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Jeep Patriot

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First Drive: 2007 Jeep Patriot

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  • frostyyfrostyy Posts: 52
    Update on Patriot Production....

    according to a V.P. at Jeep, the patriot production has been delayed due to software problems at the Belvidere plant...

    Production is now scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2006 and Patriots will land on dealer lots in early 2007.
  • frostyyfrostyy Posts: 52
    Update on Patriot Production:

    Production on the Patriot is scheduled to start Dec. 11 and will land on dealer lots, as indicated earlier, in Jan. 2007.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    Have any info on pricing or release dates?

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  • From Chrysler press:

    Patriot production will finally begin on Dec. 20 and at least 10 Patriots will be in dealer showrooms by the end of December....

    Thus, you can finally order a Patriot according to your own specifications from a dealer in late December or wait until January 2007 for more to arrive at dealerships...
  • woo-hoo at least 10 will be in dealerships in Dec. :) Now to wait a couple more months until the rebates hit. Seen any new photos anywhere? Hopefully there will be more info at the Detroit auto show.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    another forum with official release

    Jeep Patriot Sport 4x2 $14,985
    Freedom Drive I™ 4x4 $16,735
    Freedom Drive II™ 4x4 $19,175
    Jeep Patriot Limited 4x2 $19,985
    Freedom Drive I™ 4x4 $21,735
    Freedom Drive II™ 4x4 $23,530
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    On the test website there is a build and price feature for the patriot.

    Jeep test website
  • My local Jeep dealer in Long Island, NY just informed me that the factory will begin taking dealer orders on 1/8/07. They expect to see some Patriots in 6-8 weeks.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    The press event is scheduled for mid-January. Most dealers are expected to get inventory shortly after.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Called the Jeep information line on 01/16.07 and a few dealers are getting the Patriot now. If they drive anything like the Caliber or Compass then this could be a huge mistake by DCX. One main issue is the CVT transmission. I drove the Caliber and that CVT acts like it's not sure what to do when you floor it and hit 60 mph. The blind spots were too many to count. This si not a very good replacement for the Neon, as I see it. We have had 3 Neons and they had more get up and go and they were more aerodynamic. We have a 1996 Neon with 193,000 and it still gets 29 to 32 mpg. I doubt any of these similar vehicles will do that.

    Farout
  • Getting very high lease quotes for Patriot in 21000-24000 range, depending on options, for 36mo. lease. Looks like mid-to upper $400s/mo for sign and drive (no money down, not even taxes). Not acceptable. Apparently there will be no lease incentives from Jeep for awhile. Will have to look at other compact SUVs like CRV. Like the traditional Jeep styling of the Patriot but not the quoted lease prices. Not happy. :mad:
  • Read your article and definitely liked what I saw. I was considering a new Compass, but now I think I will wait until I can find a Patriot.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    We are ready to buy one, and have checked every Jeep dealer within 200 miles of where we live. There are more than 25 Patriots within 150 miles, in all type of selections. I have looked at buying the manual 5 speed (it's in a Limited) and goes for about $21,000. an automatic is about $23,200. I am concerned about the CVT transmission in how it will hold up.
    I also want to know what the safety rating is on the Patroit and Compass. Anyone know?

    Farout
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    You can buy then now, selection is somewhat limited as of now.

    Farout
  • Here are the latest safety ratings for the Patriot:

    http://www.dot.gov/affairs/nhtsa0307.htm

    No frontal crash ratings yet, but it should score simarly to the Compass. You can find safety ratings for all vehicles here:

    http://www.safercar.gov/

    I'm looking forward to test driving a Patriot soon, as it seems like a good fit for my needs -- communiting around Pittsburgh, mostly city driving. Roads get very challenging here in the winter, so 4WD is a high priority for me.

    :) John
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    April Motor Trend has a page or so on the Patriot. They liked it - sortof. Noisy engine, power-sapping CVT were main gripes. Well, besides cheap interior, but whattya want for $15000 these days?

    They pointed out that Chrysler is getting a lot of mileage from the same platform: Jeep COmpass and Patriot, Dodge Caliber and Avenger. The Patriot for many reasons though seems to be the pick of the litter.

    It's almost exactly what I've wanted - close to 30mpg on road and very good off road. And for a reasonable price. Looks a lot like my old '86 cherokee too and I like that.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Are you sure the Avenger is in this group?
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    Just telling you what MT says.
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    Apologies.

    Hold the phone, you are right. I looked at the article again and the Avenger is NOT on the same platform as the Patriot.

    Patriot = Caliber = Compass = (new PT Cruiser soon)

    Avenger = Sebring(which a friend just bought. Waiting for her report)

    SORRY.
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