really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
114,450 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. complete frame replacement (1 reports)
  3. replace frame or buy weld on kits (1 reports)
2002 Jeep Wrangler body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 122016


  • Manual transmission
  • 124,274 miles


Big problem in Canada is that these box frames rot out from the inside. I purchased weld on kits from eBay to fix the problem.

- Liam C., New Glasgow, NS, Canada

problem #4

Oct 182017

Wrangler Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Garage kept, not a daily driver, no off-road, washed and waxed regularly, well maintained, adult driven. Engine runs like new but now is not driveable because the skid fell off on the driver side and barely holding on the passenger side (by one bolt on a severely rusted frame.

The truth is, since it never gave me any trouble (it shouldn't have since it is hardly driven) I never bother to check under the jeep till now. WTF, Chrysler! Jeeps are overpriced to begin with and that is fair since we pay for a fun ride but shouldn't your customers expect a better product also? I am going to suck it up and fix it but will dump this rust bucket as soon as I save enough to buy a better made vehicle. Never a Jeep or Chrysler again. NEVER!

- Jose S., Crown Point, US

problem #3

Sep 252017

Wrangler Sport 6 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 146,839 miles

Live in Indiana and bought Jeep new in 2002. Went today to have two new tires put on and was told they could not lift or jack the jeep up, due to the amount of rust on the frame. They showed me the problem and I can put my fingers through the frame and it is also rusted through in areas. I've never abused the vehicle by off-road thru mud, water, etc. The passenger side at this area is rusted out, while the driver side is not. What gives. Once I was able to get under the vehicle at the shop, I could see how most of the frame and components are rusted. It's disgusting that this could happen even though the jeep is 15 years old. For this to be that rusted, the metal would have to be faulty. Either that or I parked my jeep in salt water every night. Just another example of America heading down the tubes. I'll take it to a dealer to look at, but I'm sure they'll just use their only response: " Must be your driving habits"

- Jack M., Greenwood, US

problem #2

Aug 012017

Wrangler X 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I have a 2002 Jeep Wrangler that I LOVE like my child...I have owned it for 7yrs.We have just recently discovered a serious rusting problem on the frame behind the right front tire,almost to the back on both sides.I have no other option but to keep driving it,and hope for the best,Is this not something that Chrysler should be recalling these Jeeps for?After searching the Internet,it appears this is a very widespread,and common problem with several different brands of Jeeps.I am desperate to talk to somebody about getting this repaired,and I can't afford it...Please advise me what to do before I possibly hurt myself and a lot of other folks on the road.SHAME ON CHRYSLER for selling us all a cheap piece of CRAP..

- bettyrtn, Charlotte, US

problem #1

Feb 062013

Wrangler Sport 4.0L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles

Paid all that money for a ruff and touch vehicle and frame is completely rusted and it will cost $2500.00 for a new frame plus labor. Very disappointed that the warranty does not cover longer than 5 years. Really Suck!!!!!! Will never buy a Chrysler again. So disappointing!!!!!!!

- Dawn M., Berlin, NJ, US

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