Over the past seven decades, the Jeep has grown into one of the world’s notable vehicle brands and continues to be a top choice for consumers around the country. But the Jeep has seen its share of transmission problems that affect their performance as well as use. The Jeep models that seem to be most affected by defective transmissions as well as engines include the:
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Renegade. and. So, if you are the owner or hold a lease to any of these Jeep vehicles and you have experienced transmission issues, then you are not alone. The faulty Jeep transmissions and engines have caused drivers such issues as poor engine performance, various oil leaks, accelerating that is delayed and difficult, rough shifts, poor response time, shuddering and stuttering, overheating, stalling, delayed gear engagement, lack or loss of power and more.
Do Jeep Grand Cherokees Have Transmission Problems?
It appears as if the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to lead the pack when it comes to transmission problems.
Owners of the 2015 Grand Cherokee dealt with various transmission problems. From the hundreds of complaints submitted, over 30% related to the transmission. The complaints include difficulty with shifting, hesitating when the gears shift or overall jerking.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee also saw its share of issues too!
The 2011 Grand Cherokee arrived and came with a huge share of troubles. In fact, according to CarComplaints.com, “he fourth generation Grand Cherokee took the relatively trouble-free run of the 3rd-generation and flipped the script. From 2010 to 2011, complaints about the vehicle not starting increased 10-fold. In fact, the 2011 model year is riddled with engine problems and a defective TIPM might be to blame.
The TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) distributes power to all the electrical components in the vehicle, so when it starts acting funny so do numerous other components in the car. Orders for new TIPMs were so abundant that parts became scarce, prompting a class-action lawsuit claiming Chrysler ignored this obvious defect. By 2012 complaints dropped back down by about 80%. Needless to say, if you see a used 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee on a lot just keep walking.”
The three biggest transmission problems included: “transmission not working properly”, “transmission fluid leaking” and “banging into gear.” You can click here to read more.
How Much Does It Cost To Fix A Jeep Transmission?
In cereal the typical cost of transmission replacement ranges from $1800 to $4000. A used or a salvage transmission can range from $800 to $1500. A rebuilt transmission can run you between $1200 to $3000. For a remanufactured you can expect to pay between $1400 and $3500.
Do All 2014 Jeep Cherokees Have Transmission Problems?
According to Consumer Reports, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was not able to escape the vail of transmission of problems. In a July 2019 report, Consumer Reports stated: “Jeep is recalling 81,165 of its 2014 Cherokee SUVs because a software problem can lead the transmission to unexpectedly shift into Neutral, reducing power. That could lead to an accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The issue affects only 2014 Cherokees with a 3.2-liter V6 engine. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of Jeep, says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem.”
Consumer Reports further added that “…81,165 of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs built from Feb. 27, 2013, through July 11, 2014” were involved in the recall.
So, how did Jeep address the issue?
“Dealers will update the transmission software at no charge to owners.”
Do Jeep Wranglers Have Transmission Problems?
The short answer is yes. We found various Jeep Wrangler owners who cited issues with their vehicle’s transmission. The issues range from gas spillage to the transmission oil cooler pipes that had to be replaced. Take a read of what some Wrangler owners had to say!
Owner Number One
“I bought a used 2008 4-door Jeep Wrangler just over 2 months ago. In this time, I have noticed every time we fill up with gas, no matter what gas station we use, gas spills everywhere. Also, the battery was completely drained after a month of having the Jeep. We had it towed to the dealership where they ran a diagnostic and said it was the battery. We had to pay the for the test and then we replaced the battery ourselves, a couple days later the Jeep would not start again! I put the Jeep in neutral and it started right up. So now at least once a day I have to put the Jeep in neutral to start it. My main concern is that it is eventually going to drain my battery again and I am going to have to keep replacing batteries. I have done research and both of these are “known” and “common” problems, yet when I contacted Jeep they act like they have never heard of it and tell me I need to take it to a dealership and pay to have them run more diagnostic tests on it! nothing has been done about it.”
Owner Number Two
“The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving up an incline, smoke was emitting from the transmission area. He pulled over and shut the vehicle off for 30 minutes. He was able to continue driving but he still smelled smoke. A couple days later, he noticed that the transmission was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The current and failure mileages were 35,844.”
Owner Number Three
“I have a 2009 Jeep unlimited Wrangler x 4 door. The Jeep is only 2 years old on 1/20/2011 at 39313 transmission oil cooler pipes had to be replaced. Wondering if there are other Jeeps with this problem. I had to pay out of pocket because the 5-year warranty I bought from Acura dealer would not cover the issue. I bought the car used in September of 2009 from the Acura dealer with 13,000 miles on it. This issue should have been covered. It if I did not fix the problem, I would have to replace the transmission.”
Owner Number Four
Transmission oil is overheating while climbing steep grades at highway speed and also when driving off road and up hills at slow speed. Had to pull over to the shoulder of highway creating hazard. After researching this problem, I have found that many Chrysler Jeep Wrangler JK models have noted this problem. Many have reported that transmission can start fire. Problem can be fixed with external transmission cooler but may void warranty. I have just purchased this vehicle only two months ago and since found all this out. Chrysler has apparently added a “hot oil” light as resolution but this seems ineffective and does not actually correct the problem. Seeking guidance and resolution.”
How long does a Jeep Wrangler transmission last?
The number of years your transmission will last, is based on various factors. Setting aside defects, a moderately cared for Jeep Wrangler can last up to 200,000 miles. While a Jeep Wrangler in great condition with frequent maintenance may be able to last up to 400,000 miles.
But A Jeep Cherokee Still Has Problems That Have Lasted For Over Six Years!
For many owns of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, then you’re no stranger to the transmission problems the vehicle has. With the ZF nine-speed automatic transmission, multiple issues were reported. They range from stalling, rough shifts succumbing neutral at random times and other issues.
Although the FCA has since issued multiple software upgrade, the problems still remain. Jeep addressed the issues and issued a recall in recent years- for about 83,000 2014 model year Jeep Cherokees that are fashioned with the optional 3.2-liter V6 engine. The issue is still the transmission clutch defect that may shift vehicles into neutral mode. Over 17,000 vehicles in markets in the Mexico, Europe and Canada, markets were also part of the recall.
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