2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from North America
My Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2007 (you know, the great looking, larger new 4-door version just unveiled in 2007) has a really disappointing flaw - it kicks up rocks from the road, which chip away the paint on the door hinges. I've previously owned another Wrangler and a CJ-7, neither of which had this problem.
I believe this is a design flaw, as most new cars that kick rocks come with little standard-equipment mud flaps or slightly extended fender flares.
As a first-year vehicle with different tires and flare design, maybe Chrysler didn't know that the new Jeeps would have this problem... yet, now they do, and now I have big-time damage to the paint on my new car. The paint is literally falling off, and the hinges are exposed to bare metal and rusting! My new car!
I did contact Chrysler and asked if they could make this right, but they (with attitude) told me they would not be assisting me. I don't think that paint should be falling off my new car after only a year. I've never heard of that happening to anyone else's new vehicle before, but I know it's now happening to other Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, who had the misfortune of purchasing stock vehicles without mudflaps or running boards. Jeep should not sell these rigs without mudguards as standard equipment.
Now I have a new car with open rust sores... what a waste. Makes me wonder what else will go wrong that Jeep will refuse to correct. Scary.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th April, 2008
I haven't seen any Unlimited Wranglers without running boards except for a Rubicon. I had thought they were standard (or at least extremely common) on the X model. Am I wrong?
I had the same problem with my Unlimited Rubicon because it doesn't come with running boards or mud-flaps. This is a particular problem with the Rubicon because the aggressive tires pick up some pretty big gravel. I figured running boards would be hard to take off for trail riding so I bought some flaps. It is a simple, easy, and obvious fix. It seems a little unfair to give a negative review to an entire vehicle because it didn't come with mud flaps. None of the cars or trucks I've purchased had them as standard equipment (they were a dealer add-on or something I added myself). It would seem like the first chip or two would have sent you to your nearest dealer to get flaps. Don't you share some responsibility for the delay?