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Old 01-09-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Sick of mechanics and my jeep

Bought this jeep 3 months ago with 19k on it, expecting to have a ride that was dependable and trustworthy for many more. After 3 months or endless problems, I've made my mind up to start shopping next week for something to dump this thing for.

2 weeks after buying it, I experienced a major death wobble. Took it to the mechanics and with the help of Jerry Bransford, discovered a dropped pitman arm and few other things were installed when it was lifted that shouldn't be there or were done wrong.

$500 later, this is all put back in order, with the exception that now the whole front end is shifted to the right 4 inches outside the track of the rear wheels. Mechanic says another $400 to put a fix to this.

Then tranmission starts hard shifting into 2nd. Took it back in yesterday, Mechanic made some adjustments to somekind of balls or something that weren't aligning properly. Picked it up and drove home and nothing has changed. (atleast he didn't charge me for whatever he said he did).

Did say to bring it back in a week if not happy and they'd have to work on the synchronizers. Many more hundreds for this I expect. I've decided to cut my losses, dump this thing and be done with jeeps.

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Old 01-09-2010, 03:48 PM   #2
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good luck with the new ride.

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Old 01-09-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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Doesn't sound like a Jeep problem necessarily (unless it was a lemon), but more of a shitty previous owner problem...sorry bout your luck though. Always sucks to get a new vehicle with low miles and end up with nothing but problems.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
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hey man i feel your pain. I bought my 99 with 59k on the odometer a month ago, and have put well over 1000 dollars in repairs, and there are still minor issues that need to be addressed.... but i guess you gotta expect that sometimes
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Bummer man. You've got to look at it this way.......if all Jeeps were as bad as you think they are, none of us would have Jeeps. It sounds like you got a bad one. I've had my '05 for about 3 years now and haven't had a single issue other than a broken brake line (my fault). I can understand why you'd want to be done with THAT Jeep, but to be done with Jeeps in general would be to deny yourself the fun of owning a liberating freedom machine. Plus, chicks dig 'em.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:28 PM   #6
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Guess I didn't quite type that right, not necessarily "done" with jeeps, this is my 3rd one to own and love them. Just that this one was the newest and certainly lowest model used car I've bought and was not expecting to have to dump every paycheck into it everytime I turn the key on.....
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:31 PM   #7
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man that sucks but it sounds like most of your problems are from someone who probably did all the work their self in the driveway and didn't need to be touching it. hope the new ride is better.
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hey man i feel your pain. I bought my 99 with 59k on the odometer a month ago, and have put well over 1000 dollars in repairs, and there are still minor issues that need to be addressed.... but i guess you gotta expect that sometimes
Oh yeah, I bought a 97 with 168k miles and when all done gonna have $600 in it to get it driveable Oh wait, paid less than 2k for it.
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2 weeks after buying it, I experienced a major death wobble. Took it to the mechanics and with the help of Jerry Bransford, discovered a dropped pitman arm and few other things were installed when it was lifted that shouldn't be there or were done wrong.
That would pretty much be the entirety of the problem. You bought someone else's mistake. Don't feel as if you are alone. I have seen a great many really nice looking vehicles that turned out to be absolute basket cases that were 'tuned' by backyard mechanics.

Trade it (don't sell it privately and open yourself to liability) or return it as close to stock as you can and move on. It sounds like you already know how it should be as you have owned them in the past. Good luck with whichever way you decide.
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I know you're probably hating your current Jeep, and I don't know what you paid for it, but with only19K miles and in presumeably nice-looking condition might be worth making it right again. Maybe take inventory of what else it might need and weigh your total investment. Too bad the PO made it messy. Good luck.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:38 AM   #11
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I completely understand where rico is coming from. When he had the first work done for the death wobble the 4" out of wack front end should have been addressed at the same time. Why should he have to pay 400.00 more? That is why I keep my jeep stock. I know once I commit to a lift or any other mods I'm on my own except for any good advice I get from this forum. There is absolutly no mechanics in this area that can diagnose a mod problem that I know of. Heck the dealership has a hard time with standard warranty work! I truly believe there are very few businesses out there that can diagnose and repair a mod problem. I'm sure there are some of members that know the best jeep mechanic around. And they are probably refering to themselves. But from the threads I read there are alot of members that depend on a generic mechanic for their jeep needs. Ricos faith in his jeep has been shaken by a bad or poor or lazy mechanic or a mechanic that does not truly understand an altered jeep. A true mechanic that understands jeeps would have gotten the 4" offset with the other problems found, wouldn't you think? All I can say is thank God for this forum to sooth the nerves of mechanic rattled jeep owners.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:16 AM   #12
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i agree chucky, i guess i'm fortunate enough to be able to work on mine myself, if i can't handle it a friend of mine has a 4x4 shop so i can pass it along to him. i can see where having a problem and taking it to a "mechanic" would be stressfull. honestly i don't know to many "mechanics" anymore, there are a whole lot of parts replacers though, specially at the dealerships. rico by taking it to someone who knows what they are doing you could probably have it all fixed at half the cost and be happy with it. good luck man.

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