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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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I have had two jeep patriots, 2007 and 20011, both needed new wiring harnesses, I have more electrical problems, error, no fuse, gas cap, etc, door locks nor key fob work, interior lights don't work, it does not shut down the radio when I remove the key and open the door. It cost $1,300.00 for the wiring harness just over a year ago, I had to get a jeep credit card to pay for the last wiring harness, can you say company store like back in the mining days, I still have not paid it off. They said it was still under warranty but now I had to pay for a diagnostic test at the same dealer, $130 more, to have them say it is the instrument cluster. I can see how that may be the issue with the messages on it, but how can that affect the rest of the issues?

My renter has a Caliber, friends have Compass's and Avengers that have had the same problem, wiring harness, so I thought it was a platform issue. Looking on line, it is across the board on jeep products. I call customer service at the headquarters in Auburn Hills and they tow the company line of we don't know of any problems but I see they are thinking about a recall for sensors going bad that give the same messages on the cluster and vehicles wont start, die while running in live traffic and they still will not admit a problem. I have owned dozens of new vehicles, new ones nearly every two years, before this and never, ever had a wiring harness problem. They did admit a problem when I bought the 2011 but said moving the fuse box fixed the problem so as not to have corrosion problems. They said it was corrosion on my 2001 that messed up the wiring harness and I made sure to keep it clean. Now customer service wants me to bring it into a dealer so the service manager can get with the higher ups at Chrysler to see if they may do something for me.

I am going to the Attorney General, I don't have anymore time or money. They lie and they are going to kill somebody.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 08:28 PM
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Go get em! Consumers need to not allow manufacturers to pass off faulty materials.

Both Honda and Toyota have relatively new class actions against them regarding wiring problems. It seems that the soya based wiring insulation they changed to is attracting rodents to chew them up (more than normal).

Honda's Soy-Based Wiring Covers Irresistible to Rodents: Lawsuit - NBC News
Toyota used soy-based wiring in its cars, now rodents are literally tearing them apart ? BGR

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 09:30 PM
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Well, I admit I had the wiring harness problem, but that was at 190,000 miles. My dealership worked really hard trying to find the problem but eventually they got it; they didn't even charge me for a couple trips when they failed to find a problem. It was a month or so with me carrying a starter pack before we had enough clues.

I'm curious -- was your harness problem directly below the battery like mine was?

That is really the only major repair I've had to pay for this far, so I'm not complaining. I know I've got a rear suspension issue coming -- right now I'm just saving my nickels.

If its made by a human, soon or later it will break.
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