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Jeep Patriot Maintenance and Repair

deercroftdeercroft Posts: 1
Just wondering if anyone knows of custom fuel tank (BIGGER) that I can get for my Patriot. Love the vehicle otherwise but needs more range--a true off-road vehicle will consume lots of fuel when doing 4X4ing. My old Jeep Cherokee could do 550-600 km when doing a mix of hwy and 4X4ing. The Patriot will only do 300-350 km under such conditions--barely acceptable. I regularly find myself in remote areas with no gas station in sight! Even 10 l (2.5 US gal) bigger would help.


  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Here's the spot to talk about keeping your Patriot humming along.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    I would like to hear from someone who has bought one. We are ready to buy one, but want to get as much information before we sing on the line.

  • I tried getting one for a song also, but they wanted $$$.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    The Patriot is less expensive than the Compass. I found out why for the same items like 26e package on the Patriot is $1450. to $1050. the compass it $1650 to $1850. depending onthe date the vehicle was made. The reason it the Patriot is the entry vehicle for Jeep. But they both have the same interior, but a few more up grades. I like the Patriot and my wife likes the Compass. The Compass is slightly more aerodynamic and the Patriot has a blunt front end and a windshield that is more vertical. I think we are just about ready to make a choice, as DCX is in a buy back with us on our Liberty CRD. So soon we will have to make a choice. We will proberly choose the Compass because I screwed up getting this CRD lemon, need to redeem myself.

  • jreed4jreed4 Posts: 1
    There is no forum for Prices Paid and Lease Questions yet. Wanting to lease a 2007 Patriot Sport 4x4 but not sure if there are any incentives right now or wait till July 4 - maybe some specials then. Anyone have any suggestions. Thanks!
  • Go to and look at special offers for your area. In my area (NJ) the special on the Pat Sport 4X4 is $239, $1999 down for 39.

    All in all Jeep isnt offering much in the way of incentives with the Patriot because it's a pretty good seller for them and most places don't have a ton in stock (compared to the GC anyway...)

    Your best bet is to head to a dealer this weekend and try to work something out. It's the end of the month so you can get a good deal, plus the '08 should be out around August, so they should be more willing to move the '07s at this point.
  • I recently was 4x4-ing with my "now-not-so brand new" '07 Patriot with Freedom Drive II. Yes, with only 1,638 miles on it, it is in the shop for some front-end repair. :sick: Going about 10 MPH, we dove straight into a 4' deep by 6' wide ravine. After pulling it out, we took a look at the damage. The driver's side front corner was the only area affected, cracking the plastic bumper covers, slightly tweaking the fender, and putting a small crimp in the 7 slot grill front. There were a few more things inside the engine compartment that will need repair, but absolutely no damage to any engine components. Total estimate: $1,277. I know it'll end up being more, which I will post once I pick it up. All I can say is that without the EXCELLENT skid plate system on the front end, I probably wouldn't have been able to drive it home.
  • Picked it up at the shop after the repairs were all done. A nice bill totaling $2,387 was waiting for me when I went to get the keys. That's almost double my estimate! OUCH! :cry: It's amazing how a small impact like that can cost so much... Anyway, if you plan on actually using your brand new Jeep off of the pavement, I'd recommend a nice brush guard and any other items that will protect the oh-so-expensive body of your vehicle.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I'm considering a new Patriot, but one of the items I'd like to have is the Trailer Tow Group, which includes an engine oil cooler. I'm having a hard time finding a vehicle with this package plus the other items I'm interested in, so I'm wondering if anyone knows how easy it might be to add an engine oil cooler, either by the dealer or self-installed?
  • Does anyone out there know if you can buy door trim for the 08 Patriots? I want to protect the doors from dings. Also interested in any other accessories that are available. Really like my new Patriot. :D
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I've only had mine for a little over a day thus far, so can't offer too many specifics on accessories. Other than I've done a little looking around at and You may have also found, which seems to be a good source of info.

    Somewhere in my surfing around this morning I'd run across a Mopar coupon for something like $25 off a purchase of $200 or more, but now I can't seem to find it. I need a good set of floor mats, a receiver hitch, and maybe a set of molded splash guards..pretty sure most of my Christmas gifts this year are going to be Jeep-themed!! :)
  • I bought a 2007 Jeep Patriot North Ed. (only available in Canada). When I open a rear door window (or both) I experience a severe vibration that sounds like I am driving on rumble strips.
    It is bad enough to cause hearing problems for anyone who is sitting in the back seats.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem?

    Please contact me and I will explain further.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Off-hand, it sounds like good old helicopter noise:

    tidester, "Volvo XC90 SUV" #930, 3 Jan 2003 9:19 pm
  • I've experienced this in Hondas . When you crack open a rear window your ears are sensing pressure waves from the incoming air, and feel like they're about to pop. Crack open a front window and it stops. I guess it happens in cars that are well sealed??
  • What speed do you experience the vibration? How bad is it? Does it happen when both rear windows are open? What did your Dealer say.? Chrylser Canada calls it wind buffetting. Last Wednesday was a very windy day and the wind was strong enough to cause my Patriot to shift position in my lane. This is wind buffeting! The day before was a nice calm day and my vibration begin at speeds around 40 kph.

    Do you live in the GTA? We could go for a ride in each others vehicle to experience the problem. :lemon:
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    Have this same issue with my 05 Vibe. Found that certain types of road surfaces also contribute to it.
  • mrjakemrjake Posts: 27
    I just bought my '08 Patriot 4WD, but did not get the wheel and tire package as I am going to shop for some 17" after-market wheels. I want to match the size of the factory 17" wheels to avoid any problems, and know that I need 17"x 6.5", but does anyone know the offset measurement of the factory 17' wheels? or where I can find out more info. Also, if anyone has found some good after-market wheels for their Patriot, let me know.
  • That is normal on ALL SUV's
    You also need to open the front door window
  • jp2008jp2008 Posts: 1
    Less than 10,000 km, front pads replace under warranty. I am
    Licenced Interprovincial Mechanic, Class 1 DL, am the only driver,
    do not ride the brakes, standard transmission, FWD only, dealer advised
    nothing wrong. Anyone had the front pads checked or replaced
    with very low KM?????? Please advise . Thank you.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I turned over 4,444 miles today and haven't had any brake issues thus far...haven't noticed any postings about brake problems on other Patriot-related forums, so not aware of there being any issues with the brakes. Since the Patriot is FWD and most of the weight is on the front wheels, I know the front discs do most of the work...could be there might be a problem with your rear brakes not working properly, which is forcing the fronts to do ALL the work, and wearing prematurely.
  • aaron_taaron_t Posts: 301
    I thought I found the OEM/Mopar engien oil cooler was only like $50 plus labor.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    I haven't been able to find one that cheap. Prices I've seen have been closer to $150 plus labor, which involves replacing the radiator hoses. If I could find a new one for $50 I'd probably jump on it.
  • aaron_taaron_t Posts: 301
    Hmm, further research suggests the engine oil cooler kit is $132. Here is a detailed DIY install of it along with other stuff. Here is soemone looking to jus tadd the oil cooler. Note, part number is 1 digit different than first link. I don't know if it's manual vs. CVT.
  • swt2swt2 Posts: 1
    Off-road Capabilities of 5 speed 4X4:
    Compared to a Wrnglr(a 10) and a TrlRtd, off-road CVTL Pat(a ?), how does a 5 spd 4X4(5X4X4) Pat measure up(a ?).

    Does the 5X4X4 have the same drive wheel distribution system as the TrlRtd Pat where the wheel on the ground always gets the power?

    What is the Frdm Drv 1(5X4X4) first gear ratio X final drive ratio on the ground ratio? How low is 5X4X4 low? Compared to the CVTLX4X4 low? I figure <15:1 compared to 19:1. What is possible w/that ratio?

    Is there an advantage to using a CVT4X4 vrs a 5X4X4 in off-road conditions?

    Does anybody have any off-road experience w/ a 5X4X4 or a CVT4X4?

    Thanks, SWT
  • dastilesdastiles Posts: 6
    I just drove my 2009 Pat home from the dealer and had my wife start the engine when she got behind the wheel. The engine died and would not start or turn over. When it started it would quickly die. Then it would not turn over. I left it for 5 minutes came back out and it started fine. This is some voodoo crap on a car with just 19 miles! Is there some on the engine that keeps it from starting? I checked that it was in parks and even pressed the brake pedal down. I'm bummed out here! Any squak about engine starting problems I should be aware of? Thanks all.
  • I've never owned a Jeep before and will never buy another ONE.
    Between 60mph-70mph on a 5 speed manual transmission
    my vehicle emits a high pitch noise that takes me back to my youth A friend of mine had a few mice for pets he built this elaborate maze of cages and in the middle was this giant wheel were the mices could run 360 degrees in the wheel {THATS THE SOUND} OF COURSE JEEP IS AWARE ABOUT THE PROBLEM
    and eventually a fix will be in the works {tell me another story
    easter bunny i sure miss those tales}AND for comfort ,they said hey at least you got 100,000 mile warranty
    Wow wow wow eagerly waiting to buy my next vehicle from some other I DONT CARE car company
  • dastilesdastiles Posts: 6
    Turns out I was using the black non-security key. Perusing the users manual correct that noob mistake.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Well that never would have occurred to me. Thanks for the update!
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    Why would you get a key that didn't start the car? Isn't that a bit counterproductive. :sick:
  • kreuzerkreuzer Posts: 127
    really feel about them? I mean, all I read from the reviews (edmunds, consumer reports, etc.) is that they really trail behind the likes of honda, toyota, and others. How does the engine and transmission work together -- enough power for a full load or lacking? Interior/exterior quality? any warranty issues with Chrysler and does the lifetime power train/transmission warranty still exists and will it now since the bankruptcy? Just would like some honest opinions.
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