really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,165 miles

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Aug 082016


  • 68,000 miles


While driving, the vehicle, which was 3 days new to us, exhibited the classic Jeep death wobble. The vehicle started to violently shake from side to side and only stopped once the brake was activated. This happened 4 times before the alignment was righted and a part replaced.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #22

Aug 162016


  • 34,570 miles
Did oil and filter change at the dealership. I got on the freeway and looked at my rear window when I saw smoke. Did not think of it much since I figured its the old oil burning. Drove for a good 2-3 miles and it was getting worse. Pulled over to the side and a lot of smoke got inside the vehicle. Got out and the oil was draining over the muffler, transmission cover that was causing the smoke. I thought they forgot to put the screw back on or the oil filter loose. Called the dealership told them what happened and called a tow truck. Once at the dealership, was told by the tech that it might of been the oil cooler that was draining or got cracked, he said that this is pretty common. I checked online for recalls but did not find any but I did notice a lot of Jeep forums online that this was an issue with this model yr. This could be a fire hazard with all that oil draining on the muffler and the engine. Bad design overall! I even know that, it doesn't take a genius to figure that out, its common sense. Making parks with plastic pipes" by the engine and in a hot area" it might be to save money in parts but I am paying on a $40000 Jeep. Got the part 68105583aa replaced with 68105583ae. Hopefully this got motified.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #21

May 062016


  • 38,900 miles
On 5/6/16 I went to start my 2014 Jeep Wrangler unlimited rubicon and the engine did not make a noise but the dash lit up like a christmas tree. The windows had power and radio worked but the door lock or alarm did not work. I towed it to the dealer and was advised that it was a common problem and was called the "tipm module" which is basically the entire fuse box and part of the computer. I was stuck there in North Carolina from Maryland for four exra days. Now after getting back home to Maryland on 6/5/16 I go to try and accelorate onto the highway from a ramp and the transmission revs to 5,500 RPM but the Jeep will not accelerate. I have to ease off the gas and let it accelerate very slowly. Thank god no trucks were coming or it could have beed and extremely dangerous situation considering it was interstate 95 by 175 where semi trucks go to the ta truck stop.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #20

Feb 262016


  • 40,000 miles


After only 2 years of highway driving my 2014 Jeep Wrangler unlimited started leaking oil. I took it in to the dealership and was told that the oil cooler was failing and leaking. The mechanic said that the "standard" oil filter that had been installed at my last oil change (which was done at a reputable facility) was thicker and better than the filter Chrysler uses. This thicker, better filter apparently causes oil pressure to increase in order for the engine to move the oil thru this filter. A quick search online found multiple other accounts of the same part failing. The repair was covered under the powertrain warranty but I was told that if I use any oil filter other than the one they sell that if another failure occurs it would not be covered.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #19

Mar 022015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2014 Jeep Wrangler. Consumer writes in regards to manual transmission and brake pedal system issues. The consumer stated gear/clutch system, pedal dropped and lost power pressure. The clutch made a creaking noise. The clutch slave cylinder was replaced. However, it continued to malfunction. In addition, the brake pedal made a squeaking noise, when he applied the brake.

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #18

Nov 232015


  • 26,000 miles
Automatic transmission will downshift to 2 or 3 and not up shift. Requires stopping vehicle, turning off engine and restarting to return to norman operation. This happened 6 times in 1 day on 400 mile trip. Happened while passing 18 wheeler on a 2 lane road. When it happens it will not accelerate. 3 videos were provided to the dealership showing the occurrence. Does not set any codes.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #17

Nov 262015


  • 23,500 miles


We had noticed an oil leak which was causing smoke & terrible smell. Luckily no fire. We took it to the dealer we purchased it from, and they refused to cover repair citing that the vehicle was serviced elsewhere, therefore it was not their fault. We had it removed from there and took it to another local dealer, who acknowledged said problem and repaired the Jeep under warranty. (defective oil filter housing assembly). This appears to be a well known problem, and despite the fact that this is a 2014 vehicle, the complaints seem to be excessive. There is no doubt that the dealer we bought it from deliberately tried to blame someone else even though it is a serious safety issue potentially resulting in injury and/or death. This could have easily caught on fire. We are lucky. Documentation, repair invoices to follow if needed.

- Leonardo, NJ, USA

problem #16

Oct 092015


  • 20,000 miles
Cracked oil filter housing. Vehicle was stationary for 5 days and upon return I noticed a puddle of oil under the bell housing. The vehicle only has roughly 20,000 miles on it so I suspected a rear main seal issue. Upon inspection by my local Jeep dealership it was found to be a cracked oil filter housing. This is a very dangerous issue that could leave drivers stranded and could pose serious safety concerns.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #15

Jul 142015


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. While at a stop light, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle jerked forward. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Toms River , NJ, USA

problem #14

May 252015


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. While parked on a hill, the vehicle rolled away in the reverse position. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the front driver's side of another vehicle. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and sent a specialist to inspect the vehicle. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Lomita, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 202015


  • 15,900 miles


I noticed a burning smell a few nights ago before noticing an oil spill in my garage. I looked under the help and saw oil everywhere! I wasn't sure where it was coming from. It looked like maybe a seal busted from the oil pan. I took it to the dealership right away since it was still under warranty. There is oil all over the rear of the engine, I feel it will eventually start a fire! this should be recalled since there are many Wrangler and other models with the same part, having the same issue!

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 012014


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving up an incline, the transmission down shifts and the RPM's would rev up to 6000. In addition, the vehicle would shift once over the hill. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,500.

- Roscoe, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 022015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 9,800 miles
Malfunction indicator light comes on repeatedly. Implausible data reported from a module that the dealership claims is not even in the vehicle. Occasionally the vehicle will not go above about 1800 RPM and 15 miles an hour. At other times the rpms will surge up into the 5000-6000 range and not shift out of 1st gear. Dealerships claim there are no problems but the shifting problem continues to occur and the malfunction indicator light keeps coming on.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #10

Jan 092015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
I was driving downhill on the freeway (just East of snowville, ut) at approx 70 mph (speed limit 80), when the Jeep suddenly shifted into a much lower gear (1st or 2nd). Of course we spun out--first one way, then the other as I fought for control I either got it into neutral or it went into neutral itself and I regained control and got it to the side of the road. I was very lucky not to have rolled the vehicle or hit other vehicles, and my wife said she would have rolled it. After I got it to the side of the road, it would not go into gear for sometime and the engine light went on. After three or four tries, it eventually went into gear and the engine light stayed on, and we drove the 60 miles or so back home at a much slower speed. I drove it to the dealer the following day and they said to bring it back on Monday, which I did and they kept it several days but could not find the problem. My wife won't drive the vehicle at all now, and I am afraid to drive it at freeway speeds, though it now seems to be driving ok. Of course I'm concerned that this might happen to me again, but I'm also concerned that it might happen to someone with less driving experience and kill someone.

- Eden, UT, USA

problem #9

Nov 072014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 9,800 miles
I am seeing an issue when I drive the vehicle first time in the mornings maybe 5-7 days a week. I own a 2014 Jeep Wrangler unlimited sport (automatic transmission), with a rubicon express leveling kit, tire size 315/17 after I start the vehicle weather I leave a minute after or let it idle for several minutes it does not change anything. I leave a minute after or let it idle for several minutes most times and then I am on my way. After reaching an initial speed of 40-45 for the first mile, I slow down normally approaching the first stop (foot on brake). At this point the tachometer is down below the 1500-1000 range; the vehicle starts to shutter as if I have my foot on the gas pedal as well. Coming to a complete stop the tachometer is erratic from idle to the 1500 or so range and the vehicle is vibrating and if I don"T let off the brake the vehicle stalls. Putting it in park it starts normally does not happen again until the next day, once after work one night. The worst happened last week when I restarted and went from park to drive, it seem to stay in park as the rpms went up but did not move forward. I put it back in park and then to drive and it moved as it should. Could not decide what to choose for affected parts could also be; engine, fuel/propulsion, electrical" I have taken it to the dealer but of course they said they can't find anything! will take it back again with the following referenced www.carcomplaints.com/Jeep/Wrangler/2014/engine/runs_rough_stalls_frequently_when_stopping.shtml.

- Waddell, AZ, USA

problem #8

Aug 292014


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while stopped at a stop light, there was a loud noise coming from the vehicle. The failure recurred while driving in third and fourth gear. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

problem #7

Nov 282014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,216 miles
I have a cracked oil filter housing that seems to be a common issue with this year model Jeep. The local dealer is about 920 back ordered which tells me that this is a major problem. Please look in to this! if this would have happened while driving it could have caused the engine to lock up and may have caused an accident.

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 142014


  • 4,200 miles
First time it happened, I was pulling out of a red light and it seemed the Jeep wouldn't shift gears, the rpms revved up and it seemed as though the transmission was not keeping up with the rpms. This continued for a couple seconds and I pulled to the birm of the road and put the Jeep in neutral. I then proceeded to put it in drive and pulled out. I took my Jeep to the dealer (Jeep in newnan ga) and they told me nothing was wrong. The computer didn't diagnose any problem. This has since happened two more times. The last incident was on October 3rd when my wife was driving. The person behind her almost wrecked into her.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 062014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 2,800 miles
I just drove my vehicle and then parked it at my home on a driveway that has a slight incline. I parked vehicle in 1st gear (6 speed manual transmission), and applied the parking brake. Approximately 10 minutes later I was in my yard and heard a muffled pop noise and then a clicking sound that resembled a roller coaster ride when the cars are being pulled up a steep hill. I turned around and saw my vehicle going down the driveway. It collided with my wife's vehicle then hit a tree. The vehicle has 2800 miles on it. When I got in vehicle the shift was in 1st gear, and brake applied. I started the vehicle and let off the clutch and the vehicle moved forward, indicating that it was in fact in first gear still. I duplicated where I parked it again and it moved backwards again. After multiple reenactments the vehicle would move until 3-5 min later it would make a sudden movement in reverse for about 6-12 inches.

- Clinton, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 012014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 6,390 miles
Oil noted dripping from the transmission case seam onto the exhaust crossover pipe. Probably did not catch fire due to the cold (11F) winter temperatures. Oil leak was found to be caused by defective rear main seal. Previous oil change (the first one for this vehicle) performed professionally. Oil replenished was "5.90 quarts" in a nominal 6 quart system. Vehicle: 2014 Jeep Wrangler unlimited jku, 3.6L "pentastar" engine, 6 speed manual transmission.

- Warwick, NY, USA

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