Ok so i have a question about the Base MT 4wd / AWD? version of the jeep patriot...
I am concerned about the AWD system because the MT doesnt offer the "Locking mode" that the freedomdrive CVT offers.
So heres my scenario:
If i jack up the front left tire and rear right tire, will the car be able to drive off the jacks? Or will those jacked up wheels just spin (like most AWD systems lacking traction control)?
Will the traction control brake the lifted wheels and allow power to reach the grounded wheels? OR is that ability only part of the freedom drive option?
I havebeen stuck before in an SUV because it had the silly non TCS 4wd system where only the 2 wheels lacking traction will spin, and if the patriot is the same I will not be able to buy it. (actually 2 SUV's, my old discovery in mud and a CR-V in snow)
I realize there is a stability control feature standard, but its not really stability controls job to perform this function, thus is not reliable to get my out of a sticky situation. Will the MT's traction control take care of it? Or just the models that have a CVT?
What exactly happens when you do the "lock" thing on the freedom driver version?
I'm seriously considering the Suzuki SX4 now because it has a very impressive 4WD system (locking mode standard), costs less, and for $200, a coil spacer kit will bring it to 9" Ground clearance and it will fit some BFG All Terrain T/A's without rubbing.