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Unread 10-11-2006, 07:07 PM   #1
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saw a compass today

Not half as bad i thought they would be

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Unread 10-12-2006, 06:05 AM   #2
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Well, that's at least HALF a compliment.
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Unread 10-14-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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I saw a Compass today and it resembled the Grand Cherokee until I got closer to it.
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Unread 11-04-2006, 05:36 PM   #4
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I'm quite happy with my Compass. I've had it since August 18. So far so good. I have a few complaints, but it has WAY better value for the money than the GC.
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Unread 11-05-2006, 12:27 AM   #5
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i saw one today too, it was onroad while i was off, never would i think of getting one unless i was reborn a woman and had 4 kids
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Unread 11-05-2006, 07:24 AM   #6
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Test drove a couple different models yesterday. A sport model with a 1.8 liter engine and 5 speed and a Limited with Auto Stick.

The shopping trip started off with idea of finding a decent sedan with better fuel mileage than the tank I'm driving now. That meant looking at a Pontiac Vibe, PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR and Dodge Caliber.
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Unread 11-05-2006, 08:05 AM   #7
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Test drove a couple different models yesterday. A sport model with a 1.8 liter engine and 5 speed and a Limited with Auto Stick.

The shopping trip started off with idea of finding a decent sedan with better fuel mileage than the tank I'm driving now. That meant looking at a Pontiac Vibe, PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR and Dodge Caliber.
Looked at some of those too. The Matrix has a better warranty than the Vibe for the same drive train, leather not available but the best mileage. By the time I configured the Vibe AWD for what I could get in the Compass Limited it was over priced with fewer "driving enhancements". The Caliber R/T didn't have electronic stability control until "late".
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Unread 11-05-2006, 08:20 AM   #8
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Looked at some of those too. The Matrix has a better warranty than the Vibe for the same drive train, leather not available but the best mileage. By the time I configured the Vibe AWD for what I could get in the Compass Limited it was over priced with fewer "driving enhancements". The Caliber R/T didn't have electronic stability control until "late".
That's what I found too. The Compass (or any Jeep product for that matter) wasn't on my list of cars to look at. The price and equipment level along with fuel economy got this old tightwad interested. The test drive just got me a whole lot more interested.

The five speed transmission left me unimpressed but I had blast with the auto-stick. The manual trans shifted nicely but 3,200 rpm @ 70mph is a bit high on the loud scale. The CVTII auto-stick settled into a highway mode quickly. On the winding back roads near the dealer, I selected the manual mode. What a great time!! What's not to love about this transmission? It was as much fun as a six speed manual but without the clutch.

I'm looking through dealer inventories now. It's tough to find exactly what I want so I may end up ordering.
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Unread 11-05-2006, 08:23 AM   #9
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never would i think of getting one unless i was reborn a woman and had 4 kids
very funny
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Unread 11-05-2006, 01:58 PM   #10
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Well, we've got a Compass for my wife to drive and for long trips, but I've also got a 2005 Rubicon and a 1995 Cherokee. I like 'em all, each for their own purpose. I don't think I'd want to drive the Rubicon to New York (400 miles each way) to see our son anmore than i'd like to take the Compass off roading. I guess they can do an adequate job at either, but they each have their speciallty. The Cherokee is for my daughter to tool around town in. It's got almost 200,000 miles on it and the 2.5 4 banger is a little "tired", but its still ok for short trips.
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Unread 11-06-2006, 05:50 PM   #11
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That's what I found too. The Compass (or any Jeep product for that matter) wasn't on my list of cars to look at. The price and equipment level along with fuel economy got this old tightwad interested. The test drive just got me a whole lot more interested.

The five speed transmission left me unimpressed but I had blast with the auto-stick. The manual trans shifted nicely but 3,200 rpm @ 70mph is a bit high on the loud scale. The CVT II auto-stick settled into a highway mode quickly. On the winding back roads near the dealer, I selected the manual mode. What a great time!! What's not to love about this transmission? It was as much fun as a six speed manual but without the clutch.

I'm looking through dealer inventories now. It's tough to find exactly what I want so I may end up ordering.
Turnsix,
It certainly appears that orders are taking a loooong time to come in. That applies to the Caliber too and with the Patriot due out hopefully just after the first of the year to complicate things it may get worse. If whatever you're looking for is less optioned than what they have available that could give you some bargaining power. Good luck!

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Unread 11-07-2006, 08:32 PM   #12
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If whatever you're looking for is less optioned than what they have available that could give you some bargaining power. Good luck!

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That's a good point Gramps. I'm hoping it works in reverse for me. What I'm looking for is something lightly optioned. I've already decided on the Limited. The standard equipment list is very good. Most of what the dealer has is either Sport or Limiteds with the maximum of options. The salesman said he's made some special orders for customers. He confirmed what you said about the length of time for a delivery.

There's an incentive program going on until the end of the month. I haven't read through the details yet but I'd be willing to bet it only applies to vehicles in existing inventory and delivered by the end of the month.
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Unread 11-08-2006, 04:03 AM   #13
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That's a good point Gramps. I'm hoping it works in reverse for me. What I'm looking for is something lightly optioned. I've already decided on the Limited. The standard equipment list is very good. Most of what the dealer has is either Sport or Limiteds with the maximum of options. The salesman said he's made some special orders for customers. He confirmed what you said about the length of time for a delivery.

There's an incentive program going on until the end of the month. I haven't read through the details yet but I'd be willing to bet it only applies to vehicles in existing inventory and delivered by the end of the month.
I didn't care about a sunroof or chrome wheels on mine (but I'm glad that I've got them now) so they took those off of the price and we negotiated from there. Most of the "deals" that I've seen are for 2006 models. Where abouts are you? Send me a pm if you like on what you're looking for and I could keep a watch down here. Your dealer can also do a 300 - 400 mile search and have something transported back to you. What I've been told on that, is that they usually only want to swap between dealers IF the other guy wants what your dealer has. It may hold true too that they won't tell you about what is in the area because the other dealer WON"T swap. An inventory search at Jeep.com with 53536 will take in down to Rockford and Belvidere. I'd be glad to help if I can.

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I just searched the area for the fun of it. There are a LOT of FWD's on the lots right now! There is a nice black/black Limited, 4X4, CVT at Jack Wolfs in Belvidere, 61008, with just:

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
Customer Preferred Package 26F
Premium Front and Rear Floor Mats $ 30
Continuously Variable Transaxle II $ 1,150
AutoStick(R) Automatic Transmission


DESTINATION CHARGE $ 560


TOTAL PRICE:* $ 23,415

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