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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Grand Cherokee shifting into reverse?
Yep sounds to me like the Audi scare of the 1980's, where they would supposedly just shift into drive and people would claim the brake did nothing but make the engine speed up. The final ruling, if memory serves, was people were not putting them into park, and they were mistaking the gas for the brake since the pedals were set more to one side and closer together than most other cars.
This GC thing sounds like fishing to me, and people want to make a quick buck. Someone on the ITOG (Isuzu Trooper Owner's Guild) BBS tried claiming his 2nd generation Trooper did something similar while traveling down the road, and caused him untold damages. None of us bought it. Heck, you can't even shift from reverse to forward while traveling backwards, it shuts the engine down as a safety measure to save the transmission (not that I would want to, but it's impossible to do a rollback in a newer Trooper). The Trooper also uses a cable system for shifting with distinct slots for the shifter, much like just about every auto tranny out there, and there are numerous safety interlocks that will override manual control to ensure that very thing doesn't happen. I'm willing to bet the GC has the same features.
If it was such a problem, why are we just now hearing about them?
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