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How Long Do Jeeps Last For? (Explained)

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Last Updated on: 7th September 2023, 12:38 am

If you already own a Jeep or are considering buying a new or second-hand one, you’re probably wondering about their longevity and reliability.

This article explores the lifespan and reliability of Jeeps, we’ll also see how many miles a Jeep can cover, whether it’s a reliable brand, common issues and which models are the most durable.

The Lifespan of a Jeep

The lifespan of a Jeep is influenced by many factors. However, with good care and regular maintenance, the more reliable Jeeps can easily clock 200,000 miles.

Some owners have even reported surpassing 300,000 miles. That said, the term “reliable” is crucial here as not every model can achieve this mileage.

A recent iSeeCars.com study reveals that Jeep isn’t among the top 15 longest-lasting cars, SUVs, and trucks (vehicles that can hit the 200,000-mile mark). As expected, brands like Toyota, Honda, GMC, Ford, and others, dominate this list.

That being said, this doesn’t suggest that Jeeps won’t serve you for a long period.

The Wrangler, for instance, one of the most dependable Jeep models, often surpasses the 5-year mark without significant issues, which is typically when most vehicle warranties expire.

Many Jeep Wrangler fans report the model can achieve around 280,000 miles, with some even reaching up to 400,000 miles.

Evaluating Jeep’s Reliability

When considering the longevity of a Jeep, its reliability comes into play. A reliable vehicle is less prone to significant issues, allowing it to cover more miles and last longer.

So, is Jeep a reliable automotive brand?

Jeeps reliability rating is slightly above average. RepairPal rates Jeep at 3.5 out of 5.0, placing it 15th out of 32 car brands.

In contrast, Consumer Reports ranks Jeep among the least reliable brands, primarily due to the Wrangler model.

  • Jeep performs better in terms of repair frequency, averaging 0.3 shop visits annually.
  • Furthermore, 13% of repairs are classified as severe, marginally higher than the 12% average for all car models.
  • Jeep owners can also expect to spend approximately $634 per year on unplanned repairs.

Typical Problems

Like any vehicle, Jeeps aren’t exempt from problems. Below are some of the most frequently reported issues.

1. Death Wobble

The Jeep community widely knows this steering wheel issue that causes shaking and vibrating at high speeds, particularly when hitting a bump.

2. Exhaust Leaks

Certain Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler models have experienced exhaust leaks due to cracks in the exhaust manifold after numerous heating and cooling cycles.

This can also cause the check engine light to illuminate, replacing the manifold usually solves this problem.

3. Clogged Fuel Injectors

Many Jeep owners have reported clogged fuel injectors disrupting fuel flow, causing misfires and engine “stumble”.

Using fuel additives to clean the injectors is a common solution.

4. Transfer Case Failure

The transfer case, which enables shifting between 4WD and 2WD, has been known to leak due to wear and tear, making it impossible to engage the 4WD, which undermines the purpose of owning a Jeep.

Which Jeep Models are the Most Durable?

As previously mentioned, a reliable vehicle tends to last longer. If you’re looking for a durable Jeep model, consider the options below.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

An American classic, the Grand Cherokee, especially the 2022 model, is one of the more dependable Jeep models. It boasts a sophisticated design, advanced tech features, a luxury interior, and a hybrid option.

It also consistently scores high on the reliability scale.

Earlier models of the Grand Cherokee have been known to serve over 200,000 miles and up to 20 years. There are even reports of the 2011 model achieving more than 300,000 miles.

jeep grand cherokee

Jeep Gladiator

Often viewed as the pickup version of the Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator, while relatively new, has made its mark. The Gladiator is excellent for off-roading and offers impressive on-road driving dynamics.

It’s a fun choice in the midsize pickup truck segment, and with good care and maintenance, it can cover up to 200,000 miles and last for about 14 years.

Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler comes in several versions, but not all are known for reliability. However, some newer models have decent reliability ratings.

With its strong off-road performance and iconic design, the Wrangler is a great choice in terms of durability.

The Jeep Wrangler has an average lifespan of 10-15 years and can cover between 100,000-280,000 miles. Some Wrangler owners even report that their vehicle has achieved 400,000 miles.

The 2018 model is a good choice for a durable Wrangler.

jeep wrangler

Extending Your Jeep’s Lifespan

The longevity of your Jeep is primarily in your hands. They aren’t the most reliable vehicles, so they need regular maintenance and care, such as oil and fluid changes.

Your driving habits also affect the longevity of any vehicle. More cautious driving can extend their lifespan.

  • Andy Lewin

    Andy Lewin is a senior mechanic, ASE qualified master technician, and an experienced automotive engineer. He's passionate about serving the automotive community with the highest-quality and trustworthy information on all things automotive. He loves to write about car repairs, maintenance, car modifications and tuning, faults, and much more.

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