really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,199 miles

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2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #11

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 #10

May 012006

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I have an 06 Jeep Wrangler with the death wobble. This is an ongoing problem. I have replaced my tires three times. I took my Jeep and had three mechanics look it over today, each with the same response, " I don't know what it could be." I've called Jeep several times, I replaced the steering damper as they recommended. This has been going on for years and I just don't know what else to do.

- Castlewood, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 102011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 52,916 miles
I had a set of bf goodrich mud terrain tires 33" on a 06 Wrangler. The tires were about 5 years old but had barely been used, approximately 80% of the tread was left. I swapped these tires from a 73 CJ5 that I just wasn't using that much anymore. After around 4000-5000 miles after the switch the tire popped on me going down the highway doing 75-80 mph. The vehicle shook for 2-3 seconds then I heard a "pop", instantly this threw my vehicle where it flipped and rolled and totaled the vehicle. I had to be airlifted away as a result of this accident. Investigators from Jeep and my insurance company both concluded that this was a product defect that caused the accident. While taking up the issue with bf goodrich they advised me to take the tire in to be inspected. The tire store stated after about 10 seconds of looking at the tire that it was caused by a road hazard. I did not hit anything at all during this 4 hour trip that I was just on and the tire was inflated at 35 psi. Bf goodrich didn't care about the accident or my injuries. They did offer me 30% off a new tire. Too bad I don't have a vehicle to put a tire on anymore. I checked the air pressure prior to the beginning of the trip from san diego to phoenix. I also filled up with gas and walked around the Jeep, to wash the windows, and didn't notice anything wrong with the tires. The road that I was traveling on was well maintained and free from objects. I did not run over anything. I do have custody of the bad tire still on the rim and plenty of pictures of the tire and the vehicle after the accident. It is obvious that the tire failure caused the accident. One person said that the tire looked almost like it was re-treaded.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 312010


  • 25,000 miles


I bought a used 2006 Jeep Wrangler unlimited. I have taken this car to the dealership for service four times for excessive shaking when driving at speeds around 50 mph. The entire vehicle shakes until I either speed up or slow down. There is no way to control the Jeep while it is shaking! I have had all the "possible causes" checked, replaced or balanced including: Tires, front end alignment, shocks, stabilizer, brakes, rotors (twice). The shaking may go away for a short time but then returns. (this Wrangler was not included in the brake recall earlier this year.)

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 102010


  • 49,280 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Wrangler and besides excessive tire wear which the local dealership cannot seem to fix, my latest problem is with the ignition system. Originally I thought it was the ignition switch but when I called the dealership to get a new one the parts salesman told me that my problem wasn't with the switch (and he was right) the problem is a piece of plastic between the switch and the tumbler and that the only way to get the plastic piece was to buy the complete steering column. In that phone call he also informed me that he knew this due to the fact they have had several problems with the Wrangler 1997 on up and the factory hasn't done anything to correct the problem and the only way to get this little 50 cent piece was to buy a $500 steering column. I feel this should be a recalled item due to the fact they know it is a problem and I am afraid that while I'm driving the vehicle could shut down so I am not driving on the freeway so if it does shut down I wont have an uncontrollable vehicle at high speed.

- Reno, NV, USA

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problem #6

May 222010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. While traveling at speeds of 50 mph, the front end of the vehicle began to vibrate abnormally. The vehicle was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 36,000. Updated 07/26/10. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. Upon inspection, they stated the belts in the tires had separated, the front rotors were warped and the steering dampener failed. Updated 08/06/10 updated 11/19/10. Updated 11/24/10

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 102009


  • 39,400 miles


Entering the interstate and driving up to approximately 60-65mph, the steering wheel shook violently to the point where I needed to slow down drastically to stop the vibration. I took the vehicle in for service on the13th of March at ewald Jeep in franklin when they told me to replace the front tires because they were 2/32. I told them the tires have only 15,000 miles on them then they told me to see the place (pomps in racine) that sold me the tires. Pomps said I needed an alignment. Then, on the 8th of April driving at 40mph on a bumpy road, the steering wheel shook violently again with what felt like the front wheels were loose. To stop this vibration, I needed to slow to 10 to 20 mph. I called for service once again to ewald on the10th of April. They replaced the steering damper ($126.28 and $98 for labor). They also performed a 2 wheel front end alignment. Then on Saturday the 18th of April, it happened again. As soon as I got home, I called ewald and told them the shakes are back. Went in on Monday the 20th and had a service tech drive it. He said nothing out of the ordinary occurred while he drove it. Minor shakes in the steering wheel but ¿that's the nature of the beast¿, he said. They proceeded to look into it more and 20 minutes later, they told me they were replacing the steering damper they replaced only 10 days earlier. I owned a 1997 Jeep Wrangler and never experienced this then. After talking with other Jeep owners, I believe it to be a bad design and hope chryslerjeep can correct this problem.

- Caledonia, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 102008


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. The vehicle has Goodyear Wrangler gsa tires, size 225/70/R15 (na). While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the front end of the vehicle was shaking uncontrollably. The malfunction caused steering difficulty. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle proceeded to a complete stop and began to operate normally. The contact inspected the front passenger side tire and noticed blistering on the sidewall. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to blistering of a defective tire. The front passenger side tire was replaced for free. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for the same failure for the front driver's side tire; however, they refused to assume responsibility for the repair. The defective tire has not been replaced. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 16,118.

- Severva Park, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 282008


  • 5,049 miles
Cracked valve stem caused tire to rapidly deflate on expressway. Aftermarket tires and wheels were purchased in may of 2007 from discount tire.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 062007

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,047 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X with 9,060 miles. I have Goodyear gs-a tires. I am replacing my second tire on the Jeep in less than two years. This tire has a "sidewall failure" and must be replaced. I also have owned a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. I put 24,000 miles on that car but had to replace 3 Goodyear tires similar to the gs-a's. the latest incident involving my Jeep and Goodyear tires transpired two days ago. I noticed the tire was losing air before I got behind the wheel. Considering I was about to drive on a highway, it may have been recipe for disaster. I put air back into the tire and was able to drive to a sears automotive center. The mechanics informed me that the tire had a "sidewall failure" and was unfixable. Sears did state that the tires had little to no wear on them and were "like new". I contacted Goodyear pertaining to the issues. The customer service representative was not entirely helpful. I gave my history with the Goodyear tires and the Jeep Wrangler to Goodyear. I was told to seek a second opinion by Goodyear. I had another Goodyear retailer look at the tire with the same result. I contacted Goodyear again. Goodyear was quite unhelpful and I felt "blown off". I sincerely have a concern that every time I get in my Jeep one of my tires may become damaged. Jeep Wrangler are an SUV, so the chances of rollover are higher. The first tire that went on my current 2006 Jeep Wrangler almost cased me to spin out in the middle of a busy intersection. That incident transpired in September of 2006. I am hoping that this complaint will inspire some sort of investigation into the product, Goodyear did not seem interested in doing so. Everywhere you look there are Jeep Wrangler on the road, many of them with these same Goodyear gs-a tires. That is a large number of people potentially at risk, along with those who may be traveling at the same time. Thank you for your time, I honestly hope this can be addressed and approached for the potentially serious manner that it is.

- Brook Park, OH, USA

problem #1

May 292007

Wrangler 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle felt unstable. The contact noticed a large bubble and tread loss on the right rear Firestone tire. The tire size was P23575R15. The dot number and tire information were unavailable. The current mileage is 14,600 and failure mileage was 14,500.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

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