definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,233 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler transmission problems

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 022011

Wrangler 4WD 4-cyl

  • 93,128 miles


6 speed transmission forks are poorly designed. Vehicle can pop out of 1st gear starting at under 15K miles. Can lead to vehicle rolling away when parked in gear as well as rolling back when starting on hills. My vehicle had the problem already at about 90K when I bought it. No idea how long it has been a problem in this vehicle. Many reports indicate the problem can occur in this particular transmission at as early as 15K due to design. I am an ase certified mechanic, and while it is nice to be paid to replace these parts regularly, it can be a dangerous condition and needs to be investigated.

- Parkland, WA, USA

problem #6

Jan 152006


  • Manual transmission
  • 4,500 miles
I have had a problem with my six speed manual transmission in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler since January, 2006. While my vehicle was still under warranty I had the dealership take a look at it they told me there was nothing wrong with it. Since then I have had three transmissions put in my Jeep at my cost and it still pops out of first gear. It sounds like somebody ran into me. The dealership as I know now was aware of the problem and did not want to fix it. My Jeep is no longer under warranty and thanks alot.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 012009


  • 27,000 miles
Multiple defective 6 speed manual transmissions. I have had three transmissions installed in my Jeep, and all have the same problems, hard to pull out of first, and grinding during up shifts from first to second and second to third. I have found multiple other owners of the same vehicle on the internet that have the same problem, but Chrysler has not come up with fix for the problem. The issue can be hazardous, if you are trying to accelerate in traffic, you can't because the transmission won't go into gear.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #4

May 182007

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles


My 2005 Jeep Wrangler jumps out of first gear, it sounds like someone has slammed into me. The dealership has replaced the shifters and the synchronizers, it still does this, they say they are not spending any more money trying to repair it, even though it is under warranty. Could be deadly if you are pulling out or if it is parked and pops out of gear.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 012007

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. While driving 10 mph, the transmission slammed out of gear. The contact heard a rattling sound coming from the transmission when the failure occurred. He stated that the other gears operate normally. The dealer replaced the throw out bearing, however, the failure still persists. The current mileage was 34,461 and failure mileage was 18,000.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 152006

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Manual transmission had been grinding and popping out of reverse since purchase in January 2005. Recently transmission was popping out of forward drive gears and failing to engage. Dealer inspected and found the transmission not going into reverse, popping out of 3rd, grinding in 5th and generally very noisy. Reverse shaft and gear, counter shaft and synchronizers all severely worn out. Metal chunks were found throughout transmission. Transmission had less than 15,000 miles. Complete transmission replacement was required.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 082005


  • miles
Six speed manual transmission grinds going into reverse/ pops out of reverse. Dealership provided technical bulletin stating this condition will lead to an eventual loss of forward drive gears if not corrected. However, problem was unable to be duplicated on several occasions and subsequently was not repaired.

- Garner, NC, USA

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