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Well I'm sure this topic has been posted on here before but I figured it was time to start a new one. I guess you can say what you traded in (if you had a trade in) and how you came to buy a Patriot.

I had a 2003 Toyota Highlander at the time I purchased my 2010 Latitude Patriot. I had never bought a brand new vehicle before so I did plenty of searching and test driving. I was looking through the cars that my Insurance agency prefers to get some ideas and I saw the Patriot listed on there. I went out to a couple different dealerships and I test drove a red latitude. I really liked it but I wasn't so thrilled about the color. I have an older brother who bought a red commander so I didn't want the same color. After searching other dealerships around South Carolina. I found a Green Patriot in Fort Mill, SC and I took a weekend trip to go get it. It was the best decision I've made and there isn't one thing about it that I don't like yet.

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Why did I Choose a Patriot

Well, I've had 4x4's as a second vehicle for the past 20 or so years, as my works transport, but I also used it for playing in the mud and snow, loved it! Also had a couple of motor bikes but since my wife and I have retired from work (twelve months ago) we decided it was time for a big decision. We decided to sell the bikes, her car, and see what we could afford to buy with the cash. I desperatley wanted somthing with four wheel drive, but the cash we had mustered up didn't come close to what they were asking for most of them, even second hand models. then one day I was passing a Jeep dealer, only about half a mile from me and spotted a sign in the window saying up to 50 mpg from a Jeep Patriot! Now my wife and I aren't earning any more I thought this warrants further investigation. Took a test drive, wife was happy, and while I relalised it wasn't full on off-roader, it was a good comprimise as now we were to become a one car household. We couldn't afford a brand new one but £14000 bought us an immaculate 4000 miler
(2009) and have had 12 months of enjoyment (and still manage to get it very muddy now and again) Cheers, Muddy Harris
 

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Personally, as a homeowner, I've always needed a pickup truck just so I could haul building materials back from the home improvement store without having to pay for delivery. As I've gotten older, however, I've just run out of projects that need building. After driving my 2005 Dodge Dakota for 6 months without carrying anything in the bed, I realized that I didn't need a truck anymore. And my kid is getting big enough so that the jumpseats in the back just didn't cut it anymore.

Then the questions arose: What do I want to drive now? What kind of image do I want to project now, since I'm not a car-driving kind of guy? I decided that I wanted a 4x4 SUV so I could haul a small camping trailer around if I wanted to. But I didn't want a Honda or a Toyota; I like the Jeep image.

So I went online and gathered all of my information. For the record, I really wanted a Jeep Liberty. I found a reputable site that ranked the top 20 small SUVs in many categories. Believe it or not, the Liberty and Patriot ranked 16th and 17th out of 20. Not very inspiring. But I went to my local dealership anyways, and after looking at both the Liberty and Patriot, I decided on the Patriot and bought it that day. Twenty grand and no interest for 5 years.

I, too, have read the posts from those folks with buyer's remorse that regret their Patriot purchases. Thankfully, I do not fall within that category. I am very happy with my Jeep as it has everything that I was looking for within that price range. For instance, I wasn't looking for a rear-view camera, so I don't miss the fact that I don't have one. I live in the desert, so I don't need heated seats. And so on. Typically, with the exception of the Grand Cherokee, Jeeps have always been spartan in their appearance, so complaining about the lack of amenities in a Jeep verhicle is just silly.

Still, my only real complaint is the lack of aftermarket parts available for us to customize our rides. If that's as bad as it gets, that's still pretty darn good.

I've been meaning to get that out for awhile now. Thanks for reading.
 

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I was also looking into the Liberty and the cost wasn't that much more for a larger vehicle. After test driving the Liberty and the Patriot. I liked the feel of the patriot a lot better. To me the Patriot has the feel of a car with all the benefits of a SUV. The Liberty felt like and drove like a truck. I don't have any remorse at all with my Patriot. I know it's not the most extravagant vehicle but there isn't anything I'd change.
 

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Well, I posted up a big long story about why I bought my 08 once before, but since I have a 2011 now I guess that one deserves a story too.

My 2008 got totaled so I needed a new car. There wasn't ever really a time when I wanted to replace it with anything but another Patriot. I stopped at 2 lots before going to Jeep just for the hell of it. The first one was to look at a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD Limited. The ad said "low mileage", but it turned out that it had about 85,000 on it. No thanks. My second stop was to look at an 09 Grand Cherokee. It was a great lookin truck, but I started noticing some places where thing just didn't seem to match up. I asked the guy for the Carfax, and he gave me just the summary page that says its not salvaged or flooded etc. I noticed that it said there were 35 records found for the car, so I told the guy that we were done talking unless he could show me the full report. Turns out the vehicle was a lease that had been in 3 wrecks in 9 months and then repossesed. I realized right there that I was wasting my time and should have went straight back to Jeep. I pulled up on the lot and the guy who sold me my 08 walked out. He's been great the whole time ive had the 08 and knows me by name even 3 years later
He's the kind of salesguy that will come sit and drink coffee with you and B.S. in the service dept on a Saturday morning. Well, the first words out of his mouth were "Don't worry about that Jeep, we gave more. Glad you're ok!" Well, I took my 2011 home that day!
 

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Traded a 10 year old XJ with 160,000 on it that needed a set of tires and a radiator. I got $8000 off in clunker cash, sales tax deduction on my income tax, saving about $80 a month in fuel and I'm still driving a Jeep 4x4, now with a lifetime powertrain warranty. Best car buying opportunity ever to come along.
 

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Traded a 10 year old XJ with 160,000 on it that needed a set of tires and a radiator. I got $8000 off in clunker cash, sales tax deduction on my income tax, saving about $80 a month in fuel and I'm still driving a Jeep 4x4, now with a lifetime powertrain warranty. Best car buying opportunity ever to come along.
Where is the like button? :D
 

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When the Patriot was fist introduced I really liked the styling and told myself I would buy one someday. At that time I was delivering pizza so it really didn't make sense to buy a nice car to deliver in. After college I started working at a bank. Although I didn't make as much money there (no tips) I had a nice savings built up. I worked at the bank for 6 months and decided I didn't like the management nor the customers with all of their 'issues.':D BUT one of the good things about the bank is they had a discount on new vehicles from several manufacturers. I started looking for other jobs, which is a job in itself nowadays. Anyway I got an accounting job and put my 2 week notice in at the bank.

One night I saw a commercial about a memorial day sale at my local Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealer so I decided to check it out. They only had 2 wheel drive Pats on the lot so I test drove one of those. I wanted a 4x4 one and they happened to be getting a shipment in the next day. We crunched the numbers and everything was set into place - bank discount was 1% below factory invoice, plus $1500 Jeep rebate, plus $1000 off for memorial day sale, plus $2500 for my trade in. In all honesty I probably would have waited (the Malibu had a lot of life left) but I wanted to get the bank discount so I had to pull the trigger before the 2 weeks was up. And I'm glad I did!

Out with the old:


In with the new:
 

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First Car was a 1989 Jeep XJ that I installed a 4.5" Rubicon Express Lift and ran 32" BFG MTs. Love that car to death, and it never seriously let me down.

Second car was a 2002 Land Rover Discovery Kalahari Edition. Worst car ever. 13 MPG premium fuel. Something was ALWAYS broken.

I kept my XJ until about 2.5 years ago when I sold it and bought a boat.

Recently bought the Patriot 4x4.

Main determinants -
1. Gas Mileage
2. Warranty
3. Cargo Space

I love this little car so far.
 

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Patriot caught my attention during the San Francisco auto show back in November of 2007. There weren't that many of them back then so I haven't had a chance to look at one closely. At that point I couldn't afford to take on additional payments as I still had payments on my BMW. In 2008 we leased Mazda 3 Grand Touring hatchback for my wife. It was a nice little car, good on mileage and problem free in 24 months of owning it. However, it became too small for us, two dogs, and a baby on the way. We decided to look for an affordable 4x4 SUV. Guess what was the first thing that came to my mind?! My wife liked Compass where I preferred a boxier Patriot. I told her that she can have BMW if we get a Patriot. The search began. For some reason I couldn't find any 4x4 in our area, only FWD. I started to loose a faith only when one evening I was browsing a local dealer's website when I saw a couple of 4x4 Patriots that just arrived. I called right away. I was looking for a green one and there were very hard to come by. The salesman told me that they had two green Patriots that just arrived. The next day I went to take a look at them. There they were sitting next to each other a Jeep green and an optic green both FDI. I test drove the optic green and fell in love with it ever since.
 

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I have a whole herd of other Jeeps. Big ones. Small ones. Fancy ones & Jeeps that move tons of snow, what I did not have is a Jeep that would get good mileage. Patriot still offers(ed in 08) the bare bones, spartan style of a "real" Jeep. Vinyl seats, manual windows, manual locks, tintless windows & 5 speed, yet it still had the 4x4 stability in icy snowy driving I had to have for my long commuting when gas was $4 a gallon. The Patriot 25D was a real, old school, utility vehicle. I will not be buying a new Jeep until/unless they offer this kind of vehicle again.
 

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I dunno why I bought the Patriot.
Wish I could go back in time now and buy something else.

Nothing wrong with Patriots, I want a V8 though. 4cylinder is too slow for a rev head like me.
 

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well, as a big chrysler mopar fan, I always buy Mopars. I wanted a good look, low mpgs, good value with my money. I love chrysler and I liked the style of this Jeep. I own a Liberty (1st gen) and I am very happy with it. The adventurer feeling of Jeep.

I own a Dodge, and I like the HEMI power and its sporty look. Chrysler minivan: the best to travel!!!

God bless Chrysler ;D
 

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I needed something to get up my driveway, in all weather. I had been buying and driving Chevy Trackers. Was on my 3rd Tracker, and the miles were adding up, so decided I needed another vehicle. They quit making the Tracker in 04, so I needed to look at other vehicles. My Trackers were 4 cyl, so was used to the higher mileage, and I drive at least 100 miles per day during the week, and more on weekends, so it is important. I also needed to fit comfortably inside, and needed room for my dog box and gear, etc.

At first I looked at the Liberty, but the mileage was not good enough. Then found the Patriot, and it met my requirements better than any other vehicle I could find.

Still does, so am looking to trade my 08 for an 11 model.
 

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My Patriot replaced my 2004 Wrangler Rubicon. I bought the Rubi used with the intent of using it as a weekend offroader only. It fit the bill. But the more we used it, the more I realized that it's capability was far greater than what I was actually using it for. And I was tired of 15mpg. It's tough to take a weekend trip into the mountains and have to fuel up 3 times to do it.

So we sold that and bought the Patriot. I had to get the FDII because I still wanted to go some places that extra umph to get through.

Now I use the Patriot as my daily driver. It's my work vehicle during the week and has surprised more than one construction crew at it's capability on a muddy construction site. During the weekends, it fits us all and get's us all up the mountain more comfortably than the Rubicon did and with way better gas mileage.
 

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Last year was a horrid winter in Pgh. After 28 inches of snow one day, then 10 on top of it two days later I had enough! I deicded then and there I was getting a 4WD one way or another. With limited funds, the Patriot was in my price range. As soon as I drove it, I liked the solid feel, really held the road. I didn't trade in anything, I still have my little 1999 Ford Escort. Hubby has a 1993 Wrangler. I drove that now and then last winter, but like the Patriot better.
 

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I bought the Patriot for utility and economy. I wanted to buy as little fuel as possible for the bulk of our driving. Our other car is a large sedan which my wife drives. Anytime we are going someplace together, we take the Patriot. Only when we are carrying more than four do we take the Mercury Grand Marquis with the performance and handling package.

More gasoline used means more oil from the mideast which means more money for the terrorists. Otherwise, I would have bought the new Liberty with the 3.7 liter engine and the six speed manual.

This is my third Jeep four door station wagon with ground clearance. And the first one I bought new and ordered.

My first was a 1978 Jeep Cherokee with a 360 V8 and Quadra Trac Full Time 4WD and 12-15 mpg from 1981 to 1987. My second was a 1987 Jeep Cherokee 2WD with a 4.0 liter six, 5MT, and 21 mpg from 1995 to 2000. My third is this Jeep Four Door Patriot with a 2.4 liter four. The Patriot is a replacement for the 1995 ex-Arkansas Highway Patrol 1995 Chevrolet Caprice I bought when I sold the 1987 Jeep Cherokee. The Caprice had more ground clearance than the usual sedan for going through medians and over curbs, limited slip rear axle, and performance and handling. I bought it to replace the downsized Cherokee when my mother broke her hip. With the ground clearnace and limited slip it was capable on the sometimes muddy rocky dirt road I drive frequently. But gas went up. I drove it through the rush hour construction (combat) zones on my way to and from work until I retired because it was like a tank with performance and handling. I sold it in May, 2009, just before the Cash for Clunkers.

So, there you have it. I hope to drive the Patriot until at least 2018 and 200,000 miles.
 

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Second car was a 2002 Land Rover Discovery Kalahari Edition. Worst car ever. 13 MPG premium fuel. Something was ALWAYS broken.

I had a 2001 Discovery. You got 13 mpg??? You must tell me how you did that. 10-12 max was more like it.

Oh and you left out the important thing about owning a Land Rover

Something was always broken AND you can only use Land Rover made parts $$$$$$$:mad:

No generic or third party parts. :doh:

Friends don't let friends buy Land Rovers
 
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