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About four months ago I leased a wrangler unlimited Sahara edition. I fell in love with it. I've taken it off-road a couple of times, nothing too hardcore. I went and spent way too much on new wheels and tires. I planned to buy it out when the time was right and then start really upgrading it. Last Friday as I was driving somewhere with my 6 month pregnant wife, the jeep died on us in the middle of a fairly busy road. it lost power, the steering wheel locked up and the breaks did too. After an agonizing time getting it towed, we finally got it to the dealership. I was pretty devastated, how could my wrangler do this to me.

The service dept said a fuse had blown in the engine, but they didn't know why. I was very concerned because if I was on the freeway or in the middle of nowhere it could have been a very dangerous situation. My service advisor suggested I call Chrysler, so I did. I expressed my concern and how a new car shouldn't be having this type of problem. They gave me a case number and suggested I drive it over the weekend and see how it feels, so I did. Yesterday morning my wife and I were on our way to go hiking and it happened again, on an even busier street. I had it towed again to the dealership, and they didn't really know what to say.

I'll be calling Chrysler tomorrow again and I'm hoping they'll be understanding. I definitely won't feel safe driving that car anymore. Does anyone have any advice, or had a similar situation? I'm pretty bummed out because I really love the wrangler but feel let down.

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that sucks man. I wish I had some solid advise for you but it sounds like they need to either figure it out by giving you a loaner for a week and have them drive it around or give you a new Jeep.
 

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I think the lemon law applies if the same thing happens three times. I'm really going to try and push for them to replace the vehicle, just because it's a matter of safety. It's definitely a lemon. I also had to take it in because the floors would get really wet when ever I used the AC.
 

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This should not need to be said, I would know what fuse is blowing and I would keep a spare. (Just to get home or dealer)
Now here is a bad idea..... Put a bigger fuse in it. A wire or computer will let the smoke out. Then put the small fuse back in. Let the dealer tow it from your house. They will have something to fix at this point.
Just a bad idea.
 

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well one more trip gets you to the lemon law which now does cover leased vehicles, 3 trips for a problem and they have to make good on the vehicle....

When I bought my vette, the paint was "weird" on one of the bumpers, 1st visit, they wet sanded and buffed it, second visit they put a heat shield around the exhaust and repainted it, 3rd visit I got a new corvette.... Sure I had to ask for it, but they did all the paperwork, and I dropped mine off on "E" 3 days later I picked up a new one full of gas and returned their loaner also on "E". That poor loaner, I had the traction control off for the entire time I drove it in 3 days I put 800 mile on it and had to take 2 years off the rear tire life, lol... It was fun, I was a bit younger then and acted silly on occasion, that incident was one of them occasions...

To add to the story, I seen my car at a car show about 2 summers later the rear bumper was still pealing, I asked the owner and he said he bought the car like that from the dealership, it was painted but the dealer {not the dealer I bought it from a completely different dealership} said they just painted the bumper but wouldn't warranty it, when I sent it back it had like 3000 miles on it, when he bought it was a dealer demo with over 20K miles... So they must have just made it a demo....

Anyway, stand your ground with the dealer, don't mention the lemon law yet, drive it again, if it happens again, mention the lemon law, 3 strikes and you are out....

Also I agree with the above post, put some aluminum foil around that fuse, lol somethings gotta give, but its not something you want to happen with your family in the car... I would want to hear they changed a harness or some tangible component this time around, so if the fuse is for the ecm, then I would like to see they changed the ecm and the main harness, etc...
 

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About four months ago I leased a wrangler unlimited Sahara edition. I fell in love with it. I've taken it off-road a couple of times, nothing too hardcore. I went and spent way too much on new wheels and tires. I planned to buy it out when the time was right and then start really upgrading it. Last Friday as I was driving somewhere with my 6 month pregnant wife, the jeep died on us in the middle of a fairly busy road. it lost power, the steering wheel locked up and the breaks did too. After an agonizing time getting it towed, we finally got it to the dealership. I was pretty devastated, how could my wrangler do this to me.

The service dept said a fuse had blown in the engine, but they didn't know why. I was very concerned because if I was on the freeway or in the middle of nowhere it could have been a very dangerous situation. My service advisor suggested I call Chrysler, so I did. I expressed my concern and how a new car shouldn't be having this type of problem. They gave me a case number and suggested I drive it over the weekend and see how it feels, so I did. Yesterday morning my wife and I were on our way to go hiking and it happened again, on an even busier street. I had it towed again to the dealership, and they didn't really know what to say.

I'll be calling Chrysler tomorrow again and I'm hoping they'll be understanding. I definitely won't feel safe driving that car anymore. Does anyone have any advice, or had a similar situation? I'm pretty bummed out because I really love the wrangler but feel let down.

Cheers,
like to know what year your JK is?
 

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This should not need to be said, I would know what fuse is blowing and I would keep a spare. (Just to get home or dealer) Now here is a bad idea..... Put a bigger fuse in it. A wire or computer will let the smoke out. Then put the small fuse back in. Let the dealer tow it from your house. They will have something to fix at this point. Just a bad idea.
I like your bad idea, but I'm a bit mechanically challenged so I don't think I could pull it off. I will try and find out which fuse is blowing and if it was the same one both times. thanks for the suggestion.
 

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Why can't you just put the stock tires and wheels back on and walk away from it?

regardless of what caused the issue, as weird as it is. I wouldn't trust it either.

You said it's a lease. Let the dealer deal with it, they own it.
 

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Why can't you just put the stock tires and wheels back on and walk away from it? regardless of what caused the issue, as weird as it is. I wouldn't trust it either. You said it's a lease. Let the dealer deal with it, they own it.
That's what I want to do. I wish it was that simple.
 

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+1.

If there is any benefit to leasing this has got to be one of them.
Um, pretty sure you can't just "walk away" from a lease with no ill effects.
 

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Um, pretty sure you can't just "walk away" from a lease with no ill effects.
True...especially considering most leases are structured to have your payments artificially low which leaves you upside down on the financing for most of the life of the lease, usually just about breaking even at the end with no equity. There's no such thing as walking away from negative equity.

Depending on what the OP put down, the residual value, etc he could already have some equity or be even and then maybe a dealer would be willing to work something out...buy the jeep back and re sell it to some other poor bastard.

I'd honestly just wait for it to happen again an then file a lemon claim. Where this causes loss of steering and brakes, it's very clearly a safety issue and OP would win easily.
 

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What is really troubling about these types of problems is that there are more and more parts of the vehicle controlled by "Smart" systems. Most of the JK is under computer control and monitoring which means in theory that dealer mechanics should be able to collect endless amount of data for troubleshooting and rapidly identifying the source of the problem. Obviously, in practice this is not the case. Either the engineers at the factory are not providing the necessary diagnostic tools or the mechanics at the dealer are not provided adequate training.
 
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