The Jeep Gladiator made a comeback to the Jeep brand in 2019 after an initial life from 1963 to 1987, as the Gladiator and then the J-Series. It is the first pick-up truck produced by Jeep since the Comanche was discontinued in 1992, and the only convertible pick-up truck in today’s market.
The Gladiator is a five-passenger, four-door midsize truck with a 5-foot cargo bed. It is available in five trim levels – Sport, Sport S, Overland, Rubicon and Mojave—which are all four-wheel-drive and trail-rated. It is based on the same platform as the Jeep Wrangler and borrows much of its interior and exterior styling from the Wrangler. It houses a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine with ESS (Engine Stop-Start) and 6-speed manual transmission as standard. An 8-speed automatic transmission is optional. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbocharged V6 diesel engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission is anticipated in 2020.
Since the Gladiator’s rebirth, it has had uninspiring sales figures, perhaps due to its high price tag (more comparable to that of a full-size pick-up truck) and strong competition both in the mid-size pick-up truck market and within its own brand, in the popular Jeep Wrangler. The Gladiator only sold 15,258 units in the US in the first quarter of 2020, compared to 186,561 units of the Ford F-Series and 143,698 of the Chevrolet Silverado.
The Gladiator has already been the subject of 3 recalls including a clutch pressure plate that may overheat and fracture, increasing the risk of fire and crash, and incorrect assembly of the rear driveshafts without grease in the monoblock joint, which can cause the drive shaft to fracture. In addition, numerous drivers report that the steering in the Gladiator is loose and has a tendency to drift. 52 of the 69 complaints already received by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration about this vehicle have related to problems with the steering.
If you are having problems like those listed below with your Jeep Gladiator, call one of our team. We have vast experience dealing with the problems posed by Jeep vehicles, including this new addition to the fleet. We can help you get the result you deserve.
Recent model year Gladiator are experiencing the following defects:
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