Jeep Renegade stopped for sale as Software Problems blocks it, this may not be relevant to the automatic transmission
It is the right time to stop buying the Jeep Renegade because Fiat-Chrysler is blocking hundreds of Jeep examples imprisoning them behind fence according to Automotive News. The reason for doing so is some “software problems” whose details were not made known to the public.
Sergio Marchionne, CEO told Automotive News that the issue is very similar to the one that delayed the launch of 2014 Cherokee. ZF 9HP nine-speed transmission is not the issue says Fiat Chrysler but considering the outspoken nature of their CEO, who calls a spade a spade, we are not so sure of it. The gear problems have already been raised by two owners of the Renegade to NHTSA officially, and their cars were bought by them only in mid-March.
There are about 150 complaints regarding the transmission in 2014 and 2015 Cherokee which cited stuck gears, jerky shifting, stalling, surging, front-axle vibration and transmission warning lights. You can read them in detail on the website.
It was in February that Fiat-Chrysler offered a third software update for Chrysler 200 and Cherokee transmissions, and it also replaced dozens of them every week. The problem, however, continues, say the vehicle owners. The same 9-speed is also inducted into the Acura TLX, Range Rover Evoque and complaints have been registered against these cars. It is not yet clear whether the problem is related to the hardware of the 9-speed automatic or the software that runs it.
Marchionne, on the other hand, told Automotive News, that it is a bad engineering day for him, and the combination of reasons related to the vehicle is making his life entirely unbearable. Fiat-Chrysler has not officially issued any recall notice on this issue for Renegade and Cherokee’s Powertrain, and the software update was only for cruise-control application. Keep an eye on the page as we would come up with updates as and when we get them.