really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
118,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2008 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 262016

Wrangler Unlimited X 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


The fuse box and wire harness under the hood in a Jeep Wrangler are not supposed to catch fire!! They advertise driving in large amounts of water. I hit a puddle drove a quarter mile to camp as soon as I stopped and put it in park, it started smoking under the hood. Jeep off and key out it kept going on smoking. Thankfully the passenger had a leatherman on his side.by the time we open the hood flames started. he un hooked the battery and we put sand on it to stop it. If I had to find a tool in my tool bag i would have lost the whole jeep. Lucky save with Moab Sand! Still have no JEEP and its August now!

- Logan T., Carbondale, CO, US

problem #3

May 202016

Wrangler Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

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fire in wiring harness/fuse box fire in wiring harness/fuse box fire in wiring harness/fuse box

After a 15 mile (60 MPH) drive and a stop for gas the engine compartment of the vehicle BURST into flames and within minutes was completely engulfed. The car was OFF and the temperature gauge was in the normal range when the car was turned off.

This is an apparent known issue, why nothing has been done is incomprehensible, If the car had been in the garage or this had happened at the gas station 10 minute earlier what would the outcome have been?

The car was purchased from what we thought was a reputable dealer (obviously not); had had some big 72 point inspection, all the fluids and such changed and was a great condition for the age and miles.

Obviously JEEPS have an issue. I will never buy a Jeep ever again! And our stupid over regulating government can't even get the basics right!

- William B., Webster, TX, US

problem #2

May 202016

Wrangler Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

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fire in wiring harness/fuse box fire in wiring harness/fuse box

Somewhat scary and buyer beware! This seems to be a KNOWN PROBLEM the JEEP refuses to address or deal with at all. People could have DIED! A house could have been destroyed! Jeep needs to address these safety issues and NOW! They are being reported in models from 2007 until 2014 at least! Not EVER buying a JEEP again! and all this happened in 10 minutes or less!

- William B., Webster, TX, US

problem #1

Jan 162015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

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fire in wiring harness/fuse box

Owner of a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X. As I was leaving a parking lot my Wrangler began acting possessed. The horn was blaring, wipers came on, windshield fluid started squirting, radio cutting in and out, doors locking and unlocking and the heat was turning off and on (ALL ON THEIR OWN WITH THE KEY OUT OF THE IGNITION). After the engine died (but with the electronics still going haywire but slowly dying) I could smell burning plastic. I looked up to see smoke and flames coming out from under the hood of the passenger side engine compartment. I managed to get the Jeep in park and quickly opened the hood to find the fuse box and wiring harness engulfed in flames!! I was able to quickly put the fire out with a drink I had and with the help of some bystanders.

From what I could tell investigating it myself the Jeep had a frayed wiring harness and the short ignited the wiring harness and fuse box. I signed up for this website just to pass the word along that these Jeeps CAN CATCH ON FIRE AT RANDOM!! I wasn't off-roading or abusing the vehicle, it was just my daily commute to work!! Looking back I realize how dangerous this could have been if I wasn't able to put the flames out as fast as I did. What if I had my four year-old son with me and wasn't able to extinguish the fire? The doors are controlled electrically and if locked when the battery dies they remain locked and can't be opened even if you manually unlock them from the inside. I could have been in that parking lot fighting to free my son from a Jeep engulfed in flames!! VERY scary to think about!!

Chrysler needs to investigate/recall the numerous wiring harness/electrical failures posted on the web before someone gets injured or killed.

- Marc H., Cornelius, NC, US

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