Time for a 7700 mile update. About a fith of the way through the warrantee!
First thing off is that my mileage has dropped off a little, it’s maybe a mile to a mile and a half per gallon less
. There could be two reasons for this. Of course I use it all week as a DD and then on weekends we use it for all of the short trips too. Running down to pick up a grandson for over night, going into Janesville for all of the major shopping, out to wife’s Mother and over to the Piggly Wiggly (yes there is such a thing). My wife also prefers to take it when ever she goes alone, too, with friends or whatever. Sure it’s better on gas than her GC but I get to pay for it too, she’s no dummy! That is one of the reason that we bought it, all of the little runs. So I’m sure this has an affect. Then there is the cold weather. I’ve watched the AVG MPG and it’s a little less in the morning at 22 degrees than in the afternoon at 35 degrees. I think that there must be an air temp sensor in the air intake that makes it run richer in colder weather. Any way, that’s my story and I’m sticky to it
. MPG is still at or above what the EPA said that it should get, so it’s not a radical drop in mileage, just note worthy. The Compass has had a small “cough” to her 3 times on the cold mornings when I very first start out and only once on each occasion, it never repeats. I’ve found that it’s eliminated if I let her warm up for just a short minute or so.
One more note on the cold weather. With the little bit richer mixture the exhaust sure sound sweet! Certainly makes me think there's some more ponies in there waiting to get out.
I still haven’t noticed the “clicking” noise in the steering column either, yes phil8400, I even turned off the radio and fan and drove around a bank parking lot and I heard nothing. Maybe I had it when it was “newer” and it’s gone now? I can’t answer that.
The RAQ is playing mp3’s just fine now
. It was a software problem on my seven year old computer. I did a fresh install of MusicMatch and checked my discs by doing some archiving at work and they were good too. I still get the “The Writer Has Detected A Burn Failure” but all plays just fine in the Compass and on a friends computer so I think it may be something with the DVD-r or some software conflicts. May be time for a new computer (too bad, huh
). The only things that are original are the case, motherboard, floppy and power supply and it’s just past the end of its expected lifetime. Thanks to blank0 and lynnk for letting me know that their RAQ’s were doing fine.
This is really my only complaint
: I detest those iddy biddy cup holders that they’ve stuck on the floor in never, never land! I did say that I liked the storage on the passenger side in the Caliber more than the Compass. I take that back! I’ll be looking for those cup holders that fit in the window channel on the door panels to hook on to the cubby/bin above the glove compartment even if I need to use Velcro to make sure that they stay put. That would be much easier to get at than on the floor. Also, if you have the arm rest all the way forward you can’t even get to the rear cup holder and the front one is awkward at best. They can’t be too hard to find, I just need to go shopping.
Speaking of the Caliber, there were some threads over there that some were complaining about the rear window washer dripping after it was shut off. I don’t seem to have a problem with that, I let the wiper run for a minute or so but I don’t see any drips.
All in all I still love my Compass as much as ever. Those heated seats that you can feel within 3 minutes on a cold morning, a great heater that puts out toasty air in no time at all, better visibility than I had grown accustomed to, a very decent ride, handling, get up and go and gas mileage, easy to read and see gauges, great headlights, plenty of room for hauling a real variety of stuff.
So now that I’ve been shooting my mouth off a lot and posting pictures when I could, I’d like to see some pictures of other members Compass’s. If you can’t do attachments yet, either start writing more to get your posts up to the minimum OR spend less than you would on a tank of gas and upgrade to a SUPPORTER! It’s quick, easy and lets you post pictures and even get email at hotmail, yahoo and the other free email site so that you don’t have to go through your work for notifications and the like. For those out there that don't feel like they're driving a "real" Jeep, at least you can be a Jeep supporter.
I may not be posting much more on this thread unless something major happens. I do plan on putting in my two cents worth on other threads if I have useful information or if I need some help.