Well, guys I'm sorry to say my days with the Compass are over.
Sadly I upgraded or should say saddled over to a Wrangler X.
It is a completely different drive, I found the clutch to be much better and way more forgiving. The 3.8L V6 is whoa!!!!! We took it out for a test drive with the top down and doors off. Not something I recommend in the winter. I tried to get into 6th gear, yes it is a 6 speed. I was doing 120 before I was on the threshold of needing to go into 6th. We also got $500 of mopar accessories so we got some goodies.
Unfortunately the Compass had a BIG value loss. In the $4500 Canadian range for 4 months driving (4760km) and it was only going to get worse if we held off. Soo, I don't think they are going to hold their value with age.
As I was cleaning though I did notice lots of things though that I would like to pass on.
The plastic is very susceptable to any scratch or dent you put into it and plastic rubbing plastic is a common offender. The plastic is a dirt magnet and in some places was impossible to make it completely disappear. It faded but I beleive it was actually ground into the plastic. I had the YES fabric, a waste of money I think. It was just as difficult to remove dirt as on a premium cloth seat. The fabric on the roof is very dirt sensitive. I had my dog in the back and when I went to clean the flashlight, it looked as if it had come from a vehicle that was 10 years old. Discoloration of the roof fabric had occured as well. Anything can get lost under the rear seats including dirt as it falls between the removeable liner in the rear and the seats. Dirt also falls easily down in to the spare tire well, alot of dirt. In some cases the plastic wasn't plastic, it was rubber (On the passenger seat). I suppose it needed to be flexible for a reason.
I thought the interior was completely heated! I found a port under the driver seat and there are grilles in the rear on the walls. I swear I felt warm air in the back one day. After finding the port, I think I was right.
I noticed a spot on the edge of the sunroof where it appeared that the rubber edge was lifting. Also a spot on the front edge of the passenger airbag was lifting as well and the fit of the passenger side doors is off.
Lately we noticed another few things, the front end squeaks when the struts are compressed. Every time we go over a speed bump it's there. If the Jeep leans into a dip on a turn, it's there. In some cases it sounds like in StarWars when the Millenium Falcon is being hit by the asteroids in The Empire Strikes Back. Go listen to it you'll be amazed. We told the dealership but they can't find anything. Lastly, on the way home, I made a turn off a street to head up or resident BIG hill and it starts making a high pitched sound that changes with the vehicle speed. It did eventually go away. It sounded like it was coming from the intake, but I was thinking BEARING as the engine can sound rough sometimes!
I also found an air temperature sensor. It's in the bumper, lowest set of intake holes, right of the centerline. Great candidate for a rock hit.
Well, I've edited this about 10 times now, anyhow, bye guys and enjoy your rides