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ZF-9 Speed Transmission Problems Continue to Plague Jeep, Fiat, Land Rover, Honda, and Acura Drivers

October 18, 2017 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, Transmission

The ZF 9-speed transmission, created to increase vehicle performance level and fuel efficiency on the road, has continued to be problematic for certain Jeep, Chrysler, Acura, Fiat. Land Rover and Honda drivers. Our firm has handled over 1,000 claims dealing with the struggling performance of the ZF 9-speed transmission.

Drivers with the defective ZF 9-speed transmission are complaining about hard or odd shifting points, sudden shut downs and a sluggish accelerating reaction. As a result, many are starting to notice a deficiency in the ZF 9-speed transmission. Jeep Problems listed six transmission woes consumers should know about their 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee.   And, it’s not just the Jeep Cherokees experiencing these problems with the defective ZF 9-speed transmission. 2015-2016 Jeep Renegade, 2015-2016 Chrysler 200, 2016 Fiat 500X, 2014-2017 Range Rover Evoque, 2015-2017 Land Rover Discovery, 2015-2016 Honda Pilot and 2015-2017 Acura TLX are also affected according to Car & Driver.

1-800-LEMON-LAW founding partner, Bob Silverman spoke with several news stations regarding the ZF 9-speed transmission. In June 2016, he conveyed to WTAE Pittsburgh that he has heard from thousands of consumers that the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokees are unsafe to operate. In March 2017, Silverman informed News 12 New Jersey that Fiat Chryslers have done “multiple recalls” and “transmission replacements” to resolve the problem but have yet to find a solution.

Another public report focused on defective ZF 9-speed transmissions by NBC 5 Chicago featured a family driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee and experiencing a stutter effect in the middle of a busy intersection. The featured consumers felt that operating the vehicle with a child inside was “too dangerous.”

If you own or lease any of the cars listed above and are experiencing a troubling transmission, we do offer a solution. Take your car back to the dealer immediately and be very specific going over every problem you are encountering with the service adviser. Make sure you receive repair invoices for each visit, with mile-in and mile-out data, dates, your complaint, and their repairs.

If you’ve had repetitive visits to the dealer addressing your ZF 9-speed transmission problems, and/or your vehicle has been in the shop an extended period of time, please email us or call, 1 800 LEMON LAW (1 800 536 6652). You could be entitled to a repurchase, new vehicle, or significant monetary compensation under State or Federal law. And best of all, help is 100% cost-free.

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8 Responses to “ZF-9 Speed Transmission Problems Continue to Plague Jeep, Fiat, Land Rover, Honda, and Acura Drivers”

  1. #1 Eric Clock says:

    Experiencing the same problem with a jeep cherokee 9 spd transmission, they claim to have fixed it now twice and still doing it. Chrysler has given me the run around and so has the dealership. Car is set to come out of warranty in under 2000 miles and i feel they’re dragging their ass, so to speak, in the hopes it’s out of the warranty eventually and they don’t have to fix it. Any help or adivce you can provide would be appreciated.

    • State: Indiana
  2. #2 Richard Cain says:

    2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited with 9 speed ZF transmission. Having hard shifts…hesitation…safety concerns
    Phone 864-981-2155

    • State: S C
  3. #3 Nigel Sellars says:

    Not sure Canadian law give me the same rights as in the US.
    However I have have a 2015 Jeep Cherokee that has had 2 drive shafts (main front to back), one completely new transmission, one new hydraulic control manifold (transmission), one new transmission wiring harness, and both front lower ball joints replaced.
    The vehicle is 3years and 3 months old with 90000kms on the clock.
    Any advise would be much appreciated.


    • State: Ontario
  4. #4 LemonLaw says:

    @Richard: Please visit to find a lemon law firm in your state who may be able to help.

    • #5 Heather Brown says:

      I bought a Jeep Renegade 2015 and ever since I bought the transmission had problems. When it first did the hard shifts and almost like a stalling they said it need to be flushed. The next the same thing a flush. The third time it was supposedly a system upgrade and now the transmission is overheating. I have already put in a lot of monthly payments on this car and have four more years I don’t think this is right.


      • State: Pa
    • #6 Kimmy Frazier says:

      OMG!!!! Im in Indiana also and this EXACT same thing is happening to me. I thought I was the only one who thought that this was their solution, to give you the “software” update fix and continue to do that or blame it on something else. Say they didn’t find anything wrong etc…until your warranty is gone. Why? Because they do NOT have a fix for this issue. My Jeep almost Killed me the day before YESTERDAY at a busy intersection when I pushed on the gas and it didn’t move for 5 seconds. Yesterday I took it to the dealership TWICE. I am so sick of this death trap.

      • State: INDIANA
    • #7 Mark white says:

      2016 jeep Cherokee trailhawk. Second transmission in a year with only 5000 between transmissions. In the shop as I write this. My wife went to park and the transmission just quit and went into what I assume was neutral. She almost rolled down hill into a lake because she couldn’t set parking brake. Had to sit on the hill holding brakes for half an hour until help could arrive to connect vehicle to winch To keep it in place so she could exit the vehicle. We are done with this vehicle and jeeps non response to the issue.

      • State: Wa
    • #8 Billy says:

      Have they fixed the problems with the 9 speed transmission? Why would they still use them in 2018/2019 models if they had so many issues? Seems like a horrible decision

      • State: Wisconsin

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