really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,873 miles

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2001 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2001 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

Jan 152016


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that when the vehicle was placed in the park position, the vehicle rolled backwards. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- West Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #8

Aug 282015


  • 159,221 miles
Was traveling down dirt road at at 20 to 25 mph, then heard different noise like metal scraping. Shifting seemed a little harder but was still working. After returning home I looked under the Jeep and found the transmission skid plate had rusted away from the frame and only 3 bolts on the drivers side holding the transmission in place. If traveling at highway speeds and if both sides broke loose this would have been a different story. I've done some checking after this happens and learned this is a common issue as well as rusting out in other places with Jeep and think the manufacturer has and least some liability with this ongoing issue.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #7

Mar 172013


  • 220,000 miles


My frame rusted out. This is a common problem on Jeep Wrangler. I was lucky enough to be in the process of changing my transmission fluid when I found the issue. The part of the frame where the transmission mount attaches to completely rusted through and nothing was holding the transmission/rear engine mount to the frame.

- East Granby, CT, USA

problem #6

Mar 212015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 214,506 miles
I have a Jeep that has a frame that is rusted in the rear trailing arms and were the transmission is held. No incident has happened yet but if this were to break on the road could cause an accident. I work for Hyundai who has a recall on quite a few cars and SUVS for the frame rotting out on cars as old as 2000 I also no Toyota and Nissan and other manufactures have recalls on frames why not Jeep I realize it may be specific to salt belt areas but those other companies are fixing the problem. Also the climate control melted could have caused a fire I know this is also a common problem.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

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problem #5

Feb 042015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
Skid plate that holds transmission fell from rusted frame. If I was going on freeway at 55 or plus this would have been a very bad situation....looking into frame I see that this is common with Wrangler from like 1997 to 2002 and it is a factory defect....you have recalled Mazda, Toyota and other 2000ish vehicles due to rusted frames...these should be recalled and frames replaced before more fatal things happen....I am looking in getting mine replaced...but if I do and then it is recalled do I get Jeep to pay me back for my repairs"?"

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 042015


  • 150,000 miles


Frame rusted on both driver and passenger side at brush guard/trans support, and transmission dropped while driving. Bottom of frame under driver/passenger seat were brush guard attaches is completely rusted away and the frame has started to crack up the sides. I would think this would be a crash safety issue. I have never seen a frame completely rust away on a 14 year old car.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Mar 302005

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I believe the Jeep Wrangler built by daimler Chrysler has safety defects that constitute a series of safety hazards. 1. automatic transmission shifts and engine RPM accelerating on breaking. On several occasions my Jeep engine rpms raced and the vehicle leaped forward while breaking and coming to a stop. Since the problem does not happen with regularity the dealerships can find nothing wrong. 2. front seat belts. The front seat belts do not retract smoothly, quickly and without getting caught in the door locking mechanism. 3. full size doors. They do not close and secure fully as the door is ajar until you re-close the door with force. 4. break noise. I get a consistent clack noise when applying the breaks. I have had the dealership work on this problem on five occasions to include a complete break service. The problem is still there. 4. build quality. Since I bought the Wrangler I have had the radiator replaced (it leaked), all the spark plugs replaced (rough idle), inside right door handle assist and snap on front floor mat replaced, the computer reprogrammed (they said the factory did not do it right), fuel pump replaced (gas leak), seals around gas tank and gas cap (vapor leak), and the rear seals (which were not covered under my Chrysler extended warranty). 5. Chrysler extended warranty. Neither the dealership nor Chrysler wanted to address the break problem without me paying for a break service.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 182002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the speedmeter was not functioning properly.

- Darien, CT, USA

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