The oil doesnt sound too good. Either does the clunking banging sounds.
The oil consumption seems to be improving at last check, but its taken 20,000 miles. That's a heck of a long break-in period and I'm not sure I'm out of the woods yet.
I'm really hoping that the clunking sound is as they say, normal. As I said above, our Wrangler makes a clunking sound when it goes into 4wd low, but usually I'm stopped when I do that, not moving along at even 25MPH. I don't doubt the integrity of the Wrangler's design, but that's because it has decades of reliability behind it, while the Compass is a newbie to the AWD field.
I like the fact is still a suv/suv , maybe not as masculine as the patriot but good enough. Its still lower cost, good look, roomy.
In my case I was considering going back to a car, and the Compass feels more like a car. Although the mechanicals are virtually identical, the Renegade looks tougher than the Compass.
how would you compare price of the compass verses prie of the patriot?
Nothing comes close to the Patriot for affordability. Granted the Compass has a more refined interior, but not everyone is looking for that. I had no problem cramming stuff into the back of my Patriot; the Compass just seems to nice to make a trip to the dump or the lumberyard. Just this week I picked up some wood at the lumberyard and the yardhand declined to put my wood into my Compass. They always loaded it into my Patriot. "I don't want to mess up your interior," he said.
would you say its as good as the patriot off road with all season tires?
Right now I've got my studded snow tires on, so for traction it is what it should be. Yesterday I had my Compass on a very rough road /virtual off-road situation with ice and deep puddles. I had to crawl slowly through it and I still managed to touch bottom at one point. I think my FWD Patriot could have done it since it was level ground, and I doubt it would have touched bottom. I'm not sure how the ground clearance compares, but my guess is that the Patriot has more, especially the later years.
I dont mind the dodge caliber platform on the patriot. what matters to be is will it hold up and have basically everything I want out of am suv/suv.
Im interested in learning more about the 2nd Gen Jeep compass.
Being a new drivetrain, the mechanicals are a crap shoot; I've got my fingers crossed. Jeep has a good reputation, and I trust my dealer to take care of me should I have any weird problems or premature failures. But for all the history I have with Jeep (going back to my '74 Cherokee) the words of my high school band director are still true: "You're only as good as your last performance."