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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,814 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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2016 Jeep Renegade Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 242016


  • 126 miles


This vehicle had a check engine light come on while driving in a neighborhood at low speeds and the etc light come on, when this happened the vehicle immediately became sluggish and switched to manual mode for gears. This is very unsafe if driving at highway speeds because the vehicle slows down on you with no warning. Also the airbag lights have come on and the thermostat housing needs replacing so they ask you to watch your thermostat to make sure it doesn't overheat since the part is on backorder for months. Check engine light constantly coming on for computer updates definitely not safe.

- La Porte, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 102016


  • 20,250 miles
On several occassions now, my Jeep Renegade has suddenly lost power /acceleration after making routine turns into traffic. The last incident was particularly scary, as I lost power while crossing traffic at an intersection and was almost T-boned by a truck in DC. I have mads an appointment with service at the dealership where purchased. After, researching, I see this has happened to other Renegade owners. This is dangerous beyond belief!!!

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #7

Dec 052016


  • 3,000 miles
The traction control light will come on and the engine will lose power while the vehicle is making a turn at lower speeds, such as at 25 to 35 miles per hour. It has happened while pulling out into traffic multiple times. This happens pretty much on a daily basis when driving to and from work. I have also spoken with many other people that have this same issue.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #6

Nov 182016


  • 5,870 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Jeep Renegade. When the contact started the vehicle after filling up the fuel tank, the check engine and electronic stability control warning indicators illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart on the first attempt; however, the failure recurred. In addition, the vehicle made an abnormal sound and the emergency brake would not release. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The dealer recommended to have the oil changed every 3,000 miles and to check the dip stick every time the vehicle was filled with fuel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 5,870.

- Rockport, MA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Sep 012016


  • 2,900 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Jeep Renegade. While stationary, the vehicle started on its own. The contact smelled fumes coming from the garage where the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 2,900. See 10904531 also....updated 09/20/16..updated 10/13/16

- Perry, IA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 032016

Renegade 4-cyl

  • 550 miles
My car "service engine" light came on as well as a message on the dashboard with the words "safety assist" and "security". I immediately brought the car to the dealer. After 2 days in the shop, they said it was (as posted on the paperwork released to me) "cylinder 3 misfire and cold start rough start. Found cylinder 3 plug fouled out poss from moving vehicle all winter without ever driving vehicle. Replaced #3 spark plug, swapped coil #3 with coil #2 to see if misfire moves to cylinder #2. this way if condition is not resolved, I will know if coil is bad or engine has a mechanical problem. Rfh flashed and ABS flashed" they released the car to me and said it was fixed and safe. Upon driving to work at 5 am, in the dark, I had no exterior lights and could only use my high beams if I held them on. I had no back lights. Cars approached very close to my car and I had no idea why. When I got to work, I had another worker check the back of my car and there were no back lights or brake lights. I called the dealer and left a message and dropped the car off after work. After further review, they have now told me the engine needs to be replaced....on a 2016 car. Ridiculous. Thank you

- Stony Point, NY, USA

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