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I had this jeep since new but always at start, sitting 7 hours, it sounds like a rattle for 3 minutes or so. I worked on cars in my younger days and know this is not right. I been told by 2 different dealers it is normal and they all do it. They gave me excuses that the pistons shrink cold and rattle side to side until they heat and expand. I was told it was the over head timing chains rattling until oil hit them. I know others that have the same engine and they always hear knocking sounds at idle that go away on acceleration. It has not gotten any worse in 3 years but the engine has power but just sounds like crap. The dealer says they all do it and that's why they stopped making it. I also notice when they change the oil and first start it up the whole engine growls and grinds for a few seconds like the crank is falling out but goes away fast. Anyone have the similar engine problems. I know with the extended jeep contract they do little engine repairs other then if it blows up and they replace the engine according to the dealer....
I have had a oil leak that drips on the floor in spots off the front skid plate area. The drip is ferom above and lands on the oil filer area. The dealer has had it numerous times and even with dye they claim they cannot locate it. A private garage says tyhey could find it in 1 1/2 hours but why should I have to pay $100 of dollars when the dealer should fix it under your service contract. I have the proof and contacted the MFG supervisor. I cannot believe why a private repair shop could do it and they see the areas the oil drips but the dealer lies and cannot or do not want to fix it. I got the MFG zone manager involved. Maybe the lazy dealer mechanics will now be forced to do work and fix it. If the die shows a leak why they cannot repair it. Does anyone else have oil leaks that the dealer claims they cannot find where they are coming from or don`t want to fix it. I feel it is a head or block problem and they don`t want to do engine work on the junky 3.7 v6 engines... Let me know. The engine also sounds like a sewing machine on cold starts but they claim they all do it and that partm of the negine noise they all make. I don`t believe it either. I paid cash and I am sorry i bought this jeep and I never will buy another specially when the dealer gives you problems to get it fixed right in the frist place.