Greetings fellow Jeep fans,
I own a 2007 Jeep Wrangler X and love it, except for this problem I'm having with the transmission and I want to see if what I'm experiencing is normal or not (as background, I've owned 3 other jeeps, all also bought new 86, 91, and 99 and drove them to about 150,000+ miles before trading them in - none of them had this particular problem.)
My gearshift lever has been vibrating back and forth over bumps more and more. It started at 20,000 miles and it's gotten a lot worse now at 31,000. I know that they always vibrate a little, but this is at least 6" to 8", maybe more back and forth as I go over the smallest bumps.
It happens on highway, secondary and dirt roads, on very small bumps and big ones, too. It happens at any speed - 20 mph, 30, 40, ... it gets very scary at about 65 mph when I go over a bridge division on a highway.
Once on a dirt road it even jumped out of gear while going over a not-to-big of a bump. And now it's started getting difficult now and then to get it into reverse.
The mechanic at the dealership has told me that this vibration is completely normal, that Jeep gearshifts always vibrate like that. I told him that none of my other Jeeps ever did, and he said that this new model has a transmission that's mounted to vibrate that much back and forth. It just seems very excessive to me.
What does everyone think on this one? help!
The Hiking Artist