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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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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 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.
The good news is that you are leasing this vehicle. If you owned it you would need to lemon law it and that takes forever. With a lease you can press for a trade of collateral. The manufacturer and bank are much more willing to do this than a total lemon law. The result would be a new jeep with your same options for the remainder o your lease. The hard part is finding someone on the dealership level that will escalate your claim to their area rep.
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