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#995 of 1101 2003 grand cherokee shift issues
Jul 28, 2012 (10:31 am)
A couple of months ago, I posted a request for information in regards to my transmission releasing drive or not wanting to upshift and the tach going up to 4-5K while in first. Well, I took it in to a transmission shop and was told the solenoids needed replaced....$350 later the problem occurred the same day as getting it out the shop, so I took it back. The tech said he would call Jeep and called me to pickup my jeep the next day at no additional costs. Apparently jeep uses the computer case to ground and according to the jeep tech has had grounding problems. The transmission shop installed a ground from the main computer to the battery.....no more shift problems. Hope this helps someone.
#996 of 1101 transmission troubkle shifting and goes into neutral mode on 2nd...
Jul 28, 2012 (10:08 am)
transmission wont shift to second unless I place it in neutral , and once in second it slips into neutral intermittently, where I have to shift to Neutral again, give it a shot of gas, and place it back into drive. Third gear just makes grinding noises after a minute or two, if it does happen to shift into third, and OD is stuck "off" on my dashboard. I also tried to reset the computer which made things even worse. Any ideas. Should also note I swamped it, but had all the fluids replaced by a local shop immediately after.
#998 of 1101 Re: 2011 Grand Cherokee [rojosneakers]
Jul 30, 2012 (3:41 pm)
did you get the issue fixed or any progress?
I got a very terrible issue with the 2012 JGC Laredo that I just leased about a week ago. Every time I drive it for more than 30 minutes and then switch to the local road and then get back to the highway, the RPM will go up to 4000+, and the Jeep is not gaining any speed. I could barely get a speed of 40-50 miles per hour with 4000+ RPM, which is very dangerous on the highway. Its a 4x4 V8 5.7L hemi leased from Lithia. Couldn't believe what's happening. I wish I had read your post 2 weeks earlier. then I would have avoided this terrible deal.
#999 of 1101 Serious problem with a new 2012 JGC Laredo
Jul 30, 2012 (6:29 pm)
I leased a 2012 Grand Cherokee Laredo Altitude 4x4 5.7L from Lithia about 10 days ago. The price is great: MSRP ~$42K. The price before TTL is ~$36K which is used to calculate the down payment and monthly payments.
However, there's a serious problem that I identified after I drove it a couple days. The RPM would go up to 4k+ while the car was not gaining much speed (40-50 miles per hour), each time after I drove the car for 30-60 minutes. The only thing I did was turning on the air conditioning, before or while I was accelerating on the ramp to get onto the highway - then there's noticeable increase with the RPM to 4K+ while other parameters remained about the same. Typically the RPM stays in 1K to 2K range. The typically toggling "ECO" indicator disappeared. It seemed that the 8 cylinder mode is running. There must be something wrong with the transmission, or some sensors.
I have a couple of questions:
1) the lease is with the Ally bank. Should Ally, Chrysler, or the Lithia dealer be taking care of the problem?
2) This is a brand new Jeep. When I leased it, the mileage is less than 50. Is this considered a lemon car such that the lease should be invalidated?
3) I called the dealer. they were hesitating that I use the 24-hour assistance/towing service. they said they will have the service department to pick up the Jeep tomorrow. Do you think I should actually insist on using the Jeep 24-towing service, and/or tow the car to a different dealer (5 miles away) so that they can independently check the Jeep?
thanks for your help.
#1000 of 1101 Re: Serious problem with a new 2012 JGC Laredo [amzn]
Aug 02, 2012 (8:58 pm)
amzn sorry to hear about your car. Ally won't do anything about your vehicle, it's not a lemon unless the same problem happens four times. Lithia is a great company they will take care of it for you. I would use Jeep roadside because it's free and get it towed to the dealer you bought it to take care of it for you. It's an amazing vehicle and I can't wait to get one.
Can you post the details about your lease. The Cap cost, Residual, Money Factor, Term, Total Down, and Payment.
#1002 of 1101 Re: Serious problem with a new 2012 JGC Laredo [510akcali]
Aug 03, 2012 (8:12 pm)
Thanks 510akcali for your response. here are the details:
Cap cost: $37K (excluding the GMAC acquisition and admin fee)
Term: 24 months for 12K miles per year
The dealer showed me the money factor but I couldn't remember. At the end of the day, it really depends on the price as if you are buying the Jeep. I built an Excel model, similar to the mortgage calc when you buy a house, and figured out that I would pay ~$3K extra in terms of interest, vs. buying the Jeep now with cash. I just like driving new cars so I would look at it as the cost of driving new cars. What sucks is that Ally bank will add $2500 to the residual value if you buy the car at the end of the lease. To me, it just means that probably I wouldn't buy the car when the lease ends.
For the issue I mentioned, I had the dealer checked the car but they couldn't replicate the issue. I'll just keep an eye on it and bring it back to them if necessary. I like the design and the Jeep brand. I hate the quality/reliability of the Chrysler cars though. But I like Jeep more than other brands such as Toyota, Honda, etc. Chances are that in 2 years I will buy or lease another Jeep Grand Cherokee, especially when the diesel version will be available soon.
By the way, you sounded like a Lithia employee . I'd say a 20-30% of the folks at the dealer just suck: no credibility, very rude, and cheap. The sales person I dealt with was great though. He had lots of experiences and was very polite and could talk to the point. Also the service director was good when I brought up the issue to her. Other folks were just in-experienced, and they were treating you like low-end customers, without any understanding that you are throwing $30-$40K to buy one of the most expensive cars they are selling. This is not surprising in that some deck sales persons are only making $10/hour, the minimum wage, with a high school diploma only. During some conversation I had to yell at / remind them that I can escalate along their reporting chain for some issues that I wasn't happy with - they are employee of the Lithia company, they should understand that any escalation might impact their career and employment with Lithia.
Aug 06, 2012 (3:55 am)
hey guys my dad just bought a 96 grand cherokee 4wd,automatic 4.0 motor and 2 daz later when u put in gear its seems to spin the rpm`s raise but doesnt shift into 2nd,now also when he bought it the vic(vehicle info center) was flashing and by the time he got home was completely blank and had burnt up,but he still drove it for 2 daz like that,well on my way home to take out the vic.....it stated the shifting problem,my question is.......does the truck need the vic to run and shift correctly or is it another problem all together? i dont mind replacing the vic as i have already taken it out,but dont want to buy another if the tranny is bad also? trans fluid is red and doesnt smell bad to me,and when u first start up it runs and shifts fine then after a few minutes it starts slippin? p.s ive tried it in 4wd low,high and 2wd drive they all work but it still slips in any of them,ive tried to include how its acting but if u need more info to help just ask,any clues or directions to head are appreciated thnx bb