Hey man, I got my wrangler x in march 05. in april a recived a recall notice to have that oil gear replaced... did you get that recall notice too? I never had the oil pressure going to zero, but my oil gage now reads a little higher... the dealer claims its the sensor..
I have a jeep wrangler 2005. I am having problems going into reverse the dealer says it is normal. it is grinding? anyone else having the same issue.
After the Dealer replaced the cam sensor gear assembly on my Jeep Wrangler, weeks later the oil pressure went to zero again. This is the 2005 Jeep Wrangler that I wrote about when the oil pressure problems occured. After calling Jeep Headquarters and writing letters the dealer ordered a new engine for my Jeep with only 3100 miles. My Jeep sat in the dealers service bay for almost 1 month. Jeep did pay for my one car payment. I now have 4800 miles. At this point I keep my fingers crossed. There is a technical bulletin for the cam sensor oil drive gear, but no recall. The real problem according to the dealership was the camshaft gear.
My 2005 "Mopar" Wrangler X also had troubles going into reverse. It would seem to shift into it without grinding, but when the clutch (yes, I had it all the way when I shifted) is released, it would grind loudly. Then I would press the clutch back in, and let it back out slowly as I worked the stick until it popped into gear. This is NOT normal folks. I had 5500 miles on it so I took it in for warranty work.
Guys with the gear grinding issue: Every manual transmission I have ever owned has had an issue similar. Now I haven't been in the truck with you when it happened, so I can't say that for sure. That being said, I have a 94 Jeep Cherokee and it does that. Also a 1967 Chevy C10 that does it. My wife's old VW Jetta (2002) did it. In High School a friends Mercury Lynx did it. There is a solution: When you go to put your manual transmission in reverse, put it in 1st to begin with, and then put it in Reverse. If you don't feel it click in all the way, keep pressure on the stick as you let out the clutch. It will slide right in with no grinding. All manual transmissions do this to some degree, or at least what I have found.
A Honda CRV to replace a Wrangler? If all you wanted was a SUV, nearly anything would be better than a Wrangler. Wranglers are off-roaders. They can be used for other things too but those other things are best served by just about anything else. Really, buy a CRV or Rav4, or Vue. They'll be better all around than your Wrangler. By the way... I love my Wrangler---especially off the pavement.