really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,107 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Sep 132016


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While parking the vehicle, the gear controller was unable to remain in park. The contact stated that the gear controller would not move from the drive position. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #38

Sep 052012


  • 55,000 miles
Transmission pops out of 1st gear during take off from a complete stop. This happens 1 in every 5 times. The shifter is fully engaged. Normal weather and driving conditions. No vehicle modifications.

- Tavernier, FL, USA

problem #37

Jul 012014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Since I purchased this Jeep, it intermittently will not start--typically in warm weather. We replaced the ground on the battery, purchased new battery, starter, neutral safety switch and all transmission sensors. Still, it will not start in warm weather. We literally have to wait until the outside temperature cools, then the Jeep will start. I researched the issue on-line and found many consumer references to this problem for this vehicle--commonly referred to as "the Jeep flu." Many report either the neutral safety switch or the tipm is the issue. Many references complain that Chrysler is fully aware of the problem--tipms on back order--but they are silent. This Jeep has stranded us many times--which can also cause significant harm for consumers. Chrysler should acknowledge this problem and provide a fix!

- Nipomo, CA, USA

problem #36

Nov 012011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


My Jeep has jumped out of 1st gear from a start of roll unlimited times causing at times near to fatal crashes because of this. I have contacted Chrysler representatives and dealership service managers numerous times and all will not fix due to powertrain coverage is non-transferable and they claim this is not a Jeep problem. There is numerous forums and discussions with other Jeep owners who claim the same problem yet Jeep will not fix. Please help.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #35

Oct 092012


  • 60,000 miles
The Jeep jumps out of first gear when starting from a full stop. The stick shift violently jumps back into neutral and occurs unpredictably. It is extremely dangerous when this happens when I'm turning into traffic (risk of being T-boned) or else from dead stops when somebody is behind me (risk of being rear-ended). I have even helt the stickshift in first gear when starting from a dead stop and it has jumped out hurting my wrist.

- Madisonville , TN, USA

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problem #34

Aug 262014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 111,012 miles
I was driving on the interstate, enroute home, and my 2008 Jeep Wrangler unlimited just lost power which I steered it onto the shoulder. No warning lights, nor equipment failure indicator was on my dashboard. My vehicle started smoking heavily underneath the engine compartment. I had to tow my vehicle to a Jeep dealership, for further investigation on the cause. I'm awaiting for their findings on the cause.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #33

Aug 212014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 64,899 miles


Parking brake lever spring broke, vehicle popped out of first gear while parked. It then rolled over a block down the street and crashed into another parked car. Luckily all the kids in the neighborhood had already boarded the school bus, as it rolled through the bus stop!

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #32

Feb 122013


  • 98,000 miles
The transmission jumps out of first gear when accelerating. If manually held into first gear with some pressure, it does not jump out.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 162014


  • 59,000 miles
While parked in a mall parking garage, vehicle caught fire forward of the firewall. According to a policeman, a witness saw smoke coming from under the hood 15-20 minutes after the vehicle had been parked. Vehicle was completely destroyed forward of the firewall. Smoke and heat damage to front interior of vehicle including melted carpet near transmission in area of accelerator pedal.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #30

May 292014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
On May 29th of 2014 I was driving my 2008 Jeep Wrangler down a 4 lane city street at about 3000 RPM. I had just taken off from a red light when I heard a loud explosion that resulted in a fire underneath the vehicle. The gas tank exploded and the fire covered the bottom of the entire vehicle. There was damage under the hood on the engine side of the firewall on what appeared to be fuel lines. Luckily there was a quick response by the fire department who quickly extinguished the fire, but my Jeep has been rendered un-drivable. I have contacted both Chrysler and the dealership but not assistance there. The Chrysler investigation team would not even take a look at the fuel lines the marshal determined started the fire. I will never feel safe in this vehicle or any other vehicle produced by Chrysler ever again. Luckily there was no personal injury to me, but only because I had all the doors and top off which enabled a rapid escape. Please take a serious look a these Wrangler and force Chrysler to take action before someone is seriously injured or even killed.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #29

Mar 122014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


When the ignition key was turned to on, the starter only gave a click. After several attempts it started. The dealer did a diagnostic and found nothing. The problem continued and became more frequent and severe to the point it wouldn't start after numerous attempts. The starter was replaced with no results, problem continued. From online forums on Jeep I found this to be a widespread problem. It was suggested to put the automatic transmission in the neutral position and try. If it starts, the problem is a faulty transmission range sensor. Putting it neutral when this occurs, has started the engine the first try dozens of times for me. I took the Jeep to the dealer, gave them this information which they ignored. They replaced a solenoid cable instead. The problem continued. Returned to the dealer for another diagnostic, they kept the vehicle for 2 days while I rented a vehicle. Nothing was found or fixed in their diagnostic when I picked it up. The problem continues, it did it today twice 6/25/2014, but still starts in neutral for now. The suggested transmission range sensor would be covered in my lifetime powertrain warranty. I believe Jeep knows there is a problem but chooses to ignore it. This seems to effect Wrangler models from 2007- 2012 years. It is so widespread it should be a recall issue. Starting in neutral is not a fix.

- Kirkwood, NY, USA

problem #28

May 062014


  • 11,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that he was unable to shift out of park. The contact noticed that the gear shift cable was fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the technician stated that the gear shift cable needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage were 11,500.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #27

May 192014


  • 67,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the transmission overheated and smoke emitted without warning. Additionally, the vehicle failed to shift into reverse or neutral. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 67,000. Updated 08/12/2014

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 052008

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The vehicle is a manual transmission. The vehicle randomly keeps popping out of gear and goes on neutral when driving on 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear. When that happens, the vehicle cannot be accelerated and come to almost a complete stop. Obviously this situation poses a serious danger that can result to accidents and possible lose of lives. Despite numerous attempts, Chrysler fails to resolved the problem. Yet, ironically, although many owners of Jeep Wrangler 2007 - 2011 with manual transmission have reported the problem to Chrysler, the have not put any recall for that very alarming defect.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #25

Dec 092013


  • 79,500 miles
In December, my manual transmission 2008 Jeep Wrangler began jumping out of first gear when accelerating from a stop. The chances of this happening increase with higher rpms, so a quick acceleration or accelerating up a hill make it worse. It's incredibly dangerous as it usually puts me close to a stop as I'm trying to accelerate from a stop sign or when a traffic light turns green. Potential for rear-ending is high.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #24

Dec 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 29,500 miles
My 2008 Jeep Wrangler 2-door with the 6-speed manual transmission will sometimes not go into 2nd and 1st gear when downshifting. The transmission also pops out of 2nd and 4th gear. Both of these issues are unsafe because of the loss of power to the wheels. If something were to happen while trying to downshift around a turn or something of that nature, the vehicle would not be able to evade a collision. Also, the shifter clicks and feels "notchy" when shifting into 2nd gear, making it difficult.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #23

Sep 262013


  • 100,941 miles
Vehicle towbar brake fluid leaks suspension transmission.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #22

Jul 012008

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the transmission slipped out of gear independently. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The transmission was rebuilt several months later yet the failure recurred. The transmission was rebuilt a second time but again, to no avail. The manufacturer was made aware of the recurring failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 120,000. Updated 07/2/13

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 122013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 56,809 miles
When accelerating while in 3rd gear the manual shifter pops out of gear making a rather loud noise. It occurs sporadically.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #20

Feb 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Everything is normal and working, you try to start the car and there is a click then nothing. I then move the shifter to neutral and start the car then move shifter back to park. There are no codes being registered if you plug in a diagnostic machine and I've had several competent mechanics check it out to no avail. This is happening.to many other people and isn't an isolated incident, which is why I'm reporting it. It appears to be an electrical issue, a grounding issue to be specific.

- Colleyville, TX, USA

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