My Patriot was 'totaled' for corrosion
i had never heard of anything like this. In Feb., I got a letter from Jeep about extended warranty issues with my '08 Patriot. They were concerned about corrosion with the front and rear cross members. the symptoms were shaking in the steering wheel, which I had, so i scheduled it to be looked at by my local Jeep dealer.
The dealer had the car for 2 days before calling me back (this service dept. is the absolute worst at returning calls, but that's another matter) and said that yes indeed, my cross members were indeed corroded as were many other suspension components. The service guy here in San Diego had never seen anything like this, the extent of the corrosion. I informed him that i had only been in Socal for a couple of years and the car and I originated in New Hampshire where salt on the roads is a way of life.
Well, he didn't know what to do so after another week of trying to talk to him on the phone, I went to the dealership. I finally cornered this guy, he said that the Jeep rep had agreed to replace all the corroded components on my car and he was just awaiting parts. I thought that was okay and gave him another week to make things right.
So now it's 3 1/2 weeks he's had my car, finally returns my 8th call and says Jeep has decided to total my car because the cost of repairs is more than the value of the vehicle and a rep will be in contact with me to discuss a buyout/settlement.
I mean this car is an '08 with only 75K on it. Is this reasonable? what kind of offer should I expect? Do I have any leverage? I asked for a printout of the parts list on the repairs but have yet to receive it (surprise, surprise).