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Jeep Compass Problems and Solutions



  • pplathpplath Posts: 1
    My compass is 6 months old with 8k miles. Approximately 2 months ago I noticed a foul smell coming from the interior of my SUV. At first the dealership suspected what they called "plastic smoke", a smell emitted from the new plastic that would disapate. It hasn't. I just got my vehicle back from a 3 week stay at the dealership service facility, they replaced the headliner (some new smart fabric smell, possibility) and upon further inspection found some sort of insulation padding under the cargo area under the spare tire that was suppose to be the source of my smell. Car was cleaned, re-assembled and returned to me. It STILL just of a chemical cleaning over top of the musty, moldy smell. Any suggestions? It goes back to the shop Monday!
  • ranchranch Posts: 3
    On 20% grades on dirt roads the Compass will loose all power , and not rev up. If you shift the automatic transmission into neutral and then back into lo gear the vehicle regaines its power. In a 1.6 mile drive this can happen as many as 5 times. Has anybody else experienced this problem. the dealership has no idea. Please respond if you can help.Thank you.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    ranch: welcome to the Compass forum. We live on a steep dirt and gravel road. We are on atleast a 30 to 35% grade, and we have never had that far. We have 7.500 miles on our Compass and it is the 4x4. Maybe there is a fuel pump problem? How many miles have you on your Compass?
    These Compass's have a good record so far, so maybe your dealer is not to sharp? Any other information would be helpful and might just jog someones idea bank.

  • Howdy! I've got a little over 21k miles and never experienced a power loss on a steep climb >20 deg. (and I've been on several, some at elevations higher than 10k feet) If I had to guess it might be a transmission fluid level problem??? If low, maybe it runs out and by shifting from D to N and back allows the level to "re-prime" and then runs out again after a little bumping along. I think the trans is sealed (we owners can't easily check the level)It is just a guess, so take it with a grain of salt. By the way, the L gear is a pseudo-gear. All it really does it set the RPMs higher for any given speed (since this is a continuously variable trans, it really doesn't have set/defined gears). You can see this by shifting to L at any speed. If your RPMs were about 2500, at any given speed, it should jump to a little over 4000. It will do this at 25 MPH or 60 MPH. It is primarily to keep the engine in the power band while climbing (keeps it from possible lugging) or to provide engine braking on a downhill segment.

    My only complaint, thus far, is an odd vibration from the engine in the 2200 to 2500 RPM range. You can feel it in the seat of your pants. It matters not if you're driving or sitting in park. When you raise the RPMs, either sitting in neutral or under gentle acceleration, it shakes from 2200 until about 2500 RPM. Under heavy acceleration it passes the revs up pretty quickly and you don't notice. I still plan on having the dealer check it out before warranty expiration. Performace is fine, just a little shake that I suppose might be a throttle position sensor or a computer tweak that might be needed. I am curious if anyone else has experienced this phenomena.

    I hope you hold the dealer's feet to the fire on this. Loss of power can be a rather hazardous situation. Maybe a trip to the hills with a dealer rep onboard would convince them?

    Keep us posted! Good luck!
  • ranchranch Posts: 3
    The compass has almost 5,000 miles, but has had the problem since it was brand new. The dealer is going to give me an on board scanner that will record the problem. Hopefully they will be able to figure it out. If they can't figure out the problem after that. They said that they would have the vehicle buy back process. Other than this problem the compass has been a very good vehicle. Thank you for your response. It's helpful to know that not every compass does this.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    ranch: The 2.4 engine is no award winner, and the initial flooring response is more of what I would expect from a 1.8 l Caliber. This world engine needs refinement, in fuel mileage, and power. I would expect with the "PILOT" (on board scanner) this will find an answer to your problem.
    The MOPAR magazine had a three page article on the World Engine and this engine is a seriously complicated engine. There are two thermostats and it goes more complecated from that. This is not an engine to do some work on yourself, except oil changes.
    I would guess that unless Chrysler gets some more real world horse power and better fuel mileage, this won't be one of Chrysler's better ideas. I personally hope this engine lasts as good as our 1996 Dodge Neon 2.L engine with 195,000 miles and still runs good.

  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    What's interesting is the difference between the consortium "World Engine" 2.4L DOHC, and the Hyundai-specific 2.4L DOHC, which is different. I have a friend who owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata with the 2.4L DOHC "Theta" engine, and it's smooth as silk at all rev ranges. It is my understanding that DCX made some changes to Hyundai's original 2.4L design in an effort to reduce production costs. However, I don't have a confirmation of this.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    colloquor: The block is the Hyundai design and the top hals is a DCX design, with MB doing the majority of the work from a design they already had. The engine is very smooth when you drive it reasonably. Put punch it the enging sure sounds like you just unleashed a huge engine.
    The 2.4 has plenty of get up and go at speeds above 40 mph, but low speed take off is much to be desired, fuel mpg is nothing to brag about, but taking 3,200 pounds around all the time is no small chore for the 2.4 either.
    I have no idea if the same exact engine is put any other vehicle except Chrysler vehicles or not.

  • jl49jl49 Posts: 33
    I bought a Compass a month ago and I like it, but my only complaint is the gas mileage. I'm getting around 14 to 15 mpg's which is not the 23 to 26 mpg's advertised on the window sticker. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    jl49: We bought a Compass on April 3, 07. the average mpg was 22. We did get one trip that got 24 mpg. that was the one and only time in 10,200 miles. We had the so called 4x4, which is really an AWD. Our experience was less than we expected! The cheap plastic all over inside is not up to other brands standards. The power of the 2.4 engine was gutless!
    We traded it in on a Chrysler Pacifica Touring AWD. We get 24.3 mpg on the highway and 22 around our home area. That's much better than the Compass.
    I think unless Jeep makes some drastic improvements real fast the Compass is short lived at best.
    I think the fuel mpg you are getting should be better, but don't you will see the 26 that the Jeep sticker says.

  • I no longer have my compass. I traded it in for a 4x4 Chevy
    TrailBlazer. The dealer in a round about way told me that the variable drive transmittion will not work at low speeds on steep dirt roads. The vehicle we have now does the job just fine.
  • Hopefully you've gotten the odor fixed by now, but I had the same problem in my 2007 Compass, which is now 8 months old with 4k miles. Just like you, I had a strong musty and moldy smell coming from somewhere inside the car. I took it to the dealership this week and they found a hole in the underbody of the car, which allowed the tires to spray water up into a foam lining that is supposed to absorb the noise of the car. Because the hole was only a few inches big, the foam could never dry out, and it made the smell permanent. This week, they patched the hole and ordered replacement foam. In the meantime, they also used an awful-smelling chemical cleaner, which in my opinion was worse than the moldy odor. Somebody needs to tell these dealerships that two wrongs don't make a right! In any case, I think this will solve my odor problem.
  • I've owned a '07 Compass for a month now and haven't encountered any of the issues others have. I opted for the fwd manual to get better fuel economy ( My pickup is for offroading), and the 3 or 4 tanks I've burned have netted me upper 20's. The cost savings in diesel each month is making the payments for me. Going from a crew cab to this was a little scary at first, but not running over drive through curbs is great! Overall not a bad little matchbox car. If anything changes I'll post it.
  • Hi I have had my new care 2 weeks, and already have a water issue. While cleaning the inside i found that the passenger floor in the front and back were soaked. I figure about 2 4liters jugs of water at least. I took it to the shop, they vacuumed what they could and told me to let it dry out. I was told that the vent(under the hood) was full of leaves,leaving no where else for the eater to run except inside the car. I took the car into a heated shop left the doors open with fans going all night. In the morning while checking it out, I pushed on the carpet and water came out from the bottom of the car. I took it back again and demanded they lift the carpet and dry the underlay completely. I got a message on the phone that the car will not be ready on Tuesday as it will take till atleast Thursday .With owning for 2 weeks i already don't want the head ache, want out of the purchase agreement but how?
  • Have had my 07 Compass since June/07 and have had to take it to to the dealer once already for a kinked sunroof drain tube that caused a bunch of water to flow in from the map lights. They fixed it.. Now we're in Jan/08 and am moving my vehicle into the driveway and hear water sloshing around somewhere inside it. Next day, see more water coming in from the map lights. Since I live in NJ and it's cold out there, my windows are now frosting over on the inside, most likely from the water/condensation inside!!! Have another appointment with the dealer's 'water specialist' this coming week. Anyone else having this issue? Seriously thinking about trading it in for a 2008 Liberty. Anyone have any comments about whether or not that's a good idea? thx, johnnyac
  • vievavieva Posts: 1
    I am leasing a 2007 Jeep Compass and am experiencing a "Floating" feeling when driving the car above 40 mph. I have taken it to the dealership and the suspension & tires have been examined and nothing was wrong. I was advised this is a common complaint on the Compass and Patriot vehicles. I am taking it to a different dealership for a second opinion. Is anyone experiencing these same problems? The vehicle has 12,000 miles.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    If I am any example of how I liked the Compass then take note. We got a 2007 Compass on April 4, 2007. We got rid of it on Aug.31, 2007. We had 10,000 miles on it.
    Fuel mileage was 20 to 23 once in a while it hit 24, but only rarely. The gutless 2.4 engine was a joke, floo rit from a dead stop and the engine made lots of noise, but was pathetic in power and take off! When driving when I took my foot off the gas the car seemed like the brakes were on, very little coasting. The CVT was pure cheap crap! The engine and CVT were constantly going up and down. The plastic insides looked like old WalMart bags recycled and stamped forged into cheap bad fit and finish parts for the insides. The arm rests were as comfortable as a rock mounted to the door.
    And YES the ride of the Compass was simular to boat on water!
    Chrysler just announced that the Compass, Patriot and the Caliber are being refreshed ASAP because of "cheap interior materials" and they are lowering the price of all three! That sure makes me and others who bought one of the lesser quality, more expensive Compass buyers happy!
    Oh we traded the Compass in on a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Touring, that gets 21 to 24 mpg and with the 4.l engine and the 6 speed auto is the nicest vehicle we have ever had. The Compass was a huge mistake by me, and by Chrysler! The Compass is in no way a Jeep it is a cheap expensive semi Jeep in name only!

  • I used to own a VW New Beetle - LOVED it!! Awesome in the snow - Got a Compass and really like it (no real snow yet) Not quite as good gas mileage but have had a standard transmission for both so better than most 31 for VW and about 26 for Compass. However, last week I parked the Compass and returned to my driveway and did not see my Compass - it was 30-50 ft from where I left it!!!! Very scary - in gear and parking break on. Read the instruction manual and they indicate Reverse with parking break (worse than 2nd gear) so I am headed back to the dealer. Has anyone experienced problems like this? :cry:
  • I had a slight roll situation last month while I was in it. It was my own fault though. I wasn't used to parking on inclines and when I got ready to get out I felt it moving a little. I just set the brake harder and it was fine. I now have almost 8,000 miles on it in just 3 months and haven't had any problems whatsoever. I use it as a parts runner and am in and out of it all day long. True it has some flaws but I think mostly it's just being unfairly compared to higher end vehicles. For 16 grand you really shouldn't expect it to stack up against more expensive suv's. I'm glad I have the manual trans. because I do agree that the auto is anemic at best.
  • I just bought a 2008 Jeep Compas 3 wks ago. I just had it in the dealer today for the exact same problem. The dealer said it was a "design" flaw and I should contact Chrysler. They couldn't get it to leak so I drove him and it just poured out.I drove it back to the dealer and they have it right now. I am very annoyed about it and it appears this is a problem with the vehicle.
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