2007 Jeep Compass Long-Term Road Test

2007 Jeep Compass: CVT Service Bulletin and more...

November 05, 2007

Friday morning our Long Term Jeep Compass had a date with Buerge Jeep's Service Center for an oil change, a brake squeal, a window screech, and the long-awaited CVT TSB update.

Easy stuff first: A routine oil change which cost us $32.92.

Even after a thorough washing, the front windows, when used, would let out a squeal that is only rivaled by fingernails scraping across a chalkboard -- or Avril Lavigne -- on the shrill-o-meter. Buerge cleaned and lubricated the tracks and we were good to go.

The next item was a brake moan/screech/judder that would occur every time the vehicle was slowed in reverse. I laughed when I saw the dealer's comments in this column as I picked up the vehicle, "Brakes operating as designed, no problem found." Then I stopped laughing, grabbed the keys, and brought my service advisor, Jeremy, along for a quick demo of the problem. The Jeep dutifully sang for him every single time.

Jeremy conjectured that we should "heat the brakes up" to reduce the noise. A useful suggestion for the times we have hours to drive before we need the reverse gear. Or the times we're armed with a heat-gun in the supermarket parking lot. His second next suggestion was a brake-disc resurfacing for $129. The vehicle has 12,313 miles. It shouldn't need a brake resurfacing, and if it did, it should be under warranty. It wasn't.

Last on the list was the TSB to reflash/reprogram the sluggish and sometimes stumbling CVT. (18-031-07 for those of you keeping track.) The engine stumble is mercifully gone, but the Compass is still very, very slow.

Total Cost: $32.92.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 12,313 miles.

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