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The Wrangler has entered the modern era, with more creature comforts, updated safety gear, and an available four-door model. Its off-road performance is very impressive. While on-road ride, handling, and refinement are improved, they are still not competitive.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags available from 2007. ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Wrangler has entered the modern era, with more creature comforts, updated safety gear, and an available four-door model. Its off-road performance is very impressive. While on-road ride, handling, and refinement are improved, they are still not competitive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (205 hp)
  • 3.8-liter V6 (202 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Jeep Wrangler owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“replaced lower ball joints.also electrical mod”

Donald M., MI (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Premature wear”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“All four Ball Joints were completely worn out and Required replacement at 17500 miles. No root cause other than poor quality at point of production. Vehicle has never been off roading nor in an accident and receives regular maintenance”

Darrell W., IL (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Hard and heavy use in muddy and rough bush roads. Accepted”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“"death wobble" vehicle shakes like it's falling apart sporadically at approximately 50 mph”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“stock shocks worn out. Replaced with OEM shocks”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“extreme vibration”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Extreme vibration occurred, especially when hitting bumps. Caused loss of control but no accident. Repair shop called it the "Death Wobble" and apparently it was caused by some stabilization bar problem that was re-called, but we weren't informed”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“severe "death" wobble caused by loose axle shock-to-frame”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Front end wobble after hitting certain bumps. New Steering Shock fixed problem”

John E., ME (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“We had the infamous "death wobble." You hit a bump at about 45-50 mph and the vehicle shakes uncontrollably. The only way to stop it is to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. We replaced the tension rod, bushings, ball joints. This has happened”

Brooke P., KS (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Extreme Front End Simmy (Death Woble)”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Tie rods

“The tie rod ends are not covered by the additional lifetime wrap around warrantee that I purchased, because they are considered a normal wear item like brake pads”

Ron S., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Terrain tires and off road use combined allow balance weights to come off the rims thus causing imbalance. Accepted as part of rough use”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Hit a bump, lost ABS, 2 months later came back on its own”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Right front and left rear calibers locked up”

Michael D., PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Caliper sticking due to either caliper or hose caused brakes to constantly overheat. Not enough to pull but enough to cause the rotor to warp and lead to "death wobble"”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Cable broke”

Mark S., SC (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“parking break pads need to be changed every 3 yrs/ 80000 km. have to hammer rotor off and replace because of the damage the removal causes”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Have had to have three of the four calipers, one front rotor and both front and rear pads replaced under warranty”

Gerald C., CT (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Rear brake pads wear at twice the rate of front. Brake squealing is audible”

Skip M., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“2 sets of rear brake rotors, calipers, and pads in 44,000 miles!”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Squeaking was occurring from rear of vehicle, replacement of brake pads fixed the problem”

William R., VA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Brakes went out. Had problems acquiring a master cylinder. Had to settle for a rebuilt one”

Hunley D., LA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“Replaced brake pads”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Breaks wear out fast every 8 months”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“brake pads”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Electric windows/door locks need repair”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Dealership did not properly diagnose while under warranty. Now stuck with a $700 repair bill. Fiat - Chrysler offing no help despite widespread problem amongst Jeep Wranglers”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Gauges

“had to replace instrument cluster”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Constantly burning out rear turn signal indicator lamp Transmission seal leak three times in 106000 miles”

Luis G., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Keyless entry

“remote locking/remote start failed”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Always lower per indicators”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Warning light was not functioning correctly”

Richard H., FL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Headlights

“factory headlights next to useless so replaced with LEDs”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Horn

“Sensor located in steering wheel had to be replaced cost $600 for parts and labor not covered under warranty”

Mary F., WA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Rear wiper motor needed replaced”

Jeffrey B., PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“The washer will not function after new motor was installed. It is still a problem”

Richard H., FL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Even when filling the tank slowly, the nozzle does not shut off in time and gas spills all over the side”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Engine computer

“Computer failed. Cost of a re-manufactured one $400.00 cost of a new one from Jeep $1200.00 I opted for re-manufactured one. Labor for install $275.00”

Rachel S., VA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“Engine knock with loss of power and oil consumption”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Rod malfunction - needed new engine. We traded the Jeep for a new vehicle rather than rebuild or replace the engine”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Uses close to 1 quart per 1000 miles. Jeep limit is 1 quart per 1000 miles. Jeep dealer can't find where oil is going. Engine isn't wet anywhere and it doesn't appear to be burning any oil”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Dealer reported an oil leak and said it would be too hard to find to fix”

Conner-Bennett S., WA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Brought it in along with the starter issue and again it is not fixed, even though they said they fixed it. It is leaking by the oil pan and on the passenger side”

Elizabeth C., NY (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“pan gasket”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“smelled fuel for a year and now its dripping at the tank. also big problem with backsplash/overflow when filling the tank and jeep isn't fixing it”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“At 68000 miles the check engine light came on took to dealer and they reset it said it was her code and I was using defective gas to switch brands light comes on in 3 days I run 3 tanks of different gas in it and took back they said her is bad and would cost 1600.00 to replace. I bought the egr for 65.00 and installed my self in a couple of hours. What a rip off from the dealer”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Catalytic converters (4) in one y-pipe needed replacement”

Paul G., NY (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“First a small, then a large EVAP syatem leak occurred a few months ago. Might be due to me not always turning the engine off during refueling”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Fuel pump

“The fuel pump developed a crack in the plastic flange where it secures to the gas tank and would leak fuel when I would fill the tank completely. It took a few months to locate the cause of the leak because I would only smell fuel when completely filling the tank and I did not always do that. If I only put in enough fuel to get around town and not fill up the tank it would not leak and I would not smell any gas because it would not seep out of the cracked flange”

Darrell W., IL (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor failed”

Tim W., TN (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Sensors on catalytic converters are bad. Over $1,000 to replace so they're staying until there's an actual problem”

Matt B., FL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Jeep dealer replaced fuel cap but light still comes on rarely”

Paul G., NY (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Have had 2 injectors malfunction. But replaced and all is well. Fuel system cleaner also worked for a while”

Randy W., AZ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Upper hose neck broke. Intake manifold leaked coolant”

Gary G., MN (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Intake manifold gasket leaving antifreeze”

Michael D., PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Intake manifold gasket”

Anonymous, DE (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Overheating

“Motors now made in Mexico. Casting sand not removed properly, causing overheating problems and damaging engine”

Jeanne G., AK (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Radiator

“Major leak. Replaced with new radiator”

Peter H., OK (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Radiator problems connected to casting sand not being properly removed from engine prior to installment”

Jeanne G., AK (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Water pump

“Had to have water pump replaced under warranty. No obvious signs of leaking, antifreeze level kept going down”

Gerald C., CT (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“it failed,had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Leaks around doors on both soft and hard tops...but Hey, it's a Jeep”

Tim W., TN (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Same as the other”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Both the hard and soft tops leak in some fairly big ways”

Conner-Bennett S., WA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“In heavy rains water leaks at a spot at the to of each door”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“The rear window on the hard top has always leaked”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“rattle from shield on under gas tank. Also the water runoff from the roof edge drain design, it runs all over the riders and drivers pants”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Significant wind noise around the top of the windshield at highway speeds”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“When we bought it, our mechanic said it would be a problem. We negotiated the price down to reflect the cost of fixing the clutch”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Total failure without warning signs of any kind in heavy traffic. Suddenly would not go into any gear. I drive conservatively and use the jeep mostly for commuting in rural/small town traffic. Not covered by "lifetime powertrain warranty"”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Throwout bearing went, replaced entire clutch, dealership quoted lower price over phone, when at the shop written quote much higher, didn't explain exactly what was wrong, just that I needed a new clutch”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“it just stopped working”

Anonymous, WV (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“long term intermittment issues with Reverse Gear, specialist recommended complete replacement due to excessive particle matter found in transmission fluid. $3500 replacement cost”

Mary F., WA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Catastrophic transmission failure, pulling out of the driveway. Dealer had to replace. It was under warranty”

Edward-Deana P., TN (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“This is the fourth transmission (2nd@75,000-Rebuilt; 3rd@125.000-Rebuilt; 4th@175,000-Replaced) we have placed in this vehicle. They were slipping, The Main Seal would start to leak. It would begin to overheat. The gears would start slipping. We woul”

Thomas H., TX (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

“A crack developed in the exhaust manifold last year. I was told this is typical for Jeep”

Rudy G., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“The left side exhaust manifold has been a chronic problem. the gasket has been replaced more than once. the manifold itself has been replaced as well as the cylinder head. the manifold bolts loosen occasionally. Luckily I have the life time warrantee”

Ron S., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“The heat shield is difficult to repair as you have to drop the entire muffler to do so”

Jeffrey B., PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Catalytic converter

“Catalytic converter plates failed (rattle) and required replacement”

Dan P., DC (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Quit working”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Would not eject CDs”

David M., TX (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Display freezes and I need to disconnect the battery cables”

Kristina S., PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“affected batter function, had to disconnect nav. system”

Norbert L., AZ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“The system would show you in a totally different location than you were driving. Sometimes that location would be in another state, not driving on any roads and even driving over bodies of water”

Douglas A., MD (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“Camera could not be hooked up to new MyGig”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Coil replaced by dealer in august had to be replaced under warranty in February”

Fred J., OH (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Ignition switch

“The security module attached to the ignition switch went bad. Vehicle could not be started reliably until replaced”

Jason E., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Starter

“We have had numerous issues with the Starter. Had it sent in once and they didn't get to it until 3 days later. Got it back and it's still not fixed”

Elizabeth C., NY (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Transmission randomly jumped out of 1st gear when accelerating from a stop”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“The gears would begin to slip. Usually it would be 2nd gear. On occasion it would be 4th. On several occasions it would not even go into gear”

Thomas H., TX (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“I have had to replace transmission gasket three times in 106000 miles”

Luis G., CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Right Front door lock does not work. You can lock the door from the inside, outside or with keyless lock but the door can still be opened from the outside”

Anonymous, WY (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Convertible top

“Plastic window trim cracked and broken resulting in poor seal around door. New top doesn't match window trim either”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Glass defects

“It's just the design of a Jeep Wrangler windshield. Because of it's near vertical angle, the windshield is apt to get hit, chipped and broken by gravel or objects that are thrown up by vehicles in front. I've replaced two windshields in the past two”

Douglas A., MD (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Rod malfunction - we traded the Jeep for a new vehicle rather than rebuilding or replacing the engine”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Valve cover leak resulted in damage requiring a new engine”

Anonymous, AL (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Bought new always used mobil synthetic oil never leaked or burned oil. Suddenly at 41000 about .9 quart of oil is being burned per 1000 miles. Jeep claims this is normal for this engine. I had 2 oil consumption test performed. They won't do anything”

Jose A., NJ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The paint on the outside door hinges is flaking off and the dealer won't do anything about it. You can see they are pot metal and coroding from the inside out, poor prep from factory if you ask me”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Paint of two front door hinges has largely come off due to poor painting”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“door hinges rusted where the pin is. They say normal I say BS”

Jose A., NJ (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Battery died, reset the engine computer to some kind of failure mode. Took 4 days to fix. Major part of the cost was my car rental”

David S., OR (2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Can would occasionally not start. It was discovered electrical system reported car was in gear when in fact it was not. Replaced an item in the transmission to do the repair”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

“System had low heat. Flushed, and works fine”

John E., ME (2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Very slow refrigerant leak that appears to be coming from the evaporator area”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
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