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My new JK died on me!

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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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Update: The dealership contacted me and said that they found the route of the problem. They said that it was the ASD main fuse that blew as a result of a wire shorting out. Apparently the wire somehow was rubbing against something sharp in the engine, which cut through the plastic coating. The wire then made contact with metal, causing the fuse to blow out.

The service manager who told me this said that it will absolutely not happen again. I personally have lost confidence in the car and I'm still going to try and get it replaced. Even my contact at Chrysler I've been talking to said that he doesn't blame me for trying. They're supposed to call me on thursday after they've reviewed the case...
Their position is that they have now found and fixed the problem. You may have an uphill battle ahead of you.
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