fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,217 miles

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 182012


  • 18,000 miles


Owner reports: Unexplained vehicle fire under normal driving conditions in a city road. (35-45 mph) 2010 Jeep Wrangler while moving, owner/driver noticed smoke coming out from the sides, front and inside cabin area, and the permeating smell of burning plastic and vehicle fluid(s). Immediately, the power-steering system lost functionality while owner tried to pull-over to the shoulder of the road. The vehicle failed to maneuver properly and with ease. Without any prior warning from vehicle the engine compartment area suddenly caught on fire while vehicle was still moving. Visible fire flames ensued from the hood area. Owner immediately stopped, turned off ignition and proceeded to use a fire extinguisher. That, when owner arrived at front of vehicle, he saw flames protruding from under the hood. Owner proceeded to open hood to fight fire with his own fire extinguisher. Owner had to, immediately, jump-back because hot oil/fluids (power steering, transmission coolant fluid) was gushing out in massive amounts. Despite owner's attempt to extinguish flames, the engine's compartment area, kept burning up since an uncertain vehicle oil/fluid kept feeding the fire. (not gasoline) by now, electrical sparks "were flying" on burned out wires. Owner was sternly advised to retreat by police officers. Fire dept arrived and finally put out fire. Note: Prior to this fire, no vehicle trouble was present, nor evident. Dashboard instruments did not indicate to "check engine. The "temperature gauge" was within normal range. No audible alarms or vehicle warnings were heard. Vehicle worked fine before incident. The dealer's maintenance records will show service performed 2 months before this incident. Vehicle was never involved in any type of car crash or accident. Chrysler group has claimed; "no indication of a manufacturing defect" -can nhsta please investigate this matter?

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #13

Dec 102012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Bought a certified used vehicle from fairfield Dodge, crysler, Jeep in muncy, pa and in 4 months of owning this vehicle it had a recall on the transmission skid plate, engine light on due to broken sensor, in need of four brake rotors and brake pads. They stated that when they serviced the vehicle when they purchased it that the rotors were cut for the last time when they certified the vehicle for sale on the lot. And now four months later it needs $1,200 worth of repairs. They state that the esim was broken by me or someone that was under the hood and that I would have to pay for the parts but not the labor the same with the brakes. I feel that this vehicle should have never been front line ready or even certified with all these issues, they are very, very poor representitives of your brand. I did not buy a Jeep to have major problems within four months of purchase. Then when I arrived the day of service they no longer had my recall part they put it on another vehicle that came in before mine. I live two hours away from the dealership and they failed to do there job.

- Clarks Summit, PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 052012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 36,539 miles
My 2010 Jeep was parked but running when a friend yelled that my car was on fire so I got out and looked and flames were shooting out of the grill and coming out of the wheel well, within 2 min the whole Jeep was in flames and was a total loss, the fire department responded but was too late, the insurance company said it most likely came from the transmission or engine as there was problems reported lately.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #11

Mar 022012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 15,800 miles


For the past month, after driving for approximately a half an hour or so, I have noticed white smoke coming from the engine compartment sometimes when I stop completely at a stop sign or red light. I have noticed this at least eight or nine times. I do take long trips and it is my daily vehicle and now that I have heard about some 2010 Jeep Wrangler models experiencing vehicle fires, I wanted to see if there is anything I can do to ensure my family and I's safety as we travel. I appreciate your time in this endeavor and look forward to hearing back from you.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #10

Mar 132012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Stock 2010 Jeep Wrangler unlimited rubicon ~25,000 miles while driving ~ 25mph on a city street, brakes failed and I drove through a stop sign - I noticed smoke coming from the dash and attempted to pull the vehicle to the side of the road. Before I could, the power steering failed and I noticed flames from the drivers side window. I jumped from the Jeep. Fire services were on scene w/I 2 minutes and Jeep was completely engulfed in flames (around engine compartment) w/I 30 seconds.

- Hamburg, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 272011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The 2010 Jeep Wrangler unlimited was parked and running when all of a sudden it turned off. I attempted to start, and heard my sister yelling get the car is on fire. Once out of the Jeep I looked under it and saw an unknown liquid burning down to the ground from the engine area. I attempted to extinguish the fire with water but I was unsuccessful. Within minutes it was a total loss. I have real good video of the incident from beginning to end, due to the fact that my sister was videotaping a historic post office at the time turned around and was able to catch the incident as it occurred.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 152011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Our daughter's 2010 Jeep Wrangler caught on fire just as she had parked it in her underground parking garage. She was sitting in the car, listening to the end of a song, when smoke started pouring out of the hood of the car. Then is burst into flames. She jumped out and ran out of the garage and then called the fire department and us. She had only owned the car for a little over three months and bought it from hampton imports near destin, Florida. State farm investigated, as well as the fire department. Neither could find a cause. I called Chrysler, because I had read that china was no longer allowing the Wrangler in their country due to fire concerns. They did investigate and found no cause. I wrote a follow-up letter to the Chrysler director of customer relations, asking if they were investigating the safety of all of their Jeep Wrangler and they never replied to the letter.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #7

Sep 022011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
On 9-2-211 was driving home and smelt something burning. Pulled over and noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Upon opening hood quickly realized it was on fire. In less than 10 minutes the entire Jeep was in flames causing total destruction of vehicle. I bought this vehicle brand new and it had never been wrecked or in the shop for eeed repairs.

- Kemp, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 122011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler unlimited sport. The contact was driving 40mph when yellow flames emitted from under the hood near the engine. The vehicle was not destroyed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 10,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

May 072010

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Letter re the problems experienced with a 2010 Jeep Wrangler feels that vehicle falls under the new car lemon law (entire package not imaged, forwarded to nvs-200) the consumer stated there have been repeated attempts to repair the vehicle. However, the vehicle remains defective. The consumer stated the vehicle was running sluggish and burning oil, but no leaks were found. The problem went on for several months. The consumer believed the engine was defective, but the dealer would not approve a new engine, so they kept replacing parts. The vehicle was eventually returned to the consumer, with the same problem. The dealer checked the engine again, and discovered it was burning 1 quart of oil per hour and it was determined the engine needed to be replaced. The hard top was leaking and ruined the carpet. The starter was defective. Also the transmission was exhibiting a burning smell, it would slip and wouldn't go into gear and the fluid was no longer the correct color. Also, the temperature gauge rose just under the overheating point. The radiator cooling fan was defective. Also, there was a grinding noise coming from the transfer case.

- West Islip, NY, USA

problem #4

May 252011

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


I drove my 2010 Jeep Wrangler sahara unlimited through water that was sitting in a pasture that had been shredded. 30 minutes later my car was on fire. The design of the skid plate allowed the grass that was floating on the water to be pushed under the skid plate and around the catalytic converter, within 30 minutes the grass dried and caught on fire. I had 3 kids in the car on our way back from a rodeo and ended up watching my Jeep burn at 1:00 in the morning. Chrysler will not take any responsibility for this and has denied my claim. The back skid plate has a lip that dips down and allows the possibility of debris to be sucked up around the catalytic converter. The gas line and the transmission are right next to the catalytic converter which is dangerous. My car was a total loss luckily we were all got out of the car without injury, I do plan on making sure this danger is known since Chrysler will not take responsibility for their design flaw.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 102010


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler limited. While driving approximately 45 mph the contact smelled smoke in the vehicle, pulled into a driveway and stepped out of the vehicle. The contact stated that smoke was coming from the engine and called the fire department. A police officer arrived but did not file a report. The fire department also did not file a report. The vehicle was destroyed. She called the manufacturer and they performed an investigation and denied the claim. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012010


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact was accelerating from a stop when the vehicle stalled without warning. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. The failure recurred intermittently only when the contact was accelerating from a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 12,000. Updated 03/02/11 updated 11/22/11

- Garden City, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 172010


  • 700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph the vehicle began to hesitate, yet, it did not stall. Occasionally, the vehicle would stall at lower speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer; however, they did not have the part to repair it. The vehicle was taken to a second dealer who stated that an ABS software update needed to be performed and would remedy the failure. The dealer also stated that since the exhaust system was modified the warranty on the vehicle was void. Immediately after the vehicle was repaired, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 700 miles. The current mileage was approximately 3,000.

- Oak Hills , CA, USA

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