Unsponsored Baja racer
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Newaygo County, Michigan
Yes, I've got 95,000 miles on mine, with only damage that's to be expected from what I've done. A couple years ago, the top of a sand dune broke my approach angle. I knew my AC was already shot beforehand and that the condenser had been bashed in on that dune, so I wouldn't have AC until that was fixed(not that I tend to use it anyway...that's what the window crank is for). What I didn't know, due to apparently normal engine temps, was that the radiator and fan assembly were also damaged. A friend of mine is replacing it this week. That was due to my being a bit too adventurous at the sand dunes, not a fault of Patriot design.
Under regular driving, the only thing that I've really had trouble with is the brakes and tires wearing down, but that happens no matter what you buy. Suspension is a weak point on Patriots, but in my case it could be due as much to off-road use as it is to weak Chrysler parts. If the suspension gives you any issues, you can find a replacement for any bad parts from Moog company(best suspension parts many of us know).
Ignatz, on the other hand, has a 2008 that(as I understand) lasted 110,000 miles before the original CVT needed replaced under warranty(not sure how often he changed fluid), and so far has what, another 110,000 on the replacement? Only one or two other issues that he's mentioned, I think.
Sometime last year I happened on a craigslist ad for a 2007 with 300,000 miles on it, down in Florida. Within the last week or so, somebody posted a thread showing a 2008 with, what was it, 368,000?
Basically, if a Patriot has been taken care of, it'll likely take care of you. I think only 5% or so of folks here have reported only problems. Every vehicle model gets a bad batch now and then. Keep up on engine oil changes, tire rotations, trans fluid(CVT works best if you change fluid every 60,000 miles or a little sooner), and all the rest, and it should last you a looong time.
Trekkie, trucker, Jeeper, potential racer. Don't touch my trumpets.
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