2009 Jeep Patriot
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Many well known defects

by from on October 30, 2011

I purchased my 2009 limited 4x4 fd1 brand new in 09. I always liked the exterior design as it reminded me of the old cherokee sports and when chrysler went bk in 09 i took advantage and got $7500 off....
I purchased my 2009 limited 4x4 fd1 brand new in 09. I always liked the exterior design as it reminded me of the old cherokee sports and when chrysler went bk in 09 i took advantage and got $7500 off. Too many well known problems on this vehicle though. Three water leaks (front and rear dome light leaks, front passenger floor leak). These leaks are well known by chrysler and most patriot owners, yet chrysler corporate and dealerships deny knowing the problems. Other problems include 6cd changer broke twice (apparently they can't play mp3 rewritable discs?? Are you kidding me, it's a 2009 vehicle, not a 1989), Horrible smell in the heater that the dealer explained is common but not fixable, ball joints totally shot at 35900 miles (thank God for the warranty)! The gas tank is way too small, only 13.5 gallons. The gas mileage is ok, but you feel like you're filling up all the time. Also had a tire monitor prssure button break. I do actually like the cvt transmission and i like the way it rides when healthy, but way too many trips to the dealership for a brand new vehicle.
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Inexpensive SUV and safe

by from Chicago on April 26, 2010

I bought this last June for 15,000 and low APR. Unlimited warranty on engine and powertrain. The only issue is the noisy engine when accelerating. Once you are up to speed it is fine and does well on ...
I bought this last June for 15,000 and low APR. Unlimited warranty on engine and powertrain. The only issue is the noisy engine when accelerating. Once you are up to speed it is fine and does well on the highway even with the 2.0 liter engine. I had been worried about taking it on a highway trip but I drove 400 miles passing easily at 80 mph. I really like it because of its safety features and because of how well it handle in the snow- almost as good as my all wheel drive Subaru. It only has FWD.
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Love this vehicle

by from St Cloud, FL on December 22, 2008

For the money, this is the best compact SUV out there. I purchased my 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport for less than $18K. What I got was classic Jeep styling, a roomy and comfortable interior, great performan...
For the money, this is the best compact SUV out there. I purchased my 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport for less than $18K. What I got was classic Jeep styling, a roomy and comfortable interior, great performance and great gas mileage. I love this vehicle and am very satisfied. i have always owned Japanese cars but have always wanted a Jeep. I'm glad I bought one.
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Awesome

by from Bris-vegas, Australia on September 13, 2008

This vehicle is awesome..... I'm in Oz and have the LTD version but unfortunately not the freedom 2 option (not availble here) on it. I cannot fault this vehcile in any possible way other than the cup...
This vehicle is awesome..... I'm in Oz and have the LTD version but unfortunately not the freedom 2 option (not availble here) on it. I cannot fault this vehcile in any possible way other than the cup holder position in the back. They are at leg level on the back of the centre console which really only makes comfortable seating for 4 adults and a kid in the middle. Sure it doesn't eat mud and climb the wrong side of a mountain bit if that's what you want to do then buy a vehicle that does advertise this capability! I can personally vouch for the safety of the vehicle as I was hit buy another car when I was stationary at a train crossing. The other cars folded up against my patriot and I only had cosmetic damage! What can I say, if you do you your research like I did, there IS no better option in the class as all the rest have problems with them or there space negate the reason to get a SUV/crossover!
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Just testdrive one!

by from Grand Rapids, MI on October 17, 2009

If you’re looking for a small high mileage SUV you really should test drive a Jeep. I was having a tough time deciding between a Ford Escape, Toyota Rav4 and Honda CRV. A Jeep wasn’t even on the list ...
If you’re looking for a small high mileage SUV you really should test drive a Jeep. I was having a tough time deciding between a Ford Escape, Toyota Rav4 and Honda CRV. A Jeep wasn’t even on the list but I took a test drive on a whim. Bought one last August and really like it, it’s quiet, has a great stereo, consistently gets 24 city/30 hwy and it drives like a Jeep. Best of all I could get a standard transmission without buying a stripped down model. Can’t wait to see how those 17” wheels do in the snow this winter!
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Limited

by from Pennsylvania on February 11, 2010

Purchased new. Very good in the snow and all weather conditions. The upgraded interior in the 09 models are nicely done. Love the sun and sound options. Leather seats look great and are very comfortab...
Purchased new. Very good in the snow and all weather conditions. The upgraded interior in the 09 models are nicely done. Love the sun and sound options. Leather seats look great and are very comfortable. The acceleration if fine for a 4 cyl. If you are coming from a heavy 6 cyl or v-8, the cvt transission will disappoint. If you are used to a 4 cyl it will feel fine.
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Pretty Giid so far... Minus One thing

by from San Jose, CA on April 16, 2012

Great on gas, great design... the only thing was the dome light began to leak water under heavy rain. The "drain rails" in the sunroof got clogged and for $150.00 Jeep will fix it. Only terrible thing...
Great on gas, great design... the only thing was the dome light began to leak water under heavy rain. The "drain rails" in the sunroof got clogged and for $150.00 Jeep will fix it. Only terrible thing do far, I'm at 69,000 miles.. so we will see.
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Great Vehicle for The Money

by from Minnesota on January 12, 2015

I have the 2009 with the limited trim, and overall I have been very pleased with this vehicle. I was able to get it with the 5 speed manual transmission, which I found to be much more responsive verse...
I have the 2009 with the limited trim, and overall I have been very pleased with this vehicle. I was able to get it with the 5 speed manual transmission, which I found to be much more responsive verses the CVT demo I drove. Mileage with the manual is around 30 on the highway even with the 4WD drive line. I see lots of problems reported out there with leaky sunroofs, and fortunately I do not have a sunroof so this is a non issue. The heated leather seats are very comfortable, handling is adequate, although not spectacular, but the best part is the 4WD literally goes through any snow covered roads with extreme ease. Considering the price I paid - with heated leather, 4WD, decent cargo space, and overall no issues, I can't complain one bit after 4 years of use. Great value overall.
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Very disappointed

by from Miami FL on December 17, 2008

I ourchased a 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport and after just three days, the engine stalled out on me while idling at a traffic light. This happened again several more times and I'm only at 750 miles. The dea...
I ourchased a 2009 Jeep Patriot Sport and after just three days, the engine stalled out on me while idling at a traffic light. This happened again several more times and I'm only at 750 miles. The dealer said it had something to do with a computer chip. It's still not fixed and I'm wondering if there is a problem with the vehicle or I just got a lemon. There are a lot of rattles and annoying noises already with the car, not what I'd expect with less than 1K miles. I love the styling but I have my doubts about mechanical quality at this point
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My Cash for Clunkers Purchase

by from Houston TX on May 4, 2010

I traded my 15 year old pickup in under the "Cash for Clunkers" program. With the program rebate and a Jeep rebate I paid an even $10,000 for this new Jeep. Best deal I have ever made. I got a trade ...
I traded my 15 year old pickup in under the "Cash for Clunkers" program. With the program rebate and a Jeep rebate I paid an even $10,000 for this new Jeep. Best deal I have ever made. I got a trade in offer the other day for more than I paid. I miss power windows but otherwise I am very pleased.
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