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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Jeep Wrangler transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

May 011998

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Waterleaks on passenger side, dealer can not fix.....gears grind going from 1st to 2nd...airbag light comes on, intsrument panel fails, dealer has fixed once

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 101999

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
My wife was shifting from 1st to 2nd gear and the stick shift separated from the transmission. This vehicle has never been driven off road or hard. When we called jim marsh Jeep my wife told them the stick shift came off and the person said "you must have a Wrangler". this has to be more than an isolated incedent. Had we been 4 wheeling some where it could have been a bad accident.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Nov 011997

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 081997

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
Transmission grinds gears when engaging second gear on acceleration.

- Vernon Hil, IL, USA

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