Before anyone ask, "Yes, I have searched this on the forums 100 times over to figure out what the issue is." Alright, so down to my issue. I have a recently bought Jeep Commander, 2006 5.7L 4x4, 75K miles (little old lady owned it before me, bought it new).
We bought the Jeep for my GF (I own a wrangler, and love her, haha). The Commander drives great 98% of the time. The hemi is a blast, it starts and stops fine, no odd noises, nothings. No leaks, no ****. But... we are having from issues from the front end. Issues are as stated below:
1) Around 40-60mph, (from what I can tell 2-3 gear transition) the Jeep feels as if it hits rumble strips, and slightly vibrates, then kicks out. And drivers perfect. This is only during mediocre acceleration. If you floor it (it is a Hemi after all
) you do not feel this.
2) When driving at very slow speeds on windy roads, where you are going up and down hills, it might "lugg" or "catch" funny between gears. Still drives fine after, but has a very odd feeling to it. When going a steady speed its fine, but not when changing speeds/gears often.
So, after seeing these issues, I took it to a stealership to get the codes run. They are telling me I need a whole new front differential on it. They quoted me at $3000 on the diff, and $700 labor. Does this seem right...
I honestly can not find anything on anyone having this issue? From what I read, some people say it might even be the bushing in the gears. I can not see that a little old lady drove this thing that hard to screw up the front end that bad. If anyone has advice that would be amazing. I am going to lift it up tonight and check the fluid just to make sure.
PS, glad to be a part of the forum!