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Unread 11-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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patriot/compass problems?

So im looking into buying a new patriot or compass and was wondering if there is any common issues to be worried about? I just read about the tie rod issues but didnt find anybody with 09 or newer models saying that they had this issue? Is it not a problem on the newer models? Also has anyone had any issues with the CVT tranny? I want a trail rated model but they only come in CVT and im not sure if im a fan of that. Any input would be great!

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Unread 11-22-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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do you actually plan on taking your jeep off-road? the CVT2 with the offroad package only gives you a 4WD low range, and it hurts your fuel economy. if you don't think you need 4 low, you might want to get a 5 speed (as it sounds like you really want in the first place)
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Unread 11-23-2011, 07:56 AM   #3
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The CVT is an acquired taste for many. Very reliable and also disposable, don't rebuild- replace. I have 72K on mine with zero problems and others have reported well over 100K. Some had warranty replacements and a very few had to pay for it themselves.

The '07/'08 5 Speeds had had syncro delamination problems that has been fixed under warranty. The only real thing that I don't care for on the manual is the internal slave cylinder but all new stuff is going that way and only a few developed leaks/problems. Probably a non-issue. It does get you the best mpg and a little bit lower 1st gear than the CVT non-trail rated version.

If you do a lot of daily city/highway driving and won't be able to 'go play' very often then the Trail rated version may use a bit too much gas for you. If your not going to use the feature, don't pay for it every day.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 03:48 PM   #4
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ok, thanks a lot for the info! Im still not sure what im leaning towards. I just realized that jeep is offering $3000 cash allowance on Liberty's so i could have a liberty for around the same price as the patriot. Im going to the dealer friday to drive a few different model and see what we can work out for a trade.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 06:14 PM   #5
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I never got used to the CVT on the Off Road Latitude. That could all change with this alleged Computer/Transmission Software update I keep hearing about. Maybe my opinion will change with that.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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I never got used to the CVT on the Off Road Latitude. That could all change with this alleged Computer/Transmission Software update I keep hearing about. Maybe my opinion will change with that.
I still think there's something weird with your CVT. The engine's RPMs seem unusually high.
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Unread 11-28-2011, 10:47 PM   #7
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I agree. But the natural response from a mechanic on a ride along is.."thats normal, just got to get used to it". Its been 10 months and Im not used to it.
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Unread 12-26-2011, 12:05 PM   #8
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Compass Problem

I bought my 2012 Compass on Christmas Eve with 8 miles on it. At the 23 mile mark I had to have it towed back to the dealership. They told me today it was an internal problem with the Power Control Module and I have to have a new one ordered and installed. This should come with the upgrades I'm assuming?
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Unread 12-26-2011, 11:41 PM   #9
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My ex-gfs parents had tgat happen 3 times on a brand new GMC Jimmy. Took 3 computers fried before they figured out there was a bad or loose ground wire shorting out some place.
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Unread 12-27-2011, 09:17 AM   #10
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I bought my 2012 Compass on Christmas Eve with 8 miles on it. At the 23 mile mark I had to have it towed back to the dealership. They told me today it was an internal problem with the Power Control Module and I have to have a new one ordered and installed. This should come with the upgrades I'm assuming?
Yes it will have to be programmed on installation so it would be the current upgrade.
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Unread 12-27-2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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I just got it back, and so far it seems to be working okay. We'll see if I get stranded on my big drive I've got coming up.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 08:06 PM   #12
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I just got it back, and so far it seems to be working okay. We'll see if I get stranded on my big drive I've got coming up.
Hope you made it!
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Unread 01-24-2012, 10:11 AM   #13
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2011 compass

Only problem I've seen so far. I have a new 2011 compass with around 4000 miles on it. Last week the entire radio / clock display went black and no matter what I do there are no lights or display. I checked the fuses everything is looks good, I took it in and they have to order a brand new display unit. They said they've seen a lot of these come back. Maybe this is something others have had issues with and maybe something Jeep needs to look into. Been two weeks and part still hasn't arrived.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 10:24 AM   #14
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almost 10k on my '11 patriot. averaging almost 22 mpg (FDII) and has seen the dealer one time for a sunroof leak that was fixed and no issues since. The CVT does take some getting used to, and as quirky as it is, I enjoy mine.

I took it to rausch creek once, unfortunatly it was the day they got about 9 inches of snow, so i had to park it within the first hour because the trails were to much with the snow and terrain combined, but
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Unread 01-24-2012, 11:19 PM   #15
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Wife has an 07 Compass with 40,000. Just replaced ball joints (i went the whole lower control arm route) and tie rods this past weekend. After doing a poor-mans alignment today it finally feels "like new." This is something i discovered is a common theme for these vehicles. Plan on it every 30 to 40 thousand. About a $1200 to 2000 job unless you do the work yourself as i did. Parts ran me about $400. (Again i replaced the whole control arms, as pressing out/in the ball joints was stupid hard and the control arm bushings needed to be replaced anyways.)

Oh, and the CVT.... LOVE IT! I drive a manual WRX and love driving her jeep. I love accelerating up an onramp and having the rpm's stay constant at 4 grand. There's something about it that satisfies my soul. Maybe its from my days of riding snowmobiles. However i still prefer the fun of a stick and clutch.

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