Jeep maintenance: cost, plans and service schedule
Expect average maintenance and repair costs
Whether you're an off-road adventurer or taking the kids to soccer practice, it’s helpful to know what your Jeep may cost you in maintenance and repair bills so you can budget accordingly.
We’ll go over what you need to know about maintaining and repairing a Jeep, including how much maintenance Jeep recommends, how much it’ll cost you and what you can do to avoid paying more than you have to on maintenance and repairs.
- Jeep vehicles average $634 per year in maintenance and repairs, according to RepairPal.
- Maintenance is required on most Jeep vehicles every 10,000 miles.
- Jeep provides free maintenance for the first three years, along with a three-year/36,000-mile factory warranty.
- An extended warranty can help you stave off expensive repair bills once your factory warranty expires.
Are Jeeps expensive to maintain?
RepairPal estimates that Jeep vehicles each average $634 in maintenance and repair costs per year. That’s below the industry average of $652 per year, but not by much.
|Make||Average maintenance and repair costs*|
|Jeep||$634 per year|
|Honda||$428 per year|
|Toyota||$441 per year|
|Ford||$775 per year|
|BMW||$968 per year|
RepairPal also gives Jeeps a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5, placing it 15th out of 32 car brands at the time of publishing. RepairPal’s data shows that Jeeps average 0.3 visits to repair shops per year, which is lower than average (0.4), but about 13% of those visits are considered severe, which is slightly higher than the industry average (12%).
Overall, this data suggests that the cost of keeping a Jeep on the road is pretty average, but these are also pretty broad statistics, so it’s worth looking at things in a little finer detail.
So far, the estimates we’ve cited have combined maintenance and repair costs for every vehicle in each automaker’s lineup, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Expected upkeep costs can vary from model to model, for instance.
|Model||Average maintenance and repair costs*|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||$666 per year|
|Jeep Wrangler||$694 per year|
|Jeep Wagoneer||$691 per year|
Maintenance and repairs are also different things, even though both can send you to the mechanic. Maintenance costs include every service for your Jeep that’s recommended on a normal schedule. Any service that requires an unexpected trip to the mechanic would be considered a repair.
Jeep maintenance schedule
Most Jeep vehicles follow the same recommended maintenance schedule, but be aware that there might be some differences between vehicles. You can find your Jeep’s maintenance schedule in your owners manual.
Your vehicle’s service schedule should include tasks like changing fluids and inspecting important systems. Following this schedule is important if you want to keep your Jeep in good shape and, perhaps more importantly, maintain whatever warranty coverage you have.
Example: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee maintenance schedule
As an example of how often you can expect to do maintenance, we’ve included the service schedule for a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee below.
|Oil and filter change||Every 12 months or 10,000 miles|
|Cabin air filter change||Every 12 months or 10,000 miles|
|Multipoint inspection, including the brake system and suspension||Every 24 months or 20,000 miles|
|Spark plug replacement||Every 10 years or 100,000 miles|
|PCV valve replacement||Every 10 years or 100,000 miles|
Jeep maintenance costs
Maintenance costs are relatively easy to figure out since you know when they’re coming. You mostly just have to look at what those services cost at your mechanic and map them out over your recommended maintenance schedule.
Example: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee maintenance costs
We’ve included average maintenance service costs for a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Austin, Texas, below, but you should expect some variation based on your area and vehicle.
|Transmission fluid change||$183-$203|
|Front and rear brake pad replacement||$757-$829|
|Spark plug replacement||$658-$798|
You can avoid paying for some of these services if you buy a new Jeep, though. All new Jeep vehicles are eligible for free maintenance through the Jeep Wave program. Starting with 2021 Jeep vehicles, Jeep Wave coverage lasts for three years with no mileage restrictions. During this term, you receive the following benefits for free:
- Three tire rotations and oil changes
- Same-day vehicle rental during maintenance appointments
- Trip interruption coverage of up to $1,000
- 24/7 roadside assistance
Once this coverage ends, you’re responsible for all maintenance costs, though.
Jeep repair costs
While maintenance costs are fairly easy to calculate, it’s much more difficult to estimate repair costs, given that nobody knows when their car is going to break down.
We can get a better idea of common repair costs by looking at aggregated data, but remember that your vehicle may not have the same issues as similar vehicles, for better or worse.
Example: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee repair costs
For example, you can check out the table below to see some of the most common repairs for 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokees. However, these prices are only estimates, and it’s possible that your 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee may not have any of these problems.
|Water pump replacement||$687-$745|
|Head gasket replacement||$3,328-$4,015|
While your Jeep is covered by its factory warranty, you shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of repairs. However, your warranty doesn’t cover everything, and it doesn’t last forever. Currently, Jeep’s bumper-to-bumper warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first), while its powertrain warranty lasts five years or 60,000 miles.
Even with a warranty, there are things to be concerned about. In February 2023, an anonymous ConsumerAffairs reviewer posted: “This vehicle was leased in April 2022 and has now been at the dealer waiting for a new motor. Jeep continues to say that they are waiting on the new engine. This has been since October 2022 and has been in the shop longer than on the road. I have tried working with Jeep on a resolution but they continue to drag their feet. I requested a buyback and they said that it may cost a fee to do so. Not sure how it works but it would be nice if this company would stand up for their product and hold themselves responsible for poor quality.”
Greg, a ConsumerAffairs reviewer from New York, had similar troubles, writing: “Bought a 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in July of 2021 for $63,000. Within a few months rust started to form. … The dealer declined repairs so I contacted Jeep customer service and opened a case and claim. They also denied the claim stating the rust was from ‘outside influence’ whatever that means. I am furious that they would let a simple repair like this leave a customer furious and hating the car because of this. There are several others online with similar issues and a class action suit has been launched.”
Author’s note: If you're using your Jeep in a way that it wasn’t intended to be used, warranty coverage isn’t going to help. As a mechanic, I’ve seen many customers who think rock crawling should be a covered activity in a model that’s not meant to perform such feats. If you plan to do the same, you need to be prepared to pay the repair bills that naturally follow.
» LEARN: What is a manufacturer’s warranty?
How can an extended warranty or maintenance plan help?
After your factory warranty and complimentary maintenance periods end, you're responsible for keeping your Jeep in good condition. However, this can be expensive, and falling behind can leave you without transportation.
Many people opt for extended car warranties and prepaid maintenance plans as a way to save money on repairs and maintenance, but you need to shop carefully for these plans if you’re trying to save money in the long run. Jeep actually has official extended warranties and prepaid maintenance plans, but there’s no guarantee that these are right for your needs.
Paying too much for an extended warranty or maintenance plan can make it extremely difficult to end up with a net savings, so it’s worth taking your time to research the pros and cons of these plans and get quotes from multiple companies.
» MORE: Car warranty vs. car insurance
- Article sources
- ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. To learn more about the content on our site, visit our FAQ page. Specific sources for this article include:
- RepairPal, “Jeep Reliability Rating.” Accessed March 26, 2023.
- Firestone Complete Auto Care, “2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Maintenance Schedule.” Accessed March 2, 2023.
- Jeep, “Jeep Wave Customer Care.” Accessed March 2, 2023.
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