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#49 of 157 Don't buy a 2008 Wrangler
Mar 06, 2008 (1:37 pm)
If you are considering buying a Wrangler I strongly urge you to reconsider. I bought my Wrangler the day after Thanksgiving in 2007. It has been back to the dealer 4 times now with a leaky roof. The last 2 times that it was "fixed" the work was performed by a tech. from Chrysler. I picked my vehicle up this past Wednesday, it rained. Thursday I got in to go to work and the water started pouring in. Chrysler has already asked if they could interest me in another Chrysler product. Chrysler has known about the leaky roof problem since late 2006 when the 2007 model wranglers came out with the 3 piece freedom top. They sent memos to their dealers telling them what to expect. So, for over 2 years now they have continued manufacturing the problem and passing it off to the consumers.
I do not wish to give my vehicle back. Other than the leaky roof I really do like it. I've asked the Chrysler regional manager that I have been dealing with for a new top. There are many people with this problem, and on the other side of that coin there are just as many people that do not. It seems buying a new Wrangler is a crap shoot as far as the tops are concerned.
The regional manager said they would take the Wrangler back and sell it at auction with a full disclosure. Here's the question- Will the person that buys it at auction disclose this information to the person that he sells it to? (The buyer that won't have the warranty that I have)
I will be once again asking for a new top, perhaps the new one won't leak.
If you are considering buying a Wrangler please take the time to research it. I did not. My purchase was based solely on the outstanding reputation that Jeep has had throughout the years. I think it is pretty sad that Chrysler continues to knowingly put this flawed product on the market. It bothers me that they are so eager to take it back and rush it off to auction.(ultimately screwing someone else down the road)
I am now notifying Better Business, Consumer Affairs, and the Dept. of Motor vehicle. If I do give up my vehicle it will have "LEMON" on the title.
#50 of 157 Re: Don't buy a 2008 Wrangler [dashboardjesus]
Mar 06, 2008 (2:22 pm)
Unfortunately I had already bought mine. It rained right after I bought it and sure enough, it leaked. I took it back to the dealer. The dealer sub contracted the work out to a place called the Water Doctor. The service manager told me it would be better to let the experts fix it than for them to attempt it. I left it with them for one day. I brought it home and washed it. No leaks. A few days later, it poured rain. No leaks. So far so good. I haven't taken the top back off yet to see if that will make a difference. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so I am going to take the tops off and put them back on and see how it does. I'll let you know.
#51 of 157 Re: Don't buy a 2008 Wrangler [dashboardjesus]
Mar 08, 2008 (2:04 pm)
Well, I'm covinced they fixed the leaks in my top. I drove it for over 2 hours in pouring rain yesterday and not one drop came in. Looks like The Water Doctor knew what he was doing when he fixed the leaks.
#52 of 157 Re: 2008 wrangler hardtop leaking [jr318]
Apr 01, 2008 (5:38 pm)
I also have a 2008 Jeep that is 5 days old with a water leak by the front passengerside area. I baught it in Troy at Advantage Jeep. Do you know who you spoke to and should I take other steps on getting the leak fixed..... Thanks for your help
#54 of 157 Avantage Troy
Apr 01, 2008 (8:55 pm)
Sales team is awesome!
#55 of 157 Re: 2008 wrangler hardtop leaking [fishjerk]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 01, 2008 (10:21 pm)
If you want to exchange dealer contact info that can't be found on the web, please mark your email address public in your profile so people can contact you, or set up your CarSpace page and use that email.
That'll keep the conversation moving along and there won't be emails in the posts for the spambots to harvest. Thanks!
#56 of 157 Re: 2008 wrangler hardtop leaking [fishjerk]
Apr 02, 2008 (4:31 am)
They deleted my post with my email in it.I have spoke and dealt with Lori.Two things to beware of when setting up an appointment are, call the day before make sure the parts are in, my jeep sat there for a full day with them knowing they didn't have the parts to fix it! So not right, also when you call make sure they have your reservation for a rental car.In my experience she called the morning of and they gave me a car with no 4 wheel or front wheel drive and it was snowing really bad.Totally unexplainable to me.I bought 4 wheel drive for a reason.Im not fond of driving in snow without it! At the rental place they also have cargo vans thats what they wanted to give me do to the fact she called the day i needed the car.They did after 3 times fix the leak.But now it is diverted to the door jam at floor level.The rain at night going down to the jam freezing and having a hard time with it opening doors because their is ice all on the bottom door jam like a half inch.I haven't gone up to address this yet.I bought new because im busy and i don't have time to waste(dropping off my jeep then going across the street to get the rental then going back at the end of the day time is money for me) so soon i will be making yet another appointment for the same problem.Advantage and jeep have known about this they told me after the fact that they have had a few back for this problem.She also told me there are holes for drainage on the floor boards.Can you imagine i know there is but come on..With all that said I do love it and can't wait to remove the top for summer fun.Im hoping all of this doesn't start again when i put the hard top back on in the fall.GOOD LUCK
Apr 05, 2008 (10:15 am)
When customers go to buy a New Jeep the Dealers or Chrysler should tell them about the leaking top. We have owned 4 Jeeps in the past and would have probally bought a new one, only without the hard top if they had told us about the problems they were having with the hard top leaking. We purchased our 2008 Jeep Wrangler in Dec 2007. As of today we have had it back to the deeler 4 times for the leaking top. We have heard every excuse you can think of, now they finally say it is a design problem. The service dept. has put in new seals twice. The third time they even put Silicone between the Hard top and fram (won't that look good this summer when we take the top off). Its in the shop now (this is the fourth). I cant wait to pick it up and see what the fix is this time. After Silicone its hard to tell.
#58 of 157 Re: Leaking Hard Top [rodandkathy]
Apr 08, 2008 (11:14 am)
I bought mine in Nov. of 2007 and it has been to the shop 4 times to be fixed with no luck. Chrysler has offered to buy mine back. However, today it is really nice out and I took the freedom top panels out for the first time. Have you looked at the "seal kit" that they put in? What a joke. It's nothing more than pieces of foam tape. I really like my wrangler minus the leak and the whole thought of selling it back is really depressing. This is my first jeep. I have wanted one for so long and this is my luck. I am considering trying to fix it myself, I can't do any worse. I'll let you know if I find a fix. Good luck to you.