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Jeep Water Leaks: Problems with Jeeps since 2008

June 18, 2013 By: Admin Category: Car Lemon Law, jeep, jeep grand cherokee, jeep liberty, jeep wrangler

Ben Franklin once wrote that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. Well, we would like to add a third guarantee to that list: there will be Jeeps on the road with water leak problems.

Water pouring into Jeep

Since 2008, we have been flooded with calls from Jeep owners like Janae with leaking windows, sunroofs, soft top convertibles, hard top convertibles, dome lights, doors, and door handles. We’ve seen leaking Jeep Wranglers, leaking Jeep Patriots, leaking Jeep Grand Cherokees, and leaking Jeep Commanders. We’ve seen more than one leaking Jeep Liberty and a leaking Jeep Compass or two as well.

We’ve helped hundreds of Jeep owners with water damage to upholstery and electrical shorts from water leaks. Many of these cases have been wrapped up quickly and many of our clients have been awarded new vehicles or complete buybacks.

Nobody wants pools of water on the floor of their Jeep Commander or water damage to the seats of their Jeep Wrangler. But the Jeep leak problems have also led to a particularly troubling mold problem – it makes the vehicle unhealthy to drive and it brings about a terrible odor. Here are some problems our commenters have reported:

Jeep Liberty sunroof leak

Jeep Commander floods door

Jeep Wrangler Sport leak

Do not wait until the seventh repair to seek legal help. Most states require three or four visits to a repair shop before the vehicle owner can take legal action.

Another tip: do not wait until your car’s warranty has expired to address the problem or you may be left out to dry without any legal leverage:

Jeep Grand Cherokee leak

Lemon law response

If you are dealing with mold or any other problems related to a water leak in your vehicle, make a service appointment with your dealership immediately. If you have an odor problem, try to locate where it is originating from – this will allow the dealer to help you more quickly.

Make sure the shop gives you a repair invoice for each trip you make regarding your Jeep leak. Keep them somewhere handy – you’ll need them if you have to open up a legal claim. And remember…

You should not pay anything for this fix

If the first repair doesn’t solve the problem and your Jeep leak returns, take your vehicle back to an authorized Jeep dealership – it doesn’t have to be the dealer you bought it from.

If continuous repairs do nothing to stop the leaks from happening and you repeatedly have to bring your vehicle back to the shop while it’s under warranty, you can take legal recourse under State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws and assert your rights.

If you are dealing with Jeep water leaks, fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form. We will review your situation and determine if/how we can help.  You can also call us at 1 800 LEMON LAW (1-800-536-6652).


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43 Responses to “Jeep Water Leaks: Problems with Jeeps since 2008”


  1. #1 Chuck DeRoss says:

    2011 wrangler unlimited 3 time being repaired for water leaks from floorboards

    • #2 DaveP326 says:

      You want action? park your Jeep in front to the dealer where you bought it, WHERE PROSPECTIVE JEEP BUYERS WILL SEE IT. Fill it up with lemons or maybe put a big inflatable lemon on the roof. When you hurt their business, THEN you will get help.

      • #3 Mike Borland says:

        I am on to buying my 4th seat belt for my 2005 Jeep Liberty. They don’t retrack and when they get caught in the door the nylon strap gets cut which makes it weaker and potentially unsafe. Jeep Chrysler will not stand behind their equipment. Still waiting for the recall repair for this car which has a gasoline tank that may explode in a rear collision.

        • #4 David Johnson says:

          I came back from a 4 day trip and when I got inside my 2008 Jeep Liberty I noticed that the floor mat of the passenger side was wet, it had been raining the past days and nobody had access to the car since I took the keys with me, I don’t know what to do, help?

          • #5 Kendra Hill says:

            I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler. I have been dealing with a wet floor board on the driver’s side. I have had it to the dealer 2x. This last time the body shop manager said I must have lost a torx screw taking the whole top off and it was my fault. I have a 3 piece Freedom top and the only part I have removed are the panels above the driver and passenger, but never the whole thing. I believe the cause is coming from underneath the Jeep and not the door or panel seals. Has anyone every found out any correct info?

            • #6 Victoria ragusa says:

              My 2008 jeep liberty leaks every time it rains. Leaks on the driver and passenger side inner roof and passenger side floor is drentched

              • #7 Janice Carlson says:

                I have a 2012 wrangler unlimited. I had a leak, had it fixed early on. Took up floor mats after all winter, my floors are soaked. What can I do.

                • #8 robert shumyla says:

                  2009 jeep liberty leak center winshield – above drivers head —— bought it new!!!!!!! need person above dealer !!

                  • #9 Becki Samuels says:

                    I have a 2007 Jeep Patriot. It has been brought back to the dealership twice under warranty for water coming in through the dome lights. Unfortunately, for me, the sunroof did not leak again until well after my warranty was up because my father cleaned out the drainage tubes. Now, however, it leaks almost every time it rains and it’s not only from the dome lights anymore. Rain comes through the panels on doors and yesterday it came through the windshield in front of my passenger side! A few weeks ago, there was about two inches of water on the foorboard behind my passenger side seat and getting the smell of mold out has been a challenge. My radio has also gone out twice because of the rain falling into it. Chrysler should be ashamed to produce products like these.

                    • #10 Melissa Merritt says:

                      I have a 2012 Wrangler Sahara. With every rain, comes soggy floors. It smells so damp in the vehicle all of the time…I’m just waiting for the mold to appear. I cannot imagine this is good on the electrical wires that are housed under the plastic cover at the bottom of the doors either. I had my heart set on a Wrangler and now I am so disappointed….

                      • #11 Tony says:

                        Hi, I have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara unlimited, it only has 8000kms on it, I’ve have the freedom top seals changed 4 times since new. It’s leaked from day 1. I live in Canada. Is there anything I can do about this?

                        • #12 LemonLaw says:

                          @Tony: Sadly, we only handle Lemon Law in the States. Google Canada Lemon Law.

                          • #13 B says:

                            I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport and noticed wet floor boards on driver and passenger side. Noticed wet spots early on, but thought it was something I was doing or bad weather. Didn’t rain this weekend but floorboards still wet, now the carpet is starting to smell. Making an appointment to have it checked, fingers crossed!!!

                            • #14 Memoree Bertsch Carmona says:

                              I bought a 2011 Jeep Wrangler last month. I bought it from a dealer. Rained, leaked! Horribly. It even held water in the back until we pulled the plug. Called dealer, they say we will have to pay for the replacement. I have mopar insurance on it. Supposed to cover any and everything! Can anyone relate or respond?

                              • #15 Deena says:

                                2015 Jeep Patriot purchased Sept. 2015. I’ve owned the Jeep for 52 days and today is day #22 in the shop for a leak in the floorboards. It has less then 500 miles on it and many of those miles have been on driving back and forth to the dealership trying to deal with the water. It’s on it’s 3rd stay in the service department and they can’t figure out the source of the leak. Dealership is finally calling Chrysler to see if they have any information to help them find the leak. I love the Jeep but paid way too much to have a water leak in a brand new vehicle. Gave up a dependable 98 Cherokee that stayed dry for a new “portable swimming pool”. I see a battle coming with Chrysler. Dealership is doing all they can and I don’t fault them. They are just trying to fix the product they are selling.

                                • #16 Chris says:

                                  Hello,

                                  I bought a 2013 Jeep Wrangler in July 2013. Within a month or so I discovered that my driver side floorboard was soaked. I took it to the dealer and they came up with a solution. However, fast forward to about 3 weeks ago and I discovered my driver and passenger side floorboards soaked. It’s in the dealer for the 3rd time now and has yet to be fixed. Anything I can do at this point or am I stuck?

                                  • #17 LemonLaw says:

                                    @Chris: I would look into your rights under State and Federal laws. Please visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state that can help.

                                    • #18 LemonLaw says:

                                      @Deena: Please look into your rights. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state to discuss your claim.

                                      • #19 Paul H says:

                                        I just bought a used 2012 wrangler. It leaked water on to the passenger floor. Dealer attempted repair and now have three leaks instead of one. No factory warranty will cover a vehicle with 50k miles. My extended would take cover either. Fed up.

                                        • #20 Melissa says:

                                          Purchased a 2014 Jeep Compass Sport. I have noticed two instances where it leaks inside the car under the dash. The first time, it was raining very hard and I was driving on the freeway. When I would turn right, I would hear a sloshing noise and it would drip hot water down on my foot on the gas pedal. When I would turn left, same sloshing noise, but it would drip on the passenger’s side. The second time it happened, it had rained some, but the A/C defrost was also on for a bit. Same issue, turning and dripping hot liquid. It’s in the shop right now. They said they couldn’t find anything and couldn’t recreate the problem. I’m making them keep it until they find something. Still under warranty thankfully.

                                          • #21 Tommy Bailey says:

                                            I bought a 2015 jeep wrangler Oscar mike freedom edition and i had it in the shop right before thanks giving for all three door leaking at the seals, i got it back 2 days ago. This morning after a heavy rain i came out to my jeep and what do you know the passenger door leaked and the floor board is saturated with water. I’m so tired of this and i just bought the jeep.

                                            • #22 Dana says:

                                              I have an 02 jeep liberty, with no sunroof. Everytime it rains my front floorboards fill with water.i wish I could attach a picture. My passenger seat is also soaked. I CAN’T HANDLE IT ANYMORE! I will never buy another Chrysler! Also I just noticed while looking for the leak, all of my stuff in my glove box is wet also

                                              • #23 Sarah Beth says:

                                                I have had my 2008 Jeep Patriot in and out of the shop in the last year. It leaks like mad when it rains in South Texas. The last time I went to the shop they told me don’t bring it back here ever again. We shouldn’t be working on it since you didn’t buy it here. Now Jeep is saying they won’t pay for the repairs or the rental. I have to pay out of pocket and they may reimburse me later.

                                                • #24 Laura says:

                                                  I bought a 2014 Jeep Comass.. only had it for a year.. i took it to the shop since the front & Back floor boards were leaking.. had it back for about a week and noticed it’s drenched all over again. Taking it back to the shop on Monday. I think these need a re-call or some sort. Something isnt connecting right. I’m so disappointed i want to get rid of this car.

                                                  • #25 Marsha Martin says:

                                                    I just bought 3 months ago a used 2008 jeep patriot. No warranty. We had a big rain. First really big rain since I bought it. Leaked into tirewell and behind passenger and drivers a eat in the floor. Dealership where I bought it doesnt seem to have a clue and wants to check again at expense.. I dont feel I should be responsible. The areas will.be ruined and stinky from the moisture. .suggestions? ?

                                                    • #26 Craig Woolley says:

                                                      2016 Jeep Cherokee with 1,800 miles on it. The rear floor behind the drivers seat is soaked. The water transferred to the front divers side. There must be something going with the floor pan. I noticed it today when I was cleaning the jeep. Waiting on the dealer to respond back.

                                                      Thanks,
                                                      Craig Woolley

                                                      • #27 B. Q. says:

                                                        I have a 2009 Jeep Patriot that I bought from a previous owner in 2011. Since 2011, I have taken my car to a few different Jeep dealerships to address the leaking sunroof, dome lights, and subsequent water damage to the radio (in addition to the sopping wet seats and floors). Each time, the dealership “blows out” the tubes and each time I come back for the same issue, months later. This past summer, I was told that the tubes were no longer able to be “blown out” due to the severe corrosion caused by previous water damage. They quoted $800+ for new tubes…WHAT?! I can’t afford that. Today, I got into my car, drove 200 yards and had to slam on my breaks because water was pouring out of my dome lights again. I covered my dash and console with a towel to temporarily remedy the issue on my way to work. Of course, minutes later, the sunroof began leaking onto my shoulder and back seats….this is becoming a serious distraction and safety issue at this point; not to mention the distractingly foul odor and mold that has now engulfed the car’s interior. I’ve read up on a couple of class action suits against Chrysler…I’d love to get involved. Anyone have any guidance?!

                                                        • #28 Frank mendoza says:

                                                          I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited never remove the tops we had terrible rain here in South Texas and my jeep got soaked inside from the freedom tops it’s a hardtop had to get the insurance to cover at least the dried out which they did but I can’t get no one to touch the tops no one wants to do it so today I’ll go pick it up after it’s been dried out and paid a pretty penny and hope we don’t get wet again but if it rains it’s going to come through thank you

                                                          • #29 Susan says:

                                                            After reading about all the leaks, I have changed my mind about getting a jeep wrangler. I had my heart set on having one. I have been to a lot of dealer’s and no one has told me that they may or they do leak. So sad to hear this. Thank you to everyone that posted.

                                                            • #30 a says:

                                                              I bought a used Jeep at a Jeep dealer. I had to search the premises for a sales person, which seems to be common at all jeep dealers. I bought a Jeep that I was told and given a slip that it was A type. After they submitted paperwork to motorvechicles they pencilled in B type.on the title. Which means the vehicle was worth much less. Then they filed bankrupcy so I couldn’t do anything about this.

                                                              • #31 Stevie says:

                                                                We just discovered two leaks in our 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade, one in the cargo area and the other above the dashboard. We have had this car for 10 years and it only has about 60,000 miles. I hope we will be able to get it fixed somewhere. The jeep runs really well and has been reliable.

                                                                • #32 Danielle says:

                                                                  I have a 2011 Jeep Wrangler that I bought used from a dealership just over 2 years ago. It was kept in a garage while I lived in NY. Moved to OR to an apartment (no garage) and, with the rain, have discovered puddles in floor areas of both driver and passenger side. The local dealership’s auto services department won’t look into it. I just left a message with their body shop. If the Jeep is past warranty and/or not qualified under the lemon law, would you recommend turning it in early? I don’t want to battling with the leaks living in a state where it rains 9 months out of the year…

                                                                  • #33 LemonLaw says:

                                                                    @Danielle: You cannot return a car. That’s voluntary repossession and that will kill your credit. If you are outside of warranty, you may want to consider trading it in.

                                                                    • #34 Brenda says:

                                                                      My husband and I purchased a 2008 Jeep Liberty and it is back the dealership for the 7th time since we bought it in June of 2016 for the roof leaking. The dealership is telling g us that they can fix it however as of this time they yet to have fix it. They are telling us there is no lemon law in NYS. At my wit’s ends with this.

                                                                      • #35 Chris R. says:

                                                                        Why doesn’t Jeep stand behind their vehicles?? Im changing towels every time it rains in my wife’s Jeep. It only leaks in the back tailgate area but regardless!! I want to keep it being an American and the history with the Jeep name. So Jeep take a little criticism and fix your shit, then we all can move on…..

                                                                        • #36 joe tallerico says:

                                                                          bought a jeep compass in june 2016. the compass is a 2007 and it leaks to from sunroof and dome light . took it back to used car dealer to have fixed but that didn’t work. now the dealer wont answer or return my phone calls. what do I do ?

                                                                          • #37 LemonLaw says:

                                                                            @Joe: Do you have a warranty? If so, you need to look into filing a claim with the warranty company and finding another place to take the car.

                                                                            • #38 Lakisha Brooks says:

                                                                              I bought a 2016 jeep compass on October 30, 2016. Once the rain came, all of my floor beds are socked with water. Momentum Jeep Chyster is not being responsive. Need advise. I have went back down to them. I have called several times.

                                                                              • #39 LemonLaw says:

                                                                                @Lakisha: You need to look into your rights. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state.

                                                                                • #40 KC says:

                                                                                  So basically, if the warranty has expired, as it’s a 2009 Jeep Commander, there’s nothing I can do. Every time it rains, the floor boards are soaked. It leaks through the hand rails. It smells moldy and musty. Its horrible. The engine stalls now. Is there anything I can do under the lemon law? I bought this car a year ago, but shouldn’t the manufacturer defect in the way it was designed be covered under the lemon law. Chrysler WILL NOT fix their mistake. Only wanting to charge $100 to clean the drain tubes. I’m tired of this. I work and my kid goes to school. What can I do?

                                                                                  • State: California
                                                                                • #41 Jamie DeWood says:

                                                                                  I have a 2008 Jeep Commander. This is our second Commander we have owned. We love this vehicle. Just recently we noticed the drivers side and passengers side carpet on the floor getting soaking wet. Then we realized some water flushing around in the sunroof after it rained and while turning corners water was pouring from the side handles by the dashboard. When turning on the air conditioning now it smells like musty moldy air. Now my car in the 90 degree heat smells awful! It’s embarrassing! A straight mildew smell. I’m concerned about over time how much worse this will get and the fact my family and 3 children ride inside this vehicle. My CD player is not working properly and their seems to be some recent electrical issues happening. I have done a ton of research on this problem and it appears to me to be an issue with the drain tube. Seems like poor engineering and a faulty factory defect.
                                                                                  As much as I love this vehicle and love Jeeps I am so disappointed that their has not been a recall for this after reading so many cases with the same problem. Having had a recall for this and having it fixed would have prevented this.
                                                                                  We cleaned the drain tube out today and have fans blowing inside to try to dry it out. I’m going to clean the carpets and hope the smell goes away. I hope something can eventually be done to please your buyers. My vehicle is not paid off yet and only has 83,000 miles.
                                                                                  Please Help!
                                                                                  Thank You

                                                                                  • State: Ohio
                                                                                • #42 James Nichols says:

                                                                                  I think that EVERYONE having trouble with the jeeps should return them to place of purchase and DEMAND for the full purchase price returned to them. TO W IT MY CONCERN I BELIEVE YOU DON’T WANT ME TELLING PEOPLE WHAT I THINK ABOUT YOUR WAR. OR YOUR JEEP. WORD OF MOUTH IS your worst enemy

                                                                                  • State: Indiana
                                                                                • #43 Kathleen Samson says:

                                                                                  2017 Jeep Cherokee Latitude – bought brand new, only 11 months old. 10/22/17 found carpet soaked passenger side back seat after going through car wash day before. Initially thought a bottle of water spilled. Today, 11/0817, carpet wet passenger side front and back. Really soaked in back. We had a rain storm yesterday. Just took it back to dealer. They said, this was not a problem in their 2017 models. Apparently, it is. Going to fix it. Will find out where leak is coming from. We will see. If this keeps happening, what are my rights? How many chances do they get to make it right? So annoyed. Phila., PA

                                                                                  • State: Pennsylvania

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