The iconic Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following, thanks to its classic design, rugged image and legendary history. With an updated powertrain, this may be the best version yet, but the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable offroading ability, on the road performance is uncivilized. The ride is unsettled, sometimes even snappy. Handling is very clumsy.
Alerts
There are 10 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.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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 iconic Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following, thanks to its classic design, rugged image and legendary history. With an updated powertrain, this may be the best version yet, but the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable offroading ability, on the road performance is uncivilized. The ride is unsettled, sometimes even snappy. Handling is very clumsy. Wind noise is pervasive, even at modest speeds. Though the interior has been updated and made somewhat more civilized over the years, it is still cramped and uncomfortable with awkward access. The Wrangler is unique in offering a four-door convertible, but removing the optional hard top or folding the soft-top is quite a project. High prices mean the Wrangler is no inexpensive weekend toy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD
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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (285 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 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

"Back windows on soft top do not seal around doors and windows "pop out" when driving on the highway, resulting in a rush of cold or warm air"

Thomas B., NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Water leaking in from roof"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"WATER LEAKS FROM THE DOOR SEALS / TOP"

Kimberly S., NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"T-Tops leaks water...been in the shop multiple times to fix"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"when it rains it leaks in by the A post where a foam strip is"

James L., FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Hard top leaks at joint above windshield of the two front panels"

Anonymous, WV (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"in rain, water pools in the passenger floor. seems to be a known issue and there are a few different fix options relating to the firewall and panel on the right side"

Scott D., AR (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Seal on drivers door failed. Door seal needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Air noise on the passenger side roof where it attaches to the windshield. Took it to the dealer and they added another seal"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Driver side floor mat gets wet and I cannot figure out where water is coming from."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"T tops seals have worn out twice since 10/2012"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Water leaking in through the front into the driver side floor"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Had water leak --had to replace one roof panel Before that had multiple tries to fix the leak Then had a leak in right front door area had to replace the rubber door seal For now leaks are fixed"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Water Leaks in through the front two passenger panels and drips onto the door handle inside the vehicle"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Rain water dips into the vehicle even with the hardtop. Soft top is totally useless."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Door & Roof Water leaks. Dealer attempted to repair 3 different times. I use a car-cover in the rainy season."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"I have a hardtop and it frequently leaks"

Matt L., TN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Freedom top developed a tendency to collect water in the top portion. It was sealed with silicone and the problem appears to be fixed"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"water leaking into passenger side seals into floor on that side"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"WATER GETS IN WHEN IT RAINS - DOOR SEALS ARENT DONE PROPERLY"

Kimberly S., NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Doors leaking water into cab. Jeep paid for half of repair even after warranty"

Gregory W., TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"from the time I bought it new in 4/2012, I have had 3 separate leak repairs, they say column A, column B, which were under warranty, and now just out of warranty and not covered under my extended was the R door seal replacement. The floorboards fill"

April R., TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Right front door seal was replaced but after a year it is leaking again. Now it is out of warranty. Looks to me like they have a problem with the seals"

Janet D., IL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"If the Jeep is out in a rain, water comes in around the door seals and fills the floorboards with water. The seals were all changed twice now by the dealer, $350 for the first time, and they still leak every rain storm. Ready to dump the vehicle, and if my wife didn't like the looks of it, I would!!"

Frank A., SC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Rubber seals on each side door allow some water to leak inside the vehicle"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The seals in the roof panels continue to leak during rain events"

Brennan G., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The split top leaked in front. Was fixed at dealer. Later it leaked and we fixed it"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The passenger door leaked when it rained. ALL door seals and header seal were replaced. Not sure why. Passenger door seals had to be replaced again before the leak stopped. I thought $1,000 for this was too expensive"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Door seals leaked water into the Jeep, and after paying over $300 to replace all of the seals, they still leak. When it sits outside and it is raining, the floor is wet or holds water."

Frank A., SC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"ROOF LEAKED ON FRONT PASSENGER SIDE OF VEHICLE AND CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WENT ON. UNABLE TO GO ABOVE 3000RPMS."

Dennis C., NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The front drivers seat in my Wrangler squeaks constantly while driving"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Loose rattle behind drivers seat in seat belt area"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Car great, but tends to have squeaks and rattles coming from inside back door"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The manual shift lever for the transmission wobbles and rattles sometimes."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Jeep began to squeak and rattle within the suspension and fender flairs @ 80k miles."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Really can't use this vehicle for long distance trips. Way too noisy with wind and rattles. rattles."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"left cyl head had to be replaced, bad valve seats"

Walter W., FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"My Jeep has the bad head from the faulty castings in Mexico. My local dealer stonewalled fixing it for 2 years. To fix it Jeep is supposed to replace the head but I swear they did not do it. Bad head makes the engine seem sluggish and noisy"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Warped cylinder head resulted in significant compression loss in cylinder 6. Head and valves replaced under warranty. 6 days in shop, plus 1 day in non-dealer shop"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Cylinder head was a know problem and was replaced under warranty"

Steward S., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Cylinder head was defective. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Engine light came on, cylinder 3 was found to have an issue with the head losing compression. Dealer was aware of the issue and stated that they have seen more than a couple of Jeeps with this issue. The head was replaced and problem resolved.Covered"

S D., HI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Left cylinder head had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Brand new vehicle required a cylinder head replacement due to manufacturer defective equipment. Not happy about that. They only replaced one side also"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"50.000 the cylinder head had to be replaced cause gausets to fail under warrenty"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Engine misfiring, Chrysler replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"cylinder #5 failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Cylinder head replacement due to a known fault. Failed emission inspection and caused check engine light"

David J., GA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Engine defect required replacement of 1 side of cylinder head. No recall but diagnosis cost me $200 at aprivate garage. Once jeep dealer contacted they acknowledged it was an engine quality issue and took the vehicle for 5+ days to replace head et"

Adam B., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Slight pinging. Known warranty repair. Chrysler had already extended warranty because of known issue with 2012 engine"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Defective valve/seat design, covered by warranty"

Michael S., IL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Left side of engine cylinder head needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"head was replaced under warranty"

Brandon R., NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"the best outcome from all the engine problems we had with the engine chrysler/Jeep worked very well with us since we didn't have extra warranty I had no complaints"

Ernest H., PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"I took my 2012 Jeep Wrangler in for service when the check engine light came on and found out there was a recall on the cylinder head. The Jeep dealer in Hattiesburg, MS replaced it. After about 5000 miles I began having problems with the vehicle surging, loss of power and hard to keep a constant speed on the highway. I took it back to the dealer and they said they they needed to replace valves and lifters and one camshaft. I let them do it at a cost of about $1,500. It ran good after the repair but I found out later the valves, lifters and cam are components of the head they had replaced earlier. I think the dealer installed a defective head or installed it incorrectly and charged me for their mistake. I didn't know enough at the time of the repair to see what they were doing so they got away with it. Needless to say, I do not use that dealer anymore. Buyer beware."

John B., FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Check engine light came on and dealership said that problem was in the head. It was replaced under an extended company warranty for a common problem that year."

Gordon M., NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Cylinder head leak"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Looking on other websites I learned that other 2012 wrangler owners had the same issue. Where one of the heads needed replacing. The issue was bad heads being produced from the factory. Chrysler didn't know which heads were affected apparently so no recall was issued, but it was a known problem. They replaced the head no questions no money out of pocket. Just not a problem u wanna have with only 30,000 miles on a vehicle. It's been over 100,000 later with no issues. Although the engine has recently developed a ticking noise similar to when the head problem started. Needs to go back in and get checked."

Anonymous, (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Cylinder replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Cylinder head problem with many Jeeps this vintage."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"excessive oil consumption - replace defective PCV, but still using oil following warranty-required oil consumption test. Dealer and Jeep are currently considering whether to tear it down or replace engine"

George C., NM (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"There is a problem with the Pentastar V6 that requires a dealer rebuild for one of the values. This is covered under the extended warranty provided by Jeep/Chrysler for this issue."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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)

"ABS brake module stopped working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The left rear brake wore down so much it was useless"

Anonymous, MT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Brake system light comes on constantly which disables the ability to use cruise control and the enterior lights flicker on dash"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Calipers

"Brakes are poor. Replaced the calipers and rotors with much larger aftermarket units. Much better stopping power"

Mann M., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Caliper on right rear wheel was mis-aligned, causing the brakes to drag on the rotor constantly. This caused the rotor to wear prematurely. According to mechanic, may have been a manufacturing problem. Problem was resolved in April/2020."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"I had the front passenger side caliper freeze and need to be replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brake pads needed to be replaced as they were worn out."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake parts located on the rear brakes rusted away causing the parts to damage the roaters and discs to the point that they had to be replaced at a cost exceeding $500 that were covered by the warrenty"

Robert M., NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Parking brake ineffective. On fifth trip to dealer they are now replacing a defective cable"

George C., NM (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Parking brake never worked since it left the dealership."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Parking brake assembly located in the rear wheels had bolts that rusted off causing the parts to loosen up and fall off damaging the rear brakes, that required many expensive parts having to be replace with very few items covered by the warranty. Bolts that rust are the owners problem"

Robert M., NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Parking brake would not stop vehicle from moving when PB was engaged. Entire assembly needed to be replaced. Vehicle was outside of manufacturer's warranty, but extended warranty covered the bulk of the cost."

Anonymous, (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Parking brake has always been worthless. Dealer would not do inspection until it was fixed. Spent a lot of money fixing it. Hope it works now."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brakes only replaced at 20000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The brakes wore down and ruined the rotors at approximately 19,000 miles with no warning noises of any kind. The only way we found out they were in trouble was they started grinding. No typical squealing sounds were given. 19,000 miles seems excee"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Rear brakes wear out in less than 40,000 miles, and most of the asphalt miles are highway. I think this is because the antilock system is working overtime on dirt roads"

Penny M., NV (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"We had brake pads replaced 2 times in 3 years. The second time resulted in 2 rotor replacements."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Rear breaks needed to be replaced after 28,500km. That's rotors and pads"

Anonymous, NB (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Rear brakes locked up on multiple occasions"

Gregory W., TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The original Jeep brakes are poor. I replaced the rotors with larger rotors--problem solved"

Mann M., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace the rotors"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

"A/C stopped working fairly suddenly, trusted mechanic replaced the compressor successfully"

Jon S., LA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"air temperature fluctuates between cool and cold. Compressor remains engaged"

Randon R., AZ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"Car lost heat. System was flushed. It temporarily improved but eventually the whole system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The heater core randomly exploded this winter in a 2.5 year old car"

April R., TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Heater coil clogged"

Jason E., NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Major issue with heating system. All over the internet. Common problem apparently with 2012 wrangler"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Heater core almost completely blocked supposedly due to a mfg deficiency in the engine."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"4 trips to the dealer and we still don't have HOT air on the driver's side. It sometimes gets mildly warm, but doesn't do any good in a Northern Ohio winter"

Michael M., OH (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Failure of the blender door actuator which prevented the heater from blowing warm air"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Outside air leaks into cabin during cold weather. Heating system fails to warm cabin adequately."

Anonymous, DE (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

Alignment

"I had the Jeep Alignment done when we had new tires put on it 2 years ago but needed it again after new ball joints."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Ball joints

"Ball joints were exhibiting wear and looseness so I had them changed"

Leland S., UT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"OE ball joints do not last 40k miles; well known weakness in the community"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"the jeep was very hard to steer as it would wander all over the road but the steering wheel had no play in the steering"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"One of the rear struts broke unexpectedly. Thankfully it happened near my husband's office. It could have been a disaster otherwise"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Excessive bouncing when driving over uneven pavement"

John S., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Power steering system was recalled it took nearly a year for the parts to be ordered and the repair made"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Drag link clunk; known issue in community"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"I experienced severe "death wobble" common to solid axle vehicles."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Tie rods

"Tie rod "froze up" so it had to be replaced in order to align the front end"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

"Door latch cover and seat adjustment handles broke off under routine use"

David J., GA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"molding around the hood let loose"

Gary L., ID (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"corrosion of the door hinges - two hinges were replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Paint bubbled up on all exterior hinges, Chrysler would not honor this defect as a warranty item as these hinges-doors, hood- were exterior items"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Paint continues to bubble on door hinges, especially both passenger doors. Dealerships may not accept this as a warranty item even though the numbers reported in on line discussions appear to be in the thousands"

Scott R., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The paint is starting to peel away at the door hinges. All other areas are in good shape. I feel like this is a defect and the paint was not applied correctly in the door hinge areas."

Anonymous, (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Shame on JEEP! The sport model which I own has black fender trim that fades to a light gray. You have to use a kit that restores the deep black color but it needs to be applied several times to get a consistent coating. With the technology that exists today & the price you pay for the vehicle this shouldn't be! Shame on JEEP!"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"The door hinges are painted at factory and show bubbling paint on 2 hinges of the 4 total door hinges of the Jeep for a 2 door vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The door hinges are rusting and also causing galvanic corrosion with the door as they are dissimilar metals"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Paint started to bubble and rust started to form on hinges At 40k miles. Hinges aren't covered under corrosion warranty."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

Body control module

"All of the dash lights went out including gages and speedometer"

Walt S., OR (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"It is widely known that this part is defective, and they keep installing the same part when one fails. It's only a matter of time before the next one fails. It was almost $2,000 to replace."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Clock

"Looses time each week. Digital... how is this even possible"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Replacement bulb, back lights"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"turn signal light bulb stopped working. replaced the bulb and all is good."

Anonymous, (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"entire instrument panel failed resulting in no headlights, horn and nothing on the steering column worked (e.g. wipers, cruise control). Took over 2 weeks for dealership to ID problem. Needed an entire new instrument cluster. No car for 2 weeks"

Thomas B., NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The drivers side heated seat failed within a couple years of ownership and was replace under warranty. It failed again a couple years later and I have not replaced it. It will heat up a small amount but will not get as warm as it should."

Anonymous, (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

"Console lights for electric windows no longer work. Console light for air conditioner also no longer works"

Gretchen D., CO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure monitor wasn't completely accurate."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"Engine warrrning light stays on indicating the gas cap is not closed. Dealer has repaired it 3 times but still not operating correctly"

Mike B., AL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

4WD/AWD components

"Rear fluid leak and gearing problem preventing vehicle from engaging 4WD. Worked fine as a 2WD."

Robert B., CO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Damaged on trail. Dealer swapped out no charge"

Mark W., MI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"leaking axle seal"

Steward S., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"axel seals needed replace, one day after time warranty ran out"

Allan B., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"axel seals needed replace after timeline on warranty ran out by one day"

Allan B., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Failure of left wheel sensor led to loss of cruise control, antilock braking, hillhold, and stability control"

R R., HI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Lost stability control when the ABS module stopped working"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"Traction control can't really ever be shut off. It comes on during extreme driving"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"Transfer case shift linkage broke leaving jeep stuck in neutral"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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

Convertible top

"leaks by the A post"

James L., FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

"rear door catch mechanism broke when the door swung open."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The driver's seat heater has completely failed"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Short of some kind makes locks rapidly and repetitively lock and unlock"

Adam B., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Spring in the hood latch failed. Fixed it myself but it was a $71 part from the dealer."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"retaining hing broke"

Gary L., ID (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The tailgate continues to pull free from restraining bar, separating the entire device from the interior. The replacement part is $89 not counting labor. It is a common defect, such that there are aftermarket fixes, yet Chrysler will not order a recall and permanent repair"

Scott R., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-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

"When the ambient temperature outside the Jeep is hot, the electronic dashboard controls tend to not work when trying to access information by using the buttons on the steering column"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"display went blank. repaired under warranty. did not lose use of the vehicle"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS system is outstanding--very accurate for off-road mapping"

Robert L., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The bluetooth connectivity frequently fails and indicates the device is no longer available. Often requires the car to be turned of to allow the system to reset"

Brennan G., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"xm radio constantly drops sat signal"

Jim C., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Entertainment/blue-tooth/radio/in-dash navigation are a single system. The entire unit failed twice and was replaced twice under warranty"

Robert L., CA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Transmission gear ratio too high in 2 and 4 wheel high. Requires way too much clutch."

Steven H., CO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Coolers and lines

"Factory recall on the transmission cooler lines"

Jody S., MA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"The slave cylinder broke causing the master cylinder to run dry. Both needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Rough shifting

"None of the Jeep certified mechanics can identify the source of the problem, but they all have experienced it."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The vehicle would pop out of gear in 4th gear (of 6)."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Rear differential fluid leaking at 40,000 miles."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Throwout bearing needed replacing before the clutch 77000 miles"

Penny M., NV (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Clutch had to be replaced at 17000 miles. The clutch totally disintegrated while driving on the highway with no previous problems. Car was fully maintained with little off roading tme and only easy off road trails. Warranty only to 15000 miles so I"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The throwout bearing failed (probably because of dirt contamination from off-roading). Because there is almost as much work in replacing a throwout bearing as replacing a clutch, and since this Jeep has been modified (lift kit, 37 tires, and now with differential gear changes), I opted to also replace the clutch at the same time. I replaced the factory clutch with a higher-performance Centerforce clutch."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Clutch appeared to have burned out"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Complete Transmission failure. Clutch came apart and destroyed the transmission, including the bell housing. Covered under warranty, but would have been $5000"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"There was an extended warranty, that had a $100 deductible. The dealer then took the vehicle for 7 weeks to put in a refurbished part, that ended up making the problem worse. The dealer has since repaired the transmission again, and while it is not perfect, it is better than before, and I am not willing to risk being without the vehicle again for an extended period."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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)

"The fuel system has an evap leak. This is apparently a common issue with this generation of wrangler, and will cause it to fail emissions inspections."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Smelled gasoline for months. Dealer couldn't find a problem. One day I had a puddle of gasoline on driveway and fuel leaking from top of fuel tank. Dealer stated "beach sand" corroded fuel tank"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"The car would jerk and not engage in gear when first started"

Walter W., FL (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check Engine light was on. It was the O2 sensor that needed replacement"

Kevin M., TX (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"engined showed error code"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Hose clamp rusted away causing a leak in the cooling system which resulted in engine overheating. Repair not covered under warintee"

Robert M., NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking radiator cap, cost $125 to replace. Replacement was different style. Should have been a recall"

Brandon R., NC (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Cooling fan

"Cooling fan failed = overheat = warped cylinder heads = happened twice = $4500 not covered."

Richard R., HI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Cooling fan motor failure led to overheating led to cylinder heads warping led to. $3000 repair bill"

R R., HI (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Thermostat

"Engine thermostat was stuck in the open position which caused a check engine light to come on. It caused the engine to run cool so it posed no danger to the engine and it did not prevent the vehicle from being driven. Vehicle was outside original manufacturer's warranty, but the extended warranty we purchased covered the repair."

Anonymous, (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Recalled to fix/replace transmission cooling tube that was too close to exhaust"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Rusted out"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Received letter to take in Jeep for SERIOUS airbag recall, haven't been able to find time that is available to complete work. This has me worried that my passenger airbag will KILL someone before dealership can accommodate my schedule"

Lori S., WA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"airbag recall"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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

"Had to replace the v belt because the harmonic balancer was bad, also had to replace the harmonic balancer. The harmonic balancer caused the air conditioner pump & alternator to go bad, they also had to be replaced."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Engine computer

"NOT REAALY SURE. HASN'T BEEN SEEN BY A MECHANIC."

Dennis C., NY (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"had to have both the right and left bank sides replaced"

Ernest H., PA (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Replaced oil filter housing/coolant assembly"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

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