1st Generation (1988—1995) Wrangler Problems

This generations ranks 3rd out of 18 Jeep generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (23%), drivetrain (15%), and the engine (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Body Rusts Out 1 complaints at an average of 124,274 miles in the 1994 Jeep Wrangler.
  2. Leaks Oil 1 complaints at an average of 1,000 miles in the 1990 Jeep Wrangler.
  3. 4 Wheel Drive Will Not Engage 1 complaints at an average of 64,000 miles in the 1993 Jeep Wrangler.

What Wrangler Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Jeep model years.

Watch out for the 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1995 1 3 17 0.14
1994 3 4 15 1.28
1993 1 5 12 0.37
1992 2 6 9 0.04
1991 1 8 9 0.11
1990 2 7 11 0.53
1989 2 7 11 0.47
1988 1 6 2 0.33

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