Jeep dealers will face a shortage of Wrangler hardtops in the next months

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

A "supplier constraint" is what Jeep dealers were told in a memo is the reason for the expected shortage of Wrangler hardtops in the next several months. In the meantime, dealers are advised to order softtop Wranglers instead. According to a few dealers who were interviewed, they've had a difficult time getting not just hardtops but all types of Wranglers.

Not having hardtop Wranglers is expected to damage sales since a majority of customers in wintry New England prefer the hardtop. Opting for the hardtop costs $735 more but more customers prefer it. In fact, the Wranglers sold in the Northeast are 80-85% hardtops.

The Automotive News data center divulged that as of Feb. 1, Jeep had 16,653 Wranglers in its U.S. inventories.

This stands for a 69-day supply, which may seem sufficient, except that these figures don't indicate the number of hardtops. Meridian Automotive Systems Inc., which filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in early August last year, built the hardtops for the Jeep Wranglers.

Continental Structural Plastics Inc., of suburban Detroit, took over the task when Meridian stopped operating. According to a supplier executive familiar with Chrysler's Jeep roof problems, there's a certain degree of complexity to making the tops.

The supplier must work with sheet-molded composite plastic that requires large and expensive molding presses, paint application booths and curing ovens. The source added that as a result, it would be quite a challenge to move to a different supplier.

Jeep Wrangler is a four-wheel drive that has a rich history and an established track record of off-road capability. Its name has over 70 years of expert experience in 4x4 engineering.

The new Jeep Wrangler continues its legacy of excellence and high performance. It still has the stock components of the typical Jeep Wrangler: live axles, front and rear five-link suspension system, electronic lockers, and body-on-frame design. It also comes with transmission adaptations, revised suspension calibrations, and a new motor that all help ensure a wonderful driving and riding experience.

Jeep Wrangler features the first ever engine cover that makes the engine noise less pronounced and almost imperceptible from the inside. This is made possible because the engine cover manages to insulate the noises coming from both the outside and the engine. Because of the enhancements made in the powertrain mounting system, the sound quality in the interior cabin has become better in quality.

Even on the outside, the engine noise of the Jeepney Wrangler is not that perceptible when the vehicle is on idle mode. This is brought about by the presence of a new 3.6 litre V-6 engine and the absence of accessory brackets. The accessories of the Jeepney Wrangler such as the air conditioning compressor, alternator, and power steering pump are on the engine where these are directly mounted.

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