definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,393 miles

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2009 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Oct 192011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 35,520 miles


Vehicle repeatedly jumps out of first gear from a dead stop. Transmission violently shakes the vehicle and jumps the vehicle into neutral leaving the driver with no power in the middle of an intersection. Trailing vehicles are forced to slam on brakes, or swerve to avoid my vehicle with no forward momentum.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #5

Oct 152009


  • 1,500 miles
On the 6 speed manual transmission the 2009 Jeep Wrangler will violently slip out of 1st gear into neutral when accelerating from a stop. I have had this happen fairly frequently since I purchased the vehicle in 2009. When this does occur it is a very loud noise and the force of the shifter coming out of gear can injure a hand.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 012011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 63,275 miles
Auto won't start. Acts as if it is trying to start while in gear. Possible transmission range sensor problem. Has occured numerous times.

- Brockport, PA, USA

problem #3

May 102011


  • 19,700 miles


While driving on highway at approximately 55-60 mph my Jeep has started to violently shake and shudder after hitting a bump. It will only stop shaking after pulling over to the side of the road and slowing down to 15-20 mph or stopping all together. The day it started we were taking a trip to new orleans and it happened 6 or 7 times in less than 100 miles. I will be taking it in to the dealer in the morning, but after a quick search of the NHTSA database it seem this has been a regular occurrence and recurrence with Jeep for many years. Luckily we were on a secondary highway when this occurred and not on a major interstate at 70-75 mph (yet). The wife is now terrified to drive the vehicle and I'm not to comfortable with it at this point. To make matters worse we're being stationed overseas and planned on letting our son in college use the vehicle which doesn't seem like a great option at this point. We've also noticed, for the past few weeks, the manual transmission will jump out of 1st gear when taking off. I looked forward to owning a Jeep 4-door for some time and this is rather disappointing and I wouldn't have even considered buying it if I had been told this would happen, especially with less than 20,000 miles on it, none of which are off-roading miles. I believe Jeep should have to warn it's potential customers if they do not want to bother fixing an obvious design flaw and should have to remove all their "trail rated" badges from all vehicles. It's no wonder Chrysler is having financial troubles since they can't make a 4X4 that can handle a bump.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 272010


  • miles
2009 Jeep Wrangler. Consumer states problem with transmission the consumer was informed by the dealer a recall had been issued due to the transmission light not functioning properly. The consumer stated had the warning system been working properly, he could have stopped and prevented excessive damage to the transmission.

- Potosi, WI, USA

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problem #1

Jan 012010


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly shifted from first gear to neutral. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was told although the failure could not be duplicated, they could install a first and second gear synchronizer. The vehicle was at the dealership at the time of the complaint awaiting the part. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. The current mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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