Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: North Central Washington
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Well, I picked my Jeep up. Greasy hand prints all over the outside, 2.4 miles on the trip meter. I put at least 25 miles on any motorcycle that I do any major power train work on, and I wash it. I guess thats why I own a shop that people come back too and spend money at, and the own a dealership that people only go to if there is no other choice (warranty)
First gear felt fine, second was fine, then crunch, oops, crunch again, where the hell is 3rd? When I did get it in 3rd, it was very hard to move the shifter. 4th is the same way, 5th is almost impossible, and I couldn't find 6th at all.
I feels like the shift fork assembly is not lined up with the gears. Any modern 6 speed, even the truck like Jeep 6 speed should shift effortlessly. Even my F450 with a 5 speed shifts easy. I am not expecting sports car like shifting out of a Jeep, but it used to be fun to drive. I bought a 6 speed because I like to drive at a brisk pace on all the great dirt and gravel roads we have around here.
Sometimes I am a little too picky. I have made my living working on Vehicles for the most notoriuosly picky owners. Small private aircraft, Italian cars, and now I own, and am the lead tech at a Ducati dealership. To make sure I am not just being OCD about it I had my parts guys brother drive it. He is a car guy, races auto cross, and runs a company called Fuel Safe that bulds NASCAR fuel cells. I didn't tell him what I though was wrong, and as soon as he hit third he exclaimed "WTF is wrong with this thing"
I then had my service manager drive it. He came right back and said he didn't think my wife would be strong enough to shift it.
So, I took it right back to the dealership. After a bit of insistance, they accepted it back and reluctantly gave me a loaner car (Volvo Wagon). So much for camping this weekend on the coast.I don't think they would appreciate 2 sand covered dogs in and out of a 2008 Volvo with 2000 miles on it. I also don't think it will have the fun factor the Jeep does at the dunes.
I really wish I could talk to Chrysler. I seems they keep reps isolated from the public. The dealer is full of s*&t. Can anyone recommend a decent dealership service department in Oregon? The next dealership is in the town of Redmond. Have not heard much about them except that I drove a Grand Cherokee I was looking at a few years ago and the teering box they had just repair broke loose on the test drive and I didn't buy the car since it barely made it back to the lot.
I really love my Jeep and just want it back like it was, except with out the popping out of gear thing.