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    Prospective buyer with new JL “reliability” question...

    As stated above, I’m considering buying a 2019 or 2020 JLU. I’m curious if any of the issues associated with the new JL are persisting with the newly produced Wranglers.

    For example:
    - Steering issue (excessive play, dead spot) — I’ve personally experienced this on 2 test drives
    - Welding issues (bad frame welds)
    - I’ve read about no start on the 2018’s that require a tow to the dealer.

    Any information or input would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Tom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwycycle View Post
    As stated above, I’m considering buying a 2019 or 2020 JLU. I’m curious if any of the issues associated with the new JL are persisting with the newly produced Wranglers.

    For example:
    - Steering issue (excessive play, dead spot) — I’ve personally experienced this on 2 test drives
    - Welding issues (bad frame welds)
    - I’ve read about no start on the 2018’s that require a tow to the dealer.

    Any information or input would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Tom.
    Steering is feel of solid axle front.

    No weld issues anymore

    Never heard of a no start issue nor have I had one in 20k miles.

    The only unreliable thing on my Jeep is the uconnect system which acts like every other piece of technology.
    2018 JLUR Sting Gray

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    I second the above, only issues in 9k miles on my 19 are with the Uconnect. It has a mind of its own.


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    I've had to no start issues on my 19 JL sport that required being towed to the Dealer.
    1st time the ESS Battery was junk and had to be replaced.
    2nd time 2 weeks later it had to be towed again, that time the fuse on the F ten circuit was cracked all the way through, but was not burned out, if you tapped the fuse it would not start. If you tapped it again it would start. Replaced the fuse. Jeep has ran fine since.
    That was all in the 1st 850 miles.

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    I have about 4k on it, no issues except my rear passenger soft top corner rattles over pottholes. I have to figure that out since german roads are not as good as you would think

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    17k miles on my '19 with zero issues.

    I've found lowering the tire pressure reduces the wandering feeling with the steering.
    2014 JKU Money Pit on 37's
    2019 JLUR on 35's (so far)

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    22,500 miles on mine. It was a very early build, as in December of 2017. It had no issues from the factory, and not even a fit/finish issue. I put on the Mopar lift and 35's and got some steering shimmy. That's gone now between a Fox steering dampener and a Rancho adjustable track bar. The Uconnect was perfect until I had it updated to add off road pages. Now, like others, it has a bit of a mind of its own, but with the Tazer JL, I can just reboot it and it fixes it.

    Overall, I couldn't be more pleased. The 3.6 has loosened up a bit since new and just feels and sounds great, especially with the manual transmission.

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    Thanks for all the insight! Keep it coming. I wish Gobi was offered in 2020..

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    Prospective buyer with new JL “reliability” question...

    20k miles on mine. Early build also. 35s, 2” dynatrac lift and a trackbar to center axle. Couldn’t be happier with my steering. Uconnect issues though that required the dealership to update.


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    Last edited by JP223/3USA; 08-11-2019 at 04:08 PM.

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    2018 MY (Jan 2018 build date-early) Sahara. I did have a dead spot of almost 2 inches in the steering before I lifted it. Dealer put in the newest revision steering box, gone! Everything else has been immaculate.

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