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Old 11-14-2014, 06:16 PM
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3.8L died - anyone else?

My 2011 JK just died - bent rod or something along those lines. It has 58000 miles on it. I have read some threads about people having this issue. Chrysler would not cover it because the carfax report did not show regular oil changes between 6000 and 23000 miles. Has anyone run into this crap with Chrysler? With all the complaints is there a class action suit anyone is aware of? I should mention I am the second owner and cannot prove the oil changes took place.

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Old 11-14-2014, 06:26 PM   #2
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What if the owner at the time changed the oil themselves as many owners do? Otherwise, the argument could get very technical. It could also just be their SOP when that type of claim is filed to see if you just go away quietly.

At the very least you might get Chrysler to agree to some partial warranty work or the dealer might provide parts or service at cost.

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Old 11-14-2014, 06:42 PM   #3
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You have done regular oil changes including the current one, correct? If so, I would be calling Chrysler and getting very stern with them. They have no business basing a warranty claim off of what car fax reads. If they insist on that, I would tell them I am going to have my lawyer involved. I am not a get a lawyer type of person, but that is a weak ass reason.
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Go to a diff dealer skip the hassle
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:55 PM   #5
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Go to a diff dealer skip the hassle
If Chrysler denied the claim already, it will be attached to the vin number at any dealer.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:13 PM   #6
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If you do rebuild the bottom end....Buy the Replacement MOPAR connecting rods...The Connecting rods are part of the problem with the bottom end in the 3.8L engines.
The big end of the rods is a week point.
This may be a godsend as now you can replace the bad rods, put in good piston rings and have a good engine again....If there is a good 3.8L ..
Since when would a routine oil change be reported to Car Fax anyway ????? Thats up to whoever changes the oil, I would think, hit and miss on that.
Good luck....."BH"
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:24 PM   #7
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There's at least one

Originally Posted by Baby Huey View Post
....If there is a good 3.8L ..
I've got one.
2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara-JK, 6 spd., 1995 Jeep Wrangler S, 2.5, 4 cyl., 2010 Chrysler 300 Touring/Signature Edition, 2003 2500 SLT, QC, LB, ETH, DEE, 2006 Winnebago Sightseer 29R (F53/V10/5spd TQShift) 2002 Nissan Xterra 4WD/V6
Other: 2010 Kubota MX4700 with FEL, 1977 Kubota L185.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:29 PM   #8
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Check with AEV, they sell good ones that gets yanked for their hemi swaps. Same for jeepspeedshop.

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Old 11-16-2014, 07:28 PM   #9
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I personally have never had luck with used cars. Especially used car lots. Chrysler and the Dealership doesn't owe you any explanation unless you have warranty or you are within 30 day grace period. Something like that. If you keep your COOL, I would be real nice and ask the Dealership if they have anything in the computer about that VIN. It could even have at one time been stolen or worse REPO. It doesn't take much to kill an Engine. You might want to read up again on your Purchase Agreement Contract. Usually its the last paragraph you want to read and most people skip when buying a car or purchasing anything now days on Contract ie Purchase Agreement.

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