pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,300 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (24 reports)
  2. replaced the steering damper (2 reports)
  3. alignment by jeep specialist (1 reports)
  4. replace track bar (1 reports)
2006 Jeep Wrangler suspension problems

suspension problem

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2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Aug 012010

Wrangler Unlimited 4.0L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Vehicle becomes uncontrollable at 60+mph. Will run smooth until I hit a bump in the road of corrugation type bumps. Vehicle is not steerable. Have to slow down as quickly as possible to prevent vehicle from jumping.

Fixes attempted: New tires. Alignment. Wheel balancing. New Shocks (Front + Rear) New Strut Mount Damper New Track Bar Assembly New Sway Bar Links (L+R) New steering stabilizer.

There is no play in any of the suspension/steering/stabilizing parts currently. There is no visible sign of wear.

A few thousand dollars and still not solved.

- davidintheusa, Playa Del Rey, US

problem #27

Dec 072016

Wrangler Soft Top 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

Jeep only has 59000 miles had all new brake system replaced. Took to Galena jeep. 1000.00 to replace, all 5 u joints replaced. Still had same issue at about 45 to 50 miles an hour. Took to another shop said all looked tight.

- moccabee, Fort Myers Beach, FL, US

problem #26

Nov 242014

Wrangler LJ 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

My jeep feels like it's going to fall apart anytime I'm getting over 50mph on highway. I have almost had a couple of trucks run into the back of me because I had to slow way down on highway to try and correct it. New tires and alignment has not fixed the problem. Seems like something Jeep needs to seriously address in some form or fashion.

- Jesse F., Kennedale, TX, US

problem #25

Jun 122013

Wrangler 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles


Ive been driving Jeeps since the late seventies, so this really wasn't a problem for me, nor a complaint. It is JUST THE NATURE OF THE BEAST. Just because it is a jeep doesn't mean it can be abused. Were it a vehicle with a lower suspension, the issue wouldn't be noticeable other than tire wear. ALL VEHICLES WITH THE AMOUNT OF SUSPENSION MOVEMENT OF A JEEP, AND A LIVE AXEL EXHIBIT THIS ISSUE. Most vehicles need to be lifted before it becomes noticeable due to less suspension travel. It is the amount of travel that amplifies the wobble. The local alignment shop usually doesn't know how to work on jeeps, as the alignment is different than on other vehicles. Hitting chuck holes, curbs parking blocks will knock the alignment back out of place if it isn't done right to begin with, which is why so many people have reoccurring issues. Also DO NOT ACCEPT the diagnosis of a bad steering stabilizer as the cause, the stabilizer is there for off road driving not highway use.

The Best cure is find an alignment shop that is recommended by Jeep Owners, and pay for a LIFETIME Alignment, as it will save you money in a long run. Remember a Jeep IS a special purpose vehicle No other on the market is like one or capable of doing what a Jeep can. Treat it with respect and it will outlast any other suv on the market. Two of my Jeeps that I currently have, have close to 250 THOUSAND miles on them, last year I stripped down one with 350K of hard miles and my 06 Wrangler is the baby with only 50 thousand on it. My Jeeps tow, spend a substantial amount of time off road and are quite reliable. But they are given the respect they deserve, After all, I DO trust my family's as well as my own life to them. And this is not a Joke, they have taken us places other vehicles simply can not go.

- Scott S., Cudahy, WI, US

problem #24

Mar 272016

Wrangler 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,250 miles

2006 Jeep Wrangler developed the infamous Jeep Death Wobble. A local garage replaced the steering stabilizer and this seemed to fix the problem but only temporarily. Less than 5,000 miles later, the Death Wobble returned. It occurs around 60mph when I hit a bump at a certain angle. Not every bump does it. It feels like the front end is coming apart. Haven't killed anyone yet.

- Jim B., Winchester, VA, US

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problem #23

Jan 012016

Wrangler X 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Replaced the tires after just 20,000 miles on the tires. I went with all season tires. Hoping that solved the death wobble...but...

- Steve K., Indiana, IN, US

problem #22

Oct 012015

Wrangler X 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


Replaced most of the front suspension (stabilizer, control arms...). It got better, but...

- Steve K., Indiana, IN, US

problem #21

Feb 162016

Wrangler X 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

It is going to get new shocks and a new steering box. Hopefully, this helps. I am getting tired of throwing money at the Jeep just to make it safe. I'd like to make it more fun :) I will update after everything is replaced...

- Steve K., Indiana, IN, US

problem #20

Dec 022015

Wrangler 2.4L Sport

  • Manual transmission
  • 124,855 miles

Driving on the highway and the car starts to wobble uncontrollably. I was in the left lane but I had to put the car into a complete stop which is extremely dangerous on the highway. Thankfully there were roadworks in the left lane so I was able to pull in. This was the second time I have experienced this and I will sell the car...

- Frederik R., Charlottenlund, Denmark

problem #19

May 012012

Wrangler Wrangler V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles

It was absolutely horrible. The Jeep would start to jump uncontrollably on the road and the only way you could stop it was to come to a complete stop. If you hit a small hole in the road it would do it and sometimes it would just do it by itself. We changed tire rod and we changed tires twice. We were scared to death to drive it! We changed tires or the 3rd time and traded it in before we got killed in that thing. I will never ever buy another Jeep product again. When I researched it there were thousands of people that complained about them and it was called the death wobble.-we lost a tremendous amount of money on this Jeep but we were not going to lose a life

- Linda L., Labadieville, US

problem #18

Jul 212015

Wrangler Unlimited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


Uncontrollable death wobble of steering at higher speeds (freeway/highway).

This has been a recurring issue for years

Inspected many times, tires replaced, aligned, etc.

Issue keeps recurring.

Results in an inability to control vehicle at high speeds.

- bsmith29, Kailua, HI, US

problem #17

Jun 202015

Wrangler Sport V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,200 miles

Jeep dealer tried to up sell $1800 worth of work. I declined most of it. Death wobble now seems under control with steering damper and track bar replacement.

- David B., Cantonment, US

problem #16

May 232015

(reported on)

Wrangler Unlimited V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles

Purchased the Jeep new in November 2005. Within 6 months or so I experienced the first indication of the death wobble when vibrations began to occur at about 55 MPH. Returned the vehicle to the dealer several times over the next two or three years but it the services dept could not duplicate the symptoms (death wobble was well known at the time, although not acknowledged by Daimler Chrysler). The problem has continued for the life of the Jeep, now at 76,000 miles. Have re-balanced (multiple times), re-aligned (multiple times), re-tired and re-shocked. The symptoms often re-appear within a few days. The best results were achieved by replacing the OE shocks with heavier duty shocks, but the wobble reappeared within 2,000 miles.

The Jeep is completely un-modified, stock with the exception of the shocks installed to deal with the wobble. Currently I dare not drive over 50MPH. The wobble frequently begins to assert itself in the low 50s.

- Philip D., Leesburg, FL, US

problem #15

Mar 312015

Wrangler Sport 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I have been a Jeep owner for 34 years and have never had an issue like this. Noticed the "death wobble" in January 2015 going down the interstate when I hit a bump and noticed a definite shake. Brought it to the tire place for them to check the tires. They advised the balance was a little off so they balanced the tires and I departed. Got back on the highway and the wobble was more distinct. It rattled so hard I immediately took it to the locale Jeep dealer. They diagnosed the problem and had to order the part. Several days later they replaced the damper. After driving away from the dealership I still noticed the shake in the wheel. The jeep is not used on a daily basis but after a month or so of around town driving, the "death wobble" was very noticeable to the point of knocking your teeth out. Not needing the Jeep for transportation, I kept it parked in order to avoid having an accident in it.

Now needing it, I brought the vehicle back into the Jeep dealership and they could not find anything wrong with it. They stated that it is probably a tire problem. I then brought the Jeep to the tire place again and they said that it is not a tire issue, but that the Jeep dealer had put 5 pounds too much air in each tire. They again balanced the tires, which they said were not off by much, and put the manufacturers suggested tire pressure in the tires. It helped but the "death wobble" is still there.

We are the original owners of the Wrangler which we bought new in 2006. There have been no after market installations except the tire's which were upgraded to Michelin's two years ago at 36,000 miles. The Wrangler has 46,000 highway/road miles. No off road miles. It was going to be a birthday present for our daughter when she got her drivers license but the vehicle is not safe. If the "death wobble" had occurred while she was driving, I would probably being more than just complaining about the problem. With the run around I have gotten from the Jeep dealer, I think my days of owning a Jeep will come to an end.

- Michael M., Hendersonville, TN, US

problem #14

Mar 012015

Wrangler X V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles

2015: I am writing now to share my experience with a major safety issue, even after multiple mechanics’ attempts to fix my Jeep. In late 2013, my Wrangler would violently and loudly shake while driving at highway speeds. The Jeep dealer replaced its steering damper and steering stabilizer bar. The repairs were expensive, but the service department assured me the problem would be resolved.

In the summer of 2014, the violent wobbling came back. I took it back to the Jeep dealer and they replaced the tires and aligned the wheels, stating that the tires were hard and could cause the shaking. This did not resolve the issue.

Unfortunately, the repairs have not worked. Over that last two weeks, the violent and dangerous shaking at highway speeds has returned. It happens randomly when I am driving on the highway, especially downhill and/or when I hit a bump. I am concerned for my safety and my passengers, even after the professionals at Croton tried to repair it.

- Daivd M., Nyack, NY, US

problem #13

Oct 152014

Wrangler V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

I was in a car accident where a lady blew a stop sign and hit our front end. After being in the shop (Allen Samuels in Corpus Christi) 5 times we are still experiencing the Death Wobble!!

- Annalisa W., Corpus Christi, TX, US

problem #12

Dec 172014

Wrangler Limited 3.2V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,338 miles

I sure wish I had seen this before I bought my Jeep today. It has 154,000 miles and I expected some issues that I was prepared to deal with, some immediately and some not so much. THEN.... I am less than 3 miles from home and I thought I was going to lose control of the Jeep from the death wobble that seemed to get worse as I dropped speed as quickly as I could. I was WHITE KNUCKLING to hold her in the road. I am seriously contemplating taking her back. I believe I have 3 days even with a used car, right. ESPECIALLY since JEEP won't do anything about it. Has anyone had any success with the damper they replaced long term or is it just a bandaid fix? Somebody HELP ASAP!!!!!

- Aminta D., Florence, SC, US

problem #11

Jan 142013


  • Manual transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I, like the other subscribers, have been plagued with the death rattle in my 2006 Jeep Wrangler. Went back to the dealer I bought it from to no avail. Even gave them a website to look at a video that depicts what I go through. I think it's appalling that Jeep Chrysler will do nothing to make this right. Will a death of someone who has complained help do it...hopefully it won't come to that, but if so, I hope the dependents get a Jillion dollars.

- bucknkat1, Brunswick, GA, US

problem #10

Jun 202014


  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I have experienced the infamous violent shaking (deemed Death Wobble, by Jeep owners) while driving on the freeway twice. I have only had the car for 7 months. About 5 weeks ago I had it fixed at my local Jeep dealer and also called Jeep's customer service line to complain about how dangerous it is. The first time it happened to me it was dark, I was going 65 and the seat belt locked and had me pinned to the seat, so I couldn't look all the way over my shoulder to get pull off the freeway. It was dark and very dangerous.

I took it in and the Jeep mechanics said it was the stabilizer bar. They fixed it (put a new one it at my expense) and sent me on my way. Now the wobble is back. They confirmed that all parts on my Jeep are factory, so the after market parts argument I have heard doesn't fit.

- hanne, Rocklin, CA, US

problem #9

Nov 092011

Wrangler Rubicon 4.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles

I have a 2006 Jeep Rubicon that I bought in 2011. It only had 32000 miles on it when I got it. I always wanted a Jeep and this one was perfect. A few months later, while driving down the road, I discovered what is now known as the death wobble. I have replaced every stinking thing I can on this, and it seems to make the problem go away for a few weeks and then right when you least expect it, you are having to almost come to a complete stop in the middle of the road because you can not control your vehicles.

This is a design problem, one that should have been fixed by Jeep a long time ago. Professionally speaking I’m a safety person by profession. And this is ridiculous. Someone is going to get hurt or worse if they have not done so already. I’m very disappointed that someone like Jeep who prides themselves on such high quality standards would take this so lightly. I don’t think my next vehicle will be a jeep.

- Josh K., Okc, OK, US

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