2019 Jeep Renegade Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, transmission and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Owners of the 2019 Jeep Renegade believe they got behind the wheel of a compact SUV that turns heads. Even the automaker claims this model will “make them look twice,” but it isn’t for good reasons. In fact, this Renegade model suffers from serious engine, electrical system and powertrain concerns.

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Problems with the Engine

The engine of the Renegade has never been praised for being the most powerful in the lineup, but it should still be reliable. Sadly, that’s not what the majority of owners are finding.

Here is one Edmunds review related to engine concerns. “Bought a 2019 and 2nd day the service engine light came on. So they let me pick out a different 2019 Renegade. The 2nd Renegade the same thing has happened. Then they ‘fixed’ took it home and next day the light came back on. Then they ‘fixed’ and service manager drove it home but the next morning on his way to work the light came on again! They are still refusing to refund the money at this point and are still trying to fix it! Been 4 weeks and still no car! Now we have a lawyer helping us. My 1st car payment is due now and I don’t even have the damn thing!”

No one wants to find out that their new car is a lemon, but it’s even worse when the dealership refuses to make it right. Still, there are plenty of documented instances of trouble with this Jeep engine. Just look at Service Bulletin #18-089-19, which also talks about the problem with an evaporator system leak. These are situations that shouldn’t be occurring on new SUVs.

Problems with the Electrical System

Most people don’t understand how valuable the electric system of a vehicle is until it doesn’t work correctly. Unfortunately, Jeep Renegade owners understand it far too often.

Just look at this Edmunds review. “This car cannot handle much stress at all, 3 years owning a new car and I have had so many problems from engine lights, to cannot start the vehicle and had to have the whole ignition replaced, to throttle problem. This is an absolute worst vehicle and Jeep is a poor brand for so many deficiencies. Never should anyone buy this junk or anything from Jeep.”

The faulty electrical system has even led to a massive recall, affecting more than 25,000 vehicles. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V287000 states that the software can lead the occupant restraint controller to malfunction and disable some of the passive safety features. When this occurs, there is a higher chance of injury after a collision. Basically, even if the engine is working correctly, owners are left with putting their safety and those in the vehicle at risk.

Problems with the Transmission

While the powertrain of a vehicle consists of several components that create movement, the most important part is the transmission. In modern vehicles, the transmission should be well-built and durable, but that’s not the case with the Renegade.

Here’s a complaint that was filed with the NHTSA. “The contact owns a 2019 Jeep Renegade. The contact stated while driving at approximately 55 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact made several attempts to restart the vehicle which failed. The vehicle was towed to [dealership] to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission and transmission module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,600.”

It’s not fair to this owner that their new SUV was a junkyard candidate after just eight thousand miles. That’s not even a year of driving and completely unacceptable. The company doesn’t deny trouble with the powertrain. In fact, the automaker has twenty service bulletins about the system. One such communication, Service Bulletin #18-063-19 REV. A states that SUVs are struggling with a no-start condition, poor fuel economy, intermittent stalling and pinging noises during acceleration. According to the communication, these issues will be fixed with a simple PCM update, but there are probably lots of owners that also required a new transmission or module.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • melissa l

    Have a was on a 2019 Renegade- just had to have transmission replaced at @ 18,500.00 miles. It had shifting issues from the start but I was told it was “normal”.

  • Cynthia L

    Hi my name is Cynthia Lasos I bought my 2019 jeep renegade on May 31st of this year its been at the dealership since with push button start problems it doesn’t start

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