Oh, and the husbands vote is: looks like a possible ground problem, which means it hunted around for the next best ground and heated it up melting all the aluminum and (obviously) plastic in its search, then ignited fuel somehow. Pretty much the catalyst was the darn auto start turning the car back on! It could have went down the assembly line, and if someone missed one ground, or it wasn’t a good contact ground, that just could have done the trick. Hubby is an 18 year Chrysler tech. He’s seen these over the years and one thing is for sure....they will figure out what it was. Now, will they TELL us the truth? That’s another matter! Glad you wife is ok!Gather round and take knee if you’re interested in the story of the Spicy Mojito. I am the owner of this hot JLUR, taken delivery of it on 9 August with 26 miles on the odometer. This JL has the 3.6 with manual transmission, that means it has 3 foot pedals instead of two for those that don’t know. It was driven to my residence, 14.7 miles, with no issues. On 10 August it was driven 42 in rural and urban areas with no issues. On 13 August it was driven in the same manner for 55 miles, and again no problems. The next day, with 146 miles on the odometer, it was driven by my wife 7 miles to the on ramp of the local interstate. As she merged onto the interstate she immediately noticed something was wrong and made her way over to the shoulder and turned it off. Another commuter noticed this and pulled off too, alerting her that there was fire underneath the Jeep (puddle of flames) while removing her from the vehicle. Moments after the Jeep started itself and the engine compartment was engulfed in flames until put out by the local FD.
The JLUR was towed back to the dealership where it currently sits. I contacted Jeep the same day and filed a statement with customer care. 36 hours later I again made contact with Jeep Care and was given a case number and notified that an inspector should be looking at it in 2-5 business days.
At the time of the incident, there had been no modifications physically or electrically to the stock Rubicon. All fluids had been checked and were at nominal levels. During its short 126 mile life we had it, there was no indication of over heating, loss of power or anything else out of the ordinary.
Hopefully this clears up any and all misinformation or rumors floating among this and other forums. My wife also took delivery of her JLUR mid July and currently has 2,3## miles with no problems to report.
Now we can begin the Q & A portion of this gathering.