I'm pretty new to TJ's but here are a few that really tick me off.........
Cheap doors......they split the sheetmetal and the strap pin bends easy.
Wiring......mopar used under gauged wire thru out the vehicle. I discovered the cig lighter circuit will burn up before the factory fuse will blow(spotlight)
Transmission.....I have the NV3550 and it is the worst manual transmission I have EVER had. The feel is like a sloppy noodle and the syncros are almost ruined at 160k miles. I owned a 97 2.5/5 speed and a 97 4.0/5 speed with NO trans issues whatsoever.
To be fair the transmisson could be subjective as I have no idea how abused it was before.
ok well the doors were never meant to do anything anyways. It even says so on the warning at the top that talks about how my softtop will not save me. It's a very basic vehicle designed to get shit done not be a comfortable safety car. Tranny I've never had an issue and hear good things about it. Wiring, I can't really say. I do think that jeep uses this "rugged basic machine" idea to get away with quality stuff. But I'm happy with what I got in a TJ.
The 42rle transmission has a plastic piece that holds the linkage to the actual gear shifter on the tranny. That little pos broke off without warning and left me confused as hell on why I couldn't go I gear. I fixed it with zip ties at first and then did a little hardware store engineering. All fixed, no problems now, but it seems there could have been a better way from the factory.
Personally the glove box, center console, and the locks for those feel cheap too.
The splitting in the door is because they didn't re inforce with cross broke sheet metal and they didn't properly vent the hard top........when the door gets slammed shut the door flexs big time due the cab being a sealed box.
I know it has those tiny vents on the side but they are useless at releasing air quick enough when you shut the door.
I just push the door shut with my shoulder cuz I know better but a horrible design non the less.
Inside the shift handle on my 06, there was a little plastic do-lolly that looked like a string of pearls.
It broke one time while we were out wheelin. I couldn't get it to shift to and from gears.
Once I got it home and tore it apart I realized it was going to be a problem. So I did a little democratic engineering on it and used a piece of plastic coat hanger that I modified slightly to "make do"
That was a couple of years ago, it still works just fine. I figure "what the hell, if it works, don't fix it"
OH! and the dang stock stereo. I went through more of those than I can count. Well, at least 5 and finally gave up under protest. I hate an aftermarket unit but have really no other choice I guess.
06 Rubi with some sort of double ended, chrome knobbed, cross threaded, infinitely adjustable, frequently breakable, worn out flammywhammers zip tied onto it.
It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!
The center console is really cheap.The release/lock needs dis-assembley and cleaning often. And after an hour on the hi-way you could fry and egg on the floorboards. But I wouldnt trade her for a JK... or a Prius
Maybe I'm being too picky here, but I just replaced my soft top for the first time and the screws that hold the header on are NOT stainless steel. Had to remove em all with a pair of pliers the were so rusted.
There is no vehicle manufactured that comes from the factory with out some type of stupidness built into it.
That is quite true. Just a matter of how much and what kind.
However, if we accept whatever they throw at us without complaint, they'll just make worse cars and it will be our fault for being stupid shoppers.
In God we trust.
All others bring data.