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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 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.
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 Model||Years Of Sales Data||Total Vehicles Produced||Vehicles For Sale (>200k miles)||% For Sale||Annual Maintenance Costs||Annual Insurance Costs|
|Toyota Tacoma||2000 to 2012||1,903,479||317||0.01665%||626||1338|
|Cadillac Escalade||2000 to 2012||353,524||52||0.01471%||373||1684|
|Toyota Highlander||2009 to 2012||285,943||40||0.01399%||540||1410|
|Ford Edge||2006 to 2010||450,309||50||0.01110%||409||1296|
|Subaru Outback||2000 to 2012||903,166||94||0.01041%||515||1378|
|Honda Accord||2000 to 2012||4,660,421||332||0.00712%||360||1310|
|Jeep Wrangler||2000 to 2012||1,166,707||81||0.00694%||462||1256|
|Toyota Camry||2000 to 2012||5,270,729||340||0.00645%||489||1432|
|Nissan Frontier||2000 to 2012||844,962||53||0.00627%||420||1394|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||2000 to 2012||2,074,148||127||0.00612%||492||1414|
|Honda Civic||2000 to 2012||3,932,856||229||0.00582%||306||1536|
|Dodge Durango||2000 to 2012||1,007,796||57||0.00566%||477||1440|
|Subaru Forester||2000 to 2012||809,230||36||0.00445%||563||1346|
|Hyundai Santa Fe||2000 to 2012||955,135||42||0.00440%||615||1386|
|Chrysler 300||2003 to 2012||791,297||29||0.00366%||557||1548|
|Toyota Corolla||2000 to 2012||3,933,414||144||0.00366%||479||1400|
|Nissan Altima||2000 to 2012||2,971,271||86||0.00289%||362||1446|
|Volkswagen Jetta||2000 to 2012||1,628,565||44||0.00270%||414||1414|
|Nissan Rogue||2007 to 2010||267,598||7||0.00262%||398||1412|
|Hyundai Sonata||2000 to 2012||1,681,992||43||0.00256%||579||1426|
|Ford Focus||2000 to 2012||2,716,831||67||0.00247%||547||1358|
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.
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 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:
- TIPM failure, 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Avg. cost to fix: $1300, Avg. miles: 52,000 miles
- Death Wobble, 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Avg. cost to fix: $800, Avg. miles: 73,000 miles
- 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).
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!