The iconic Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following, thanks to its classic design, rugged image, and legendary history. Updated with a modern powertrain, this may be the best version yet. But the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable off-roading ability, on the road performance is uncivilized. The ride is unsettled, sometimes even snappy. Handling is very clumsy.
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Reliability

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, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2016 Jeep Wrangler has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2016 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

"Leak in moderate to heavy rain pooling in the front and rear floor bit passenger and driver side"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The drivers side door leaks at top left in driving rain, will be replacing the weather stripping"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Roof leaking water"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"After removing the roof Freedom panels several times, they now leak through the weatherstripping slightly during rain."

Robert E., CA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Roof seals leak dripping water on the dash."

Max H., IA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Seal on hardtop leaked and was creaking. Dealer replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Hard top deals had to be replaced 2 times."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The rubber weather striping around drivers door, hangs loose at bottom. It was supposed to be fixed at jeep dealership, it wasn't. I have purched the goop to repait it, just not done yet"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Small leak on driver's side that caused a little water on the floor mat in a strong driving rain."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"When I say seals, I am referring to the axle seals on the front of the vehicle. Dealership has replaced them 3 times, the first being at 19,000 miles. Its going back in on Tuesday night for the same issue again."

Anonymous, (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"removable roof leaks in center over radio"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Roof leak dumping rain water on the dash"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Rain leaking in"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rear tailgate blamed by dealer & better afterwards but only for a few days to a week, unable to find a lasting cure. Wind noise expected as this vehicle very UNaerodynamic."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Over time the Jeep has demonstrated a mild lack of care in fit and finish. Rattles are pretty common"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Squeak somewhere in the hardtop or doors that cannot be located."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The back left quarter area has an incessant squeaking noise. Started after a year, the Jeep shop said ghere was a squeak but it was "Ëœnormal' it is enough to drive anyone batty."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Driver seat squeaks and the brake peddle wobbles making noise"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"On bumps, during rebound of the suspension, there is a clunk"

Tim S., ON (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"It is the nature of the beast; pushing a box through makes noise."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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 difficult to see

"When the auto headlights came on the screen went blank"

P D., ON (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Dealer Replaced radio and nav system"

David M., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"When the auto headlights and wipers were used the screen would go dark and be difficult to read"

P D., ON (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"the touch screen for the sound system and navigation had damage that was attributed to sun damage. dealer completely replaced the system as car was less than a year old at the time"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes indicates no device connected, especially if the engine was turned off and key removed, and sometimes will not list all songs on iPod (3200+songs)"

Kenneth B., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"GPS would not give direction, audio or video. Had 42,000 miles, past 36,000 mile warranty. This was the "top of line" head unit. Had to pay 50% of cost replacement ($630). Very disappointed, this should not happen to a "top of the line" factory installed unit."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The factory radio was replaced once by the dealership under warranty because it locked itself and would not accept the unlock codes. The second radio began to reboot itself every few minutes. Dealership said I was out of warranty so I installed my own."

Anonymous, (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Nav wouldn’t boot. Dealer replaced it. No further issues."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Unable to update GPS system."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Tried to update maps myself (through Jeep) and failed. Took to dealer, who charged $130, and found maps could not be updated because radio is defective (although it still works, just won't accept map update). Dealer said I'd need to replace radio for estd $750 in order to update maps (the warranty had expired 4 months earlier)."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"An error message came up that the maps were no longer available, just stopped working. Dealership told me they need to have a technician look into it, I have yet to schedule the appointment. Another friend of mine had same issue and they had to replace the whole unit which includes the radio, CD, etc."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Won't pair with cell phone, though it had in the first month of ownership, though spotty"

Kenneth B., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Listing to the radio, I heard a loud snap sound and the radio shut off, the screen went black, about twenty five min. later the radio gave a loud snap and came back on , for 5 min. another loud snap and the radio shut off and has not worked since."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Radio stopped working, took FCA aka Jeep corporate 3 , yes THREE MONTHS to replace with new unit ! Factory Back Order"

Anonymous, MA (2016 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

Driveshaft or axle

"The driveshaft broke when my husband was driving it. He had to "limp" it home. We haven't been able to fix it yet because of COVID 19."

Anonymous, OK (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"The steering wheel shakes during highway driving."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"In January 2020, I noticed that at times the Jeep would gently brake on its own effecting my control of the vehicle while driving. After a couple of weeks, the ESC light would come on about 10 minutes into the drive, and stay on. When I took the Jeep to the dealership for repair, they took a about 4 days to fix it, but the ESC light returned soon after pick-up. When I took the jeep to the dealership a 2nd time, they kept it for 4 wks, citing that the cam position sensor module needed was on back-order. There hasn't been any problems with the vehicle before or since."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"It was a part recall and was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"Seems to be a problem in slushy conditions and has to be taken to dealer to be reset, our cottage is 3 hours from nearest dealer and this can be a challenging problem"

Steven S., AB (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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)

"One front ABS brake sensor failed. It was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"bad wheel sensor"

Mark K., FL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The wheel speed sensor was defective. This is the second one to fail on this vehicle. This impacts the ABS system, as well as ESC and traction control systems."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"The parking brake broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Took in for inspection and oil change and wouldn't pass inspection without new breaks"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Both blinkers were not functional and had to be replaced before I even drove the jeep off of the lot"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"The light in the gauges and Nav screen go out when you turn on the blinkers"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"The stock headlights are deficient to the point of being, in my opinion, dangerous. This was not specific to my vehicle but true of Wranglers in general as I have come to understand"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Jeeps have awful headlights, cannot see at night."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"the radiators they use are metal crimped to plastic cost cutters. You'd think that by now they would have addressed the quality problem with them, They must be made in China!"

Eddie L., NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Radiator

"Jeep has an ongoing problem with their sub-par radiators, they replaced mine under warranty with another just like the junk they replaced! Now I smell coolant again after 3000 miles. They should upgrade their radiators, just check any forum and see that there is clearly a problem with them."

Eddie L., NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The radiator issue I experienced was also to due to manufacturing error, which was litigated in a class action lawsuit and proven to to be right."

Paul S., NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Front Impact Sensor recall S76, modify wiring harness"

Gary J., NM (2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

"recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"This was a recall on the passenger airbag"

Anonymous, NC (2016 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

"Check Engine light led to trip to dealer for service; they diagnosed leaks in cylinder head."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"One of the cylinders failed to operate, which was due to a manufacturing error that resulted in a class action lawsuit."

Paul S., NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Shift quality suddenly became vague and rubbery. Dealer replaced shift mechanism under warranty. The replacement shift mechanism was replaced again following a recall."

John K., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car would not shift into any gear- reverse, drive or neutral. Quick and easy fix but I needed a loaner while the part was ordered and car fixed"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 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

Shocks or struts

"The left rear bumper of the car starting sagging to the extent that the frame and body of the car are no longer aligned."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Carpet was not installed properly. There were a few gaps with little overlapping. Could have been easily corrected with just taking more time to do it right."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Grinding when shifting into 5th gear started shortly after I purchased the vehicle. Took to dealer and they said the synchronization for that gear was defective. They replaced it but the repair took 4-5 weeks."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 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

Condenser

"The entire A/C unit had to be replaced including the condenser"

Anonymous, MI (2016 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

"the Freedom Top leaked from day one when it rained. Neither the dealer of origin or FCA’s “expert” repair facility was able to fix it nor did FCA offer any sort of remediation..I have since disposed of the vehicle at a substantial financial loss"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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

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.

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Recalls
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SEAT BELTS
Sep 26, 2019
A separated or severed seat belt buckle strap will result in an inoperable seat belt, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2011-2018 Jeep Wrangler right hand drive vehicles. The driver's seat belt buckle mounting strap may fracture and separate from the seat frame.
What should you do:
FCA US will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's seat belt buckle, free of charge. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed November 19, 2019. Owners will received a second letter and the recall began March 26, 2020. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is VA6.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V680000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11463
AIR BAGS
Jan 15, 2019
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could explode with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2010 Dodge Ram 3500, Ram 4500/5500, 2010-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger, 2010-2015 Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to explode.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began February 4, 2019. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V01.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V018000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1413222
AIR BAGS
Oct 13, 2016
If the ORC module does not receive a signal from the front impact sensor, both frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured June 16, 2015, to August 14, 2016. In certain crash conditions, the front impact sensor wiring may be pulled until it detaches before a signal can be received by the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC).
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the front impact sensor wiring and relocate the impact sensor branch, free of charge. The recall began on November 10, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S76.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V734000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 182743
AIR BAGS
May 11, 2016
Failure of the air bag circuit may prevent the driver's frontal air bag from deploying in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2016 Right Hand Drive Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured February 16, 2010, to May 2, 2016. The clockspring assembly may become contaminated with dust and cause the air bag circuit to fail.
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clockspring, wheel back cover, and column shroud, free of charge. The recall began on August 11, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S40.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V288000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7196
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