really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,010 miles

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2006 Jeep Wrangler steering problems

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2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #81

Oct 032016


  • miles


2006 Jeep Wrangler. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle exhibits severe/ violent vibration "Jeep death wobble" issues. Dealership has no solutions other than tire rotation and alignments. The consumer stated the vibration was so severe, he had to slow the vehicle down, because it felt as though the vehicle was falling apart.

- Breckenridge, CO, USA

problem #80

Apr 142016


  • 109,000 miles
Left rear brake locks wheel when emergency stop or wet pavement. No visible defect by 2 brake shops. Happens when moving on dry or wet city streets.

- Harrisburg, OR, USA

problem #79

Oct 012015


  • 59,000 miles
The Jeep has what has been termed the Jeep death wobble. The Jeep is all stock, not lifted at all. I have fired the parts cannon at the Jeep...all the work has been performed by factory trained technicians using oe parts. I have changed the tires twice in 20,000 miles. The Jeep gets a terrible wobble on the highway at 55mph (speed limit on 465 in indianapolis) and can only be brought under control by stopping the vehicle. Even though I have never been in an accident caused by the excessive wobble, it is definitely not safe to come to a complete stop on the highway. It's not always easy to pull over to the side of the road on a busy interstate highway. The fuel filler neck often overflows when filling the fuel tank also. There was a recall on some Jeep for this same problem. However, the Jeep dealership said my specific Jeep doesn't qualify for the fixing of the issue. It is definitely not safe to have a fuel filler neck that doesn't stop the fuel nozzle from flowing.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #78

Mar 292012

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 29,343 miles


When I first bought the 2006 Jeep Wrangler, and drove it home, when I got up to between 50-55 mph, the whole front end of the Jeep shimmied or wobbled violently. I looked up the problem online to find out if this was a common complaint, and exactly what the call what my Jeep was doing. This is when I found out what it was doing was called, "the death wobble". I then took the Jeep back to carmax where I bought it used, and showed the carmax mechanics what I had printed out from on line. They then, and I quote, fixed the problem. Well this fix only lasted about a 2 years and it is now back to doing this death wobble again. Apparently the "fix" was not a permanent one, and of course my 2006 Jeep is no longer under the 12 month limited warranty any longer. I need to know if there was ever a safety recall on this problem at the manufacturer's expense, obviously this is a design flaw, which I have found out that supposedly can be permanently fixed. The problem for me is, I can't afford the cost to do the fix. Thank you for your time.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #77

Oct 132012


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 55 mph over a bump in the road, the front of the vehicle shook violently without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering damper needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 22,000. Updated 11/09/15

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #76

Jul 102013


  • 53,000 miles
Very randomly, the vehicle starts to shimmy violently. Have seen this complaint on several websites. Thankfully we have ben able to slow down and pull off the road. Have been told there is no clear cut resolve to this issue without spending a lot of money because it could be various things. Want to get rid of this vehicle before something tragic happens, but am afraid because of this, will not get what vehicle is worth and someone else might die not knowing the issue. From what I understand, the name for this condition is a "death rattle"

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #75

Jan 022014


  • 52,850 miles


I was traveling at about 45 mph on open road when the vehicle shook so bad I pulled off the road, because I had trouble hanging on to the wheel. I looked this up and it was called a death wobble. I bought the vehicle used in 2013 after trading in a 1999 Wrangler that I never had such a problem with. I have replaced the stabilizer bar and stabilizer link bushings, track bar and bushings and still get a wobble but not as bad. There is certainly something wrong but no one is admitting it. Why does it take someone getting seriously injured or killed to get the problem recognized and fixed.

- Kathleen, FL, USA

problem #74

Jan 262010


  • 45,000 miles
Uncontrollable steering vibration at freeway/highway speeds. Braking makes problem worse. I have had it inspected, tires replaced, aligned, etc. Issue continues. There are many Jeep Wrangler owners that report the same problem. In the community of owners it is called the 'death wobble'

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #73

Oct 012013


  • 36,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate at a speed of about 55-60 miles per hour. I drove into a curved part of the interstate that veered to the left and when I traveled through it, the whole Jeep began to shake violently. I slowed down to pull over and when I reached about 40 miles per hour, the shaking stopped. I asked a mechanic about it and he said that this "death rattle" is a common problem with Jeep. We changed the tires and the steering damper. This seemed to fix the problem for a while but a year later the shaking came back. I did some investigating on the internet about the death wobble and found out that the cause can be one or more of a number of things on the front end. I had the track bar changed and that helped about 80%. now, 8 months later the shaking is back. I understand from the internet that this death wobble problem is rampant across the country with different Jeep owners. Yet Chrysler will not admit that there is a problem. Is there any recourse other than me spending hundreds to thousands of my dollars to fix a problem that is obviously the fault of Chrysler?

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #72

Nov 012013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I purchased the Wrangler in about October of 2009. Since then, the fuel tank over-spills when it is filled at the gas pumps. It caused damage to the paint and to the plastic wheel guard. Of greater concern is death wobble. The front end violently shakes at highway speeds from time to time. The vehicle is hard to control. I made attempts in 2013 and 2014 to fix it, only to have the problem return. In 2013 the steering damper and steering stabilizer bar was replaced. In 2014, the tires were replaced and aligned. The problem returned this year, and is at its worst.

- Nyack, NY, USA

problem #71

May 102010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 1,700 miles


Driving down a city road and 45-50 miles the Jeep shook so hard had to pull over. We towed it to brookings or and had the front end aligned 00. In the fall we traveled to Oklahoma and we were driving Jeep on a freeway and @ about 55 it started that shimmy again, so we brought new tires for it. We just took it back to tire shop 2 weeks ago for another alignment 00, service guy told us we should check with any recalls on our Jeep. Never could get rid of the shimmy! would be happy for a fix.

- Alturas, CA, USA

problem #70

Jan 152012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
This vehicle was purchased on 31 December 2011. The following month I experienced a severe steering shimmy traveling between 55 and 60 mph. Either increasing or decreasing speed ends the severe wobble of the front wheels and steering wheel. If I am not able to increase or decrease speed the wobble would continue. During the wobble the vehicle does not respond to steering commands and is therefore very dangerous. This problem has continued to occur many times at the above speed and can be recreated on a regular basis. I have acquired the Jeep tsb, but it does not provide the repair process information. In speaking with other owners the "so called" fix is to replace the steering dampener. No owner, online or in person, has reported this to stop the problem from occurring. Please acknowledge and report what can be done to eliminate this problem. I like this vehicle and would like to keep it but, in this condition I am hesitant to have other family members operate the vehicle. I also do not wish to pass the problem to the next owner.

- Riverton, UT, USA

problem #69

May 132014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Car began to violently shake when I hit a pothole on the freeway going 65mph. Seat belt pinned me to seat so I couldn't safely turn around to change lanes to get off freeway. It was dark outside and very dangerous. This problem is all over the internet and known as the death wobble. It was taken the dealer to be repaired right after it happened. They replaced the steering stabilizer, but 5 weeks later it happened again. Do not feel safe driving this car I have only owned for 7 months.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #68

May 032010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Since my purchase of my 2006 Jeep Wrangler, at the speed between 50 to 60 mph, the front begins to shake uncontrollably. I cannot control the auto - I cannot stear it, I cannot stop the shaking. It is incredibly dangerous. Why are you folks allowed to sell this product to the public? this needs to be recognised by the manufacturing / designering concerns at Jeep. Gentlemen... please be men and take responsibility for this faulty product. You are putting the consumer and others traveling on the roadways in life and death danger. This is America!!!! nothing more needs to be said. You are aware of the problem, now... take care of it.

- Hobart, IN, USA

problem #67

Jul 012010


  • 40,000 miles
My Jeep experiences what's known as the "death wobble." It has happened for years, but I had always been told that my tires were out of balance, or that I needed a front wheel alignment. Those fixes would help for a couple of months, and then the shake would return. Just in the last 6-8 months did a mechanic actually tell me about the wobble, what really seems to cause it, and that it's a known issue with Jeep. My Jeep is stock, with no modifications, but I still get the wobble. It occurred 3 times this morning on the 5 freeway in san diego county, each time at speeds between 55-68 miles per hour. The front end of the Jeep shakes violently, and the only way to stop the shaking is to come to a complete stop. Luckily, I've always been able to pull over safely to the shoulder of the freeway. A few months ago it happened, and a co-worker was following me in a different vehicle. He said my front tires were actually smoking because of the way the tires moved on the freeway.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #66

Aug 222012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Since purchasing my 2006 Jeep Wrangler unlimited, I have had multiple issues with severe front-end instability (shimmy and shaking) when the vehicle travels approximately 50 miles per hour. Immediately after purchase, I spent hundreds of dollars on front-end work, tire balance, and tire rotation work, in an attempt to resolve the issue. However, despite a slight initial reduction in the problem, the shimmy and shaking returned soon after the work I had done, and has become progressively worse. This issue is so common that thousands of people in online Jeep communities have named the condition, "death wobble.," since the issue can render a vehicle virtually undrivable. I fear for my personal safety, and for that of my wife and young children when we travel in this vehicle. My request is that Chrysler stop denying that there is a dangerous, potentially life threatening condition involving multiple Jeep production year models. I request that a solution be engineered as quickly as possible in the interest of my family' safety, and the safety of the general public.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #65

Apr 022008


  • 26,000 miles
At 50mph. The front end shakes hard to control can not steer have to stop.

- Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #64

Oct 032008

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
I bought the vehicle used with 16,500 miles on it. A week after I was accelerating on to the interstate when I hit approximately 50 mph the Jeep started to shake violently. I had to come to an almost complete stop on the interstate to get it to stop. I first thought it was the tires but it had a brand new set on it. So I had them micro balanced. It didn't do again for about 2 weeks until I tried to get on the interstate again at 50 mph. I took it to Jeep because it was still under warrant and was told because it had one size larger tires it was not covered under warranty. At 19500 miles I replaced 4 ball joints, complete heavy duty drag link system with new tie rod ends, new hd track bar, 4 new shocks, new front springs, hd steering damper, tires micro balanced, wheel alignment that lasted about two months before it did it again. I now have 31,000 miles on it and still fighting the death wobble. I have spent over a 1000 dollars to try and fix this. I believe that should be looked into because someone will get killed. I think it's only a matter of time.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #63

Jan 132014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
While traveling across a bridge, at approximately 45 mph, after hitting a bump the stearing wheel started to wobble greatly. Had to slow the vehicle to approx. 30 mph to get it to stop wobbling. When I increased speed the symptom did not happen again. I took the vehicle to a tire shop had had them ballance all wheels. When I left the shop when I reached 45 mph 10 minutes later the wobble occured again.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #62

Dec 062013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 62,003 miles
After hitting a bump my Jeep's steering violently shakes until I slow down. It feels like I may lose control of the vehicle. This has occurred on several occasions. It is very unsafe. The wheels were recently replaced and balanced which did not fix the problem.

- Apo, AE, USA

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