really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,667 miles

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1998 Jeep Wrangler suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 152000

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Many problems with this vehicle. Water pump leaked - fixed under warranty, gas tank seal leaked - fixed under warranty, seats ripped - fixed under warranty, suction cup marks on window - fixed under warranty, front stabilizer shock leaked - fixed under warranty, rear window seal leaked - repaired under warranty two times and still leaks, instrument panel fails - out of warranty not repaired, radiator failed - out of warranty fixed at my cost, stabilizer arm failed both sides twice - fixed under warranty once and the out of warranty fixed at my cost, exhaust manifold failed - out of warranty - fixed at my cost, clutch fork failed - out of warranty fixed at my cost, leak under the dash board passenger side - fixed under warranty. Of all the problems above... loss of instrument panel needs to be fixed by the manufacturer regardless of in or out of warranty. Loss of gauges is a driving distraction and can result in an accident. Jeep needs to address this manufacturing defect as long as this vehicle is on the road.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 152002

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
This is now the 3rd sway bar end-link I've replaced on my Jeep, and the 2nd I've replaced on my friend's 97 Jeep Wrangler. I asked my mechanic about this and he told me he gets this problem all the time. How can such wide spread failure of an important saftey item like the swaybar end link escape being part of a recall. My Jeep has failed the Pennsylvania safety inspection for two years now because of this problem. In the fall of 2002 while making an sudden evasive manuver, my Jeep handled the situation so poorly that I ended up crashing the vehicle. I found, during repair, that the swaybar end-link was not in working order.

- Union City, PA, USA

problem #1

May 242000

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
1. the transmission has started jumping in and out of 3rd gear in the 32 to 50 mph range. Bubbles are present in the fluid indicating a seal is failing. Repair estimate at this time is over $1000. This failure in snowy driving conditions causes vehicle control problems.2. passenger seat belt retracts intermittently. The passenger will lean forward and back may not notice the seatbelt has not retracted. This can certainly cause serious injury or death in the event of an accident. 3. sudden acceleration at idle. Vehicle idle will jump from 1.5K to 3K without warning. Obviously a serious safety hazard. 4. anti-sway bar link failure. This is perhaps the most insidious failure. The stabilizer bar link ball will corrode in the socket and cause it to separate. The rubber boot around it covers the failure. When an emergency turn is required, the Jeep will sway violently. I talked to the Chrysler parts attendant and he said he sells about 12 a week to those lucky enough to notice the failure. For those who do not notice this, it is a time bomb. The parts attendant told me I would be back soon to replace more. What he said is true.

- Braodview Hts, OH, USA

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