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Just wanted to say hello to the community.

Just got this 2011 Patriot,

So far I have done some simple minor mechanical work oil change checked the motor had a leak but it was due to seals being dry and cracked from sitting replaced with ease.

Ceramic brakes, rejuvenated the plastic trim, installed remote start, installed dash cam and rear view camera, got some nice 16 inch rims, installed the weather techs, and most recently did a wax on the paint.

As a whole the inside is extremely clean no wear, cracks, or tears in the interior. The body has one spot of rust on the front quarter panel and the front grill is in bad shape which I plan on replacing it with a blacked out one. In the near future before winter I want to get some AT tires which is why I went with a 16 in rims so I have space to put a bigger tire. Not sure what other upgrades might do.... Maybe touch screen radio, roof rack, light bar or bars, a lift maybe. My goal is to have a beast of a snow car that is affordable I am ok with the power this car has. Any tips would be great and appreciated. More to come.
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Welcome! As for advice, I suggest if you have the CVT you should change the tranny fluid and filters (there are two) twice as often as recommended. If you don't know if/when it was last done, make it a priority.
 

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Welcome! As for advice, I suggest if you have the CVT you should change the tranny fluid and filters (there are two) twice as often as recommended. If you don't know if/when it was last done, make it a priority.
My mechanic replaced the fluid when he replaced the gasket so I hope he replaced the filters I will mention it to him next time I take it in.
 

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My mechanic replaced the fluid when he replaced the gasket so I hope he replaced the filters I will mention it to him next time I take it in.
Getting the gasket fixed was a good idea. That may be part of the CVT problem. My dealer changed my gasket once under warranty. When my tranny failed several years later my dealer told me it was low on fluid then, too.
 

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Getting the gasket fixed was a good idea. That may be part of the CVT problem. My dealer changed my gasket once under warranty. When my tranny failed several years later my dealer told me it was low on fluid then, too.
Yeah in the past I have has automatic transmissions that start to fail and I know when a trans is having issues this one seems good and mechanic told me it was in good shape what I am worried about is a small ticking/knocking when engine is cold not sure what that could be other than that car runs good.
 

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Yeah in the past I have has automatic transmissions that start to fail and I know when a trans is having issues this one seems good and mechanic told me it was in good shape what I am worried about is a small ticking/knocking when engine is cold not sure what that could be other than that car runs good.
Obviously I can't hear your noise but the valves in these engines tend to be a little noisy, especially when they first start. All around, these engines seem pretty good. There are very few reports on here of blown engines, or even oil consumption or swallowing valves.

The biggest problem we're seeing presently is rusted frames. Most are solid, but a small minority have had premature failure. FCA has voluntarily extended the warranty on the frame to 10 years for the original owner.
 

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Obviously I can't hear your noise but the valves in these engines tend to be a little noisy, especially when they first start. All around, these engines seem pretty good. There are very few reports on here of blown engines, or even oil consumption or swallowing valves.

The biggest problem we're seeing presently is rusted frames. Most are solid, but a small minority have had premature failure. FCA has voluntarily extended the warranty on the frame to 10 years for the original owner.
Yeah I actually had a bmw x5 for years with noisy lifters never had an issue but it rusted to the point I decided to get rid of it this jeeps body is very clean only has rust in the front quarter panel and I am already looking into replacing that and replacing the front grill for a black one and getting halo lights and so many other mods
 
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