really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,559 miles

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2001 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #17

Nov 142016


  • miles


Frame rusted completely

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #16

Sep 012016


  • 89,000 miles
I have a 2001 Jeep Wrangler with only 89,000 miles. The entire frame and undercarriage is rusted out and the transfer case has fallen off. I'm unable to drive it is so unsafe!! I can not believe that a vehicle only 15 years old would be in this condition!! I will be getting an attorney!! apparently there is not proper holes for drainage in the frame and it has caused the water to pool and rust out the frame. I still owe $6000 on this vehicle! I will never buy a Jeep again! I called Chrysler and because it's so far out of warranty and no recalls they are unwilling to do anything for me...ugh

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 282016


  • 120,000 miles
Takata recall my vehicle was in motion traveling about 50 mph when it lost control on a wet road. The car slid across the road, over a small ditch, and head on into a tree. The car bounced from the tree and swiped the drivers side with another tree and finally bouncing back towards the road. The road was slightly curved downhill in a small town. I attempted to use my brakes while out of control but they were ineffective. The weather conditions were thunderstorms on and off, raining in the area of the accident. I believe the airbag is the safety risk. The car hit the tree in the center of the grill which cracked the radiator, twisted the motor mounts, damaged the suspension, folded the frame and several other fractures. The airbag never deployed, both a body shop and the towing company said it should have deployed. The car is considered totaled. I was immediately taken to the emergency room. Injury's to the driver include broken ribs, sprained ankle, bruised muscles, and a cut on my forehead that required 5 stitches among a few more minor injury's. I also believe the tall steering wheel kept me from being ejected.

- Summerhill, PA, USA

problem #14

Jul 152016


  • 139,400 miles


2001 Jeep Wrangler sport, frame is rusting from inside out due to improper drainage holes. Currently with 139,000 miles the center skid plate/transfer case mount is ready to drop out of the vehicle. The front control arm has also broke off requiring estensive repairs.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #13

Aug 222015


  • 131,000 miles
This is been an ongoing problem since I purchased this vehicle the frame is pretty much completely rotted away basically since the day I bought it it is cost me almost $4000 to get the frame repair of repeatably. One such time my transmission and transfer case actually fell out because the skid plate rotted out for bolts on. This specific repair cost me almost $3000 to fix as I had to get another transfer case and a newport of rail made. I also have my rear upper control arm mounts rust off of the frame destroying my rear axle. That was another $2000 replacement. I have seen instances at the shop where ports of falling off of these vehicles due to the same issue. I respect the Toyota recall the rusted frames and I think it's finally time to make Chrysler do the same. They have known this is an issue since the 80S and continue to do this.

- Monaca, PA, USA

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problem #12

Oct 122015


  • 94,000 miles
(*note: I live in ct, usa. I park my Jeep in the garage when it snows, and in the driveway the rest of the time.) while retrieving something out of the back seat, I stepped up on the running board (aka. Side step) and as I leaned in, it ripped right out of the frame. Within a month of this, my skid plate rotted out of the frame and left my transmission unsupported and my universal joint hanging at 30 degree angle. I brought it to my mechanic, who told me to take it straight to a body shop. It's been there two weeks now! I purchased 2 skid plate mount replacements which they are welding on right now. *note: I'd upload pictures of my frame, but my Jeep is still in the shop. So... (attached) are some pictures of the running board and rusted-out mounts.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #11

Oct 102015


  • miles


The frame on the tj model years Wrangler are made in a box design with no drain holes at the bottom so when water or other corrosives get in they are trapped and this makes the frame rust from the inside out. By the time this is detected it's to late, the frame is unsafe and won't pas inspection. Don't wait until someone is killed because off this very unsafe design, do something now.

- Mt Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 102014


  • 150,000 miles
The frame has rusted to a unsafe condition because of bad metal and bad design.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 142004


  • 15,000 miles
When sitting in my driveway with the engine running I noticed a burnt odor smell from the dash area. The air conditioner was running on high blower and on the max setting of internal air flow. The blower stopped working shortly after this happened. Upon inspection of the blower switch I found the switch had started to burn and melt at the connection for the max blower speed. I have replaced the switch twice now with the same problem, the circuit needs a relay in it to prevent the blower switch from over heating and causing the wire from burning up. At no time was the fuse blown on the circuit.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #8

Dec 012014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the rear sub frame was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Export, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Driving over a railroad tracks, heard a pop. Discovered the frame by the trailer arm, on right hand side became completely detached, as it had rusted through.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #6

Apr 052014


  • 90,000 miles
Removed transmission cross member to replace clutch. Found complete bottom of frame rusted from inside so as to make unsafe to drive. Since have found that new frame is not available and if a used frame is found it to is rusted as to be dangerous. Have checked online and found this to be a common problem. I work in collision repair and find this to be a serious fault. This needs to be addressed quickly before a death occurs. My son's Jeep would kill him in an accident.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 012013


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while having the vehicle serviced for routine maintenance, the vehicle was diagnosed as the frame being rusted and corroded from the front control arm to the rear control arm. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- West Paven, CT, USA

problem #4

Dec 122012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 71,005 miles
I was driving in the mountains and noticed an unusual noise under my Jeep and got out to check it out and found that my frame had cracked under the passenger seat where the control arm is welded to the frame. After looking more closely, the frame has completely rusted through and is a hole has developed for approximately 20 inches along the center of the bottom of the frame rail and up and through where the control arm bracket is welded to the frame. There is only about 1 inch of weld still holding on the outside bracket. I was afraid to drive home. From the looks of the rust, the entire frame could buckle at any time. I am not a rock crawler and do not abuse my Jeep. It is all stock and has really only been down dirt roads and not trails. Upon searching online, I found that many other Wrangler owners are experiencing a similar problem several actually had their crossover support for the transmission fall out of the vehicle. I know these vehicles are 10 years old but we are talking about the frame here. This is unsafe and certainly a manufacturer defect or design oversight. After all, it is a Jeep which is expected to get some use off road. I can't imagine what it would be like if I truly spent some time off road. Please take the necessary steps to at least let owners know there could be a problem. I normally don't look under my vehicle and this could have easily gone unnoticed and compromised the entire frame structure if I had an accident.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052012


  • 78,105 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Jeep Wrangler sport. The contact stated that the driver was traveling 65 mph when the vehicle started to vibrate. The contact also confirmed the frame was corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 78,105.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 122011


  • 67,000 miles
Frame rusted out and transmission was hanging under vehicle. Further inspection and the frame is rotted at rear suspension mounts. Checking on Wrangler forums and many people are having the same frame issues. I'd hate to see what would happen when one of the rear frame pieces lets go while someone is going down the highway.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 192002

Wrangler 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The vehicle skidded went into a spin and rolled down an embankment while driving at 45 mph, on an icy road. The roll bar broke upon impact. The cause of the roll bar breaking had not been determined.

- Llewellyn, PA, USA

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