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Used in the Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, and Dodge Caliber, the T355 was created by the former New Venture Gear (sold by Daimler to Magna in 2003 and 2004). By the time the Patriot, Compass, and Caliber showed up, the T355 was officially a product of Magna Driveline, built in the New Venture (née New Process) factory in Syracuse.
The five-speed transmission was cable-operated, with a three-plane shifter, and was synchronized in all forward ratios. One source wrote that the cost to the factory was originally $700, but Magna demanded $1,700 for a final run in 2012 due to the cost of keeping the plant open to build that one unit. The Syracuse location would then be closed in favor plants in Mexico and Munice.
Reverse was set at 3.417:1. The final drive ratio as installed in the 2012 Jeep Patriot was 4.12, with an overall top gear ratio of 2.97:1.
The T355 appears to have been derived from the T350 and T350HD used in the Neon, and praised by many for its smooth operation, low cost, and durability. Like the T350, it had a single spider gear set and open differential. However, the case and transmission mount arrangements are different enough that it is not interchangeable; and the first gear is lower than with the T350. Unlike the Neon, it uses a hydraulic throwout bearing, which is combined with the slave cylinder.
T350 Neon transaxle details
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