2008 Jeep Compass
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Great little crossover

by from Shorewood Illinois on December 18, 2009

After 28k miles, only oil changes and normal services done. No repairs, adjustments, recalls, or anything. It is safe, solid, comfortable, gets great mileage, and is VERY practical. And who else give...
After 28k miles, only oil changes and normal services done. No repairs, adjustments, recalls, or anything. It is safe, solid, comfortable, gets great mileage, and is VERY practical. And who else gives you a LIFETIME bumper to bumper warranty? I took it on a 3 week 4k mile trip and loved the ergonomics. Plastic interior surfaces, of course, for only $15k.
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Can't Wait to Dump This One

by from Phoenix, AZ on August 20, 2014

A year ago, I traded my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for a 2008 Jeep Compass when the Cherokee needed a major transmission overhaul following an intense drive up Highway 1 with my daughters. I was ...
A year ago, I traded my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for a 2008 Jeep Compass when the Cherokee needed a major transmission overhaul following an intense drive up Highway 1 with my daughters. I was trying to be a practical, environmentally-friendly mom by trading in my old 4x4 for suitable in-city truck. I couldn't be more disappointed and I'm stuck with this half-pint. I had no idea I was so spoiled by my Cherokee until I felt the sting of embarrassment and inferiority this summer as my girls traveled through Colorado on our annual summer trip. We listened to the Compass's engine whine and whir all the way from Durango to Ouray. The sound was only made bearable by turning the radio up really loud. The ultimate insult occurred when we were passed by a tour bus on one incline and then by a Prius on another. We weren't even towing anything! Ugh. We will be "trading up" before next summer. We have an entire continent to explore.
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best deal

by from Ohio on June 4, 2010

Great deal on a good car - 4 wheel ABS, side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, 30 mpg and room to haul my Labradors. Plus, 8.5" of ground clearance for the backroads. Everything I ...
Great deal on a good car - 4 wheel ABS, side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, 30 mpg and room to haul my Labradors. Plus, 8.5" of ground clearance for the backroads. Everything I wanted!
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Love The COMPASS !

by from Dallas, Texas on June 18, 2008

It's Been wonderful and very peppy and can haul plants for the garden if I need to ! Absolutley Was A great choice for us having come from driving trucks is feels like a very large vehicle ! so it ha...
It's Been wonderful and very peppy and can haul plants for the garden if I need to ! Absolutley Was A great choice for us having come from driving trucks is feels like a very large vehicle ! so it has been an easy transition !
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Lawrence, KS on September 14, 2011

Have had this car for 3 years and the only problem I have had was a bad battery in the third month. It is getting between 28 and 30 mpg in town and does everything I wanted it to do.
Have had this car for 3 years and the only problem I have had was a bad battery in the third month. It is getting between 28 and 30 mpg in town and does everything I wanted it to do.
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I don't own the CVT

by from Texas on November 8, 2007

I have the 5spd version and frankly, for the money, it has been a really good vehicle. Acceleration is good, gas mileage is good(About 24 all around). All in all I have the base with 25E package. I ha...
I have the 5spd version and frankly, for the money, it has been a really good vehicle. Acceleration is good, gas mileage is good(About 24 all around). All in all I have the base with 25E package. I have about 6K on it now in 2 months and it has been just great. I drove the CVT version, it is like night and day compared to my 5spd. It's noisy, it does not accelerate as well and frankly if you put your foot in it, it sounds like the pistons are gonna swap holes. The engine torque curve starts about 2K and runs up to about 5500, the CVT with your foot in it runs at 6K and just seems to be set up wrong....Did not like the CVT at all....The 5spd is a pretty nice car, would suggest that you have the seat height adjuster for the drivers seat. I'm 6'5" and with that it is very comfortable, without it, my head is above the top of the windshield. It's a cheap option, but very handy for tall folks...Other than that, the 25E package(Not 25D) is all I needed with the 17" wheels(I found the 18" wheel and tire package to be too noisy above 40MPH.) Later...
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Lasts for a while

by from San Diego on July 1, 2015

4 cyl base model, 5 speed manual. bought this truck in 2011 after our wedding. We have kept up with oil changes and I do an oil and gas treatment once or twice a year. this vehicle was very reliable u...
4 cyl base model, 5 speed manual. bought this truck in 2011 after our wedding. We have kept up with oil changes and I do an oil and gas treatment once or twice a year. this vehicle was very reliable up until the 88,000 miles. almost on the dot of 88k the transmission went pdsafojfs. the vehicle no longer stays in gear unless you hold the shifter in position. I did research on many car websites and found this to be a commonality in the 2008 model of this vehicle. This will be the cause of us getting rid of it; however, up until now it was very reliable. If you buy this plan on offing it before 80k. DO NOT BUY 80k+ miles.
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Does not recommend this car

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A true American Value

by from Minneapois, MN on February 26, 2009

I was drawn to my first SUV and Jeep by a newspaper add last November offering an incredible value for a new 2008 Compass. I also was impressed with standard safety features, warranty and the chance t...
I was drawn to my first SUV and Jeep by a newspaper add last November offering an incredible value for a new 2008 Compass. I also was impressed with standard safety features, warranty and the chance to teach my 20 year old how to drive a stick. The 5-speed has been a joy to drive, even for my son and handles well in the MN snow even without 4-wheel drive. The styling is very unique with the face of a Jeep and the rear of a BMW SUV-a fun and practical auto!
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" Family man "

by from South Texas on September 20, 2008

I wanted economy & safety; I got that plus style, comfort & performance that is excellent for a small 4 cylinder.
I wanted economy & safety; I got that plus style, comfort & performance that is excellent for a small 4 cylinder.
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Had it for two weeks now 20mpg/GPS/bluetooth

by from Rockford, MI on October 18, 2007

I have the 2008 Limited 4 x 4 with automatic and every option except the side airbags. I traded in a Ford Explorer due to gas mileage issues. The truck is VERY quiet and comfortable to ride in especia...
I have the 2008 Limited 4 x 4 with automatic and every option except the side airbags. I traded in a Ford Explorer due to gas mileage issues. The truck is VERY quiet and comfortable to ride in especially on the highway. When you press on the gas it acts like it wants to give it it's all, but has no acceleration to it. I used the manual shifter and that seems to make it get about 1 mile better to the gallon, when it's in automatic it don't want to shift unless you are really taking it easy and wants to hit 5 rpm every shift. It states 21-24mpg but I get TOPS 21. They should write on the window 20 and that's it. The 4 x 4 is just for looks, only works in low gears then goes into AWD. The GPS is fairly easy to use, but the radio that has the mp3 input and no GPS has a better sound mainly due to it has a 7 band equalizer and a sub control that I was VERY impressed with during a test drive, when I got my order with the GPS it has a basic bass mid high and no sub level and when you turn it up it lowers the bass. The seating is very comfortable leather and if you want to take a nap the seats almost lay flat going backwards! The lifetime warranty and the cheap 5 year basic extended warranty are two things I loved about this vehicle. The coolest thing about this truck is the blue tooth phone port. I found out by accident that after you set your phone up to it, if you keep your blue tooth on when you start the truck the radio will takeover your call and go hands free with no effort, then when you shut the truck off it goes back to the phone. People on the other end can hear you very clearly even when people are talking from the back seat!! Great safety feature!
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