How Long Do Jeep Wranglers Last?


Few other vehicles offer the off-roading experience that a Jeep Wrangler can give its driver. For over 20 years, Jeep Wranglers have been known as the best off-roading vehicle. With their reputation already established, there is one big question which potential Jeep owners ask: How long do Jeep Wranglers last?

Jeep Wranglers can typically reach 280,000 miles before any significant problems surface. Well-maintained Jeep Wranglers have even been known to last for over 20 years and surpass 400,000 miles. This longevity is one of their primary selling points and makes them good long-term cars.

Surprised? Jeeps have mixed reputations: between the loyal cult following of Jeep fans and the widespread tales of poor reliability and frequent breakdowns, it can be hard to tell exactly how reliable the Jeep Wrangler is and whether or not they’re worth the money. Let’s explore the facts of the vehicle to see if they really are as hardy as they claim to be.

Potential Problems You May See From Your Jeep Wrangler

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When you’re looking into buying a new vehicle, it is important to understand all the consequences, good and bad, which may come from your purchase. Although the Jeep name does often come with a mixed reputation, problems you will see from your Jeep Wrangler (if properly maintained), are no greater than those you would see from any other vehicle you would take off-roading.

It seems that most vehicles begin showing problems as they reach their 5th year. It’s as if the vehicles themselves know the warranty is expired and now is the time to act up. The good news for those who are interested in purchasing a new Jeep Wrangler is this is not the case for this vehicle. If properly cared for, Jeep Wranglers often don’t even begin to see issues until they have exceeded 280,000 miles or around 20 years. Issues that do arise are often due to the harsh off-roading conditions which the Wranglers have endured.

Off-roading is what these vehicles are designed to do, and they do in fact last a lot longer than other vehicles would who are put in their place. Unfortunately, Jeep Wranglers aren’t perfect. After miles and years have been put on these vehicles, you’ll begin to see some problems in a few areas.

Electrical Issues

Due to the exposure of mud and water during off-roading, electrical issues are often the first thing you will begin to notice. Difficult start-ups, malfunctioning lights and gauges, and A/C performance are the most common power malfunctions. When you begin to notice these issues, it is a sign you need to take your Jeep in to see what other issues may have begun to show themselves.

As you drive your Wrangler and begin to exceed the magic 280,000 miles on it, you will probably begin to notice more electrical issues in general. This is due to the age and use of the vehicle, as well as the prolonged exposure to the natural elements.

When you begin to notice electric issues, it is time to take your Jeep into an auto shop to get it looked at. Some other issues to be aware of include leaky radiators, rear main seal leaks, and transfer case leaks.

Other Issues To Be Aware Of

Aside from the electric issues which we have previously discussed, there are other common issues to be watching for as we discuss Jeep Wranglers.

  • The Death Wobble
    • This is the name given to a scary experience which many Jeep Wranglers have had to deal with. This is when the steering wheel shakes violently, often after hitting a pothole or off-roading. If you have experienced this, don’t panic. Just slow down and carefully drive to your closest mechanic.
    • There are many different underlying problems that may be causing “the death wobble”. If you experience this in your Jeep Wrangler, inform your mechanic and have them thoroughly examine your vehicle to target the underlying problem.
  • Transmission Recalls
    • This is an issue that has been a huge problem in the models made starting in 2005. Jeep has come forward and admitted there is an issue with the transmission getting stuck in a certain gear. This could be offputting and scary to potential buyers, especially if you think about getting stuck in a certain gear while driving on the freeway.
    • If you do have problems with your transmission, Jeep may pay for the repair. The downfall of this repair is the time it will take for this to get fixed.
  • Engine Popping
    • Backfiring or popping sounds can be extremely loud. Lots of people even mistake them for gunshots, which could cause you to jump or jerk the wheel while driving. This can come as a shock, especially if it’s never happened before.
    • Some of the common reasons for engine backfiring or popping are incorrect engine timing, running rich with too much fuel and not enough air, failed spark plugs, and plug wires (if equipped).

Reasons to Purchase a Jeep Wrangler

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Now that we have thoroughly looked over many common issues which often come with a Jeep Wrangler, let’s look into why they continue to be popular.

Aesthetics

You are in the small percentile if you don’t agree Jeep Wranglers hold an iconic look. Jeep somehow manages to make this classic look seem fresh and attractive. Wranglers have a classic rugged look that draws attention wherever your adventures may take you. This vehicle is clearly meant for adventure, both on and off the road.

Many potential owners of a new Jeep Wrangler may only be looking into this vehicle for the aesthetics, which is reason enough! Jeep Wranglers continue to create new models which upgrade the same classic look which the Jeep brand is so well known for.

Off-Roading Experience

Jeep Wranglers are known for their incredible off-roading capabilities. If you are an outdoor person, this is the best vehicle for you. They can handle rough terrain, as well as a variety of difficult substances like sand or mud. A good Jeep will be able to take you to your next great camping adventure, or on day trips to incredible settings.

Jeep Wranglers are equipped with two-speed, four wheel drive systems, which makes them perfect for any off-roading adventure.

Great Performance On Road

Although Jeep Wranglers are known for their off-roading skills, they offer that same experience on-road as well. When purchasing a Jeep Wrangler, you can expect to own a car that gives you great performance anywhere you are. Jeep continues to upgrade and perfect the Wrangler, making this vehicle a constant work in progress.

Steering and handling are better than ever in the newest model of the Jeep Wrangler and we can only expect great things to come from the Jeep company. The high-sitting Jeep gives the driver great visibility which allows for a safer driving experience both on and off-road.

Impressive Towing Capacity

The Jeep Wrangler offers a great towing capacity to handle any towing or hauling problems you may encounter. This is great for bringing a small trailer or boat along with you on adventures. It’s also a handy feature if you need to pull someone out of a ditch! Jeep’s are also strong enough that you won’t have to worry about the engine or emission while you are hauling.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler can tow 2,000 to 3,500 lbs. This is a high amount, which should cover several towing needs you may encounter.

Nice Array of Safety Measures

Safety measures are extremely important, especially on a vehicle that is intended for off-roading. Jeep wants to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers who will be transported in their vehicles. There is a rear-view camera on all standard models. This is extremely helpful when trying to get out of off-roading places you may have gotten stuck in.

Front and side airbags are also found in the front seats. This offers protection from any accident caused on or off the road. Jeep Wranglers also have a system that aids the driver in detecting cars in their blind spots. Stability control is also standard in the newer models.

You can even add on forward-collision alert systems which help the drivers know if they are getting too close to an object in the road. Adaptive cruise-control concludes some of the more notable safety measures which are found on the Jeep Wrangler.

An Upgraded Interior

Jeep Wranglers offer an iconic exterior that is based on a classic rugged look. The interior holds the same durable, rugged feeling of the exterior, but with added comfort. Jeep has done a lot to ensure the quality and comfort of their interiors. Leather interiors are now offered in all new models since 2019.

Modern Tech in this Classic Ride

You shouldn’t have to choose between the benefits of modern tech and the classic rugged aesthetics. Jeep Wranglers eliminate this decision and allow you to have the best of both worlds. Jeep Wranglers offer a nice sound system and a choice between 8 or 9 great-sounding speakers. Music is one of the most important things which make an adventure memorable. Having a great sound system and speakers will boost your adventures to the next level.

An HD touchscreen is also offered in the new models which have a navigational system embedded in, to prevent drivers from getting lost on their adventures. Many of the newer models also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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