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post #46 of 516 Old 07-20-2012, 12:17 PM
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had mine since last September. 7k. No problems other than spending too much damn money on mods.


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post #47 of 516 Old 07-20-2012, 01:40 PM
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I have had a tic in mine shortly after i drove off the lot. Just took it as a noise from having a motor without manifolds. I have just hit 10k. Other then a ticking it runs great.
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I just hit a little over 10k miles and my check engine light just came one. I am going to take it into the dealer on monday.
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post #49 of 516 Old 07-20-2012, 03:24 PM
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2012 Sport, 4,677 miles first oil change today. No ticking. I am unimpressed with 5w30 engine oil though, this stuff is like water. I can hear some valvetrain noise (nothing bad), I feel like a higher viscosity engine oil would make it quieter. Getting 19.5mpg with 32" BFG Duratracs 3.73's. If I could keep my foot out of it I could probably get 20mpg.

No ticking like this video though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmQwkPE_CQ0

E-brake handle is garbage, mine always pops free when I have it locked on. I have an odd rattle in 4th and 6th gear when the engine is under heavy load, I'm waiting to see what develops.

I had various fasteners that were loose when I was changing the oil and checking the air filter. I am NOT thrilled about finding that.
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post #50 of 516 Old 07-20-2012, 05:27 PM
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2012... August 30th 2011 drive off the lot date. No ticking. 21mpg highway. 15mpg around town. Mileage remains about the same. No issues! Use synthetic oil after initial oil change!!
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post #51 of 516 Old 07-20-2012, 07:11 PM
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For people who have owned jeeps before, this probably won't turn them against the brand. It is a shame about the first-time owners that will be soured by this experience and will never get to find out how great an experience Jeep can be.
People seem to forget the Pentastar did not debut with the '12 Wrangler. It's been around for a while. It was in the Grand Cherokee along with almost a dozen other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles back in 2011. None of those vehicles have this problem. The ticking issue is obviously not systemic, being specific to Wrangler and within a narrow production window. For whatever reason, someone or something screwed up a batch of engines. It sucks, but sometimes it happens.

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post #52 of 516 Old 07-20-2012, 09:45 PM
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Got mine back today after having the head replaced. She runs 100% better, and I couldn't be happier. Haha oh and make sure you don't have mud in your alternator...doesn't look good when you tell them you haven't been off roading...
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post #53 of 516 Old 07-21-2012, 06:44 AM
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Mine was a first day build for the 12's. She's got 16k and is fine. She does have noisy injectors but nothing like some of the ticks I have seen in videos. I think some people hear the injectors and get over paranoid thinking their Jeep is falling apart after hearing stories from those with the problem. The ones with the actual problem would definitely know.
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post #54 of 516 Old 07-21-2012, 08:54 AM
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People seem to forget the Pentastar did not debut with the '12 Wrangler. It's been around for a while. It was in the Grand Cherokee along with almost a dozen other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles back in 2011. None of those vehicles have this problem. The ticking issue is obviously not systemic, being specific to Wrangler and within a narrow production window. For whatever reason, someone or something screwed up a batch of engines. It sucks, but sometimes it happens.
The heads are different on Wranglers from what I've heard.....

http://www.allpar.com/forums/topic/1.../page__st__200

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post #55 of 516 Old 07-21-2012, 08:58 AM
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Just broke 3000 miles, no problems here!
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post #56 of 516 Old 07-21-2012, 01:19 PM
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4500 miles here no issues
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post #57 of 516 Old 07-21-2012, 01:37 PM
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Is that the 3.8 liter? Or its replacement? I read an article about the first jk's consuming a quart of oil about every 3000 miles. a friend of mine was looking at trading his expedition in on a 4 door jk, but I wasnt sure if that was a good idea. I think they should have left the old 4.0 in there.
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post #58 of 516 Old 07-21-2012, 01:41 PM
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to my knowledge old 3.8 its strong and runs great for me no issues to complain about
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post #59 of 516 Old 07-23-2012, 06:34 AM
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just passed 5000 miles with no issues..knock on wood
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post #60 of 516 Old 07-23-2012, 08:55 AM
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As much as I like the power of the pentastar,

mines at the dealer as I write this for a new oil pump.... I wonder how much damage THAT did to the engine in the long run.......

chrysler sucks, my fords and GM's never had the serious mechanical problems my two dodge trucks and my two jeeps have had. brakes, diffrentials, engine, electronic problems. I lemon lawed my 05 ram because it kept eating front gears.

I wish I could put a good ole' chevy 350 in my 2012 wrangler.

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PIAA ATP off road lights, full light bar, Terraflex leveling kit, Mygig lockpick
just getting started.....
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