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2007 Jeep Compass

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,182
    How about a link with some gnarly quotes? :shades:

    "First there was the Dodge Caliber — the odd-looking hunchback hatchback with a cheap interior and lackluster performance. Then there was the Jeep Compass — a vehicle so utterly wrong-headed that, in the future, a Ph.D. candidate in marketing will write a thesis about it."

    "Jeep says that the Patriot is the small crossover for men and the Compass is the one for the ladies."

    First Drive: 2007 Jeep Patriot (Inside Line)

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  • I had only my second compass sighting here in west LA the other day. It seems much bigger than I remember from my test drive. When you see it out on the road and can compare to other cars you realize its about the same as other small suvs.

    I'm beginning to worry about this car. The internet is pretty dead on the subject. Maybe everyone is so busy driving they don't have time to post about it! We'll have to see if the Patriot gets more attention. I bet it will even though its really the same car.

    Anybody out there want to comment on the CVT?
  • The front grill of the Compass is a litte much. It looks like its so big its weighing down the front end. Imagine what it will look like when Jeep updates it in a few years to all chrome a la the Liberty :blush:
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    or maybe they are too ashamed to write about it admitting they bought one. I am very interested in the Patriot. The compass just turned me off with the looks.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    When I test drove the Compass I really liked the CVT. It had enough get up and go for me. I know that has been a common complaint. People say when you push it there is a lag for the engine to go and the RPMs will reach red line.
    On the Patriot board I posted a link to another discussion on the patriot that is getting a lot of traffic if you're interested.
  • I checked that out and saw the video review of the Patriot. Also I found a Patriot review on rockcrawler that was interesting. They described in detail the different feel of the manual vs cvt. I had dismissed the manual because I live in the city but they described it as very flexible and easy to drive. I might have to reconsider and take one out for a test drive.

    A couple months back I test drove a Caliber and a Compass with cvt. It was only around the dealership and the cvts were seamless and worked fine at city pace. But when I tried to accelerate aggressively (in the 2.0L Caliber) nothing really happened so I'm a little worried that it will feel really sluggish when you need to get going. I used to have a tdi diesel Golf and it got really annoying in the city because while it was fine when cruising it was always a slug at the traffic light.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    The shifter is awkwardly placed. Someone just posted pictures and said they had to stretch a bit to reach it. I would be looking at the auto. I test drove the compass as well and when you did punch it there was some lag. But for the most part it should be adequate. One problem with the CVT is you lost track at how fast you are going with the lack of shifts. I'll be interested in test driving one soon. Yes the interior is not the best but the room is fine for me. I saw one at the DC auto show.
  • Does anyone have an idea of how the Compass is selling?
    Thanks.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    sales figures for 06

    I don't know how accurate the figures are but they look promising.
  • pcbflpcbfl Posts: 7
    Can anyone tell me how to get the $1000 coupon from Chrysler as someone mentioned previously? I read it on another auto site as well. I'm ready to buy the Compass in two weeks.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    If you find such a coupon please tell us where. As far as I can trace it there is no such coupon.

    Farout
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I got my information first hand! We bought on sept. 16 a Liberty Sport 4x4 Sticker was $24,600. we paid $18,644. out the door. Even as I write this You can't find a Compas or Patriot for under $19,000, and equally equipped to our Liberty. That's where I get my information. By the way Most Liberty's 2006 have a $4000. rebate.

    Farout
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Anyone out there? Hello.....Boy this Compass site has no activity! I am in the closing few days of DCX buying back my Liberty CRD, and I have gone with a Compass replacement. I sorta feel like I an speaking into the wind or a long tunnel and no one is there to hear anything.

    farout
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Jump in, folks! farout needs your help. :)

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  • I think everyone is too busy researching the fine print on that sub-prime refi they got last year :P
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    too busy researching the fine print on that sub-prime refi ...

    We'll have to consider setting up a special topic for that one! ;)

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  • hortaghortag Posts: 12
    Just purchased my Jeep Compass 3/31/2007.

    Living in home off a dirt road, where a trip to the grocery store requires mud chains, I have to say that the Jeep Compass is the perfect blend of off road worthiness and gas saving commuter. I'd say the only problem I really have so far, is with the blind spots.

    Anyone else have an idea what they are selling for now?
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    hortag: We are to pick up our Compass Sport 4x4 either today or tommrow. DCX bought back our 05 Liberty Sport CRD, so we picked the Compass to replace it. I am wondering what kind of fuel mileage we will get.

    farout
  • hortaghortag Posts: 12
    I did tons of research on plenty of AWD SUV's that reported solid miles per gallon. I eventually decided on either the new Hond CRV, or the Jeep Compass. After this rough New Hampshire Winter, I decided to go with the Compass. It has a true 4x4 low option that I could have used this past season. I am really happy with my purchase. The Jeep Compass seems to disapoint all these "Pro" review sites for one reason or another. But not for reasons that seem to hold any water. The Jeep Compass is a solid prefomer with AWD, 4WD and with great gas mileage. How many SUV's can boast as much. I purchased my Compass 3/31/2007, a LTD version, Navi, Automatic, Full Size Spare, Moon/Sun Roof, Chrome clad wheels...Sticker $26,800. With the $750 rebate, I got out the door at $23,900. I did the fools.com "Fax/Email" attack and that was the best deal out there. Anyone else know if that was about right???
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    hortag: Having actually found out what true values were as we have entered DCX buy back of our CRD Liberty, and replacement with our Compass, I would say you got an excellent deal. Great going! What kind of mpg are you getting? We are waiting for the auditor to approve the work so we can pick up our Compass tommrow., we hope.

    farout
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,182
    You can cross-check your price with the True Market Value tool, and please report on your deal in the Jeep Compass: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion.

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  • hortaghortag Posts: 12
    farout: Good luck with your purchase. I checked out the price of the Compass with the Edmunds TMV tool and it really looked like I was getting a good deal. But it makes me really stoked when there is definite conformation from others purchasing the same deal. Again, I live on a dirt road that degrades the momen a soft wind blows across the land. If it rains, I am having to drive to save my life. This Jeep is true to its name. I love the ability to shift this CVT like it had gears. I compared it to the CRV and the CRV seemed like it was a peppier engine. However, thats because the Jeep CVT slowly revs up if your not shifting the CVT yourself. My wife has a 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited and she is extremely happy with the Jeep name (well except for the broken ball joint she suffered today *OUCH*.) Regardless, I can't wait to take our first long family trip with the Compass. I plan to install an aftermarket overhead DvD player and an aftermarket bluetooth hands free set up.
  • carguy37carguy37 Posts: 3
    I recently test drove a 07 Jeep compass sport at a local car dealer with just the basics no fancy features except a CVT automatic tranny. Well i got onto the highway and the car wouldnt do any faster than 80 MPH and the tranny wouldnt shift. So i said this isnt right and when i got back to the dealer and told them they said a whole lot of nothing when i told them. So i knew somthing was wrong cause they say the top speed is 112 MPH. I really like the compass and am into consideration of purchasing one. i just wondering if any current owners have encountered the promblem i did test driving the vehicle and if they did what was it and i also wanted current owners take on the vehicle like what did u think of the car for yourself. Im deeply considering buying this vehicle cause i loved it so much and i thought before i did i would get some advice. so please comment back cause i need the advice so i can make my final decision on whether to buy it or not cause like i said i love the vehicle and im deeply considering purchasing one. Thanks
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    carguy37: Welcome to the Compass forum! We just got our Compass on April 5th. We got it because DCX bought our 2005 Liberty Diesel back from us. It gave us lots of problems. We chose the Compass 4x4 because of the small vehicle and the 4x4. I can not tell you if it will go to 112 mph or not. I have had it up to 80 mph and it stayed at 6,000 + rpm's, and when I just slightly let off the gas it went into a higher point and had lots more to give. Perhaps you just kept your foot on the peddle and kept it floored?
    We got 23.4 mpg and the first jaunt, which I feel was real good for a new engine. Hope this helps.

    farout
  • carguy37carguy37 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the advice yea i did have the petal to the floor and i was just waiting for it to shift cause thats what most automatics do or most other cars that have automatic trannys do. So i didnt realize u had to let of the gas a little bit to get it to shift and do over 80 MPH. thanks ill keep that in mind when i make my final purchase decision. and i thought a car with 172 hp would do more than 80 MPH its just like i said i didnt knoe that u had to let off the gas to get it to do more than 80 mph. So once again thanks.
  • neely2005neely2005 Posts: 70
    Remember that it's a CVT Transmission so it doesn't shift...
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    neely2005: I have not yet gotten used to the CVT, it works fine, and the change of the transmission belt is smooth, but we can tell by the engines RPM that it has changed. So far we are getting 25.1 mpg. After looking at the Patriot again the other day, we see how much more you get for the money with the Compass. If driving a box is a persons thing then a Patriot is the way to go, but the Compass style is nicer to us anyway.

    What kind of mpg are you getting? Had any problems yet?

    farout
  • hortaghortag Posts: 12
    I live in a part of New Hampshire that was recently hard hit by the Noreaster. I already live on a dirt road that suffers from pot holes and pock marks the moment it drizzels ever so slightly. I was able to take my Compass, through 6 inches of mud, water over our front bumper, and up the side of a mountain pass wide enough for only one car. I would have made it out of my back water town to, if only this Jeep could fly. No matter how solid your SUV, a washed out bridge is what it is...a washed out bridge. I still have only gotten at best, 22mpg, but right now, I am attributing that to the insane driving conditions I have had to put up with since I purchased it. My only regret now, is not getting the hands free Uconnect option.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    hortag: Every time we check our mpg it goes up. Yesterday we got 25.4 mpg. We have found that at 60 mph is where we have got the best mpg. We have noticed that in freeway traffic the engine is not the peppiest 4 cyc. we have ever owned, nor the most fuel efficient. As we remember our 2004 Dodge Neon with the 4 speed automatic was 30+ mpg right off the bat. However the total weight was about 800 lbs less too, and was not a 4x4 either, and the back seat was not fit for a fifth grade boy, say nothing about a small sized woman. The Compass back seat is roomy even for a good sized man, and that is something real unusual in todays med. sized vehicles.
    I would agree that if the road conditions improve so will your mpg.

    farout
  • hortaghortag Posts: 12
    farout: I agree with you that my gas mileage is bound to increase as my driving conditions improve. Your also right regarding the adequate seating; as I mentioned before in another post, im 6'4" 264lbs and I seat in really well. But I have to disagree with your assertion that this engine isn't very peppy. I think the CVT throws some drivers off regarding power. When I compared this to the new CRV, I made the same mistake, and wondered how an SUV that had billed itself as having 172HP could seem so sluggish. After checking out the info on the CVT and researching the technology, I realized why the Jeep shiftronic system was so important. Try taking your Jeep back on the road and shifting yourself. I think youll find your self happier with the strength and push of the motor. On our local highways here, I hit a nice stride between 3rd and 4th "gear" and getting the engine to punch, is very easy .
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