Transmission finally gave out
Longtime member here but haven't posted in a while. Have a 2014 FWD Limited I purchased in February of 2014. Been through 4 or 5 Transmission related TSB's and was pretty satisfied with the last one done about a year and half ago. The transmission wasn't perfect but it became pretty predictable (as far as shift points and the like). So after all the TSB's I found it fairly easy to drive how I wanted. I also knew going in that there would be a period of time I'd have to put up with poor performance while they got the software right via TSB updates. Have to admit after about a year or so, just before the third or fourth update, I had my doubts as to if they were ever going to get this right! Fortunately I never had any serious issues that warranted any more than trying the latest software. Up until a couple of months ago that is. Long story short the transmission got more and more sluggish for upshifts/downshifts and the downshifts also got more and more harsh. I thought I could smell a bit of transmission fluid from time to time as well. So I thought at worst I may be having a slight leak and be a bit low in fluid. Had a leak previously and the dealer was able to repair it. So I took it in to the dealer yesterday and got a call a couple of hours later that it was leaking "around the case" and I would be getting a new transmission since they do not service this type of issue for these transmissions. Have to admit I was happy to hear that since most everyone that has had a transmission replaced reports being better off.
For those that have gone thought this recently, and especially those with early 2014 builds, is there anything I should/could do to ensure I get the best version of this transmission for my build? Should I get a case started with "Jeep Cares"? Although I was told, when I asked my service advisor, that they only use the latest and greatest parts/versions of the part being replaced, I know that a few folks don't think this is necessarily the case. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!