2022 Jeep Gladiator Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Steering & structural issues are among the top complaints

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Jeep Gladiator takes the best of the Wrangler and incorporates a truck bed for cargo-carrying space. The automaker claims it “answers the call of adventure.” However, the top automotive publications have pointed out some significant flaws with the steering system and the structure itself.

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Problems with the Steering

The Jeep lineup of SUVs has never been known for superior steering capability, but the Gladiator seems to take the issues to a new level.

Even Car and Driver points out, “Compared with body-on-frame rivals like the Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier, the Jeep is more of a handful at highway speeds, requiring regular steering inputs to remain steady.”

Previous models have been deemed defective because of something known as the “death wobble.” This condition made the trucks unbearable to control due to defective axle and damping systems. Even after class-action lawsuits related to the matter, it appears that Jeep continues to send trucks off of the production line with just as many control issues. The automaker knows how unsafe this condition is yet continues to pump them into dealership lots around the country. Unsuspecting drivers get behind the wheel expecting to “answer the call of adventure,” only to find themselves losing control entirely.

Problems with the Structure

As a newer truck model, it would be safe to assume that it’s made with premium materials and quality checked for integrity. After all, the price is the same as some luxury vehicles. However, the structure is one area where 2022 Jeep Gladiator is also missing the boat.

One has to wonder why Car and Driver stated, “The Gladiator isn’t for everyone.”

Previous Gladiator models suffered from class-action lawsuits because of the defective structure, and the 2022 lineup will probably be included soon. The argument states that FCA US misrepresented the quality of the aluminum body panels on the Gladiator and did so deceivingly. In the recent 70-page lawsuit, FCA US is held liable for forgetting to tell customers that the body panels, fenders, doors and hood could easily corrode. Plus, the structure is prone to bubbling, peeling, rusting, flaking and blistering. Maybe if the Gladiator were placed in an automotive museum and never touched, it would do just fine. However, most Gladiator users are hoping to work hard and play in the Great Outdoors, ensuring that the Jeep truck comes in contact with materials that could accelerate wear. Maybe part of the “adventure” is having a truck that’s literally falling apart at the seams.

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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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  • Mark I

    I have a 2022 jeep gladiator rubicon, been to the service dept 5 times already for same problem. Check engine light comes on and off mostly after a big rain. They never call say they cant duplicate the issue. The light flashes which means pull over immediatley. We have a video on our cellphone of it flashing. We get compliments on its looks and love it but we are paying a big payment for it to sit in the shop in murfreesboro tn.

  • Shawn M

    2022 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Diesel
    Only 2800 miles and constant engine light and DPF problems already. There are some many people having issues!

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