I had a 2005 X-terra that developed a leak in one of the cam seals at 23,000 miles (piece of junk-too many problems to list). Wanted a manual transmission Patriot. I was able to find a handful from various dealerships in my area by looking on the jeep.com website, then plugging into the dealerships that listed their inventory on line. I was able to find many more 2007 Compass left overs (many at really good deals), but the bottom line was that I wanted more trunk space and my husband liked the classic jeep lines. I found a jeep green '08 manual with the 25E package and power moon roof for under $22,000. They gave me a good trade for my X-terra, which made it really affordable for me. I was able to take advantage of the 0% for 36month finance deal, plus upgraded the bumper to bumper warrenttee to 7 years 75,000 miles for $30 a month, which I liked.
My husband was driving a '96 RAV 4 that was on its last legs. We found him a base model manual tranny '08 Pat (which was fine with him). He loves it. We bought both of ours off the lot, so the biggest wait was for filling out the paperwork. I've got to get some pictures to post. Now we're all excited about putting some custom stuff on (he bought me a bug deflector and sill guards for Christmas). I love the I-Pod jack-
I must say the Patriot manual transmission has one of the smoothest clutches I've ever driven (and I've had lots). It performs well in the snow, and my husband got 30mpg on the last tankful. He commutes 120 miles per day. You can't beat it for the money! You really get a lot of bang for the buck!
I have seen a bunch of Compasses around town-they're great too. For all you Compass owners out there-what's your best MPG?