2022 Jeep Wagoneer Problems and Top Complaints

Electrical system, steering, and powertrain issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is a newer SUV model that is reminiscent of days gone by. In fact, the automaker claims it is “the return of an American icon.” However, it doesn’t seem like the systems and equipment have kept up with the times since customers are complaining about electrical system issues, defective steering, and a malfunctioning powertrain.

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Most Common Problems with the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer

Consumers logged 22 complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) between January 6 and late September 2022. Of these, nearly half (10) were about the electrical system. The rest were spread across another 8 components and systems, with steering issues coming second with 5 related complaints.

Forward collision avoidance, the powertrain, and the service brakes were all mentioned in 4 individual complaints. However, these complaints all included more than one component or system, making it difficult to pinpoint the problem accurately.

While there is only 1 complaint about seats it’s worth mentioning because a child was injured in an incident. The problem a New York owner highlights is that the button that folds the second row seat is easily accessible to a child. After multiple incidents where the child pressed the button and “came flying forward with tremendous force,” he put tape on the button to stop it being pressed.

Electrical System Problems

Electrical system complaints about the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer are very varied. They include wiring shorting out, major issues with the forward collision avoidance system, faulty error messages, and malfunctioning keyfobs. Some owners have had seat heaters stop working, vehicles losing power, and batteries dying.

An owner from Indiana experienced tire pressure warnings, but after testing the pressure found it was fine. Then, half an hour later all the lights on the dash lit up and the Jeep stopped in an intersection, almost causing multiple accidents. It was eventually towed away by the police, but it took the dealership a month to determine it had a dead battery. “But it died while the vehicle was driving and (the) alternator should have been charging it.”

A Montana owner states that their 2022 Jeep Wagoneer was taken to the dealership five times for electrical/battery issues. The owner contacted the manufacturer and states that there is “an open case regarding these serious safety issues. The local police are (also) aware of this issue as this is an ongoing issue with the vehicle and our safety was at risk.”

An owner from Virginia complains that “the rear air system never worked.” The dealership said that a wiring short caused the motor to blow.

“So now the dealership has the car and can’t tell me when I will receive my car back. $84000 car that has electrical issues from day one seems like a Lemon and I should be able to get my money back along with my trade-in 2020 Jeep Wrangler. I have owned 4 previous Jeeps and (have) never had any issues.”

Steering Problems

If you can’t steer your vehicle, you have a major problem. So far, 5 owners of 2022 Jeep Wagoneers have voiced their concerns to the NHTSA. Typical complaints say that the power steering “went dead” or “quit working.”

An issue described by an owner from North Dakota states that the vehicle was “hard to turn and the back wheels were locked out and not turning.” The Wagoneer was only 2.5 months old, and had to be towed to the dealership.

The owner was told that was “a common issue” that required a system update, and a “rear diff fluid drain and replace.” The dealership also stated they would be “doing a cam sensor replacement” that was also a known issue.

“The wheels locking out and not working with kids in the car is super scary. And if it’s a known issue they need to be doing a recall before someone gets into a serious accident.”

Another complaint, this time from Colorado, involves steering as well as brakes and forward collision avoidance says that when pulling out of the driveway, the driver was unable to turn the steering wheel which was completely locked. “The alert started going off to service the lane assistance. I couldn’t move the tires at all. I turned the car off and re-started it multiple times to try to get it to unlock. After about 5 times it unlocked but still said to service the lance assistance.”

Two weeks later there were brake system issues and the steering wheel locked. “I had two children in the car. We feared for our lives. Once pulled over the car was kicked into 4wd low on top of all the other things.” The owner managed to drive the Jeep to a dealership, but wasn’t told exactly what happened.

Problems with the Powertrain

The powertrain is another vital system that is causing trouble on the road. With the defects, customers are starting to wonder what all of the hype is about.

Another NHTSA complaint, from an owner in Illinois says, “At around 800 miles several warning lights turned on regarding servicing (of the) 4WD system and the vehicle became stuck in 4LO. The rear differential and transfer case were shot already.” The owner was told by the dealer that the cause was a control module, but they had no update or fix for the module yet. He wasn’t able to drive the vehicle without the risk of further damage before it was repaired. “Going on 3 weeks without (the) brand new vehicle.”

An owner from Pennsylvania had a similar issue. The Jeep only had 700 miles on the clock, and while driving 4WD low engaged and wouldn’t disengage. The dealer reset the drivetrain control module.

“Jeep claims it needs a software update but it’s not out yet. These vehicles are dangerous to drive in this condition.”

What To Do If Your 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is a Lemon? Your Lemon Rights

Only a small percentage of any vehicle make and model turns out to be a lemon, but lemons are a reality. So, it’s important to be aware if there are issues that impact the value, use, or safety of your 2022 Jeep Wagoneer.

If you have purchased a lemon, you might be able to get a refund or even a new vehicle. We will review your case free of charge. All you need to do is contact our Helpline or fill in a contact form. It’s free. When it comes to lemon law, Jeep’s going to have to pay your legal bills.

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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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7 COMMENTS
  • Ken F

    Purchased a Grand Wagoneer in October of 2022 and is a series II. To date I have driven it 7,200 miles from Florida to Montana my biggest trip so far pulling a 12’ trailer with electric brakes. That trip went off without any problems. Now in the last 2 weeks the conplete piano keyboard on just below the multii function screen, cannot control heat or A/C at all. The odometer number continue to blink on and off on the drivers screen. The fog light on the passenger side quit working. I have had issues with the tailgate not operating properly. I scheduled an appointment for a month from now because that was the earliest They could get me in to the dealership.

  • Rene S

    Yeah my 2022 Wagoneer smells like antifreeze when you turn the AC on it smells like syrup I took it in and they said there was nothing wrong with it. Got it back still smells like antifreeze or syrup. I’m gonna take it to a friend of mine that works at GM to see what he thinks about the smell.

  • Benny v

    We purchased a 2022 Wagoneer 4×4 and approximately 2 months later, the interior rear hatch manual close button stopped working. It’s been at the Riveroaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer for over 4 months now and every time we call to ask for our vehicle they say that they spoke with personnel and that it will be ready by Monday, expect a call by Monday. It’s been a whole lot of Mondays now and still nothing. My wife went to climb up the ladder again and spoke with the Gen. Manager and he went to investigate and he stated that part was in “but they didn’t have anyone to install it”. AHAHAHAHAHA! Ain’t that the funniest thing you’ve ever heard?

    It would be funnier if it wasn’t my $100,000.00 vehicle that we’re talking about. Yes, they did supply a loaner basic, no frills, no extras, lower end Wagoneer but 4 months?

    I will personally be seeing them soon and well, wish me luck cause I’m not as patient as my wife. This will certainly be interesting.

  • Manny

    My Wagoneer sajes when I drive Above 60 mph. I have taken the car to Aventura Jeep/Chrysler/ Dodge dealship twice. I picked up the car yesterday 9/24/2022 and it still has the same issue. I’m taking the car back again tomorrow. If at the 3rd shot they can’t get it right I don’t want the car. How can I proceed ? Can you help?

  • Matthew P

    I’ve had my Wagoneer since June of 2022 – It has been in the shop for almost 30 days. I have a case open with Wagoneer (Stellantis) and they don’t seem to take anything seriously with my claims. The panels on the vehicle are severely miss aligned (uneven they are not flush and will never be) and I started noticing this after a defective trim piece on the interior side of my tail gate. Which took a few weeks to come in and replace. Everything that I have requested is always 2-3 weeks out – I have not been provided a loaner vehicle in several occasions in order to get my vehicle serviced as quickly as possible – I have had the front wiring harness replaced for the headlights – now they are replacing the fog light wiring assembly as when the fog lights are on it malfunctions and it goes on and off with a warning in the driver HUB. I had a severe issue with the software and had to reset my radio main unit to get our phones to reconnect via car play and google auto. We have had quality concerns along with serviceability issues and the inability to properly address issues with the vehicle. I am still waiting for Stellantis to address my concerns with the misaligned panels of the vehicle which cannot be fixed without making it misaligned somewhere else and also impacting the integrity of the vehicle and or wind noise or resale value of the vehicle – I brought these concerns up after about 500-800 miles of driving the vehicle – yet it still has not been fixed or addressed. I have sent this to the Repurchase team at Stellantis for the second time as I am disputing their first rejection of my claim that it is a lemon or defective vehicle as they did not have all the information and just rejected it without receiving any information regarding my vehicle and the above issues/concerns I have above.

  • Ricardo G

    Just came from the jeep dealership, and looked at the wagoner, had one many years ago, looked nice, salesperson said they haven’t had any issues with them yet, just some minor adjustments, though i saw 8 of them with customer service tags in the windows in the back parking lot, drove it, they didn’t have a 4×4, a must have for us is AWD, we currently driving 2 hummers, I think ill stay with them for now, after reading this update on the wagoner….

  • Patricia P

    I get a message on and off to service the 4 w d, now it feels like the parking break is on when I’m backing up, but in fact it isn’t on,

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