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post #1 of 14 Old 03-26-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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New to Jeep and loving it

Hey guys great forum.
Well I'm new to jeep. I recently purchased a 2011 Compass 2.4 automatic. Really love it. I'll have to admit I was a little worried at first because I tend to prefere japanese cars. But the compass so far has shut my mouth. I bought it used with 18,400 miles and for $15,200 with extended warranty until 100,000 (i think i got a good deal) Any way I'm writing to get a few answers
What maintenance am I due?
Oil changes synthetic or normal?
Can I trust the dash indicator saying change oil? If not at what mileage should I change?
What are the best spark plugs?
How is the fuel efficiency on the compass?
Should the normal driving lights turn only with fog lights on?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-26-2013, 07:17 PM
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The best spark plugs are Nickel plated Copper ones. NGK. I'm a bit of an expert on this subject. As of a few hours ago.

Also...the Compass sort of is Japanese. Mechanical twin almost to Mitsubishi Outlander sport, and similar to Lancer.
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post #3 of 14 Old 03-27-2013, 06:00 AM
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The Owners Manual has all of that info but if you didn't get one you can download it for free here: http://www.jeep.com/en/owners/manuals/

It has all of the recommended maintenance schedules. Oil is personal preference but I use use synthetic because it gives me some leeway on hanging it, weather permitting.

Mileage will depend on if you have a FWD, FD I or FD II.

'Normal' driving lights? Do you mean Headlights? Yes they should, low beam only. If you mean, or have, Rally lights, no they shouldn't.

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Welcome to the jeep family. your driving a vehicle more capable than any of the japanese cute utes.
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-27-2013, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replys. How do i know which model I have?
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-27-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Total noob I know jajajaja
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-27-2013, 07:26 PM
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You could just take the VIN to the dealer and they can print you out a sheet that tells you the model and all of the options (sub-assemblies) used on it. If it has 18" wheels/tires and silver accents on the sides and bumpers it's a Limited. If it has a 4X4 emblem on the lift gate it's, yup, 4 wheel drive, if not it's FWD. If it does NOT have 2 tow hooks in the front, 1 in the back and skid plates it's an FD I, if it does then it's an FD II off-road package.

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Thanks Gramps by the info you posted it's a fwd
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-27-2013, 08:00 PM
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OK. Now go down to a Jeep dealer with your VIN and have them print out what yours is equipped with. You'll need it to get the right parts on down the line.

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post #11 of 14 Old 03-28-2013, 12:38 PM
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You can also submit a webform request to get a build sheet.
Build Sheets list all the standard and optional factory equipment on a specific vehicle.

You can get to the webform here. You'll need to have your VIN handy. Ask for a build sheet.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-31-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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What type of oil filter is best or should I go with OEM? Also is there a tutorial on how to change the oil on a 2011 Compass? I usually do my own filter change I just have never done it to a compass before.
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BTW I'm going too use synthetic don't know if that changes anything? Also any recommendations as far a brand of oil recommended?
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It's the easiest oil change I've ever done!!! The filter is right up front in the center and I've cut the bottom out of an oil 'can' to use as a funnel and shove the next quart into it so I don't spill any.

I use NAPA or Valvoline 5W-20 full synthetic, sometimes 5W-30 in the Summer, but have used Amsoil too. Others seem to like Mobil 1 and some use Castrol. I also use NAPA Gold filters. I have a NAPA store in town and I have used NAPA products since the '60 with no problems, I even worked for them on and off for a total of ten years as my 'fall back' job. I set 5000 miles as my goal and change my wife's at the same time. Who ever hits the 5K first, they both get changed.

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