really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,553 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler suspension problems

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #52

Apr 132010


  • 20,000 miles


Since 2010 if not sooner, my Jeep Wrangler sahara 2008 had a red light and air pressure light come on and off as a I drove. I took it to the Jeep dealer I bought it from 2-3 times for this and they could not duplicate it so they would not fix it despite showing a video of it. In 2010 my steering damper went bad and I had to pay to get it fixed. I almost crashed 3-5 times due to the wheels violently going back and forth doing 50-65 on the highways. It was terrible. It is now 2013 and its happening all over again. I do not feel it is right to pay for this when it is clearly an issue Jeep needs to resolve.

- Colts Neck, NJ, USA

problem #51

May 282013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
'08 Jeep Wrangler sahara displays truly alarming wheel vibration under light braking when descending from altitude. Altitude is usually around 10,000 feet, grade is usually 6-7% and speed 55-65mph. To-date I have only replicated this problem at altitude (kings canyon/sequoia in ca and in the rockies on the I70 in co to name a couple of incidents) so it"S unlikely to be the notorious "Jeep death wobble, " though it may be a related issue. I?M wondering whether the viscosity of the brake fluid may be a factor" Jeep referred me to a dealer but I don't want an opinion from a repair shop, I want (and deserve) an explanation from "the manufacturer" of the vehicle as to why their vehicle is suddenly so difficult to control under braking.

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

problem #50

May 032013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 97,869 miles
"death wobble". I have been experiencing this problem for the past 3 years and have paid over $5,000 to resolve the problem. Because sheehy Chrysler Jeep in md went out of business, I had to take my Jeep to another dealership, I chose leith Chrysler in raleigh, nc). Just got my vehicle out of the shop, leith Chrysler Jeep $2,374.43 I paid. After 245 miles (from raleigh to Washington, DC), the violent vibrations/shaking started again. Call the dealership and they advised me to take Jeep to local Chrysler Jeep dealership, warranty on the repairs 12,000 miles to 24 months. Took the Jeep to darcars marlow heights, they would not accept the other Chrysler Jeep dealers repairs because they said they used aftermarket parts. I called the Chrysler corporate office and filed a complaint (case # 23448465) which was useless, they said they could not make another Chrysler franchise warranty the repairs (the corporate office was useless). I paid and additional $270 which leith complained to the dealership wanting to know why they charged so much after they ups"?ed the replacement part to them. After paying the money and getting Jeep back. I drove back to raleigh, drove over the highway divider on the exit to get on I40 and the vibration started again. This can not continue to go on!!! an investigation needs to be done to officially prove that this ??death wobble?" is a serious problem and Chrysler needs to be forced to recall the vehicles and permanently fix the problem, or buy back their poor designed Jeep Wrangler. I have owned 2 other Jeep Wrangler before this one, and have never had the problems I have with my current Jeep.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #49

Jan 082013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


The wobble of death this is my third time I had to take it in for this problem been fixed one 6 months later started right back up again.

- Clyde, MI, USA

problem #48

Jul 202011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
Going up to 50 mph, ,,,get severe shaking, ,,not safe at all, ,,I have spent over $1000 on repairs, re alignments, rotations and had the steering damper replaced 2X by Jeep, ,,,still does the wobble, ,,,I am furious about this.this is very dangerous.the Jeep dealership has told me they have done all they can do.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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problem #47

Apr 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 40,100 miles
Driving down highway at 50 mph the steering wheel and the whole Jeep started shaking so bad it almost caused me to run off the road. I could only control it by bring the Jeep to a stop in the middle of a highway, very dangerous ! checked wheel balance and suspension for wear, with found nothing. Was told it was a design feature of Jeep with coil spring front axel?

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

problem #46

Feb 222013


  • miles


Bought a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X from brookfield Chrysler in benton harbor Michigan in February. After two weeks I brought it back because of extreme and unsafe tire wear due to a damaged front axle. They replaced the axle and front tires. The very same day it started the infamous death wobble. I would be on the highway at 70 mph (or anything above 20), and hit a bump, and the front end would start shaking uncontrollably. I could look out the window and see the tires moving back and forth extremely. This resulted in me losing control and running off the highway into a ditch.

- St Joseph, MI, USA

problem #45

Sep 142012


  • 39,000 miles
I have had persistent violent shaking of the front end after hitting minor bumps at highway speeds. The issue is referred to as the "death wobble" by others online and by Jeep dealership. They fixed once under warranty at less than 20K miles and now that it is recurring at 38K-47K miles they will not cover. I have made no modifications to the vehicle - it is stock. The issue happened 3 times in one trip this past weekend where I need to bring the car to a near stop on the highway (obviously a dangerous condition). I called Jeep corporate (max, level 1 agent. [xxx] rep # 4.2.2013 2:50pm eastern time for a 30 minute + call.) they informed me they would not cover and read a statement. I am shocked that Jeep refuses to fix something the dealer quoted me $350 to resolve that is clearly a common defect in their product and causes a serious safety issue. I hope that your organization can encourage proactive resolution before someone is seriously injured or killed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #44

May 022012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle started to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the track bar was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Newkirk, OK, USA

problem #43

Mar 212013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 117,832 miles
At approximately 51 mph and after passing over a rough spot on the highway surface the vehicle started to extremely vibrate and shimmy. Maintaining control was difficult and necessitated an immediate reduction in speed. On an approximate 50 mile trip this was repeated four times while on an interstate. This was much more violent than a blow out, tire separation, or an unbalanced tire. This malady could easily result in a fatality. I've logged approximately 2million miles driving and I must add this situation is very serious.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #42

Mar 072013


  • 46,000 miles


Hit a small bump, left tire shook uncontrollably, losing control, over curb, hit post, damaging front end and hitting passengers head on windshield

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #41

Oct 272012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 70,726 miles
I was coming off the freeway onto an exit and the Jeep started shaking really bad, almost to the point that I couldn't control it. I pulled to the side of the road and my boys thought it was a flat tire (or two) so they got out and looked. No flat. We were almost to our destination so once I settled down, went the rest of the way with no problem. I have not had that happen again since then but it is very scary and with one or both of my kids in the car at all times, I don't want anything to happen. What is it and how can it be fixed? the dealer has no idea and look at me like I have lost it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #40

Jan 162013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,100 miles
I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler sahara unlimited with 50,000 miles and purchased new. I have been experiencing "death wobble" or an uncontrollable shaking in the front end of my vehicle intermittently but generally at speeds of 40 mph and higher. I took the vehicle to my mechanic who inspected the front end, tires, brakes and alignment which all were fine. I later went to the Jeep dealership service center who said I had "death wobble" but could not give me a definitive cause or cost to repair. After researching this on-line, I discovered that this is a wide spread problem that Jeep has known about for years www.jeepz.com/forum/suspension/29510-Wrangler-death-wobble-what-causes-how-fix.html. my vehicle is completely stock with no modifications and I do not use it off-road. Additionally it is very well maintained and I have had no accidents or major repairs. Here is a video of my experience: www.youtube.com/watch"V=7pen1it91Z0 I have read that congress addressed this with Jeep and Jeep has issued a technical bulletin editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=bb1D0352-F579-4468-B24F-60869E95D02F but that is all. Please advise as to what I can do to address this issue. I live in nys. Does the "lemon-law" apply here"

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #39

Aug 152012


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, the front end wobbled violently. The vehicle was stopped, shutdown, and restarted then operated as designed. On a later date while driving 70 mph, the failure recurred. The dealer was notified and informed the contact that the problem could have been due to low tire pressure, a bent rim, or a stabilizer bar. The contact assured them that it was none of those issues. The manufacturer had not been notified. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 25,000.

- Nardin, OK, USA

problem #38

Oct 012012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Vehicle began violently shaking on the interstate. It now shakes at any speeds greater than 40 mph and any bumps in the road or turns also set it off. The vehicle was unable to be turned or moved off the road during the shaking and the shaking only stops once the vehicle slows down to under 10 mph.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #37

Oct 032012


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 60 mph, the front end of the vehicle began to shake and the vehicle had no balance. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road, shut off the vehicle and restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technicians advised that the failure was unknown. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000 and the current failure mileage was 50,000.

- Cresent Valley , NY, USA

problem #36

Oct 012010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • miles
I am the original owner of a 2008 Jeep Wrangler that has had 5 separate "death wobble" events in the last 5 years. Now that the vehicle is out of warranty Jeep wants me to pay for repairs that they have to this point proven they do not have a proper understanding of and solution for the Jeep death wobble. Please help. My family and I are afraid to drive in this truck in this condition.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #35

Oct 012012


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the vehicle front end shake violently and swerved from left to right while driving at any speed causing the contact to lose control. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the lower control arm was corroded and cracked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the lower control arm was corroded and cracked. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V085000 (suspension: Rear). The failure and current mileage was 68,000.

- Port Arthur , TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 092012


  • 35,000 miles
During a routine maintenance service, the dealer noticed a large amount of "play" in the steering wheel of our 2008 Jeep Wrangler sahara 2-door. It measured greater than the allowable movement. After reading about the effects of "death wobble" it was decided that this could be the early signs of this problem. With the numerous documented cases of this issue, we asked the dealer to contact Chrysler to cover the $600+ repair/upgrade that was suggested(including an upgraded steering damper, upgraded tie rod, and wheel alignment). The vehicle is completely stock, well maintained, has 35,000 miles, and has never been off-road. The dealer agreed that there was a problem with the factory parts and it shouldn't be our responsibility to cover the cost of the upgrade. They dropped the price down to $100 and it is now being repaired. The vehicle should be ready tomorrow, so we will find out if these new parts will prevent the "death wobble" issue.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #33

Oct 032012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 27,434 miles
Driving down paved road and front end started to shake violently. Had to pull over and stop for it to stop. Had same problem in March 2011 and took to dealer for repair which only lasted about 4000 mile and 19 months.

- Concho, AZ, USA

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