really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,254 miles

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2010 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Jul 152016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V290000 (air bags) and 12V216000 (power train); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. 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. Part distribution disconnect.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 262015


  • 30,000 miles
My wife parked our Jeep at the top of driveway. Car was placed in park and she got out of the car. She went to get something out of then back seat and could not open the doors. She realized the keys were in the ignition and she shut the car off and pulled out the keys. When she did this, the Jeep started rolling down the driveway dragging her along. Vehicle threw her and ran over both legs and had other internal injuries as well as severe concussion.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #33

Feb 052016


  • 80,500 miles
Transmission cooler lines are leaking from the metal to rubber fittings. They've been replaced before, but the oem part develops this leak. Chrysler issued a tsb for this and dealer states it's a known issue. My vehicle is no longer covered by the tsb & this is a fire hazard as the atf gets all over the front end.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #32

May 072013


  • 45,000 miles


My 2010 Jeep (manual) pops out of 1st gear, very violently, after I've started into the middle of an intersection. Potentially very dangerous to me, my passengers, & whoever the unlucky vehicle's passengers may be meeting me at that moment. This has happened since I bought it 2 1/2 years ago. 1 mechanic asked if I knew how to drive a stick. I'm female, 41yrs & have been driving a stick since I learned at age 13 it is the only type of transmission I drive. I'm writing now because I didn't know this existed before & started searching for a better transmission not a replacement when I found this & a few more that state the same problems I'm having. I'm not sure how many of these complaints need to be given before someone hears them & chooses to listen but hopefully soon. It's Jan. 2016

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #31

Aug 072010


  • 3,000 miles
The problem is and has been with first gear (6 speed manual transmission). Within the first year of ownership the local Jeep dealer was asked about the "popping-out" of first gear. They said that they could not get it to do so while they had it in their possession. Within the last two (2) months it has gotten to be not only an annoyance, but a safety issue. Safety in that pulling out in traffic becomes an "adventure." There is no confidence that it will not pop-out leaving the vehicle momentarily in a stalled condition with approaching oncoming traffic. One week ago it was taken again to the local Jeep dealer. Warranty expired this past April. The problem was acknowledged and the cost for them to repair this problem was stated to be $6,000. {note: Online we have noticed many concerns and complaints identical to ours. In fact, many Jeep dealers have used the exact same line "we could not get it to occur." Apparently there has also been a tsb issued by Jeep addressing the issue of the first gear popping problem}

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

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problem #30

May 172015


  • miles
Keeps popping out of 1st gear.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #29

Mar 032015


  • 60,000 miles


Lines from transmission to cooler leak transmission fluid which could cause fire. Have read and heard about many other vehicles having the same problem. Saw a letter addressing older models of this vehicle but they tell me that mine isn't covered by this.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #28

Jun 182014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the transmission line had a small leak. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed the transmission line needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 8/21/15

- Arlington, NM, USA

problem #27

Feb 112015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 58,107 miles
The transmission cooler lines on my 2010 Jeep Wrangler began to leak at the hose-to-tube crimp joints. There was no other wear to the lines - only the failure of the hose-to-crimp area. The cooler lines had to be fully replaced to correct the problem. Chrysler issued a document covering 2008-2010 Jeep Wrangler issues with the transmission cooler lines weeping at the hose-to-tube crimp joints, but this doesn't seem to cover my VIN for the year. Further vins should be included in the fix, as it seems to be a problem with more Jeep than they have previously included.

- Keyport, NJ, USA

problem #26

Oct 132014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,124 miles
The vehicle fails to accelerate at a reasonable safe speed to merge with interstate traffic in the given distance allowed for merging. When accelerating to a speed of 60-65 mph and the vehicles engine reaches an indicated RPM of approx 3500-4000 RPM, the vehicle will cease to accelerate and actually decelerate while the vehicle's engine RPM continues to increase until the accelerator pedal is released. The driver has to release foot from accelerator pedal to allow the engine RPM to drop below an RPM of 3500 and the vehicle to resume acceleration. This vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #25

Aug 062014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


After backing out of parking space, stopping and placing Jeep in drive, vehicle continued to move in reverse. Dash display continued to indicate car was in reverse. Vehicle was placed in park and the ignition turned off. Vehicle would not restart. Tried disconnecting battery but did not reset. Also tried the manual override, which did allow shifting to neutral, however vehicle would still not start. Display continued to show vehicle in reverse regardless of shifting to different gears. This could have been a dangerous situation, with potential for injuries to those in the parking lot. Also, could have resulted in an accident had it occurred at an intersection or other location. Why is this not a recall? this seems to be occurring in many Jeep/Chrysler products based on vehicle forums.

- Moore, SC, USA

problem #24

Jul 012014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Jeep Wrangler 2dr sahara (lhd) manual transmission. Vehicle jumps out of 1st gear and goes into neutral with a loud bang. This has happened numerous times. I found out that you have to push the stick into 1st gear real well and the problem stops.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #23

Dec 232013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
While driving down the road at approx 45mph, the Jeep began to shake/jump uncontrollably for no apparent reason. We took it into the Jeep dealer from whom we bought the vehicle. He tightened the track bar (??) and replaced the steering stabilizer. We explained to him that we were beginning a cross country trip, so he should check everything. A week or so later, we began the trip from Florida to California. Two days into the trip (East Texas), while traveling at highway speeds, we experienced the shake again. We had to top the vehicle and took it to the nearest Jeep dealership, driving on side streets at minimal speeds. The dealership replaced the upper and lower ball joints. There were already two Jeep in the shop with the same problem and while we were there, another person came in with the same issue. We then continued our trip. Two days later, in California, we again experienced the shake while traveling at highway speeds. Again, we took the car to a Jeep dealer who said we needed to replace the steering stabilizer. We told him it had already been done. He noted that the stabilizer that comes as standard equipment with the Jeep is not robust enough and that most Jeep will experience this problem if not upgraded. We also reported this sequence of events to Jeep. We have since researched this issue on the internet and have found the problem is know as "death wobble" and seems to be quite prevalent.

- Anna Maria, FL, USA

problem #22

May 182014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 28,500 miles
The Jeep broke the cotter/ safety pin [xxx] of the 4X4 shifter case. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fajardo, PR, USA

problem #21

Apr 262014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
This vehicle is equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission. When crossing a busy highway the shifter/transmission pops out of gear with such force as to feel like you were struck from behind. It also leaves you dead in the water so to speak, with traffic coming at you. This was the 1st of several incidents like this that has happened. Though these incidents happen at low speed they pose the threat of injury or death from being struck while your vehicle is out of gear. I reported it to the selling dealer it came from who referred me to amoco transmission to have it looked at under warranty. Ammco referred me to go to a Jeep dealer because there is a tsb concerning this problem. Once again I contacted the selling dealer I purchased it from to see how they wanted to proceed. They contacted the local Jeep dealer and were told that yes Chrysler knows of the problem but it is nothing they're fixing under warranty. This issue should be a recall before someone is injured or killed. I have checked online and found that apparently this is an ongoing problem that many others have and are going through with their manual transmission equipped Jeep Wrangler.

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #20

May 022014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 59,032 miles
My transmission cooler line started leaking on May 02,2014 at 1500 as I was returning home from work.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #19

Feb 182014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The clip that connects the floor shifter cable to the automatic transmission came off. I was stranded! had my Jeep towed to an auto repair shop that re-installed the clip that was not installed correctly at the factory. $123 later. I think Jeep owes me$123.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #18

Oct 252012


  • 38,000 miles
While pulling out from a stop the vehicle will pop out of first gear violently. This has happened to me while pulling out on a busy highway, where I have been nearly hit. After doing some research online I have found multiple complaints on this issue and a tsb the Chrysler has issued.

- Kutztown, PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 272013


  • 10,500 miles
I have a 2010 Wrangler rubicon, manual tranny that pops out of first gear on occasion. There are numerous forums with complaints I found youtube videos showing the problem as well. I inquired about a year ago when under warranty and told no recall and no " problem" it did it last night going through an intersection (left turn) which becomes a safety issue when the Jeep ceases to travel and I get T- boned.

- Farmington, UT, USA

problem #16

Sep 232013


  • 62,000 miles
I was coming back from lunch break and was getting ready to pull into the parking space at work, when I shift the shifter back to neutral... the shifter broke off. It looks like the welding job was not to standar. From my visual inspection of the welding I can see air pockets. Luckly I was not on a highway or else this could have turn ugly for me.

- Abingdon , MD, USA

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