Sadly, we didn't want to wait for something else to go wrong with the Patriot so we traded it. It was a decent vehicle except for the front suspension/steering issues. It's truly a shame that companies like Chrysler neglect to correct what appears to be wide spread issues throughout their product lines. I had an '04 Liberty with bad ball joints. But to their credit, in that instance, Chrysler recalled the KJ's and replaced the defective parts. I considered buying a Dakota until I learned that they too had front end issues. A friend of mine has a 2007 Ram 1500 with defective front end components. But so far, Chrysler, whether it's the new or old Chrysler, has turned a blind eye to what appears to be epidemic issues with their products.
Unfortunately, the ones who will ultimately suffer are those who work the production lines. Eventually consumers will grow weary of expensive nuisance repairs and look to vehicles from other companies. No one in management or engineering will admit to their mistakes. It was probably some cost saving measure which brought all of the cheap parts to the product lines to begin with.
In closing, good luck and best wishes to those who still own and operate Chrysler vehicles and those who still support Jeep products. Hopefully the corporate powers that be will learn from their mistakes before they reach the brink of disaster a third time.