Originally Posted by Gramps
.... it doesn't look like the classic Jeep, it's not trail rated, not all of them are 4WD and even that's only high range, no solid axles, plastic interior and until you get used to it the CVT feels slow off the line.
In other words, it didn't meet THEIR expectations of what THEY thought a Jeep should be.
UPDATE! 2008 Compass' are "TRAIL RATED"
(except those with 18" wheels). NOT SO!!! I KNOW I HEARD THIS ON A DVD MOPAR TEST AT WORK, BUT IT JUST HAS NEVER MATERIALIZED....SORRY.
i just purchased an '07 Compass Sport 4X4 CVT. the only options i got were A/C, Privacy Tint, 'Yes Essentials' Seats, Full Size Spare, 6 Disc CD Changer w/9 Boston Acoustic Speakers, All Terrain Tires. NO POWER WINDOWS, LOCKS OR MIRRORS! hey, it's a JEEP!
i'm adding Cruise as well as the U-Connect hands-free phone system and Cross Bars for the roof rack. i saw on this site that there is a 2" lift kit available. SWEET! but i'm a little nervous about that with the 'Unlimited Powertrain Warranty". on the other hand, i DO work at a C-J-D Dealership, so maybe i could 'sneek' it through if something were to fail.....maybe!
anyway, i LOVE this Compass....it's fun to drive (beats the crap out of the Toyota Corolla i WAS driving for fuel mileage) and has plenty of room for my 6'2", 260lb body. for me, it was a great choice. it was tough saying bye-bye to the '06 Unlimited, but in retrospect i'm far ahead on insurance (cheaper by $52/yr) and gas. we just got back from a trip to KC from Indy. ran about 70-75mph and for the 1104 miles, we averaged 30.7. i was SHOCKED! it does take some getting use to, but the CVT is pretty cool once you've figured out how it best operates.
good luck to all who have purchased (OR are thinking about it) a Compass or Patriot.