How Long Do Jeep Wranglers Last?

Wondering how long a Jeep Wrangler lasts on average? We're here to break down everything you need to know about a Wrangler's lifespan.

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Jeep Wranglers are iconic vehicles that are loved by millions of people around the world. It is one of the most recognizable vehicles with its boxy style and its ability to drive down trails with ease.

While it is an excellent option for people in some situations, it has some flaws that can cause problems for some drivers.

Is the Jeep Wrangler a durable car?

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It is no secret to those that own Jeep Wrangler’s that it is not the most durable car in the world. You might think that a vehicle that is designed for off-road use would hold up better, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

The Jeep Wrangler is notorious for receiving lower reliability ratings than other jeeps. Notably, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is the only edition to earn a four out of five overall reliability rating according to Consumer Reports data. The 2022 edition received two out of five stars, similar to what most editions receive.

Fortunately, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler comes with a three year/ 36,000 mile limited warranty and a five year/ 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. There are currently no reports of recalls of this year’s model from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

How to make a Jeep Wrangler last longer?

Changed the oil on the old pony this morning.
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While there is no doubt that the Jeep Wrangler has durability issues, that does not mean you cannot purchase one. In fact, you will be happy to hear that there are a few simple things you can do to make it last longer.

Regularly change the oil

Changing your oil on a regular basis is important with all vehicles, but it is even more important with a Jeep Wrangler. Changing your oil regularly will increase the engine life of your vehicle, saving you money in the long term.

Additionally, regularly changing your oil will protect other engine parts. Having clean oil in your engine will keep all of its components running smoothly.You will also be happy to hear that changing your oil regularly does more than just improve your vehicle’s durability; it also improves your gas mileage. Jeeps are notorious for having poor gas mileage compared to other vehicles, and as a result, you do what you can to save money. Changing your oil on a regular basis can help in this area.

Check for any rust

If you care about the aesthetic of your Jeep Wrangler, the last thing you want is for it to start to rust. However, rust will not just kill its looks, it will also kill the vehicle itself. Left untreated, rust can make your vehicle completely unsafe to drive.

Rust starts to form when metal is exposed to oxygen and moisture for an extended period of time. Most owners of Jeep Wranglers spend a lot of time off-road, and as a result, there is a good chance that they will be driving through puddles, getting their vehicle muddy and wet.

If you live close to the ocean, you will also be at a higher risk of rust. That is largely because there is increased salt and humidity near the ocean.

To prevent rust from causing serious damage to your vehicle, you should check regularly to see if any has formed. Pay extra attention to the condition of seals, water channels, and drain holes. When you find rust, you should get it fixed before it spreads. Keep in mind that it is cheaper to get rust repaired when there is only a little bit of it.

A preventive measure you can take is to use an anti-rust coating. You can buy it off the shelf, and it is very valuable to Jeep Wrangler owners that go off-road a lot.

Service the breaks

Brakes in standard vehicles can be expected to last a long time, and a lot of the time, they never need to be serviced. Unfortunately, that is not the case when you own a Jeep Wrangler. Left unchecked, the brakes of a Jeep Wrangler will last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles. If you commute in heavy traffic, drive off-road a lot, or use your brakes frequently for any reason, you may need to get them checked more frequently.

If your brakes fail, you will not be able to use your Jeep Wrangler until they are fixed, but you do not want to get to that point. Your brakes failing is one of the most dangerous things that can happen. As a result, you should consult your Jeep Wrangler owner’s manual for recommended maintenance interval information.

Keep an eye on the suspension system

If you have owned a jeep before, you probably know that the suspension system is very important to the long term life of your vehicle. If the suspension starts to fail, it sets off a chain reaction that can cause the vehicle to become undrivable. As a result, it is important to keep an eye on the suspension system.

To check the suspension system, you should inspect the strut mounts. You can easily do this by opening up the hood of your Jeep Wrangler at either side’s strut or shock towers. Look for corrosion or rust.

You should then measure the height of your front wheels. If you notice slight variation between the two wheels that is ok, but if it exceeds 2.5cm, you should get it fixed.

Now, I know it can be a bit of a pain to jack up your vehicle, but it is necessary every once in a while. Check the underside of your Jeep Wrangler for damage. Look at the rubber bushing of each wheel to see if there are any cracks or tears. This will indicate that the bushings are worn out and they are no longer doing their job of separating the metals.

How many miles will a Jeep Wrangler last on average?

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Jeep Wranglers boasts extreme longevity, and while it might take a little more maintenance than other vehicles, that is usually the case. Jeep Wranglers can typically be expected to perform well for up to 15 years, and sometimes even longer.

You can expect your Jeep Wrangler to reach 280,000 miles before any significant problems start to surface. However, if you follow the steps above and do your due diligence in maintaining your vehicle, it can last over 20 years and exceed 400,000 miles.

Final thoughts

The Jeep Wrangler is a great vehicle for off-roading and a variety of trips. It has a longer expected lifespan than many other vehicles, but it requires more maintenance. A Jeep Wrangler should not be purchased if you are not prepared to do the extra work to maintain it. That being said, if you are committed, it is worth it!