2009 Jeep Compass Sport North 2.4L


Long-term reliability issues


Well, quite a few things. For the first couple of years, we were quite happy with our purchase and everything went well, except for suspension parts that kept breaking (toe-link and the like). All of them were replaced under warranty, but this was not a good indicator on long-term reliability. I cannot tell you how many time we replaced suspension parts, at least once a year, and we only drive on paved roads (living in the suburbs).

Last week, we went for our regular oil change, and as usual, the mechanic went around the car and brought us the bad news: the brakes were worn-out again (brakes are an issue on Compass-Patriot), toe-links also needed replacements, and even worst: the transmission is just about to die, after five and a half years of use and only 100 000 km on the meter (60 000 miles).

This is not what I call great reliability. And I must say we are really disappointed in the overall reliability of this car in the long-term. Needless to say, we are getting a new car on Monday (a Subaru) and will probably never buy another Jeep. The 4wd was great, no complaints there, and fuel economy was good, but having to replace a transmission after only 5 years of normal use is far below average in terms of reliability. Plus, a new OEM transmission cost around 6000$, which is the amount of money we got for our Compass as a trade-in. Of course, we could have gotten a rebuilt transmission for much cheaper, but it is still insanely expensive for Chrysler to sell a new unit at that price.

Also, the heating was getting bad and it took ages to warm up the vehicle; another thing that was not right.

A friend of ours is driving a Patriot, which is a clone of the Compass mechanical wise, and he has experienced the same problems with suspension parts and brakes.

General Comments:

Fairly comfortable ride for front seat passengers, low buying price, and fairly good on gas, although you can now get better mileage out of competitors. One of the cheapest options on the market for a 4WD, which is why we bought it because we need one. But overall reliability is well below average in the long-term, and you should look elsewhere if you plan to keep the vehicle after the warranty expires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2015

2014 Jeep Compass 4x2 2.0 gas


Good, honest little SUV for the money


Nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

Very inexpensive vehicle.

The 2.0 is only 158 HP, so it's not great in the hills.

The back seat is small for a baby seat. I have to put the front seat up half way so my 2 year old's feet are not smashed.

Great gas mileage though, and easy to park.

My car's only option is air conditioning that works well.

It's kind of hard getting used to no power windows, but Jeep wanted way too much $ for the "power package".

I also hate not having power locks, and having to lock each door one at a time. Overall though, for the price it is a decent, honest, no frills car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2015

2008 Jeep Compass Sport 2X4 2.4L


Problem free, thanks Jeep


Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

This car is very good as a commuter.

Handles very good in mud and light off road conditions.

I average 46 mpg in the city and get, yes, 31 mpg on trips from San Fernando to Paso Robles, CA.

No problem getting up the big grades like the So. Cal grapevine.

Love this small SUV!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2009

12th Feb 2009, 18:22

You get 46 MPG in the city? WOW!!! Talk about efficiency! Way to go, Jeep!

29th Jun 2012, 15:25

The MPG looks insane. Are you sure?

2007 Jeep Compass Sport 4X2 2.4L


10/10 - Bang for your $$$$


Nothing so far, the jeep is doing great.

General Comments:

After 7,000 km, I'm totally satisfied with my purchase, it seems to be reliable, the engine (4 cylinder) is peppy for the size of the vehicle. Seats are comfortable, handling is good.

Enough space, excellent on fuel consumption, I have nothing negative to say, I would give it a 10 for bang for your $$$

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2007

4th Dec 2008, 23:53

Welcome to the Jeep family... as a little brother. You are the Daimler solution to the decreasing demand for large SUVs. And it does not come without a price: shared platform and components with other chrysler products. Older Jeep products where powered by other manufacturers power-trains, but in an exclusive overall design it will never shared with others. With Daimler, all Jeep patents where now available and adapted to the whole Daimler lineup (Quadra-Trac design in Mercedes and quadra-Link in Dodge trucks). For a Jeep purist, these new additions to the brand are the final insult. But welcome anyway, as long as you respect your older brother, the Wrangler, and its attributes, and the honor will be saved. Enjoy the fun through an authentic American icon, with its qualities and faults.

29th Sep 2012, 20:18

What's this about honoring your older brother, the Wrangler?

I've been a Jeep enthusiast all of my life, and have owned 3 Wrangers - 2 YJ's & 1 TJ - (the YJ's are my favorites) as well as 3 Libertys.

Perhaps you are too young to remember, but when the YJ first came out, Jeep purists were appalled that Jeep dare replace the CJ with the Wrangler and its rectangular headlights - well it turned out that the YJ Wrangler was one of the best products Jeep ever manufactured, especially when they went to the 4.0 inline six and the Aisin 5 speed transmission (replacing the problematic Peugeot tranny).

So just remember when you have the audacity to ask a non-Wrangler Jeep owner to "honor" the older brother, the Wrangler - you really have no idea how many Wranglers, CJs, TJs or whatever they have owned in the past.

So in other words - worry about your own Jeep, and don't be judgmental of other Jeep owners.