really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,795 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #121

Aug 192016


  • 129,000 miles


While driving the wipers horn and windshield washer fluid randomly comes on and the Jeep will just stall wherever you are and won't start back up.

- Glens Falls, NY, USA

problem #120

Oct 012016


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While at a stop light, the horn erroneously sounded, the windshield wipers and wiper fluid activated, and the headlights flashed. After approximately ten minutes, the failures stopped and the vehicle operated normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #119

Oct 072016


  • miles
On two occasions now the horn, wipers and windshield wash have come on by themselves. They would shut not off until the vehicle was shut down.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #118

Jan 072015


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility) and 16V352000 (air bags). The part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Cayey, PR, USA

problem #117

Jun 222016


  • 80,000 miles
Randomly the horn starts going off, wiper fluid shooting out and the wipers going like crazy, air conditioner not working. Nothing you can do will make it stop, it just, after several minutes does stop. Variation of this has happened 6 times over the last two months. The dealer cannot figure out what is wrong and says will not be able to unless we can bring it in while the car is looking possessed. They acknowledge that it may be the tipm but cannot confirm and given the expense of replacing it don't recommend that we do so without knowing for sure this is the problem. Of course this makes it a problem to be driving this car, as you never know when the wipers and horn will start going crazy. This has happened both when the vehicle is stationary and while driving.

- Thetford Center, VT, USA

problem #116

May 302016


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While driving 35 mph, the horn, wipers, and washer fluid operated independently. The contact turned the vehicle off and removed the key from the ignition, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the controller for the front windshield wiper needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was then towed to another independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear windshield wiper was disconnected and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- York Town, VA, USA

problem #115

Jun 242016


  • 40,000 miles


My 2008 Jeep Wrangler. 3.8L, has had a tipm issue for years, I ve had it to the dealer and they could not find the issue, but through research I have seen that many people have had the same issues, horn blowing and wont stop, washer and wipers come on and wont stop until battery is disconnected, door lock work when they want to, A/C blower works when it wants to..all of which return to normal after disconnecting the battery and then re-connecting, at least temporarily...but every time I drive it I worry about it going crazy...today it shut off completely on me going 70mph on a busy freeway, almost caused an accident, again after disconnecting the battery(on the side of a very busy freeway)it returned to normal and I drove it straight to the dealer again..Chrysler knows this is an issue, I will pay to have it replaced myself ($1200)and hope that's the whole issue, but this issue is much larger if you watch you tube videos and read the Jeep forums...this will cause accidents or worse.....Chrysler should recall these as they have others.....

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #114

Jun 052016


  • 120,000 miles
Head lights and interior dome lights go off and on.car is not running. Key is not in ignation. While driving clock goes dark and comes back on spontaneously. While parked overnight battery is drained completely. Difficulty starting car need to turn key to off position and lightly push on gear shift leavor, then vehicle will start. The all happens when vehicle is either running or parked in off position

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #113

May 152016


  • 107,000 miles
My airbag light continues to go on and off while driving. Upon investigation I am not the only owner who has been experiencing this issue, it is quite common.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #112

May 202016


  • 110,000 miles
The engine compartment burst into flames after a 15 mile drive home from work. No warning, no nothing! within ten minutes the entire engine compartment was engulfed in an out of control electrical fire. We had just purchased the vehicle from what we thought was a reputable dealer (obviously not). Had taken it back twice in 10 days and on the 13th day and after only 500 miles it decides to spontaneously combust! this is a serious issue with these vehicles and something needs to be done! if it had happened in the garage or worse just 10 minutes earlier while filling up the gas tank what would the outcome have been" this is a very serious issue and our stupid government needs to do something and quit worrying about all the political nonsense all day every day! what the heck are we paying you bureaucrats for? nothing"

- Wesbter, TX, USA

problem #111

Apr 282016


  • miles


Horn/wipers/lights all come on at once. This has happened both with the car running and with it unoccupied and not running

- Berkley, MI, USA

problem #110

Mar 052016


  • 49,000 miles
Headlights continue to go out. Daughter has to drive home with fog lights. Engine fan comes on and off. Took to Jeep they said it was a short and it worked for a month, same thing. After research it appears the tipm is bad, lots of complaints etc. Online regarding this issue. The lights have gone off while driving on highway, and city street and also after the car was parked at work all day. It is random. I have tapped on the tipm module and then turned on the lights and they work again for a day or two and then go out again. This has happened several times since December 2015, the last time was March 5, 2016.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #109

Oct 122015


  • 60,401 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clock spring and the total integrated power module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,401. The VIN was not available.

- Jackson, MO, USA

problem #108

Sep 142015


  • 220,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While driving at any rate of speed, the vehicle continuously stalled without warning. The contact had to make several attempts to get the vehicle to restart each time the failure recurred. The vehicle was unable to be driven due to the failure and was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 220,000.

- Marshalltown, IA, USA

problem #107

Jan 112016


  • 36,000 miles
To date this is the 3rd time in a year I have parked my Jeep got out key in hand and for no apparent reason my horn and wipers have gone crazy had to pull battery terminals to get it to stop and now will not start back

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #106

Dec 012015


  • 170,000 miles
In 2009 my tipm failed and I experienced the 'possessed Jeep' condition where everything turned on (lights, turn signals, horn, radio blasting with no display). I took it to the dealer and they replaced free of charge (under 5 year warranty). In 2012 my rear brake calipers seized on both the passenger and driver side, they were glowing cherry-red after a 1 hour commute into work, perfect to start a fire if I had pulled into a gas station with some gas spilled on the ground or something. I got after-market calipers because the guy at auto zone said that he had several customers with the same issue that replaced it with factory calipers and they failed within 40000 miles, they went with after-market calipers and never had a problem, I have not had a problem since myself. Well now all of a sudden my horn, front passenger parking lamp/turn signal stopped working. There are no blown fuses or unhooked wires, everything is stock (I bought the vehicle brand new). At this same time, my passenger seat keeps coming unlatched and flying forward and back (as if someone were trying to enter the back seat). I can push the seat back into position, but it will fly forward all by itself at random. This started immediately with the horn and passenger parking lamp issue. This is dangerous and presents a choking hazard, especially if someone is sitting in the seat with the seat belt fastened. Since the horn has stopped working, I am concerned that my air-bag may not deploy (clock-spring issue) or if it is that tipm again. I don't think I should need to pay for yet another tipm this should be covered for the life of the vehicle since it is a safety hazard.

- Conowingo, MD, USA

problem #105

Dec 112015


  • 146,000 miles
I have no safety horn, no airbags, no cruise control and tire presure monitore gives faulty reading. All because of and due to a bad clock spring under the steering wheel.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #104

Dec 022015


  • 148,000 miles
While driving home last night during a snow storm at approx. 50 mph the engine stalled and the lights started going on and off. Thankfully I was able to make it to the highway shoulder and stop. I attempted to restart the engine but it would not (the light continued to flicker on and off sporadically, they finally stopped after I turned the emergency flashers on. I tried to restart the engine and it started but the lights started their on and off dance again so I went through the process of shutting it off and managed to get the light to stop by turning the emergency flashers off then on again. After approx. 15 to 20 minute I tried a restart and it started with no symptom's so I was able to drive home with no further incident.

- Loon Lake, WA, USA

problem #103

Nov 282015


  • 130,000 miles
Car parked and stationary at home. Opened the rear door (with keys in hand, not in ignition) and the front windshield wipers started going and the running lights came on. After 1-2 minutes the horn started blowing and the heater blower motor came on. Putting the key in ignition or not made no difference. Pulled the positive terminal off of the battery and everything stopped. Reconnected the positive terminal and nothing unusual happened. Tried starting the car to test and the key activated the dash but would not start the engine but normal dash lights came on. While trying different things (shift to neutral, park, on, off, etc) the wipers (front and rear), blower, running lights and horn all came back on and the engine started without turning the key from run to start. Wipers and blower speed changed without touching any controls. Blower speed could be changed through switch, but when blower switch turned to off, blower went to high speed. Pulled positive terminal and negative terminals from battery with no change everything still running. Had to pull wires off the alternator to stop everything. The heater blower had stopped on this vehicle a year or so ago and after testing and replacing all blower parts with new parts it was determined that the tipm was at fault. Tipm has not yet been replaced (but will be). If this had happened while the vehicle had been in motion, it would have (at the very least) panicked the driver. I am going to reconnect the battery and attempt to video the results.

- Williamson, IL, USA

problem #102

Nov 132015


  • 86,000 miles
Without warning... horn starts blowing, windshield washer comes on, lights flash, door locks won't work, key switch off doesn't stop the problem, so far have able to pull off the road and open the hood to disconnect the battery. Reconnecting the battery sometimes works but the heater/ac stops working... this situation is a real road hazard!!! after awhile things work ok until it repeats. Very dangerous car to be on the road. Jeep service people respond by saying that that they find nothing wrong! well sure, the event is over when we are able to bring the vehicle in to be "fixed"! basis for a class action suit for sure! vehicle has been in motion on the highway and stationary when this has happened.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

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