Top 5 Jeep Wrangler Years to Avoid

We will share our list of Jeep Wrangler years to avoid based on common issues that are reoccurring on almost all the Jeep Wranglers manufactured in the said year.

The most common Jeep Wrangler issues we will focus on to help us list Jeep Wranglers years to avoid are electrical problems, suspension problems, engine problems, fuel system problems, and transmission problems.

Most people say Jeep Wranglers are not reliable due to the high cost of repair parts and the frequency of repairs. But amongst the list of most abused SUVs in the market are the Jeep Wrangler, they are the most used offroading SUVs in the market, and people love them for their offroading and performance capabilities, however, they are not immune to problems and some years have more problems than others.

In this guide, we list down the top 5 Jeep wrangler years to avoid, and the reason why you should avoid them if you are in the market looking to buy an old Jeep.

Which Jeep Wrangler Years to Avoid and Why?

Our list of the top 5 Jeep Wrangler years to avoid include 2008, 2007, 2012, 2014, and 2013 Jeep Wrangler in that order.

2008 Jeep Wrangler Problems

The 2008 Jeep Wrangler has issues with its electrical system, and users report issues relating to the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failing, and the issue with the engine starting. The TIPM is a device full of relays and other electronic components to control the electrical system.

The TIPM is a common failure point for the 2008 Jeep wrangler and you will experience issues such as your Jeep dashboard restarting, brake lights stuck on, and starting issues among other Jeep parts connected with your Jeeps electrical system. The cost to repair a failed TIPM is close to $1,000 and involves replacing the TIPM and some Jeepers are having success when they flash out their TIPM and PCM.

Another common issue with the 2008 Jeep Wrangler is the death wobble, the death wobble is a scary event that shakes your vehicle violently and is caused by either loose, old, or worn out ball joints, track bar, stabilizer bar, steering stabilizer, damper and steering linkage or disengaging your Jeeps traction control.

The 2008 Jeep Wrangler tops our list of the top five Jeep Wrangler years to avoid because of its TPS failure that affects the  Jeep’s handling capabilities. The 2008 Jeep Wrangler has many electrical problems that cause the TPM to fail when the TPM fails it will send the wrong voltage reading and your check engine will light up, it will also send information to your Jeeps transmission leading to unexpected shifting that is dangerous when driving the Jeep.

2007 Jeep Wrangler Problems

Among the leading problems that are common with 2007 Jeep Wranglers, are related to the suspension system that results in the death wobble, components resulting in the death wobble, or vibration when driving a 2007 Jeep Wrangler including steering shock, ball joints, steering stabilizer, and track arm bushing.

Jeepers with 2007 Jeep Wranglers have also reported many cases of their engine failing, knocking or dying when driving, or leaking oil from the timing belt. Hydro-locked engines are also reported not because of water getting into the Jeeps engine, but because of an excessive amount of fuel or engine getting into the combustion chamber caused by cease or damage of internal components of the Jeeps engine.

There are also reports of TIPM failing when driving the 2007 Jeep Wrangler, and the failure of the TIPM will stall the engine and cause other electrical problems, most 2007 Jeep Wrangles are repaired by replacing the TIPM with a new one after failure.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Problems

Amongst the top leading problems experienced in 2012 Jeep Wranglers are related to electrical problems that cause TIPM Failure. Typical problems experienced after a 2008 Jeep Wrangler TIPM failure include engine stalling when driving, Jeep cranks but won’t start, and airbags deploying randomly. Most problems have been solved by replacing the TIPM, but the problems still occur because other electrical issues might have caused the TIPM to fail.

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler has been included in our top 3 Jeep Wrangler years to avoid because of their engine problems, mostly of the 2012 jeep Wrangler’s engine problems are related to overheating of the engine or head gasket failure. In severe cases, 2012 Jeep wrangler engine problems often lead to a replacement of the engine heads, replacement of the engine, or rebuilding engine.

Another common issue reported by Jeepers with the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is problems relating to their AC/Heater. 2012 Jeep wranglers AC heater issues are mainly related to issues with the Jeeps heater core, radiator, blend door actuator, or failure of the electrical system.

2014 Jeep Wrangler Problems

Number four of the Jeep Wrangler years to avoid is the 2014 Jeep Wrangler, the 2014 Jeep wrangler has had its owners worried because of the frequent oil housing leaks, the house leaks are very dangerous and have caused some of the Jeeps engines to stall when driving, this is because when there is an oil leak in the engine moving parts in the engine are not lubricated well which results in the engine parts seizing up.

Other common issues with the 2014 Jeep Wrangler are related to electrical problems that cause the engine not to start, owners of the 2014 Jeep Wranglers have reported issues with their TIPM, ECM, Shift Control, and TPS models. Other electrical problems include faulty speed sensors that can cause abnormal automatic operation, especially on automatic transmission Jeep Wranglers manufactured in the year 2014.

Other issues relating to the 2014 Jeep Wrangler are transmission problems that cause slipping and harsh shifts especially on automatic Jeep Wranglers, other owners of 2014 Jeep wranglers have reported experiencing a delay in 3-4 or 4-5 gear changes where the transmission doesn’t want to go into the directed gears.

2013 Jeep Wrangler Problems

The 2013 Jeep wrangler is also another Jeep Wrangler year you should avoid, this is because the Jeep wrangler has issues with its engine related mainly related to sensors such as the crankshaft position sensor. A faulty crankshaft position sensor will most likely cause your engine to stall intermittently, have issues starting the vehicle, and your engine light will likely light on.

Users of 2013 Jeep Wranglers have also reported issues with their TIPM module which is an electrical problem, a bad TIPM can cause other electrical parts and components to stop working such as your AC, headlights, wipers, horn, signal, etc

Owners of the 2013 Jeep wrangler have also complained of problems with their steering system that causes death wobbles, and power steering pump failure which makes handling worse especially when turning a corner, owners of 2013 Jeeps claim that the steering is slow to respond and a whining sound from the steering. With a failed steering pump, you will likely have zero steering assist and the steering will be stiff.

Final Thoughts.

Jeep Wrangler Years to Avoid

We have now concluded our list of the top 5 Jeep Wrangler years to avoid, and hope you are informed of the problems you are likely to face when buying a used Jeep Wrangler manufactured in the years 2008, 2007, 2012, 2014, and 2013, this is not to say that all Jeeps manufactured in this years must have this problem, but there is a high chance of the problems occurring since this are the most common issues.

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James Ndungu - Jeep Runner Writer

Author: James Ndungu

For James, the Jeep Life goes deeper than a hobby, I write about the Jeep Lifestyle, education with tips and tricks, how-to guides, and inspiration achieved by getting out with my Jeep and just doing it!

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