1st Gen (1988 – 1995) Jeep Wrangler Problems

The 1st generation of the Wrangler has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.41. That can be compared against other Jeep generations. Shopping for a Jeep? This generation is generally a good bet.

Owners of the 1988–1995 Wrangler model years have sent in 13 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the electrical (23%) followed by the drivetrain (15%) and the engine (15%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
1995 1
0.14
1994 3
1.28
1993 1
0.37
1992 2
0.04
1991 1
0.11
1990 2
0.53
1989 2
0.47
1988 1
0.33

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