I totally understand someone wanted a different shifter and being dissatisfied with this shifter, but I disagree it's dangerous and needs to be recalled. The only way your car could roll away is if you're not parking your car properly. Sorry, just pushing the lever forward and hoping out of your car, especially if you're going to leave the engine running is just dangerous, regardless what shifter your vehicle has; that was not the way you were taught to park in driver's ed, nor does the O.M. say thats the way to park the vehicle.
Hey I'm digging up an old thread because I just bought a '14 and I've grown to hate the shifter. I'm usually the last guy in the world to pass personal responsibility onto someone else, but I do think this shifter is unintuitive and potentially dangerous. I'm not so worried about putting it in Park and running myself over (RIP Chekov)…...The shifter just doesn't make sense. There is no way it's a better design than putting a lever in a physical position you can feel 100% without question. I know, people say you should always check if you're in Park. Well, I do now, but didn't need to before. That's not an improvement. I still have trouble getting it in the right gear when shifting probably 20% of the time, and that's too much. Also, why do I need to push the brake to get from N to D? Makes it interesting pulling out of those conveyor belt car washes when you have to push the brake and get the wheel guide thing shoved under your tire.
Sadly, it appears that you're 100% correct. I hate to sound like a "broken record", but as I mentioned in another discussion on this Forum, that was related to this subject, I've been retired for several years, so although I'm far from poor, I don't have the discretionary income that I used to have, when I was working full-time. Therefore, the days of a new vehicle every 2,3,4 years, or whenever I simply felt like it, are behind me.There is no simple solution other than trading for a MY16 or newer or for a MY11-13. Nobody's come up with any magic and it's just about 2019.
That’s correct Jim, fastening the seat belt behind you for example, will allow you to move the Jeep with the door open without the intrusive shift to Park.BTW, I thought that the last issue you mentioned doesn't occur if your seat belt is fastened. But perhaps I'm incorrect about that and I do have zero personal experience with the MY14-MY15 setup.