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

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1998 Jeep Wrangler body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 072004

Wrangler 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I have a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. The paint on the side mirrors & the back window hinges are chipping. Not to mention the fenders front & rear are fadded. They were once black & are now grey. I have noticed that the many Jeep out on the road are having the same problem. I hope someone is checking into this matter. GM should do a recall & fix the problem!

- Stony Brook, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Water leak in passenger compartment. I finally had to remove right side floor carpeting and glove box cover and show the dealer where the body was leaking. I had the Wrangler to two different dealers for this problem. Each dealer charged me $100 to fix the problem. Problem one was a lower windshield seal. Problem 2 was to re-seal behind the heater which is being done at this time. Service manager said he would talk to Chrysler about replacing carpet on right side which by now will not match left side and they will probably not pay for it. I have been without my transportation for several days on and off because of the leak and their inability to find this leak. There policy on rental cars is if they can't fix the car in the first 24 hours they will give you a rental car. They send you home car-less to wait for the call as to when your car will be ready. They have had my car for 3 days now and I am the only one who calls them to find out when my car will be ready. In the past I have purchased a number of Chrysler products. When I sell the Wrangler and durango, my Chrysler days are over. While I believe their cars and trucks are almost as good as most american products today, trying to work with the dealers is almost impossible. I think they have a terrible dealer network.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 292003

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have had numerous problems with my Jeep Wrangler 1998. This is a partial list I sent to Chrysler: I bought my Jeep with just 3600 miles on it from a dealer in 1999. From day one I started experiencing problems. Many of them I returned to the service department. Some they were able to fix, others, after many return trips, they were 'unable to duplicate the problem'. 1. gauges would stop working while driving - I brought the vehicle in 5 times before they were able to duplicate and finally fix the problem. 2. this was also true of the blinkers that not always worked - or worked all at the same time. 3. my hazards still do not work every time. 4. the air conditioner goes out when driving, very uncomfortable when it is hot and raining. 5. the sound bar has never worked properly - first it would only come in some times - now never. 6. headers are cracked - bad. They have been welded several times. When I went to have them welded it was found they were welded before my purchase - at 3600 mil! they are still cracked, welding does not hold. I can not get anyone to replace them because even exhaust specialists say it is too cumbersome. The dealer charges way more than I have considering the number of repairs and the price of gas - at 12 mpg. 7. drivers seat belt locks tightly with any amount of pressure on the brakes - it has now gotten to the point it locks just while driving. 8. windows - the zippers broke almost immediately - I paid alot to have these replaced. The back window now has a cut in it and is very difficult to see through. 9. the top has never quite fit right; it has always leaked and been extremely noisy - more so than anyone else's that I know. It has also come apart at the seams. The dealership has not been of any help. They wanted to charge outrageous amounts just for diagnostics, even when I had the best warranty. I've also had problems with the door molding coming out immediately, grinding in the steering wheel, grinding while trying to put it in reverse and more.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #1

May 222000

(reported on)

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Under body fire on vehicle after driving unimproved road in brush. Debris packed into skid plate under transfer case and caught fire. Redesign of skid plate is necessary to prevent the fire situation.

- Lehi, UT, USA

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