2007 Jeep Compass: Honk If You're an Extrovert
September 07, 2007
Our long-term 2007 Jeep Compass emits a loud horn honk every time you lock it with the keyless remote. Since I live and park within close proximity of my neighbors (the joys of apartment living), I immediately applied the usual button-mashing protocol to disable this feature.
No dice, so I immediately RTM'd, and oddly enough, there's no provision to disable the honk.
You can disable the light flash upon locking the vehicle, but you can't stop the honk. Obviously, if I wanted to fiddle with the electronic stuff or sweet-talk my service advisor, I'm sure something could be done. But so much for a 5-second DIY job. So I started locking the Jeep with the key, but unlike in the "old days," a double twist of the key doesn't lock all the doors -- you have to remember to hit the button before exiting the vehicle.
After several days of driving the Compass around town, I've decided that its adroit handling is its major saving grace. As small SUVs go, its steering is fairly direct and the chassis is capable enough for enthusiastic cornering when the mood strikes. One word of caution, though: Make sure you don't have your dry cleaning in the Compass at the time. My fresh-pressed suits flew right off the luggage hook.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor