I have a 98 TJ that is breakin my heart. I bought it knowing that the transmission had a problem, but didn't know exactly what the problem was. Seller adjusted the price fairly for undiagnosed problem, so I don't feel that I got robbed. Basic issue- extremely weak coming out of a stop. Tops out at about 45 going uphill, and cannot start from a stop on a hill. Once moving, she does fine. 4WD works like a champ.
After taking it in to the shop, they found significant metal shavings when they pulled off the transmission pan. Rebuild estimate: $1900.
Currently has a 3-speed automatic transmission without overdrive. Should I rebuild the existing transmission, or is there are smarter option? I wonder if I should put in something different.