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Unread 03-04-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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looking at a new patriot...

Trading in my wrangler soon for something to commute in.

Been reading thru here and the web but I haven't been to a dealer yet but so far the patriot seems to fit my needs ... (mpg 4wd not too big... not to small...not to expensive)

So.... important to me is an auto with remote start and heated seats. A nav system would be nice but not a requirement.... but that seems to only be offered in the top of the line version which is more than I think I want to spend... (18-23000 is about where I want to be...)

Soooo... any tips suggestions thoughts ideas things to look for or general opinions...?

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Unread 03-04-2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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are you planning on doing any serious off roading with it? if yes, then stick with the FDII package, if not, then the FDI (or standard 4x4) is the way to go to get better gas mileage. avge 21-23mpg with a FDII, up to 28mpg for a FDI.
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Unread 03-05-2014, 06:23 PM   #3
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are you planning on doing any serious off roading with it? if yes, then stick with the FDII package, if not, then the FDI (or standard 4x4) is the way to go to get better gas mileage. avge 21-23mpg with a FDII, up to 28mpg for a FDI.
Are real life numbers that different with the two?

I doubt I'll be doing much off roading with it.....

But I only want to keep it for a year or two.... so trade in value is important too...
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Unread 03-05-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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why buy a car and keep it for only a year or two? Buy a cheap cheap cheap $2-3000 car and drive it for a year or two, then swap it out. That's what i do. I just sold my $3000 car I bought 2 years ago for.... $3000, and I'll buy another one for about that much. I rarely put $1000 into it over the two years, and so am way ahead of doing just about any other type of vehicle. You'll give up thousands of dollars by buying a new car and getting rid of it after the first year or two, as that is when you loose as much as 40% of the cars value. If you can buy something for 10-15, that is 3-5 years old, when you go to sell it, you'll loose maybe 5% of its value after 2 years. I would buy new only if you plan on keeping a car at least 5-7 years. You should expect to loose about $1200 in car value max per year of ownership. so if you buy a car for 20,000 and two years later sell it for 15000, you lost 2500/year, that's too much. but by the time you get the options you want and pay all the taxes, that's more like 25000 to 15000, and that's 5k/year in lost value.

if you buy a used car for 15000, you can sell it two years later for 13000 (as long as you keep it in good condition) and that is $1000/year, and actually reasonable.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 07:03 PM   #5
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New job and going to be doing a lot if commuting and Some driving for work.

'Suv' 4wd reliable factory warranty and I'd like to stay with jeep for some reason.

Plus if I can't get back into a wrangler as soon as I want to I might keep it longer.
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Unread 03-09-2014, 08:27 AM   #6
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I purchased my '13 FDI Latitude in May 2013. It had 2 miles on it. I'm over 21,000 miles now, mainly my work commute. I've done some mild off-roading and handled massive blizzards with ease. I don't have NAV, but who needs it when you have Waze? Bluetooth is a big help, Sat radio a plus and the FDI is perfectly fine for normal driving/light trails. I'm getting close to 28-30mpg which is 10x better than my previous SUV at 9mpg. Commuting is a breeze and relaxing with Sat and BT. Sunroof for warm days, heated seats for the icy ones. Why even trade her in? The Patriot has been excellent!
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Unread 03-11-2014, 09:52 PM   #7
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BostonString, that's a nice Patriot. Great pic!!
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Unread 03-13-2014, 12:53 PM   #8
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BostonString, that's a nice Patriot. Great pic!!
Nice ride for sure!

Hello I've been doing research for awhile now and I'm ready to buy my new or used 4x4 Patriot! I'm going Saturday 3/15/14 I have 3 picked out.

1st choice
Black 2014 FDI 6 speed auto with 2.4 has 0 miles 17" wheels at $23k

2nd
Silver 2012 FDI cvt 2.4 has 36,000 miles 16" wheels @ $17k

3rd
Rescue Green 2012 cvt FDI 2.4 has 48,000 and a brush gaurd. 17" wheels @ $17K

Anything I should look for on the 2012's in particular?

I really hope the salesman I've been talking to hasn't been BS'ing me and when I get there says all I can get you in at the monthly payment you want is a 4x2 with a 2.0. Wish me luck guys and I hope to have some pics on here soon. Sorry if I posted to the wrong place this is the first forum I've ever been on.

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Unread 03-14-2014, 06:31 AM   #9
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Is the going rate for brush guards really $12,000 these days?
I'd eliminate that Rescue Green one just based on that.
Honestly, IMO, go with the 2014. Mine new was 26k, brought down to 22k because of a competing dealer's specials.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 08:08 AM   #10
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Is the going rate for brush guards really $12,000 these days? I'd eliminate that Rescue Green one just based on that. Honestly, IMO, go with the 2014. Mine new was 26k, brought down to 22k because of a competing dealer's specials.
LOL yea the green is quite last on my choice. I really am shooting for the 2014 mainly because of the warranty. Thanks sir we will see which of the three they match to my monthly payment I want.



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Unread 03-14-2014, 10:30 AM   #11
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Going to look one today as well....

Lattitude with sun/sound unconnect with blue tooth and quick order package 2gb.

The internet ad lists..... 26,680 as msrp with dealer discount of 1881 (81.... really?) Rebates of 1500 and 500 from Chrysler for a 'sale' price of 22799.


I don't like the fact that they figure Chrysler rebates into there sale price at all... (oh... its a 2014 in black. Pretty much what I want)

Any thoughts or comments on the proving?
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Unread 03-14-2014, 10:38 AM   #12
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Going to look one today as well.... Lattitude with sun/sound unconnect with blue tooth and quick order package 2gb. The internet ad lists..... 26,680 as msrp with dealer discount of 1881 (81.... really?) Rebates of 1500 and 500 from Chrysler for a 'sale' price of 22799. I don't like the fact that they figure Chrysler rebates into there sale price at all... (oh... its a 2014 in black. Pretty much what I want) Any thoughts or comments on the proving?
I found a 2013 with the sunroof and sound pkg. with 20K miles on it and they are asking $21,000
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Unread 03-14-2014, 11:37 AM   #13
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I found a 2013 with the sunroof and sound pkg. with 20K miles on it and they are asking $21,000
Hopefully that meam I might be looking at a fair deal....?
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Unread 03-14-2014, 12:35 PM   #14
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22k for all those features seems decent to me. It's what I ended up at, down from $26,685.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 02:59 PM   #15
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22k for all those features seems decent to me. It's what I ended up at, down from $26,685.
Funny thing happened on the way to a jeep dealership......


So they didnt have it in black... or even the specific vehicle I called about.

I drove one in a dark metallic color? And I can't say I was to thrilled.... the hoood looks curved and endless from the drivers seat.... it wasn't bad for what it is at all but t left me lacking a bit.

Then I took a black Cherokee sport 4 cyl. For a drive..... much more comfortable and refined.

Took a wrangler for a drive too.... how I wish I could afford a Rubicon....
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