I'm trying to get my wife a new car and she really likes the Patriot and one of the dealers has a leftover 2008 for around $17k which is a couple thousand less than comparable '09 models in stock. My question is were there any significant improvements in model year 2009 over 2008? Was the "roof leak" problem I've been reading about fixed? Any help would be appreciated. We plan on looking at it tonight. Thanks from a noob
I have an 09 and have had 1 leak thus far in about 5000 miles of ownership. The dealer told me it was due to drain tube for sunroof not being aligned properly (I was told that only 1 of them was working properly). I made a right hand turn and water poured on my navigation unit and leg from the front dome light. Since the dealer fixed it at around 2200 miles, I have not had any issues.
That is the only issue with mine I have had.
There are interior differences between previous models and the 09. I'm just going by what I saw in 08 booklet vs my own 09
The storage slot under the stereo is gone.
The flip out console top is gone - I think he was designed to hold an IPod while plugged into the stereo. It has been replaced by a sliding console top (moves forward to rest arm on).
Overall, It's a great entry level SUV. Do not expect speed or tons of aftermarket support, especially for performance and 4x4 accessories (brush guard, light guards, bumpers, lifts, etc).
The Patriot Likes and Dislikes has some coverage on the leaking problem. Kind of sounds like a hit or miss thing. Seriously, drive it threw a car wash, it may give you some peace of mind.
I looked at an '09 Patriot this last weekend. There are some nice cosmetic changes. The cup holders are higher and moved to the front towards the AC/Heater controls, the 4WD Lock was moved to the rear of the drivers side, the air vents are round with some chrome trim but what I didn't see was the 110Volt outlet. There were no major mechanical changes and maybe a few more cosmetics that I missed.
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The 4x4 lock is on the center console behind the cup holders. It's a T-handle thing. pull up to engage, pull up again to disengage.
The 110V outlet is on the center console as well. It's on the front of the console storage behind the cup holders (under the overhanging arm rest). It is tucked away and hard to find unless you are looking for it or read about it in the owners manual. There is a little door that covers it.