How Many Miles Will A Jeep Wrangler Last?

Well maintained Jeep Wranglers have historically been able to last up to about 400,000 miles before major repairs are required to stay on the road.

The Jeep Wrangler is a 4x4 sport utility vehicle that is built to withstand off road abuse which helps increase its longevity.

Also, because of the hobbyist nature of the Wrangler, off-road enthusiasts will often go to great lengths to keep their “toy” in top running condition thereby extending its life.

It’s important to note that due to the Jeep Wrangler’s use case, the Wrangler’s longevity can also decrease if it is abused.

Longevity

Longevity Rate=Number Of Vehicles Still Available For Sale / Vehicles Produced (2000-2012).

The longevity rate of the Jeep Wrangler compares very well versus other vehicles.

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Example Of 2002 Jeep Wrangler For Sale With 321,249 Miles|

Using sales data from autotrader.com and production data from carsalesbase.com we can get an idea of how long Jeep Wranglers stay on the road versus other models.

Scroll down to find the bolded Jeep Wrangler % of vehicles for sale. The %=vehicles for sale / total produced.

A higher percentage for sale may indicate that more vehicles are still road worthy and deemed saleable than another vehicle model with a lower percentage.

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Make ModelYears Of Sales DataTotal Vehicles ProducedVehicles For Sale (>200k miles)% For SaleAnnual Maintenance CostsAnnual Insurance Costs
Toyota Tacoma2000 to 20121,903,4793170.01665%6261338
Cadillac Escalade2000 to 2012353,524520.01471%3731684
Toyota Highlander2009 to 2012285,943400.01399%5401410
Ford Edge2006 to 2010450,309500.01110%4091296
Subaru Outback2000 to 2012903,166940.01041%5151378
Honda Accord2000 to 20124,660,4213320.00712%3601310
Jeep Wrangler2000 to 20121,166,707810.00694%4621256
Toyota Camry2000 to 20125,270,7293400.00645%4891432
Nissan Frontier2000 to 2012844,962530.00627%4201394
Jeep Grand Cherokee2000 to 20122,074,1481270.00612%4921414
Honda Civic2000 to 20123,932,8562290.00582%3061536
Dodge Durango2000 to 20121,007,796570.00566%4771440
Subaru Forester2000 to 2012809,230360.00445%5631346
Hyundai Santa Fe2000 to 2012955,135420.00440%6151386
Chrysler 3002003 to 2012791,297290.00366%5571548
Toyota Corolla2000 to 20123,933,4141440.00366%4791400
Nissan Altima2000 to 20122,971,271860.00289%3621446
Volkswagen Jetta2000 to 20121,628,565440.00270%4141414
Nissan Rogue2007 to 2010267,59870.00262%3981412
Hyundai Sonata2000 to 20121,681,992430.00256%5791426
Ford Focus2000 to 20122,716,831670.00247%5471358

From the table above we can see that the Jeep Wrangler’s longevity rate outperforms the Jeep Grand Cherokee by about 13%. The Wrangler’s longevity rate also beats the longevity rate of the Dodge Durango and the Hyundai Santa Fe by 123% and 158% respectively (2000-2012 model years with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer).

However the Jeep Wrangler’s longevity rate still under-performs versus vehicles such as the Toyota Tacoma, Cadillac Escalade and the Toyota Highlander.

Factors To Longevity

Multiple factors determine how long a vehicle will last on the road. They include maintenance costs, insurance costs, reliability, insurance costs and trade-in value.

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Example Of 2007 Jeep Wrangler For Sale With 359,042 Miles|

Maintenance Costs

Maintenance costs have a large influence on how long a vehicle will last on the road. If a vehicle is cheap to maintain it will make more economic sense to keep the vehicle on the road as it gets up in age.

According to yourmechanic.com the Jeep Wrangler has an average annual maintenance cost of $462 USD.

This compares well with the Jeep Grand Cherokee ($489) and Toyota Highlander ($540).

Insurance Costs

Insurance costs can also influence how long a vehicle will be on the road. Low insurance costs incentivize an owner to maintain and keep their vehicle on the road as opposed to paying higher costs on a newer vehicle.

According to www.quoteinspector.com the Jeep Wrangler has an average annual insurance cost of $1256 USD (40 year old male). This is a bit higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee ($1414) and Toyota Highlander ($1410).

Reliability / Complaints

According to carcomplaints.com the 3 main complaints are:

  1. TIPM failure, 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Avg. cost to fix: $1300, Avg. miles: 52,000 miles
  2. Death Wobble, 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Avg. cost to fix: $800, Avg. miles: 73,000 miles
  3. Head Failure, 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Avg. cost to fix: $4,400, Avg. miles: 38,000 miles

Carcomplaints.com ranks the 2012 Jeep Wrangler as the worst Wrangler overall for having electrical problems, high repair costs and problems at lower mileage.

Depreciation / Trade-In-Value

Cars that retain their value will oftentimes be kept on the road longer than cars that lose their value quickly and end up quickly being worth little.

Historically the Jeep Wrangler has had spectacular resale values. The Wrangler has won numerous awards from the Kelly Bluebook including Models to Best Hold Its Value (1998, 1999, 2003, 2011, and 2012) and Best Resale Value Award (2009,2012 and 2013).

The Jeep Wrangler is expected to depreciate 3% on average in its first 5 years.

This compares favorably to the Jeep Grand Cherokee (45%) and Jeep Renegade (40%) .

Conclusion

If you're looking for a vehicle that will last you many miles and that has a high resale value the Jeep Wrangler may be what you’re looking for!