I do not notice any exhaust sounds. I do not notice any difference in performance either. The rumbling motion doesn't seem to come with any noise, I think any of the extra sounds are just from things in the jeep being affected by the motion. It shifts normally. I really don't notice any different performance except for the shaking.
The "perform service" light is on, but it is also overdue for an oil change which I'm doing tomorrow.
Since I posted the first time, I've found some possible explanations online- somewhere I read that around 150,000 miles (mines about 142000), the "brakes" ( no more specific unfortunately) cause shaking and jumping, which describes the rumble well. I started my car without pressing the brake at all, and the rumble wasn't there but that could be coincidence as it comes and goes. I then remembered that it also rumbles like that at stoplights sometimes. Just a possibility.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 AT 6:39 PM