pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
17,900 miles
Total Complaints:
29 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. replace engine (5 reports)
  3. replace piston rings (1 reports)
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problem #9

Jul 202019

Renegade Trail Halk 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,524 miles

I bought this Jeep 3 months ago. Loved everything about it so far except for the gas mileage. "20mpg" My friends mom also has a Renegade she said her oil light came on. So I checked my oil, surprised it was low I figured a quart with 3500 miles. I called the dealer and they said the break in oil from the factory will burn some to just add a quart. So I got a quart and it is 2 quarts low. I called and have a apt. next Fri for a oil change and oil consumption test. The service guy at the dealer said Dodge don't consider high consumption until it's more then a qt per 500 miles which is BS. I had two brand new Hyundai and never used any oil in 100,000 miles.

- jeep ?, Mineral Point, US

problem #8

Mar 152019

Renegade Trailhawk 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles

Bought a Brand New Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for my daughter in feb.2019. model yr. 2018. Seemed like a great little suv at the time, comfortable, secure on the road, safe enough, however a little light on the power side with a 2.4L auto.

Here's the Real Issue. After I changed the Break-In Oil (if that even applies) at 600mi. (terrible design on the skid plate by the way, no access for removing the filter, I can't wait to find the engineer who designed that)

Anyway, Replaced filter and new 0-20 oil , checked level and was set , until 3 weeks later. Checked the oil level and it was low by 1/2 quart and approx. 1200 miles total. 600 with break-in oil, plus 600 on new oil and filter. Added the 1/2 qt. and re-checked the oil level. 800 miles later, found the oil down another 1/2 quart!! Added the 1/2 qt and rechecked the oil level, again. And now not even ready for the 2nd oil change, total miles of 2900....it's down another 1/2 qt.

CONCLUSION.: and this is coming from a person who has spent a lifetime around cars, trucks, boats and racing equipment, Auto restoration and body and paint....I know what I'm talking about.

My Conclusion is this: The Piston Rings in this engine are either too hard and won't seat properly....OR...they are of very poor quality and are not sealing properly (could also be other internal seating issues also, cylinder walls, valve seats, valve seals....Who knows....but my experience would suggest poor piston ring seating.

Chrysler is playing it off as "Normal Oil Consumption".....ROFLMAO.....OK.....but I wonder how the EPA feels about all those Jeeps vaporizing oil into the atmosphere day after day, month after month, year after year? We'll see what happens....ut I got a feeling Fiat Chrysler will be liable for replacing these engines on a massive scale, once the EPA investigates.

- Scott C., Santa Cruz, US

problem #7

Jun 192019

Renegade 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles

I bought a brand new 2018 Jeep Renegade in September of 2018. The car has run fine up until this week. I noticed when I would take turns, not at an excessive speed, the low oil light would briefly appear and be gone with a very short ding. It only happened twice within a week. Then today, the car just stalled completely on a straight away. Luckily I was in my subdivision and not in the middle of traffic... It started again but took a bit of effort to turn over. I decided to check the oil level and to my surprise there was hardly any oil AT ALL on the dipstick. WHAT?! I found many reports of this issue here. Tomorrow I will be going to the dealer where I purchased the car to see what type of resolve they offer. I plan to speak to them about this being a known unresolved issue and look forward to their response... My family all own Jeep vehicles, including two other Renegades. I have never had a Jeep issue before so this is extremely disappointing to be going through...especially on a car that only has 3500 miles on it!

- Jenni B., Ballwin, MO, US

problem #6

Jul 102018

Renegade 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

I discussed the significant use of oil with the mechanics at the dealership and was told it was normal use for this engine, its almost like a 2 stroke engine except you don't mix the gas... as I discussed with the mechanic the engines from the 60's never used this much oil even with 100k miles on them. it can be a very serious issue when the warning lights don't come on. and the engine seizes up.. since the first time of running almost completely out of oil I have watched the level quit closely and on a recent trip to pueblo Colorado I added some of Lucas oil additive to see if that would help stop the oil loss, so far so good and I'm still watching the oil level but didn't need to add oil while I was out there or on the drive back so keeping fingers crossed, and my mileage has also increased...

- Kevin P., walnut, KS, US

problem #5

Apr 292019

Renegade Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,670 miles

Leased a 2018 Renegade. Received an email notification from dealer that a 1000 mi courtesy inspection is available. The vehicle had 2600 mi on it when we took it into dealer for this service. Service rep came out and said everything looked good and we left. 2 weeks later the Jeep stalled while pulling out onto a busy street. Was able to restart the car and it continued to run OK. It happened again and this time I noticed the OIL idiot light came on and off for a split second. I restarted and returned home, pulled into garage and checked the oil level. It just registered on the dip stick on the very tip of the stick. I went to the auto store and bought the recommended oil (don't want to be accused of voiding the warranty) and filled to the mid mark on the stick. Dealer checked codes and was told that the engine is programmed to shut off when oil press is LOW but there is no LOW OIL indicator that comes on steady to alert you to a pending issue. Now I am checking the oil level every time we use the vehicle. Manufacturer should have a recall for a program change to stop the engine cut out and add the OIL LIGHT to remain on when low oil is sensed.

- dpetresky, Bethlehem, US

problem #4

Mar 092019

Renegade Latitude

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,899 miles

I have a 2018 Jeep Renegade that I first had this problem with at 5000 miles. Took it to dealership, they said they changed oil, and that I had to drive it for 1000 miles, mind you it had been stalling in traffic, if during the 1000 mile test stalling occured to bring it back to service dept. if no stalling occurred then I was good. Well after 4000+ miles it happened again this time when I was 300 miles away from home, and in very heavy traffic. Sticker dealership put on my window was for oil change at 10087 miles, I was at 9600. Had car towed by roadside assistance and waited for Monday morning to go to dealership.

First dealership literally sent me a text telling me I had to pay 135.00 diagnosis labor cost up front, while my car is under warranty, I told them not to touch the car and had it towed to another dealer. They also gave me a very hard time, but finally after 5 hours told me it again was "oil consumption" issue, that they would do oil change, and that I am to take it in to dealership at 1000 miles regardless of issue happening again.

Oh and they tried charging me 78.25 for oil change, which was quickly changed to 0 by service manager who said I should not be charged anything since my car is under 10000 miles. This is complete BS!! So what I am supposed to go to dealership every 1000 miles??? I missed a day of work cause of this.

- David M., Wylie, TX, US

problem #3

Jan 252019

Renegade Trailhawk

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,180 miles

The vehicle stalled out making a left onto a busy 4-lane highway with oncoming traffic. Restarted, went on the way, happened again 2 days later in the exact same situation. No dashboard indicators about the cause of the stall. Took it to the dealership. Dealership diagnosed low oil and changed the oil. Vehicle had < 3200 miles at the time of the stall issue. Pickup feels worse and gear shift is odd since the oil change.

- followup, Southampton, US

problem #2

Nov 142018

Renegade 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,900 miles

Since owning the vehicle brand new, I have been mentioning to the dealership that I feel I’m using excessive amounts of oil. I had to place a quart in at 1500 miles, and I have had to continue placing oil in at intervals of every 1000-2000 miles even with getting routine oil changes at the dealership. They have now asked me to keep record of it....they may have to scope the engine. I just had an oil change at 9800 miles and had to put a quart in at 11800.

- Marjorie S., Hamburg, NJ, US

problem #1

Jun 052018

Renegade 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

2018 Jeep Renegades with 2.4L engines are not recommended. They burn oil and there has been no recall. Is it a defect that should require engine replacement or lemon law return to manufacturer.

The dealer did not mention it before, during the sale or after. I suggest everyone with this issue ask about the lemon law????

- Smk G., Bangor, ME, US