Originally Posted by rushdriven
I read somewhere on this forum that the 2012 has a different and better torque convertor.
Regarding the 2012 torque converter, I've read "different", but not "better". As far as I've seen, that question has been left unanswered on this forum.
I have a 2012 Overland 4x4 HEMI and have had no drivetrain issues at all. I can't even hear or feel when the MDS kicks in; I have to look for the ECO light on the instrument cluster. I've found the 2012 transmission and torque converter combination to be smooth and decisive, much better than the seven speed transmission on my wife's 2012 Infiniti M37x, which is not.
That said, unless I had a pressing need to buy a new car now, I'd wait to see how the new eight speed transmission performs. While I really don't have any complaints with the 2012 five/six speed transmission, it's apparently tuned for neither
economy. I'm sure that the Jeep engineers will be shooting primarily for economy with the eight speed transmission. However, if it could get either
more performance or
more economy and
still remain smooth and decisive, it'll be a winner.