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what is the most common problem with a stock jeep?


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I've owned a 2004 SE 4 cylinder auto, and now a 2005 Rubicon 6sp. No problems with either one. Awesome considering what I put them through.
 

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Threw in a vote for drivetrain/suspension

The Jeep as stock will last like any other vehicle... One of the first mods that people like to make to their JP's is to modify them for taller tires and greater lift. This tends to be where we start seeing problems with drivetrain and suspension issues whether it is due to mixing and matching parts not sold together in a kit or taking short cuts on things in order to make the job easier or cut a cost. If you buy a complete suspension kit that is designed specifically for your needs that include all vital parts to do the job correctly, you should have no more problems than any other vehicle owner. I have had 5 Jeeps. On the first two, I tried to do the lifts cheaply and inexpensively cutting corners and not taking all precautions or using all the parts included in the kit. I mixed and matched parts and ran into many driveline and tranny issues. I finally got some experience through my mistakes and began purchasing complete kits with all necessary parts spending more money on better kits and have not had any major problems since. When you purchase a more pricey JP like a Rubi or loaded up Sport, you will want to do the kits correctly to avoid these problems. If and when you choose a Jeep, make it a hobby and take your time when installing parts. Do them right, and search this website for Q and A's regarding others personal experiences, problems, and issues. Hope this helps. :)
 

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My Jeep is in the dealership right now for the rear main seal at 18,4XX miles.
 

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trubleshtr said:
Hi all,
I am looking to join the wonderful world of jeep ownership, but as a newbie, I have questions and concerns about what I am about to spend my Cash on
I was wondering, If anyone could sum up what would be the most common warrenty (or non warrenty) issue on a rubicon series jeep?
in other words what is the one thing almost every stock, non modified jeep, most likely encounters within the first few years???....if any????
Are there any things I should pay particular attention to when considering a used rubicon????

Thanks for your input.
This is another post I would keep an eye on.

Seems like a replay.

Same thread, brand new noob
 

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RubiconPete said:
Hands down....

REAR MAIN LEAK.....
Even after dealership repaired. The dealership was even kind enough to leave out oil pan bolts and strip out every other bolt along with the exhaust bolts.

Thanks Gainesville Jeep!!! :dhorse:
 

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lmsendecki said:
Yeah, my dealer replaced a rear main seal under warranty at about the same mileage.
Lester
Mine was also replaced at the dealer under warranty. I waited until 35k before I had it fixed.
 

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Re: Easy fix

PJ said:
A bead of silicone just above where the door curves at the upper back part. Diverts the water down the side rather than into the door for drainage.
That's interesting.
Mine leaks onto the passenger floor because the door seal at the top corner near the windshield frame is bent back by the soft top and it cannot seal. If I remember to push it in before a rainstorm, it stays dry.

Pushed out:
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Tucked in:
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I think that you'll find that every vehicle has it's own quirks.
Looking for a single fault is in itself somewhat faulty reasoning. Just say that 99.999% of Jeeps have a rear main leak, but you may be looking at that ONE that hasn't developed a leak, or that it never will.

Same goes for everything else. For my Jeep the only problems I had were the CD player that was replaced twice and then died 500 miles after warranty expired. My CATs took a dump at about the very same time. Other than that there were just little things and most were inconsequential.

All vehicles are just a bunch of little parts bolted together to make a whole. Stuff is going to happen.
If it was made on a Monday or Friday, your odds of it being fubar are probably greater due to the hangover/end of the week factor. ;)
 

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mine's going to the dlr today to get the fuel overflow splash from the tank looked at

rumor has it there may be a new tank involved.

edit... no new tank yet but I get a new evap canister
 

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The most common problem with Jeeps as I see it, is that they are
Jeeps. Can't fix that!
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Mine likes to leak in the rain too...don't ever see it but the floor always ends up getting wet...My 97 ended up having the exhaust manifold replaced when it had about 40,000 miles on it...I heard that was a common problem for 97 tj's...
 

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Eric said:
mine's going to the dlr today to get the fuel overflow splash from the tank looked at

rumor has it there may be a new tank involved.

edit... no new tank yet but I get a new evap canister

UPDATE Just got it back again. this time I got a new tank :D
 

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Front axle seals for me, was told that it's a common problem with the Jeeps. Installed some of those axle tube seals that mount near the U-joints to avoid water and debris getting in there and eating the seals.

Other that that just make sure you climb under it and give it a good once over, check for the usual rock rash on all the skids, diffs, control arms&mounts, ect.

I spent the $150 for a professional vehicle inspection before I bought mine, but still give it a good once over. The inspector missed that the rear locker wasn't engaging. Thankfully it turned out to be a cracked hose(dry-rot) on the differential and air pump. Cut off an inch of hose on both ends and stuck em back on; worked like a champ after that.

I'd check the top real well also, since those are pricey when you have to replace it.
 
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