I am new to this forum. In fact, I didn't discover the value of these forums until I started looking into buying my Cobra.
Anyway, I have a 93 YJ with about 86K on it. It's got the cheesy 2.5 4 banger with the cheesier AX5 transmission. Last week, without warning, 5th gear became a second neutral position for me. No clunk, thunk, whine, or grind. I just shifted into 5th and it just wasn't there.
I drive my YJ about 4 miles a day to and from work but on weekends, I drive it about 40 mile on paved road, and 2.5 mile on some of the roughest off road conditions in north Alabama. Off road, I am always in 4WD low range, and never above 2nd gear.
I don't really miss 5th gear. It's something I can do without as long as something didn't go wrong that will eventually affect the other gears. The YJ is otherwise in exceptionally good condition.
Any advice (short of junking it) will be appreciated.
93 Red YJ 2.5L
94 Red F-150 X Cab 5.0L
01 Black Cobra 4.6L DOHC
02 ZX3 Focus 2.0L DOHC