really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,270 miles

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jul 192016


  • 78,000 miles


On 7/9/16 and 7/19/16, I was driving on I95 and my car started the "death wobble" - uncontrollable intense shaking that I almost got into an accident. The only thing that stops, I discovered recently, it is to slow down to a stop, which is pretty difficult on a highway without getting rear ended or into an accident. This apparently is common among Jeep, especially Wrangler, but it should be fixed by Chrysler. This is really dangerous!!

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #27

Feb 182015


  • 45,000 miles
When reaching speeds of 45mph and above the steering wheel starts to shake violently from left to right. When this started, a mechanic saw nothing wrong except for a worn out steering stabilizer, so he replaced it. The problem persists, but now it only happens when I hit a bump in road when traveling above 50mph. I took it to a second mechanic and he installed an aftermarket track bar and balanced the wheels. The problem is still there. A simple internet search shows that this is not an uncommon occurrence with Jeep, yet the manufacturer has done nothing to correct it. My vehicle is completely stock, except for the track bar, and currently has approximately 60,000 miles on it.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 242016


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the front of the vehicle violently wobbled making it difficult to maneuver the vehicle. The contact mentioned that he was able to avoid a crash due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a steering damper and a track bar. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle also was taken to get a front end alignment and tires rotated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. Updated 06/29/16

- Phillipsburg, MT, USA

problem #25

Jan 252015


  • 31,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the vehicle wobbled and jerked violently while driving various speeds. The contact had to turn the engine off in order to regain control. The failure was experienced numerous times. The dealer stated that the tires needed to be balanced. The tires were balanced, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Judsonia , AR, USA

problem #24

Apr 152015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 582,000 miles
Problem light for the suspension disconnect came on. Dealership had to replace the actuator because it was full of water and shorted out. Couple of weeks after problem with suspension, the tipm module had to be replaced. At time all problem lights on dash board lit up like a christmas tree and vehicle could not be started. Had to be towed.

- La Pine, OR, USA

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problem #23

Sep 302014


  • 21,400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that after inspecting the vehicle, it was discovered that the exhaust system and all the shocks were rusted and corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the exhaust system and all the shocks needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 21,400.

- Kent, OH, USA

problem #22

Apr 212014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Vehicle was parked in front of a house. I left the vehicle in 1st gear then set the parking brake and turned the wheels into the curb to prevent roll back and I got out of the vehicle. I went inside and the vehicle rolled down a hill and into a house. When the police came they found it still in gear and the emergency brake was still on.

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #21

Apr 242014


  • 55,000 miles
Driving on road when Jeep violently shakes. Lose control over steering and entire front end shakes. This is known as the death wobble. Had to immediately pull over and try not to crash. Got control over vehicle, picked up speed again and the violent shake happened again. Driving with children in the car on a busy road this is very frightening!

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #20

Sep 192012


  • 12,216 miles
When hitting bumps the front end of the vehicle shakes. "death wobble" lose control until I can stop Jeep.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #19

Jan 032014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I have a 2010 Jeep jk unlimited 4X4. I bought the vehicle used from a local dealer in July of 2013, with approx. 10K miles on it. At about 18K miles, I began experiencing the common dreaded "death wobble". I was driving down a country road with my children in the back seats. All of a sudden, while hitting a small bump in the road, the steering wheel began rapidly moving back and forth and the frontend of the vehicle was shaking violently. I quickly stopped the vehicle, checked on my now frightened children, then go out to examine my vehicle. I couldn't find anything obvious, like tie rods or ball joints. So, I slowly drove home. I went over the entire front end. Couldn't find anything. After reading a lot of forums on the matter, I found I am one of many Jeep owners that have/are fighting this same issue. I went ahead and put on a new steering stabilizer, and trackbars, as these are claimed to be the most common issues (even though mine looked fine and had no play). I continually have had the problem and have had it to shop for an alignment, tire rotations, and checking the balancing on the tires. The shop said tires and alignment were fine. We found that there was some play in the sector shaft where the pitman arm connects to the steering gearbox. Some guys are saying they have replaced theirs 3 times in 30K miles. I don't offroad, my vehicle isn't exposed to harsh conditions, where one could expect mechanical failures. I currently have 26K miles on mine, and have been trying to find out the cause, meanwhile throwing $$ and parts on it to try and find the issue. After researching and seeing the large amount of owners fighting death wobble and the component failures which cause it, I feel Chrysler should be held accountable to some level. I think they should be recognizing the problem and the large scale of it, and offering some type of solution to fix the issue.

- Taylorville, IL, USA

problem #18

Mar 162014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


This has happened multiple times, while driving at a higher rater of speed (anything above 45mph) and going around a curve, the front end begins to violently shake to the point that it is difficult/impossible to control and you must pull off to the side of the road. Aka the death wobble. There was not a pot hole, or anything in the way, just a regular road. I have had to do this on several occasions and on busy highways, nearly causing an accident and being rear ended since I had to stop suddenly and pull off the road. I have take it in a number of times with this problem and no solution is found, they just keep wanting to rotate my tires.

- Ronks , PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 022013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
While exiting a 55 mph speed zone onto a 65mph interstate highway I experienced extreme shaking in the front end. The Jeep actually hopped on the road forcing me to pull over. This has happened 4 more times in the course of 1 month. I took it to the shop at my dealer. My vehicle was in the shop for 1 week in which the transmission was replaced. The same issue began happening 3 days after I got it back. I returned it to the dealer explaining the issue and began researching on my own. I came across many instances of the same thing- death wobble. It happens when my Jeep hits 60-70 mph causing me to have to immediately stop the vehicle, usually in high speed interstate traffic causing danger to myself and other motorists. My Jeep is stock, so the excuse about being lifted does not apply to me. It seems Chrysler knows about the issue and does nothing to recall the vehicles. I'm being told the parts/repairs are not covered under warranty. This is unacceptable.

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #16

Oct 042013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
While driving on the interstate, my Jeep steering wheel and front of Jeep will intermittently start shaking violently, causing me to have to slow down suddenly and pull over to the side of the road. It's very scary and I am afraid it may cause an accident because it happens so suddenly at a high speed. I purchased my Jeep about a year ago from a Chrysler dealer and within a week noticed it had a "popping" noise when backing up and then going forward. I have taken my Jeep to this Chrysler dealer 3 times to have this checked out. The first time, they told me I needed new brakes, so I had new brakes installed, but my Jeep continues to make this "popping" noise. The last 2 times I took my Jeep to this Chrysler dealer, they insist there is nothing wrong with my Jeep and they do not hear this noise. Now my Jeep has had these episodes of violent shaking and I wonder if the two problems are connected. I have seen reports of a "Jeep death wobble" and feel this is the same thing that I have had occur with my Jeep. Is there any kind of recall for this problem?

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #15

Aug 102013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 62,092 miles
This car has had 11 serious incidents of what is called the "death wobble". the car hits a bump or rough edge on the freeway or highway and immediately goes into an uncontrolled wobble of the steering wheel and the wheels wiggle back and forth. This can only be stopped by slowing down or stopping. The incident described above 1st occurred on August 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm on highway 101 in newport, Oregon after I hit a bump. It occurred on August 25, 2013 5 times at about 10:00 am on interstate 3 in Oregon after hitting a bump or rough section in the road. It occurred 3 times on highway 99 in California after it hit a bump in the road. Finally, it occurred 4 times on August 25th. This car is unreliable and unsafe to drive on any freeway. This car has never been driven off road or mistreated and has only 62,000 miles, mostly miles are freeway miles. The car will be evaluated by an independent auto repair shop and then by a Jeep dealership. As stated, the incidents described above are serious and can cause the car to out of control. The car was purchased new in July 2010. There are a number of reports on this car that describe the death wobble. They are: (1) the congressional letter of March 19, 2012 from congressman henry waxman and congresswoman anna eschoo to NHTSA's administrator stickland asking for data on the "death wobble" as well as Chrysler's response to the incidents. (2) abc's san francisco affiliates April 12, 2012 report on tv about the death wobble-both reporters also personally experienced the same incident. (3) a follow- up report on July 5, 2012 by abc in san francisco that states that there are over 600 reports on this incident. (4) Chrysler's issuance of a technical service bulletin 19-002-12 to help dealers work on the steering/wobble problem. This is a manufacturing defect that relates to the suspension.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 102012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 33,500 miles
I was going 45 or so on a curve and hit a small pothole. All of the sudden my Jeep shook almost uncontrollably and it was very difficult to hold the wheel tight till I could slow down and get off the road. I took it in to the Jeep dealership and they told me it was due to bad tires. I purchased new 2 new tires as mine were in ok shape as it was. A month or so later it happened again on a straight away when hit a bump. I was close to losing control both times.

- Madison, SD, USA

problem #13

May 162013


  • 49,000 miles
I recently purchased a 2010 Jeep Wrangler unlimited. While driving the pedal was shaking and the steering was shaking. Also the soft top would not reach far enough to close. Have not driven the vehicle since. I'm currently using a rental.

- Wilton Manors , FM, USA

problem #12

May 052013


  • miles
2010 Jeep Wrangler death wobble. Started at 20K miles. Jeep wobbles at speeds above 45. Wobbles so bad you have to stop on a freeway and hold on tight to the steering wheel. Very dangerous. Dealer tried to fix with steering damper...no fix. Then changed shocks and tires. Worked for 30K. Came back even worse. Now they say they have no idea. Its all over the internet why doesn't Chrysler recall these? it is very dangerous. I am afraid to drive it. Whole front end shakes especially when going over a bump, even a small bump. Frightening.

- Louisa, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 022013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
When I hit a bump in the road going 45 mph the Jeep started shaking uncontrollably and now continues to do so when I hit bumps on the passenger side.

- Alma, WV, USA

problem #10

Apr 102012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Death wobble. Car shakes violenmtly when hitting bump on interstate at 50-70 mph. Have to slow down drastically to stop it. Afraid someone willl hit me from behind.

- Oakdale, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 132011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 13,411 miles
I purchased my new 2010 Jeep Wrangler sport unlimited on March 02, 2011 with 4,839 miles on it. The vehicles manufacturer warranty became effective on March 02, 2011 and extended to 40,839 miles. I returned the vehicle for service for the same front end problems (vibration, play in front end, etc - though described slightly different on some work orders) eight (8) times from October 13, 2011 through June 13, 2012. During that time there were four (4) service attempts to repair the problem 10/13/11 mileage 13,411 - 6/13/12 mileage 23,352 - services recommended and performed range from tire rotation, tie rods and damper replaced, toe adjustment, and lower shearing shaft replacement. 3/07/13 mileage 34,829 - I brought the vehicle in for routine nc inspection. Inspection passed. 3/09/13 as I traveled out of town with my children we experienced a frightening and stressful time. When driving at highway, or near highway speeds, and going over a bump the front end would begin, at random times, to have so much play and the steering would shake violently making it difficult to control the vehicle. This caused me to have to slow to the side and pull off the road. This repair issue has now escalated to the point that it is a dangerous safety hazard to my children and myself. Since this incident I have discovered this a known problem with the year, make, and model of my vehicle. Below you will find two links to videos demonstrating the violent shaking which occurs due to this problem. One is a perspective from outside the vehicle. The other is from inside the vehicle. Though the gentleman in the video seems to enjoy the violent shaking I assure you it was simply a terrifying experience for a mother traveling out of town alone with her children. www.youtube.com/watch"V=vwiv23dlhmy www.youtube.com/watch"V=gupyhm1pccy.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

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