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Unread 01-16-2007, 06:08 AM   #1
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Compass on ICE!!! (2006-07)

While growing up in the deep South I wouldn't have appreciated the need for having a separate thread for ice versus snow, but I now know better!

Of course, I'm not referring to roads covered in solid ice, but I had my first experience with quite a bit of patchy ice yesterday. My Compass - and I've got FWD - performed flawlessly. I'm still not totally sure if the ESP provides any assist unless you are headed toward a rollover, but SOMETHING kicked in to help me out when I drove over a small icy patch at approximately 20 miles per hour. I felt a slight "bump" - and absolutely no sense of going in any direction except for straight ahead, which is what I wanted.

The ABS works well, too. I live at the top of a hill, and as usual there was a 2-foot wide patch of ice at the bottom of the hill, about 20 to 30 feet before a stop sign. I usually don't sweat about this, because for years I've just started braking about 100 feet ahead of the patch, let it slide slowly over the foot or two of ice, and then use the remaining 20 to 30 feet to come to a complete stop. Yesterday, I didn't feel any sliding, and definitely didn't feel any "fishtailing."

Looks like the Compass is a keeper; I can only imagine how well AWD would do in this sort of weather. Anyone else have some good experiences to report in patchy ice?

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Unread 01-16-2007, 06:47 AM   #2
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Yup, mine does well on patchy ice too. We always seem to get snow, then melt and then freeze up again over night, with or without a topping of snow. The ABS has kicked in a few times on me, always stopped straight with no problems. I did have 2 little rear end slides yesterday, but no back and forth fishtailing. Both were when I was turning on to a side road with about 4 inches of unplowed snow. We are talking minimal here. If there had been another car at the stop sign there was no chance that I would have slid into them. Everything was straightened out with in a few feet.

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Unread 01-16-2007, 05:07 PM   #3
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I took the wife's Compass to work Sunday night and the snow/ice storm hit. The drive home was slow but the Jeep handled it without a hitch. Didn't even have to look in the 4x4. I love the AWD.

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Unread 01-16-2007, 11:04 PM   #4
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the compass handles great on the ice. majority of vehicles here run studded tires due to the fact that the ice builds up on the roads and then thats all u are driving on. dont got studded tires and have yet to slip on any ice. love the awd and esp! ever see a trail rated jeep liberty get stuck in a driveway and then a compass get thru? i have, hillarious!
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Unread 01-17-2007, 06:13 AM   #5
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...ever see a trail rated jeep liberty get stuck in a driveway and then a compass get thru...
Thanks SO much for posting this!

Sorry to stray a bit off-topic, but you know, I've long since grown tired of the folks who criticize the Compass for not being a "real Jeep," ignoring the fact that we all see the vast majority of "Trail Rated" Jeeps being used for such "back to nature" activities as cruising the college bar district at night, making runs to the home center or delivering the kids to the soccer field. Indeed, one of the first line extensions that Willys made to the Jeep line was the Jeepster; if you look at the old ads you'll see that these were primarily pitched to women as a errand-running vehicle. Also forgotten is the fact that Willys built CARS in the U.S. through the 1955 model year.

Offroad Jeeps have their place, and I plan on buying a vintage one once I sell the classic car I've been restoring for the past few years (alas, it wears a bowtie). But in my case the Compass lived up to its mission as defined by DCX, which is to bring buyers into the fold who may not have previously considered owning a Jeep-branded vehicle. That certainly describes me!

But back to the issue of how it performs in bad weather: It makes me feel good knowing that our "lowly" Compasses are extremely competent at delivering the driver safely to his or her destination safely and inexpensively - which, if I'm not mistaken, was the mission of the original Willys Jeep.

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Unread 01-17-2007, 08:03 AM   #6
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Since this is a Forum, everybody has a right to their opinion. However, if it falls under either of these classifications, it's time for a Moderator to step in. Those kinds of postings do not promote the JeepForum in general and certainly dissuade visitors from actually joining the Forum.

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Unread 01-17-2007, 06:16 PM   #7
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Thanks, Gramps...hope MY comments weren't out of line, but I do feel a bit passionately when it comes to defending the right of the Compass to exist.

I often see flame in other forum sections. Maybe I'm being sensitive, but I recently read the following comment in the Patriot section: "At any rate it looks a lot better than that compass, which doesn't deserve to wear a Jeep badge."

Hmm...if the Compass performs better than other Jeeps in the ice and snow, what sort of badge does it deserve to wear?
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Unread 01-17-2007, 06:41 PM   #8
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Thanks, Gramps...hope MY comments weren't out of line, but I do feel a bit passionately when it comes to defending the right of the Compass to exist.

I often see flame in other forum sections. Maybe I'm being sensitive, but I recently read the following comment in the Patriot section: "At any rate it looks a lot better than that compass, which doesn't deserve to wear a Jeep badge."

Hmm...if the Compass performs better than other Jeeps in the ice and snow, what sort of badge does it deserve to wear?
You're comments were not out of line. There were a lot of these kind of comments in the older threads. I had to really think about joining the Forum myself but then thought how is anybody going to know the truth unless somebody spoke out in favor of the Compass. So I took the chance that there were some people out there that may want some real information and joined and bought an upgraded membership just to post pictures and went from there. I've also had others express how angry they get with all of the comments that have "no value add" to them. I too get very defensive when someone plays the troll! If you look at Jeep history there have been a lot of models that some have said "shouldn't wear the Jeep badge". All that I can say is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that it's more General Purpose that many of the others that I've seen.

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Unread 11-14-2008, 07:29 AM   #9
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My opinion is, that Compass handles very well on ice, almost like a RWD (which is FUN ), but with better grip.

But this better grip might give you false confidence --- although 4WD launches better, turns better, it still stops just as long (time/way) as any 2WD.


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Unread 11-14-2008, 11:13 AM   #10
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it depends on your definition of "real" jeep. if it's a short wheelbase, 4x4, live axle rig, then the only current "real jeep" is the wrangler, seeing as everything else has independent front suspension. by that definition, the last of the "real" jeeps were the 90's cherokees and grand cherokees, and of course the wrangler. i'm not crazy about the compass, as it's based on the caliber, and that's a whole different rant. i also liked the grand cherokee better when it didn't share underpinnings with a durango. if it gets you home, it's a jeep. and that's what's important, isn't it?
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