Originally Posted by JSC11928
Here's a video of mine doing it this morning. I just bought the Jeep two days ago and luckily the dealer allowed me to return it. I don't believe the leather boot is to blame because they gave me a loaner Jeep that's a six speed and it drives so much better than the one I returned.
Thank you all for keeping this forum going because it's what helped me realize I wasn't crazy for not being able to replicate it for the dealer....hence the video.
I'm glad you caught it on video. The dealer acknowledge/admitted that there was a problem with mine, but the only offer that was made to me was to *BUY* a new one!!!! I started reporting the problem when temps got cold with about 2000 miles on the vehicle.
They removed the inner shift boot which made the thing sound like a bucket of bolts. You literally heard every gear noise, clutch noise etc. Then they tried a new inner boot - which didn't fix it. Then at Jeep's request they cut "relief" holes or cuts in the inner boot to relieve the tension. This solution didn't help and again made the vehicle sound like crap.
The last solution that was tried isn't perfect, but it is dramatically better. They had a custom inner boot (Not the outter boot you see) made out of leather. Now it hasn't seemed to pop out of gear, and you don't hear all the gear/clutch noise.
Though it doesn't pop out of gear anymore, 2nd gear is still a pain. Always requires an overly slow finessed shift. I love my Rubicon, but this transmission is a PIECE OF JUNK. Jeep should be ashamed of themselves for letting this problem go on for so many years. I'm not sure I will ever buy another Jeep again. This is supposed to be the "toughest" vehicle built and it's completely hobbled by a crappy transmission. Sad.