Don’t Buy A Jeep Wrangler Because The Basic Construction Is Flawed
The Jeep Wrangler is supposedly meant to be pure Americana. Its like a 21st century version of the old American west, an automotive horseback for the modern trailblazer. This myth is largely driven by marketing and motoring journalists who buy into the corporate marketing. The reality is the automotive industry is like any other business. Profits first, people last.
That is the philosophy Jeep seems to have used with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Our advice is, do not buy a Jeep Wrangler.
The basic construction of the Jeep Wrangler is dangerous. In certain cases, parts of it can literally shear off at specific weld points.
The issue pertains to the track bar mount which shears off from the actual frame. A track bar acts as kind-of-like a stabilizer for the front axle when turning the steering left or right.
Losing this stabilising effect will very obviously lead to a crash. However, there have been no reports of any incidents.
In August a Jeep owner posted a video of the track mount completely sheared off from it’s weld point. Jeep has subsequently issued a stop sale order.
The owner of the affected Jeep Wrangler has said that his vehicle will be replaced by his dealer.
Reports indicate that Jeep will inspect around 18,000 Wranglers, the company believes around 720 models are affected.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has already had a total of five recalls this year alone. One of the recalls was again centered around poor welding points on the steering shaft.
Our advice is to steer clear of the Jeep Wrangler. Five recalls in a year for one model is five too many. Poor welding shouldn’t occur in modern vehicle production.
In this case, it is an indication of poor production standards where saving time is more valuable than doing the job properly.
If production standards are poor for the Jeep Wrangler what other problems may there be? And do the poor production standards affect other Jeep models? Only time will tell.