I just lost a big Patriot fan...
My mom recently passed away suddenly while out walking her dog. She was almost 74.Thought I'd share a bit if it's OK.
When I brought the new Jeep home back in 2010 she took an immediate liking to it. The colour, the height, the boxy shape and all the amenities inside. It was a marked departure from her old hatchback that she drove.
We did a lot of trips together, the big one was to go way out to the tree farm every year and cut our Xmas trees down and place them on the Jeep's roof racks. Me, my wife and son, my mom and our 2 large dogs jammed in the back. The Jeep would be an utter mess after that, smelling of campfire smoke and wet dog, fur and paw prints everywhere.
Up until last year, when she started losing her sight, I would lend it to her for the weekend or longer so she could go visit friends that lived out of town since her old Focus wasn't that trustworthy and she hated taking public transport.
She would always comment on the heated seats and how good the stereo sounded, (she really cranked it up to play Stones and Beatles) , that she liked being higher up and her dog could lay down in the back when the seats were folded down. She felt very confident driving it, especially in the winter with the Blizzaks on.
She loved to drive, she felt "free" she would tell me. I think one of the reasons I'm so anal about maintenance and repairs is because I always felt it had to be in absolutely top shape for my moms safety and comfort when she needed to drive it.
After she lost her license, I would pick her up at her place and take her on errands, sometimes in winter storms since it never bothered me to drive in those conditions. Dog behind her as always, heated seat on for her back, Rolling Stones turned up.
The day before she passed, we went to Costco to shop and get lunch, hotdog and a pop. She didn't buy anything else, just wanted to come along for the ride.
I just transferred ownership of the Patriot to my son. He needs to get to university and a part-time job but public transit isn't working logistically. I gave him a choice of 2 vehicles, the Jeep or the german sedan and he wanted the Jeep. He likes the same aspects of it as my mom did. No cranked up Rolling Stones though, some clown named The Weeknd...