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.