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New 2014 Patriot and problems already
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By frankie57
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2008 Jeep Patriot SUV Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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My husband went golfing today in his NEW Jeep Patriot and when he started to come back home (less than 200 miles total on the car) the Jeep would not shift into first or second gears!
Already we have had it into the dealership for repairs!
Not at all what we expected when we bought a NEW vehicle from Jeep!
It appears that the clutch cable 'came loose' and had to be reattached!
HOW can that happen???
I hope this is NOT a pattern or we will be extremely unhappy - and since we are Jeep lovers, this would NOT be good!
My son has 2 Grand Cherokees - VERY happy with them, and we also have a Jeep Liberty - which I drive and dearly love!
PLEASE JEEP - keep our faith in your company!
FIX IT!


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It is a JEEP!


Worst Features

What ever problems you have had with the Patriot should be FIXED without COST to the consumer!


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Highly Defective Substandard Suv
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By truth1hurts
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2008 Jeep Patriot SUV Sport 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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We bought the 2008 Patriot new for $25k and within a few months endured unjustifiable anxiety for unrelenting warranty repairs on an inferior made cheap product. First and last time Jeep buyers, the 5-speed manual transmission went through 4+ major warranty repairs: clutch, transmission, defects, gear box, ball bearings, etc. It had to be towed a few times to the car lot. We lost value and money in a headache suv that was highly defective and unreliable and dismissed trips too. Very poor car, dealership, head office and managers. Stacks of warranty repair files amplifies our deserved poor rating of the car and all involved.


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The only positive things was the government rebate. Otherwise, it fell short of meeting our needs and expections with poor value. If you examine ratings of former owners and experts you'll see many unhappy folks. The negatives far exceed the positives. This driver would not recommend the 2008 Patriot. The manager wrote a letter on our behalf; years later and too late, and HQ rubber stamped everything the franchise did as following warranty protocols. They tried to get more money from us to buy another off their lot. I wouldn't buy from them if you paid me! The best day was when we traded it off and now are trouble-free for 2.5 years with a superior Suv in our view, a Ford Escape...


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This car was cheaply made and the company spent about $13,000.00 on labour, parts and warranty repairs for years; a band-aid on a deep wound - we both lost money but us more! The transmission needs overhauling because it was shameful and indefensible. The back rear window is a poor for tall drivers who have to slouch to see behind them and the engine's power is sluggish on hills and good logging roads. Overall poor quality and deserved low ratings. The vehicle should be higher like a Ford Escape and better power, quality of tires and visibility. Maybe Jeep owners with automatics were lucky but others echoed the same stress. The whole design needs to be revamped and better training for all.


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Terrible with a dash of confusion
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By buckleyjohn
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2008 Jeep Patriot SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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First off, I have to agree with everyone here that this is a terrible Jeep.

Now, I bought my 2008 Patriot 4x4 Sport with the automatic CVT and 2.4L in New Mexico used in 2010 with about 40k on it.

Two days after I bought it, the transmission overheated. They tried to blame it on the fact that the tires didnt match. The front and rear were different profile sized. So, I called them retarded and made them service the transmission by changing the fluid and filter and give me a set of new tires.

About 3 months went by. Same thing transmission overheated at 70mph on the highway in the middle of no where. Had to sit in the hot sun for about 3 hours for it to cool down.


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No favorite features. 117,000 miles, no body damage, no accidents, minor chips in the paint and minor wear and tear on the inside. I keep my vehicles really nice, have owned a few show cars. Trade in value here in the great state of Alaska. $4000 in 2014. So needless to say, I lost a great deal of money and will never buy another Jeep product again. I traded it in for a Toyota 4 Runner and I am over come with joy.


Worst Features

Transmission: huge issue with overheating and if it does, its about $400 just for a fluid and filter change. Power: Absolutely none, I could feel the difference when I put my two kids in the back seat. Alternator: I am on my fourth one in 4 years. They are hard to swap because of the AC system in the way. They sit way low on the engine, get wet and get fried. Fuel efficiency: Terrible! The best I ever got was 23mpg on the highway doing 40 in a construction zone. Every day driver here in Alaska, 17mpg. Full size V8 trucks do better. With all that said, it is still running. If the maintenance is done, it runs. But it has to be precise to the degree of F1 mechanics.


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do not buy
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By jt9813
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2008 Jeep Patriot SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I have a 2008 Jeep Patriot with 58,000 miles. I had to replace the transmission and ball joints for a total cost of $4700. The 2008 Jeep Patriot has a 5 year or 100,000 mile warranty but it is not transferable to the 2nd owner. I have talked to Jeep but with no success. If you check out the internet you will see that is a typical problem with the Jeep Patriot and Compass. Save yourself a lot of money and aggravation do not buy this vehicle. No more Jeep/ Dodge for me. Had excellent luck with Hyundai Sante Fe [wife] and Ford Edge [me].


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Stay away from the cheap jeep
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By alanhatesjeep
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2008 Jeep Patriot SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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The most expensive car to maintain I have ever owned in 34 years. Like everyone, I have replaced tie rods, and ball joints continuously since I bought this jeep new in 2008.
I also replaced the engine
in 2012, due to a broken connecting rod, at 118,000 kilometers.
Chrysler refused to warrant, as it was past 100,000 km.
Thought I would just run it into the ground after I paid over $6,000 to have a used engine installed.
Guess what?
At a 130,000, a pin in the driver door snapped off and now the door will not close.
Probably not a big repair, but enough is a enough.
It is no longer insured.
Finally decided in early 2016 it was time to get it back on the road and sell it. This was after it sat for three years. Guess what? $5,000 + in suspension repairs! Needed front and rear alignments and virtually every suspension part replaced. Currently every warning light concerning EPS, TC, 4x4 and ABS is on, so I still can't sell it.


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