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Old 08-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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Fix my new to me Jeep, or sell it at a loss?

That's the decision I'm faced with and am having a tough time deciding what to do. I'll try to keep this short and sweet. Last month I bought a 2009 Unlimited X right hand drive to use on my mail route. It was under book value and was obviously well taken care of. It had at the time about 98,000 miles on it and recently had the transmission rebuilt and had the aux cooler installed. I paid a shop to check it out and other than a couple small things it all checked out fine. No codes in the computer, no nothing. It looked and drove great and I loved it. Imagine having something that's fun to drive while at work on the job. Woohoo! (I thought)...

It runs and drives fantastic until I put it to work on the route and the constant stop and go driving heats the transmission up. Then the tranny overheats, the hot oil light will flash and it goes into limp mode. I park it and wait for my backup vehicle to arrive. Once its all cooled down, its ready to sprint down the road once again. Turns out the shop that rebuilt the tranny didn't know what they were doing and it has problems. Big problems according to a local rebuilder who took the pan off and found pieces of clutch material and metal in there. It also threw some codes. The previous owner was not driving it on her route since the rebuild and was unaware of the defect (she claims)

So, here I have a new to me Jeep that I have just made my first payment on with this huge problem. The warranty on the tranny rebuild only applies to the original purchaser and they obviously didn't know what they were doing the first time anyway. I've been quoted prices from $1750.00 from a shop that rebuilds them to over 4k for a remanufactured drop in replacement with 100,000 mile warranty.

What to do, what to do??? This is my first ever Chrysler product and honestly if not for the right hand drive I would have never looked at a Jeep but I decided to try one for that reason. My choice is to sink a lot of money into it and pray nothing else breaks on it for a while, or sell it at a loss to someone willing to buy it as is, pay off the note, and walk away. At this point, I'm spooked by it and am fearful of it becoming a money pit but I do like it and was comfortable in it the short while I had it on the route.

Thanks to any and all who care to share their .02,
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any chance of a used tranny from a junkyard?

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Old 08-06-2014, 10:57 PM   #3
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any chance of a used tranny from a junkyard?
No, not locally anyway, and with the known issues that the 42rle transmission has, I would be leary of putting in a used one.
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Is there any chance the previous owner would do you a favor and take the Jeep back to the shop that did the work to make good on the warranty that it had with that owner. I guess pretending like she still owns the Jeep.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:21 PM   #5
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Is there any chance the previous owner would do you a favor and take the Jeep back to the shop that did the work to make good on the warranty that it had with that owner. I guess pretending like she still owns the Jeep.
Bingo. It's worth contacting them and maybe offer $100 to make it worth their while.
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Sorry, those are good suggestions but thats already been done once.
After the first time it let me down the previous owner made good and returned it to this shop that did the work. They claimed it needed a new toque converter and said they put one in and it was fixed.. Once again it left me standing. The rounded off heads on the drive shaft bolts tells me they dont even care enough to use the correct tool much less do an honest good job.
Such a dishonest business.
Thanks for the replies btw. Moral support may not fix the problem but it does help me feel better. Ivd never had to deal with this kind of thing before. I've survived a couple of surgeries and they didnt compare to the butt hurt feeling I get from this.Ughh...
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:04 AM   #7
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Not to bust your bubble, but all jeeps become money pits eventually. Just Empty Every Pocket
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:07 PM   #8
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It sucks I don't really have any advice, suppose trying to get them to fix it one more time and then selling it might make sense. Good luck.
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If it were me, I'd take it to a different shop that has a good reputation. Get the transmission rebuilt the right way. Then enjoy the Jeep.

You might try to get the previous owner to partially fund the rebuild since there's probably a case where you could take them to small claims court and they'd settle without going that route.

But no matter what you do, you're going to take a hit. May as well come out of it with a Jeep you can actually use.
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On your mail route can you just leave it in first to avoid shifting. If it is getting that hot a fan on the oil cooler might help. Depending on where they installed it.
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If it were me, I'd take it to a different shop that has a good reputation. Get the transmission rebuilt the right way. Then enjoy the Jeep.

You might try to get the previous owner to partially fund the rebuild since there's probably a case where you could take them to small claims court and they'd settle without going that route.

But no matter what you do, you're going to take a hit. May as well come out of it with a Jeep you can actually use.
Why should the PO be responsible for funding the tranny rebuild? It is a 5 year old vehicle with nearly 100k miles.

OP, the 42rle is a POS tranny. Sell the rig and cut your losses. Jeeps are money pits and best suited for occasional recreational use. I am on my 5th CJ/YJ/TJ and have never relied on my rigs for daily use.
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Jeeps are money pits and best suited for occasional recreational use. I am on my 5th CJ/YJ/TJ and have never relied on my rigs for daily use.


I've daily driven my TJ for the last 3 years and never had to put any money into it to keep it on the road except for those things that went wrong as a direct result of my modifying it heavily for wheeling. Same goes for my father's TJ that he has semi-daily driven since he bought it in 2005. He's never had a single issue with it at all.
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There's generally no warranty, implied or otherwise, when a private party buys a used vehicle from another private party.

Small claims action? They'll dismiss it without merit in 10 minutes or less of the case starting and the claimant will have wasted his/her money.

It's time to find a knowledgeable transmission shop and have them do the work [look for one that has a warranty]. The days of letting anyone 'rebuild' a transmission are over - they went the way of the Torqueflite, the C6, and the Powerglide transmissions. It takes real in-depth expertise to properly diagnose and repair transmissions these days.

Keep it and repair it right. If you sell it and buy another one, you could end up with a similar problem or one that costs even more.
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Probably best to dump it and cut your losses.
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Jeeps are money pits and best suited for occasional recreational use. I am on my 5th CJ/YJ/TJ and have never relied on my rigs for daily use.
I don't know about that Big Cole. If that's the case why did they put the steering wheel on the right side for mail delivery and call it a "Wrangler Postal Vehicle" in the owners manual? I'm pretty sure Chrysler must have known what kind of abuse this thing would take on a mail route. Some rural mail routes are easy on vehicles, mine eats them as a lot of them do.

Thanks for all replies everyone, this is a tough one.
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I don't know about that Big Cole. If that's the case why did they put the steering wheel on the right side for mail delivery and call it a "Wrangler Postal Vehicle" in the owners manual? I'm pretty sure Chrysler must have known what kind of abuse this thing would take on a mail route. Some rural mail routes are easy on vehicles, mine eats them as a lot of them do. Thanks for all replies everyone, this is a tough one. Mm
I'm glad you commented on that statement because when I read it I was thinking the same thing.

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