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.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Wrangler will be less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Exhaust
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Power Equipment
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Jeep Wrangler owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Leaking around doors into passenger cabin"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Door weatherseal was replaced twice"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"repaired after 2nd effort under wrranty"

David T., MA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"leaks around window in rain"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Water leak on passenger side, front"

Larry P., OR (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Multiple incidences of soaked front floor boards - source yet to be determined"

J G., WA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"water leaks, floors wet after rain"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Three-piece Freedom top leaks. Has leaked since new. Dealer tried to fix but didn't work"

Tom S., FL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"The Jeep leaks water everytime it rains on the drivers side floor board. To date the dealer has been unable to advise as to any other Wranglers with the same problem"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Floor of one side of Jeep was wet after rains. Not sure if we were able to stop the water or not. It is garaged."

Peggy K., NY (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"When there is a hard rain the roof leaks. Because it is a roof that can be removed, it is not airtight."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"drivers door seal replaced with bigger one"

James K., OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Passenger door seal replaced due to water leak"

William C., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"When it rains the driver side becomes saturated with water"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Jeep Wrangler 3.8-L V6)

"The front doors would leak when a heavy rain came from that side of the vehicle. If heavy rain was coming from the driver side, the driver side floor would collect water that came in. Water would collect on the passenger side floor if it came from"

Jessica S., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"PASSENGER DOOR LEAKED A LOT"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"The weather seals in the roof partitions leak water onto the front driver's seat when the vehicle is in motion and it is raining"

John J., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"three-piece freedom top continues to leak and no one has been able to fix it."

Thomas S., FL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Since I bought it dealer states can't hear a rattle. Now 4 years later it's louder. They still say can't hear it"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Banging noise coming from rear of vehicle"

Peter M., ON (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Lots of issues with roof seals (kind of expected in a Jeep, however). Big issue is the rear hatch rattles very loudly and dealer is having difficulty fixing permanently. Again, kind of expected in a Jeep... just kind of annoying"

George G., CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Undercarriage rattles that the dealership claimed they could not find until I rode with them. Then they were able to hear the noise and fix some loose nuts"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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

Calipers

"One of the read calipers seized and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"calipers 'seized' up. two replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Front brake pads worn out"

Russell S., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"It was a normal routine but lasted longer than I had thought it would"

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Normal rear brake wear."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Parking brake

"The Parking brake has a torsion spring that needs the stick to be 'pumped' every once and awhile to engage the brake"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Parking brake does not hold on our hilly driveway"‿Desler could not fix it"‿"

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Almost a year ago, brakes on the left driver's side fell apart when driving."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"I brought the Jeep in to adjust t he brakes and they said it needed new rear brakes. Since I just bought the Jeep the dealer paid for it."

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Squeaking

"Pads replaced 3 times. Still squeeking. A checkup by another shop has shown that the axle is bent"

David P., IN (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Break pedal squeaked while braking"

Russell S., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

Clock

"clock was losing time"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Cruise control

"Cruise control would not turn on"

Tony C., AR (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Not just headlights, ALL lights and turn signails, horn, wipers, brake lights- everything on the steering colloum. They all go thru the instrument cluster and that went bad"

Jim M., ID (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlights would cut out intermittently while driving. Dealer could not duplicate problem. They replaced the switch"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Interior lights

"Motherboard fried and interior light no longer come on when door is opened"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Motherboard fried, interior light do not come on when door is opened"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Key fobs would not work--would not activate remote start. Dealer claimed it was a dual failure of both keys fobs. Charged us to replace both. I don't believe them. What are odds both go bad at same time?"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Warning lights

"Driver door sensor malfunctions and battery goes dead"

Paul N., CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"I believe the wiper motor problem stems from ongoing electrical and computer problems. The wipers turned on and rain stuck in the up right position, must start jeep several ties to resolve issue until the next time."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

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

"Ball joints and tie rods have been replaced twice in less than 3 years - no off roading"

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"U joints on front end seized up"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"front ball joints replaced"

Gregory G., MS (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump went out with under 20000 miles"

David P., IN (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering makes a popping noise when turned. Dealer has tightened linkage repeatedly. Last repair they indicated "this happens to all the Wrangler Unlimited that year... the tires are just too big for the linkage". Is not a safety issue, apparently"

George G., CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering vibration similar to the Cherokee "death wobble" but the dealership claimed the tires were only out of balance. After cleaning and rebalancing the problem went away for about two months and now is slowly returning"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Tie rods

"We experienced dreaded death wobble - twice have replaced bushings, torsion bars, one have replaced tie rods and another steering linkages. It eventually comes back as seen as significant and serious steering wheel vibration and front wheel wobble creating significant safety hazard. Ready to sell it - don't buy a Jeep since this is a design issue that they continually deny."

Walter M., IL (2011 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The timing belt was replaced more than 3 times in 105k miles. The idler pulley failed twice in 66k miles"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Diff seals replaced"

William C., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"I have had to replace the oil pan and gasket and the engines's rear seal due to leaking. It has been in the shop 4 times during the last 90,000 miles because of oil leaks"

John J., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Rear main seal, oil pan gasket, and valve cover gaskets"

Kurt P., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"rear main seal leaked."

Thomas S., FL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Leak at oil pan near plug"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Our clutch ticks. I don't know why. The dealer has looked or worked on it several times over the last few years but the problem remains; although to a lesser degree. We are told this is not unusual for a manual transmission system. Remain unconvinced."

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"Clutch failed and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Torque converter

"Torque Converter began failing (shudder at 35-45 MPH) and was replaced not under warrantee"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At about 24000 miles the transmission locked up. Could not push even in neutral, used transfer case neutral to push. Dealer replaced transmission, said old one had totally fragged, could not find planetary gears"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Transmission went up at 105k miles. Internal transmission oil pump failed causing the transmission to overheat and fail while traveling down a highway at 60mph!"

Anonymous, MD (2011 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)

"Tripped the check engine light but did not appear to have any effect on fuel consumption or other any mechanical issues"

Michael A., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Evaporative cannister fixture mounted on gas tank cracked. Because the design of this fixture was designed without possible maintenance in mind, the entire gas tank (approx. $850.00) had to be replaced, instead of a $15.00 fixture (my estimate) if it was designed such that it could be removed from the gas tank and replaced by itself."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Fuel cap

"replaced fuel cap believing it set off the check engine light but changing it had no discernible effect"

Michael A., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Get an occasional check engine light due to fuel cap. Had it checked out, there was no trouble. Reset CEL when it happens"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Get occasional check engine message due to various fuel system sensors. Reset check engine light and problem(s) doesn't reoccur. A real nuisance"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"Have had to replace the heat shield twice due to the rattle it develops when is starts to corrode around the mounting screws"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"heat shield problem about every three years. had it fixed once under warranty. now just wired up because some shops want to do a major expensive job...eg..remove muffler etc"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Other/unsure

"The airbag warning light came on. The clock spring had failed. There was a recall for the part on 2007 through 2010 Wranglers but not 2011. After several days of discussions with FCA, they agreed to pay for a new clock spring and the work to have it replaced. In the process I had to also pay for a warn out Cruise Control button assembly. After receiving the car back, I noticed the turn signals no longer worked and the dealership refused to admit that they had broken them. Not wanting to be without my Jeep for another week I have never gotten it fixed and I refuse to go back to that dealership for any more repairs."

Tony C., AR (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"recall issue"

Anonymous, TX (2011 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 leaks

"Needed fairly material transmission work"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Not exactly sure but VERY expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"Transmission pan and seals rotted"

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"ABS dash light on. Slippery road warning light on. When starting off while vehicle is cold, it jerks and slips several times, then catches and goes on. This prevents Cruise control from working and acceleration/braking is not fluid."

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

A/C compressor

"air compressor went out. horn stopped working. power steering went out"

Lori M., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Heater system

"No hot air when on heat. Dealer tore dashboard apart and installed a part that did not fix it. Gashed up my entire dashboard on top and bottom. Had to call dealer to figure out diagnostic"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Low on refrigerant. Not able to find leak."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"System just lost its cooling capability"

Michael A., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

Differential

"Locker stuck on; replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"The rear locking differential would stick in the locked position for days after use. Jeep replaced the actuator and carrier bearings for this differential. It was covered under my extended warranty. Total cost was less than $200 because of the warranty."

Anonymous, AR (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"The rear locking differential would no longer unlock."

Tony C., AR (2011 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Had to replace all the weather stripping around the door and the tops to stop the leaking"

Gregory G., MS (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Weather stripping deteriorated and had be to be replaced"

Gregory G., MS (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Rust

"Jeep is rusting from the inside out"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 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

"Routine maintenance on schedule. Cam shaft self-destructed. Required engine replacement ($7,500)."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"Engine began to knock and within a few days, something broke internally. Because of costs to fix, purchased a Jasper motor with 0 miles"

Anonymous, (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

"Bad lower bearing scratch the crankshaft"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

Display screen freezes up

"Dashboard information cycles through options by pushing a button on the steering wheel. Sometimes this fails."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The button would intermittently work when trying to change stations and volume using the steering wheel controls"

Anonymous, OK (2011 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"misfiring of plugs"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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