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October 16th, 2013 - 10:40 am

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From TTAC:

Yahoo’s Justin Hyde reports nine units are in transit, with Chrysler’s own data showing 18,849 units built so far. The Cherokee’s issues seem to center around the long awaited 9-speed automatic transmission and its accompanying software. The 9-speed gearbox was one of the main issues that TTAC found in its test drive of the Cherokee, though we also praised Chrysler’s decision to hold off on the launch of the car until everything has been ironed out.

The old rule for Chrysler (which owns Jeep) was that at 130,000 miles, the transmission was going to blow and you had best just buy a new car. 150,000 if you’re lucky.

I’m not sure this is the company I’d trust with a fancy new 9-speed.

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My '97 Jeep Cherokee sneers at that thing from the driveway.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
As an owner of a 2004 and now a 2009, the idea it's more like a car than an SUV rings true. Seems they spent more time worrying about style than solid drive train and a rugged exterior in later models. The 2004 was way more reliable and headache-free probably probably because it was built by Daimler Chysler. Once the German daddy cut out so did soem engineering. ANd oddly despite being more about style the newer model has a rougher ride than the older one, and certainly more that the Mrs.' Hyndai Tuscon.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Forget the tranny. My 1999 Grand Cherokee blew out the rear differential at 31,000 (just past the sucktastic 30,000 warranty) and the front differential blew at 50,000. And that's without the transfer case regularly leaking all over my garage floor.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment

Jeep generally avoided that rule post-Renault, since they used dead-simple truck transmissions. There were tranny problems, but they were usually a straightforward fix.

The Fiatkee drivetrain is WAY too complicated to be in a Jeep. Peaky high-revving engine, N-gear slushbox, fancy electronic clutch packs everywhere. Works great on the pro rally circuit where it gets replaced every second or third race; not so much when your 5-year-old Jeep hits the first ice patch of the winter and engages the worn-out clutch pack for the first time in 6 months.

But then, the Fiatkee isn't a Jeep. It's a car, with the utility of a car.

Sad, really.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
No, it doesn't work great in rally racing. Rally cars use a sequential manual box that's air (or manually, when the air system breaks) shifted. You get two per car that are sealed. If you blow up more than two or break the seal and open them, you get a pretty significant penalty.

No race car in the history of any motorsport has anything like a semi-automatic computer controlled slushbox, nor will they, as they're an extremely inefficient, heavy, slow, and prone to failure solution looking for a problem.

As to the Jeep, they were clearly trying to make a Range Rover Evoque, and they failed quite miserably. Jeep isn't about pseudo-off road station wagons with a lift job and slightly-larger-than-a-car wheels and tires. They're about a simple, utilitarian, largely bomb proof, mostly off-road vehicle. Losing that plot has about doomed the brand.

To be fair, it's not like they haven't had their successes making on-road luxury vehicles. The SRT-8 Jeep was freaking awesome. The real problems start when you try to make something between the two.
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