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Unread 01-26-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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Potentially Purchasing a Patriot...

Been looking for a mid-sized SUV, and I think the Patriot fits the bill. Ive got a few questions. I've been reading about the CVT auto trans and how its different, could someone describe that in detail? Also, what all does the lifetime warranty cover? I saw the employee pricing plus starts today, anyone know what I might be able to get a new 09 for? Thanks

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Unread 01-26-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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Gramps is the guru here and may either provide you links to other threads talking about the CVT, or just describe it for you. In short though, the CVT uses a steel belt between two gears. It never "shifts" and is apparently better on fuel economy - but not as good as a 5-speed.

Lifetime warranty covers the powertrain only if I remember correctly. I'm not sure as Canadians aren't offered this. Ours caps out at 5 years or 100,000kms (I think...).
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Unread 01-26-2009, 05:35 PM   #3
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This may help with some of your question: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/ratios-cvt2-vs-5-speed-395153/

It's basically the same setup as a snow mobile would use but with "simulated" shift points to appease the masses who are use to them. They are VERY smooth on the shifting to the point that you could probably sit a bowl of water on the front seat and the shifting wouldn't cause it to slosh out. The are a little sluggish off the line but I believe that most of that is perceived. You'll need to watch your speedometer until you get used to it. My Limited 4X4 does 0-60 mph in 12 sec flat, no trophy winner in the 1/4 mile but fast enough to get you where you want to go.
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