2016 Jeep Patriot High Altitude 2.4L from North America
OK in town car. Not suitable for road trips
Seat leather wore out at 24000KM, replaced under warranty.
Engine mount went at 32000KM, replaced under warranty.
Engine vibrates badly at stop lights, Chrysler says this is normal.
Transmission goes into limp mode on hot days on the highway, forcing you to stop and wait for it to cool down, Chrysler says this is normal
The car is relatively comfortable, 4WD works great.
The engine vibrates horribly at stop lights, and the car is incapable of driving mountain passes when it's hot out without stopping to wait for the transmission to cool down.
Although this car can be had for a good deal, it is not suitable as a main family vehicle. I will be trading this car in as soon as I am able to.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th August, 2018
12th Aug 2018, 03:40
CVT transmissions can generate considerable heat unless there is attention to detail to allow them to deal with high payloads, and/or sustained high speeds. Throw in high ambient temperatures and away you go ;)
Either you reduce the heat generation, or increase the heat dissipation via the cooling system.
This seemed to be a bigger problem with the earlier vehicles. I thought this was under control with models of this vintage. I seem to remember a add-on dealer-installed external air-to-oil cooler.
3rd Sep 2018, 05:19
This was the 2016 with a standard 6 speed transmission; from what I understand their CVTs were even worse.
25th Nov 2018, 04:13
Wow - the 6-Speed Automatic has heat issues too.
I'd look into a aftermarket transmission oil cooler - preferably with a thermostat to prevent overcooling.
15th Sep 2019, 03:14
Wow - 6-speed too?
The cooler with thermostat is the way to go - transmission fluid that is too hot or too cold is a problem.