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Posted by mike on 2001/11/13 0:00:00 (2614) reads



We've run a couple of article regarding a possible problem with the transmission of certain Jeep Grand Cherokees. Last time we checked in with the story, DaimlerChrysler said it was cooperating fully and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was doing some investigating. Yahoo! News posted this article recently that states that the number of complaints has jumped since the investigation began:

Federal regulators have stepped up their investigation of 1.8 million Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 1998 after receiving additional complaints of the sport utility vehicle suddenly shifting from park to reverse.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spokesman Tim Hurd said on Friday the agency now had 865 complaints about the problem, including five deaths linked to the incidents, up from 48 complaints when it opened its inquiry on June 28.

Government documents show a NHTSA investigator was able to duplicate the problem on the DaimlerChrysler Ag-made Grand Cherokee, although an inspection of the test vehicle showed the automatic transmission linkage was properly adjusted and in good condition.

No park-to-reverse failures occurred during tests on a steep incline but three failures occurred with the vehicle on flat ground, according to a summary of the investigation.

DaimlerChrysler said it is working with NHTSA to investigate the complaints but has not found a cause and feels the government has gone to some unusual lengths to reproduce the problem.

``The investigator was intentionally putting the shifter in between park and reverse. Most drivers are not trying to do that,'' said spokeswoman Angela Spencer Ford.

``We cannot find any vehicle-related issue that would explain the problem,'' she said.

Possible Jeep Assembly Plant Strike

It seems that a sure fire way to upset union workers is to lay a bunch off and then tell the others that they have to work overtime. At least that seems to be what is happening at the new Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio. Here's the story from Yahoo! News:

Workers at a Jeep plant that builds the new Liberty and venerable Wrangler were voting Tuesday whether to authorize a strike.

Even if the workers authorize a strike, there would be no immediate walkout. The plant employs about 3,900 workers.

The vote was being taken over health and safety concerns at the plant that opened in April, said officials from United Auto Workers Local 12. Workers are upset that they are working long hours at a time when hundreds are laid off.

Employees have been working 10 hour days and several Saturdays each month. The union has been pushing DaimlerChrysler AG to add a third shift at the plant.

``We've got 800 people laid off,'' said Nick Vuich, UAW chairman at the plant.

DaimlerChrysler has said that it doesn't want to add a third shift yet because of uncertainty in the job market and that it doesn't want to be forced to cancel the extra shift if demand wanes.

So far, Liberty sales have been strong and the new $750 million plant has made more than 100,000 of the sport-utility vehicles.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: P = Park
I would just like to add that I have owned a 93 Laredo, 96 Limited, 98 5.9, and 2001 Laredo S (presently) without out a single problem, but then P and R look different to me. As for Joe the proud Kia owner... a Kia does not enjoy the build quality of other imports (Toyota, Honda, even Hyundai)and second, the intial low purchase cost is void with the HUGE depreciation of korean crap. I know Jeep's direction is not welcomed by all, but at least the Liberty is not a sporty Sportage.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Kia Sephia Worshiper
You rock Joe! Go Kia!!! Kia Sephia is the Ferrari Modena's Daddy!!! Kia Sportage owns the Jeep Grand Cherokee & the Liberty!!! Kia Rio kicks Daweoo Lanos's ass too!

Kia Sephia Worshiper

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MRJEEP
here is my comment

KIA GO HOME! LET'S HAVE A TUG OF WAR WITH YOUR KIA AND MY JEEP. MATTER OF FACT LET'S MAKE IT FAIR A TUG OF WAR WITH MY 42 JEEP. THAT WAY YOU'LL HAVE WHAT A 2-7HP GAIN OVER MY JEEP?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: utah
the auto wrecker yards here in Canada are full of Korean crap. Joe...why do you post here? Is there not a KIA website somewhere that you can post your comments too? We know you love your KIA...but you are always hanging around here. Methinks you are a Jeep wannabee. I suggest you hang out with the other ladies who own KIA's and not bore the rest of us with your silly comments.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Joe Nos
And here is my comment. If jeep knew how to make automobiles, we wouldn't have this discussion.

Joe Always Nos

Buy Kia!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sean M.
Here is my comment about the first story... If people would use the "PARKING BRAKE" they wouldn't have to worry about getting run over, even if these claims are true!

Just like the turn signals, people think it was put there for decoration!

With all the safety crap build into the shifters on new cars i cannot see how this could happen in the first place. If it is a defect, DC should fix it and get on with it already... there is more to worry about in the world these days... like a WAR.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sean M.
here is my comment

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MEL LETT
here is my comment-THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE TRANSMISSIONS.I HAVE A GRAND LIMITED 95 V-8 THAT I LOST THE TRANSMISSION IN DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD,55 MPH,TAKING MY GRANDDAUGHTER TO SCHOOL.I PERSONALLY TO THIS DATE HAVE NEVER PUT THE JEEP IN LOW 4 WD,I HAVE NEVER HAD TO.IT IS FULL TIME 4 WHEEL,& THAT HAS BEEN SUFFICIENT,EVEN THO I LIVE ON A STEEP HILL,& IN WINTER CAN BE AWFULLY SLICK.WHEN THE TRANS WENT OUT,IT WAS LIKE HITTING A LARGE DOG.THE VEHICLE JUST SHUDDERED,& THE TACH RACED UP.I SLOWED DOWN,DROVE BY TACHOMETER UNTIL I GOT THE VEH REPAIRED-45 MPH WAS THE LIMIT.THE DEALERS SAID IT SHOULDN`T HAVE HAPPENED,BUT IT DID.OF COURSE CHRYSLER TOLD ME TO EAT IT.AFTER OWNING 6 JEEPS,ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN FAIR VEHICLES,I WILL NOT EVER BUY ANOTHER,BECAUSE OF THE JEEP DEALERS(3) ATTITUDE,AND DAIMLER-CHRYSLER-"ITS NOT OUR FAULT".
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