hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,990 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

May 142016


  • 41,000 miles


At highway speed, approximately 50+ mph, when the car goes over a bump or pothole (it doesn't need to be a major bump or hole) the front shakes violently until the car is slowed and then it returns to normal. Searching on the internet I have found discussions describing this exact situation. They call it the "death wobble".

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #22

Mar 092016


  • 104,000 miles
In three separate instances wheel studs have busted off the back tires. 1st time all 5 broke. 2nd time - 2 broke and this 3rd time - 1 broke. Jeep customer service is of no help with the problem. We have to put on new studs and lugs every time and if the tire comes fully off, this could cause a serious accident. Twice the Jeep was in motion when it happened and once while during a tire rotation, taking off a lug by hand the wheel stud snapped in half.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #21

Apr 132015


  • 92,350 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While traveling at an unknown speed, the rear tires started wobbling. The contact heard the sound, but the failure was not visible unless someone was traveling behind the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the axle housing and the cv joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who diagnosed that the axle shafts needed to be replaced due to the axle shaft being bent. There was also a presence of a leak. The seal on the passenger side fractured without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,350.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #20

Mar 012011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


This vehicle has the Jeep "death wobble" which involves severe shaking and violent wobbling at about 50 mph. This occurs frequently. I have made numerous attempts to have the problem solved and vehicle repaired. Nothing has helped.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #19

Mar 192015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
This Jeep has been nothing but a issue. Have been to shops for a year. Check engine light wont stay off, wheels shake at certain speeds, over heats, radiator issues, you name it. The dealer would not cover anything and went out of business shortly after. This Jeep is a lemon. There has to be recalls on this. Jeep is currently at garage again and they are saying possible computer issues again maybe 02 yada. Came out of grocery store the other night and the Jeep would not start. Not the battery. Again the garage called and said it may be a electrical issue with the security of the vehicle. Just had new plugs and wires installed. This is absurd and there should be recalls on these Jeep. There is definitely safety concerns!!!!!!!! haven't been able to get the engine light off as previously stated and thus still cant get a inspection going on a year! someone please help!!!

- Warrensburg, NY, USA

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problem #18

Jun 062014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
In May 2014 I purchases a used Jeep from a dealer in kernersville, nc and experienced issues with the vehicle the dealership claims are manufacture issues: -lighting: We have had to replace the taillight bulbs on both sides twice since purchase (less than a year ago). These lights constantly hold water and we have to empty them repeatedly and the water never seems to empty completely. These lights also seem to be affected by wiring as they do not always illuminate despite an effective bulb. We took it in for repairs under our purchased warranty and the dealership states there is water damage due to insufficient wire protection. This is very concerning as water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Regardless of the used condition of the car I see no reason why this should be the case as wiring seems very much like a manufacture only responsibility. -wheels: The vehicle was purchased with all original wheels (not tires) and the valve stems on each wheel have disintegrated completely and crumbled apart. We realized this when the low air light came on and we went to fill the tires this issue seems to effect how well the tires can hold air. -speedometer: Originally when we purchased the vehicle the speedometer was off by about 10mph (we did not know this until driving two separate cars and thinking "hmm is the other driver really speeding that much?" call one another on the phone and determined the Subaru would drive 60mph and see what speed the Jeep claimed to be driving when matched. We had this issue "fixed" about two weeks ago and now it is even worse. Upon doing the same speed test the Jeep was now 12mph over what it should be. Other issues non-resolved by dealership: Rattling sound near clutch, less than awesome braking, and a tire light that will not go off no matter what actions are taken.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #17

Dec 012014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


I was driving down us rt. 60 headed back to phoenix Arizona. During my time traveling down the road doing approximately 55-60 mph I ran over train tracks and immediately my Jeep began shaking uncontrollably. I was able to pull over my vehicle to stop violent shaking. I have looked into this on the internet and it seems to be a common problem referred to as, " death wobble. "this is the second time this has happened to me. I have owned the vehicle for 5 months. It was purchased at a Chrysler dealership.

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #16

Aug 122014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
This happened on 76th St North, between whirlpool dr and lakewood ave. Owasso, ok. I was driving to work, at T 5:45 am, I smelled smoke, looked out my drivers side door and saw a orange glow. I opened the door and saw flames coming out from the engine. I stopped, got out and called 911.

- Ramona, OK, USA

problem #15

Mar 032014


  • 42,000 miles
I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler unlimited X with 42,000 miles. The vehicle has been babied except for one off-road weekend last fall. The death wobble just started about two months ago when applying brakes over 55 mph. Mostly front-end wobble. It happened sporadically and only at speeds around 60 mph. I took it to my mechanic and he replaced the rotors. Just a few days later, the wobble returned, but much worse, and with no braking applied. The whole car violently shook. I returned the vehicle back to my mechanic. He did some research and eventually installed a new steering damper, a bigger one than the original part. I am hopeful the problem will be fixed. In researching this matter and reviewing the various blogs, including this site, I cannot believe that Chrysler Jeep is not doing anything about it. While there has been no reports of death, that is just fortuitous. Something needs to be done about it. Not a coincidence that so many operators are experiencing the same problem with the same model.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #14

Feb 222014


  • 31,231 miles
Driving home on a Saturday evening accelerating up to 55 mph once the vehicle hit 48-50 mph the front end began to shake/vibrate violently slowing down did not stop the vibrations I needed to pull off the road and come to a complete stop. The above repeated 3-4 times during the course of the trip. Took the vehicle to the dealership the following Monday and was told by the dealership that I experienced the "death wobble" they replaced the steering damper and rotated the tires. I have driven approximately 1,000 miles since that service appointment and am now experiencing the "death wobble" again, I am already out $1,200 for the initial repair attempt. The steering damper replacement appears to have only masked the problem for a short amount of time and is not a fix but a patch job which is likely resulting in further damage to other portions of the steering/suspension system. There are several reports of this both in your system and throughout the internet something is clearly wrong with these vehicles and it needs to be addressed. The complete loss of vehicle steering control during the shaking is going to get someone killed and it seems like that is what all the regulators are waiting for before taking any action to get this issue fixed.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #13

Dec 122012


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that when driving over any road bump or uneven road surface at speeds of 45 mph or above, the vehicle would shake violently. The contact was not able to regain control of the vehicle until braking to a complete stop. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacture were both made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000. The current mileage was 85,000.

- West Fork, AR, USA

problem #12

Mar 072014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 90,130 miles
This morning, March 7, 2014, on the way to work on a very busy road, my Jeep started to shake so bad, I had to pull to the side of the road or risk hitting someone. I calmed down, and returned to driving and it started again! it was the "death wobble" that I have experienced before but this is the first time it has happened twice in a row in such a short time. I have changed tires, had 2 different mechanics look at my Jeep and they can find nothing wrong, but there is something wrong!! please help!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Oct 242013


  • 95,000 miles
My 2008 Jeep Wrangler has developed a terrible vibration when I hit road bumps at highway speeds. The whole Jeep begins to vibrate to the point I have to pullover and stop the vehicle to gain control. I installed new tires and it is still occurring. I have reported this to Chrysler Corp customer service dept they advised me to take it to a dealer to document the problem. This issue began at 50000 miles. I replaced the tires and it went away it has stated again now and replacing the tires has not fixed it I am very concerned that Chrysler is ignoring this problem as Jeep owners know about what they call the "death wobble". I expect that you will follow up on this as it is totally irresponsible of Chrysler to continue to sell Jeep that they know have defective parts.

- Schaghticoke, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 232014


  • 132,000 miles
While driving my 2008 Jeep Wrangler at speeds of 50 mph or greater and hitting a pothole, small bump, or when crossing a bridge, the Wrangler suddenly shakes violently. It becomes very difficult to steer, and must come to a complete stop in order to stop the shaking. This occurred more than 20 times in a 4 hour period. One incident almost caused an accident, as I tried to slow down and pull over in busy city traffic with a very small berm. I continued my drive at speeds of 40 mph or less, which reduced the number of incidents, but it still happened. I was fearful to move quickly, be in front of other cars or hit potholes, so driving was stressful and slow. I maintain the vehicle regularly, and have replaced the tires. This has happened before, but today was so often, it was difficult to drive the vehicle. I love my Jeep, but am very concerned about this problem. I am now considering purchasing a new vehicle.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 312013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 54,928 miles
I have now experience the "death wobble"!!!!!!!!! this is a safety issue and needs to be addressed!!! this should be a recall!!!! I have now had this happen 3 out of the 5 times I have drove it!!!!!!!!! I am terrified to drive my used unpaid for vehicle!!!!! this needs to be fixed. I would never had bought this Jeep if I had know about this issue that Jeep knows about. Someone will eventually die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was driving home from work in the slow lane and had to pull off the road to get my vehicle under control. Again!!! I am terrified!!!! help us poor Jeep drives and make Jeep fix this issue.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 022013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 42,108 miles
While driving 45mph and making a slight bend to the left or right, the vehicle encountered a slight bump and the steering wheel started shaking violently. I had to bring the vehicle to a complete stop along the side of the road in order to get the shaking to stop. This happened several times during this trip. The vehicle was very difficult to control once the shaking started. It felt as though the entire vehicle would just shake apart. There is also a clicking feeling that can be felt in the steering once the vehicle warms up and is driven between 5 to 10 miles. The steering actually feels more loose once this warmed up condition is met. The click is felt going over any type of bump in the road or even when sitting still and the steering wheel is moved back and forth, (left to right).

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 122013


  • 56,666 miles
My wheel feel off for no reason -- lug nuts broken off - it is a miracle I wasn't killed. Had just exited highway where I was going 60 mph. Wheel bounced across 3 lanes of on coming traffic. I was a miracle someone in oncoming traffic was not killed.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #6

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

problem #5

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

problem #4

Jul 012010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Having problem with "death wobble". while traveling at a high rate of speed, over 40mph. A violent shaking has occurred a multiple number of times. Feels as though the entire front end of vehicle is ready to fly off. Control of vehicle is compromised. Especially at such a high rate of speed, which usually occurs on the freeway with other vehicles around. Dealership says that the steering stabilizer needs to be replaced. Research on the internet says that this just masks the problem. Personally looking at the steering components of the vehicle. I cannot see how a worn out steering stabilizer can cause so much chaos.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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