Thank you for your honesty and input, I completely understand that skepticism is common on a new member. I’m not very tech savvy and unfortunately there’s never enough time through the day to share my adventures lol. I absolutely loved my Jeep and looked forward to many more happy memories. As I’ve stated their were no warning signs and I’ve never had my Jeep off pavement. I understand prevention is always key and a responsible owner should always practice proper maintenance and visually inspect. Unfortunately in my case no amount of inspecting other than removing the transmission to make sure Jeep properly installed/ torqued or designed the transmission would have prevented this. I’m hoping that there is an easy fix and this doesn’t happen to anyone anymore. I understand people use these vehicles for a multitude of different reasons and put them through abuse that the average vehicle will never see. At the same time this vehicle was used as a daily driver and a fun vehicle for my growing family.Glad you are safe. Scary pics!
What makes people skeptical is when someone says its the transmission, but doesn't offer exactly what went wrong. Especially when it is your first post. I'm not questioning your honesty, just giving you a clue why some would be skeptical. If someone has been around here for years with thousands of posts of their Jeep, including some pics of themselves in them, and then they post a complaint that it burned up in a fire, complete with pics of said Jeep, then it might be met with less skepticism.
So back to your Jeep. As a manual transmission owner who drives with my kids, I will be paying close attention. So, let's start with who investigated it? Was the investigator an expert? If it was investigated by experts, please share the findings.
Even if you don't truly know the cause, and are just giving it your educated guess, please keep us posted as the investigation ensues. If there is indeed a problem, We'd like to know about it.
As for anyone else reading this, the first and easiest thing you can do to prevent a fire, if it is not some kind of defect as the OP has suggested with his Jeep, is to frequently inspect the underside of your Jeep and keep debris away from hot parts, or any parts, for that matter, as they are often the cause of Jeep fires. I'm not saying this is the case with OP's Jeep, but since the topic is upon us, it is just a prudent suggestion. (I've seen it happen to a CJ, and I know of insurance claims adjusters that have said it happens from time to time.)
I'll be watching for updates to see what details you can give us. Again, I'm happy to hear that nobody was hurt. Looks like it was a very nice Jeep.