• Mar 3, 2010
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If there's one vehicle that has managed to persevere through Chrysler's ups and downs as of late, it's the Jeep Wrangler. This trusty off-roader is still the SUV of choice for enthusiasts who actually need true four-by-four capability, and its iconic design is still very well liked. However, the Wrangler is facing some troubles of its own, as many dealers are now reporting a shortage of hardtop models.

According to Automotive News, parent company Chrysler is stating that a "supplier constraint" is what's causing this overall shortage. Meridian Automotive Systems Inc., the company that originally manufactured the roof units for the Wrangler, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation last year, so production of the hardtops was shifted to a different supplier – Continental Structural Plastics Inc., located in Detroit. Chrysler says that tops are extremely complex to manufacturer, so the move in suppliers has put a significant dent in overall production.

In the meantime, Chrysler is urging dealers to order softtop Wranglers while it works with the new supplier to ramp up production of the hardtop units. During this shortage, we wouldn't be surprised if Wrangler sales dip slightly, since in most markets the vast majority of customers purchase the hardtop models.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They are facing a shortage? People are actually buying these???

      I had TWO Wranglers as a rentals on a recent vacation to Hawaii. They are hands down the worst vehicles I have ever driven. Fit and finish wasn't even a consideration when they were manufactured and designed. Plastics are far worse than you see on a Rubbermaid tub, and scratch easier as well. Gaps in the dash and trim were common, as well as carpet that was coming undone. The engine is lethargic and output is embarrassing for a 3.7 liter. Fuel consumption was silly.

      I took the soft top Wrangler back because the top was impossible to operate, and didn't want to stay on the vehicle even when properly affixed. I took it back within 24 hours.

      The hard top was much better as far as top design goes, but it still suffered all of the other inherent vehicle problems.

      I honestly don't see the appeal of the Wrangler at all. Sure, they are incredible off-road but no one is rock crawling every single day to work. There are far better (fixed roof) alternatives and the Wrangler isn't exactly an inexpensive vehicle for what you get either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the interior is designed to be hosed out with a garden hose after it gets coated in dust and mud. The Wrangler is designed to be dropped in the middle of Africa, and laugh at the terrain.The floors have drain holes for goodness sake! Most Wrangler owners would rather upgrade their axleshafts or suspensions than replace body panels that get damaged.

        you HONESTLY gave thought to fit and finish? You did not think that one through very well, you should have rented a Range Rover or something, a REAL SUV is not for you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NightFlight,

        "I had TWO Wranglers as a rentals on a recent vacation to Hawaii. They are hands down the worst vehicles I have ever driven. Fit and finish wasn't even a consideration when they were manufactured and designed. Plastics are far worse than you see on a Rubbermaid tub, and scratch easier as well. Gaps in the dash and trim were common, as well as carpet that was coming undone. The engine is lethargic and output is embarrassing for a 3.7 liter. Fuel consumption was silly. "

        You should stick with your Consumer Reports recommendations. I read that they rated the Wrangler as the least recommended of all. Get yourself a recall-yota. You won't have to worry about interior materials when your wrapped around a tree.

        "I took the soft top Wrangler back because the top was impossible to operate, and didn't want to stay on the vehicle even when properly affixed. I took it back within 24 hours. "

        You, most likely, have a very short attention-span. Either that or you lack any type manual labor skill.
        After watching the video of the top operation that Jeep has on their website, I did it in under 15mins. Not hard at all.

        "I honestly don't see the appeal of the Wrangler at all. Sure, they are incredible off-road but no one is rock crawling every single day to work. There are far better (fixed roof) alternatives and the Wrangler isn't exactly an inexpensive vehicle for what you get either."

        Seriously, I bet you are Consumer Reports' favorite subscriber.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guys,

      All Jeep Wranglers are built in Toledo Ohio, in the Toledo South Assembly plant (TSAP)

      The Frames are built @ OMNC in the supplier park next door along with the paint shop KUKA, No other assembly plant in the world manufactures the Wrangler.


      Just thought you might want to get the facts straight, coming from a Jeep employee.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They also need to think about making a Diesel Wrangler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The hard top w/targa type removable panel is cool. Old supplier got stuck with bankruptcy bill, I bet.
      Wrangler 4 door is a neat product. A little price control would push it to high volume.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Or how about ordering the dual top option and picking up the hardtop when it is available again and ships to the dealership?

      This is a simple solution and I don't even work for Chrysler. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or buy an aftermarket top.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If someone is buying a brand new Jeep, it's more cost effective to order the dual top option than to get one from the aftermarket.

        If someone is getting a used Jeep, then aftermarket is definetly the best place to get a hardtop!! :) That is ten fold more cost effective.

        FWIW, the J8 is built and assembled in Egypt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll add that if someone already owns a Wrangler, but missed out on the factory option, the aftermarket is the place to go. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if they just switched materials for the soft top? Lord knows that seat "leather" is plenty tough enough to pass as a hard top.

      *cowers in fear lest the gods of MOPAR strike me down>*
        • 4 Years Ago
        I got my first low rank! Oh well, I guess I can't be funny all the time. :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seat...o.k. I thought you said seal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was trying to make a joke about the rock-hard leather seats Chrysler used for so long. Oh well, better luck next time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A baby harp seal walks into a bar

        Bartender asks: "What can I getchya Sir?"

        Seal says: "Well...anything but a Canadian Club!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, I believe Wranglers are built in Ohio.
      As for the top issue, this is not the first time this kind of thing happened, and due to the current state of the economy in many areas of the world, it's happening more often. In most cases, the shift of supplier would probably go unnoticed but, since this particular item is so complicated to build, there's excessive ramp-up time.
      IMO, the soft-top is the only way to buy one of these anyway. Mine was a soft-top with manual trans. Can't imagine buying one any other way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As the owner of a soft-top 2-door Wrangler, I don't really understand the purchase of a hard top 4-Door Wrangler. Why not just get a Liberty, Grand Cherokee, or Commander?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen some on the trails that were pretty built and the owner had the luxery of taking the whole family off road, plus coolers and bags.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own the 2007 Unlimited Sahara...the one with the funny looking bumpers. I have the hard top. I really wanted the two top option, but don't have the space to store either the hard or soft top in my garage. I've had the front tops off, making the Jeep into a "sort of" convertible. Anyway, if you can't have both tops, I think the hard one is the way to go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      we are considering purchasing a 2010 wrangler sport with only the soft top. we live in the northeast and have some brutal weather, so you think it wise/safe/warm to keep the soft top on 12 mths a year? or purchase the dual top package?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wrangler was not designed nor engineered for fit and finish, or creature comforts, you either love jeeps or your hate them, most love them.

      It is a bare bones, trail rig that is fun in the summer.

      JK's are getting more refined, i loved my TJ, road like a brick, got crappy gas mileage, soft top flapped in the wind, had squeaks and rattles the day i picked it up from the dealer brand new. i still LOVED that thing.
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