After a trip to the Jeep dealer on Friday, I think I have my transmission problem figured out. The mechanic told me that I've got problems with the clutches in my torque converter comming apart and the debris from it has damaged the clutches in the transmission. They are recommending replacing the trans and torque converter to the tune of $2,850.
This revelation has forced my hand and I've decided to park the Jeep and buy a cheep commuter car to replace it as my daily driver. That way I can work on the Jeep at my leisure.
I think the best solution is to try and find a low mileage replacement trans at a salvage yard or from a private party. Here's my big question: What's the best Jeep transmission to replace it with? I have a 2004 Unlimited and I want to stay with an automatic transmission. I'm thinking of going with a '04 Rubicon transmission and transfer case. Would I have any problems with the TCM? I'm thinking it should bolt right in. I know that if I go newer than a '04, I'll have to deal with TCM/ECM issues. I'm lookin' at this as a chance to upgrade, but I don't want to cause myself any grief by going the wrong direction.
Any ideas on a different approach are welcome. Thanks in advance for your input.