-5 seconds after the U-turn and acceleration power returned. The vehicle was in motion the whole time on a well-paved city street and road conditions were flat with no roadway debris and no adverse weather conditions.

- Oak Park, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 072016


  • 5,300 miles


Brand new vehicle that has a transmission that will not shift between first and second gear without bucking and jerking and when cold poses a hazard when pulling into traffic. I have complained to the dealer they say all do this. It has a zf 9 speed transmission that everyone knows should be recalled

- Union, KY, USA

problem #9

Aug 062016


  • 6,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased May 16, 2016. On August 6, 2016 the vehicle completely shut off while traveling 60 mph down the interstate. The electronic traction control light came on and the 4-wheel drive lights shutoff completely. It only traveled approximately 20-30 feet before coming to a complete stop. All the lights on the dashboard came on and stayed on. After the stop, the driver was able to put the vehicle in park and attempted to restart the vehicle to remove it from the interstate. The vehicle did not restart, did not turn over; absolutely nothing happened. Shortly after the complete shutoff, the vehicle was hit by another vehicle. Now that the vehicle is in the shop, the body shop is also unable to start the vehicle. They have replaced the air bag assembly and seat belts and the light indicating the fuel shutoff is still on.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #8

Jul 282016


  • 326 miles
Vibrating/rumbling noise through gas pedal and rear differential between 29-34 mph while using cruise/not using cruise/letting off gas pedal slowly; dealership claims its the high gearing, its normal, we cant replicate, Chrysler rep states the same thing, yet I take the service mgr for a ride and theres the noise, take service mgr for a ride in another Renegade and theres the noise, supposedly they will work on figuring out whats the issue on the other Renegade and then deal with mine. Digital speedometer fluctuates between +/-1 mph upon setting cruise on level elevation, setting cruise speedometer in center display will read 69 mph but upper right speedometer display reflects 70 mph and only time they ever are the same is when your going downhill, Chrysler rep at wi dealership states this is normal and I am calling bullshit, they wont fix it because its within the normal parameters but scientifically it doesnt jive.

- Oconto, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 182016


  • 2,100 miles
My car stopped brand new in the middle of the freeway on the first road trip from California to Utah driving at 80mph (there are some parts in Utah where that's the speed limit) and it almost caused an accident driving on I-15 since there were 18 wheelers driving next to me and lost complete control of the car I had to get out of the car and push it to the shoulder, luckily all the drivers were able to stop for me to do it.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 022016


  • 4,000 miles


When cold the transmission shifts rough and this causes the car to hesitate and lurch forward and in some instances the car will not accelerate especially when attempting to enter traffic causing several near misses. This has happened many times not just the date entered below.

- Union, KY, USA

problem #5

Aug 102016


  • 1,000 miles
2016 Jeep Renegade traction control - while making a left hand turn the vehicle's traction control light began blinking on and off and there was loss of power/acceleration. Once the light went off the vehicle began to move again. This has happened 3 or 4 times, while turning or driving on a slight hill. The loss of power is a major safety issue as when turning, you are crossing traffic. The driving conditions were dry, smooth road.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152016


  • 3,000 miles
Multiple times when taking off from a stop, under completely dry conditions with clean pavement, the vehicle traction control system has kicked in. The only way to get it to turn off has been to come to a complete stop again, which is very dangerous when pulling out onto a 55mph highway.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012016


  • 400 miles
We purchased a brand new 2016 Jeep Renegade latitude on June 11, 2016. On July 1, 2016 at approximately 400 miles the car began to malfunction. On July 1, the vehicle was started via the push-start ignition and ran until the windshield wipers were powered on, at which point the car shook violently, several dash indicator lights came on (engine, parking break, etc.) and the car continued to idle heavily and shutter until the engine killed. Upon restarting, only the engine light was showing, so my husband began to drive it to the dealership. Approximately 3 miles later, at top speeds of 40 mph the car's accelerator and power steering failed and he veered off of a two-way highway into a field. The car was towed to the dealership where they "updated the computer" and sent us on our way without acknowledging the extreme safety hazard regarding the finicky computer system that controls the car and can fail at any moment without warning. On July 15, the satellite radio searched for a signal for several hours, with no other symptoms. On July 17, the car failed again, upon ignition. Several dashboard indicator lights came on the and the car could not be shifted into any gear. On July 18 the car would start, but not shift, and again, has been towed to the dealership for service. Today is July 18, so now we're playing a game of "wait and see" if another computer update will "fix" this death-trap of a vehicle. I feel like this car is a hazard to us and anyone around us on the road or sidewalks where we may be forced to veer off to avoid a collision if the system fails again. There needs to be a recall on this vehicle, immediately, before people are injured or die due to a defect that the dealerships and Jeep are obviously aware of, but refusing to acknowledge.

- Waggaman, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 092016


  • 700 miles
I had the car for less than 3 weeks, brand new, check engine light came on. All tests were performed and the final solution after one full week of testing is to replace the transmission. The car has 700 miles on it. I am extremely concerned driving a brand new car with my kids in it that replacing a transmission is only the first step.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 252016


  • 2,092 miles
Vehicle accelerated on its own. Driver took foot off the brake from dead stop and the Renegade suddenly accelerated on its own without touching the accelerator. The insturment panel flashed and flickered various trouble indications and then stopped with the message to service the electric emergency brake.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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