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#139 of 178 Ravelco engine immobilizer - never a theft? Really?
Oct 30, 2011 (2:03 pm)
I just bought a 2012 Jeep Compass 4x2 CVT here in Vegas, the #2 city in the USA for car thefts; so obviously I'm a bit paranoid about it. Got a great end of October discount, $20K out the door, even my color choice. Dealer claims he took a $2K loss just to make factory sales incentives. Maybe, but I could not get this price just a week ago when I was shopping around.
Anyway, local comprehensive insurance rates are sky high so I'm looking to cut costs. After a lot of internet research, I've read about the RAVELCO engine immobilizier which claims to have a perfect record over 30 years of NEVER allowing a car to be stolen by driving it away! No protection against towing, obviously.
Does anyone with this Ravelco system care to offer any feedback about it? I also plan to use a deadbolt hood lock and heavy duty Unelko brake pedal jack lock to layer my security.
Typical car alarms are ignored. Lojack and GPS tracking don't prevent theft, just track down what may be a stripped or destroyed car, and very expensive. The Jeep comes with a coded ignition key that I've read can be bypassed by thieves using laptop computers and car remote decoders.
Does anyone have a better solution, short of a 24-hour armed guard, to secure their car?
#140 of 178 Re: 2007 jeep compass trannmission BAD [ben91]
Dec 02, 2011 (3:36 am)
I've had the same problem. The technician said that it's a transmission problem. However, the tear down is $1200 and if they don't find anything wrong with it then I'll have to pay the $1200. The extended warranty would not cover it. After going back and forth with the dealership and warranty company. The dealer admitted that their technician can only tear down the transmission part way and they couldn't complete the tear down. The Jeep's transmission is different from other transmission. The CVT doesn't have replacement parts and would need to be replaced. Luckily the warranty company will cover the cost ($3800) and provide a warranty on it until I reach 100,000 miles. Otherwise I would have been without a car and the war would have begun. I'm kinda regretting that I bought the car 4 months ago. At the time a 2007 Jeep Compass with 34,250 miles on it sound great.
#141 of 178 the Compass scams
Feb 10, 2012 (8:47 am)
My 1st transmission failed at 75,000Km, the 2nd one failed after 38,000Km now with 128,000Km
on my car I am very nervous, I needed a new computer module ( $1,400 ) at 125,000Km.
I have spent over $2,000 on ball joints, tie rods and struts and to top it off I now need a muffler
available from Chrysler only for a mere $725.
I have spent more money on this car than I have spent in the last 60 years of driving.
Having driven Jeeps without problems I can honestly say this is the worst car ever made !!!.
DO NOT BUY A JEEP COMPASS
#142 of 178 Re: Front end noise [compass07]
Feb 26, 2012 (10:23 am)
Im working on a jeep with the same problem, when i took off the tranny pan there was a huge amount of shavings in the pan and on the magnets. the metal belt inside is grinding on the pully and you need to take apart the tranny and fix it. the fluid alone is 22 bucks A QUART AT CHRYSLER. GOOD LUCK.
#143 of 178 Lower ball joints
Mar 02, 2012 (6:55 pm)
Any one else had to replace LOWER CONTROL ARMS (lower ball joints) with less than 50,000 miles on their vehicle? It's very disgruntling when 3 Chrysler/Jeep service departments are concerned but "it doesn't make sense" but without the extended warranty the company is not willing to stand behind their product. (Fine) I have lodgded an official complaint with Chrysler/Jeep. I urge others to do the same.
#144 of 178 Re: the Compass scams [peter111]
Mar 22, 2012 (3:10 pm)
I 'll bet you next time you might consider buying a extended warranty...right?
#145 of 178 Re: 2007 jeep compass trannmission BAD [snv51]
Mar 22, 2012 (3:15 pm)
I think you were sucked in. That is an outragious price. The reason Jeep uses the cvt is its very inexpensive in the dirst place.
#146 of 178 Re: Electronic Throttle Control....what do I do? [brunssteel]
Apr 04, 2012 (6:23 pm)
I don't have an answer for you except to tell you that I am currently experiencing the same thing with my 2007 Compass. I have about 35K miles and took a trip in my car. On the way home, I experienced the same thing, ETC light, blinking traction lights, high idle noise and loss of power. I rolled through the intersection I was at, turned the car off, waited a few minutes, turned it back on and it was fine. I made it to my driveway (thank goodness) and it happened again. I've had it towed to my mechanic and tomorrow I take it to the dealership because the mechanic found a technical warning or something of the sort in his researching the issue. Can I ask what you finally did?
#147 of 178 Re: Lower ball joints [kwoww1369]
Apr 10, 2012 (10:17 am)
over the last 2 years I've had the same problem. so far to date, I've replaced the front control arms 5 times, bushings 4 times, sway bar 2 time, rear control arms 3 times, rear bushings 4 times. I was speaking to a non Chrysler mechanic and he told me that it is that part of the problem is because they switched to a plastic bushing. Not sure if that it true but it seems to be because every time I ask the dealership about it they avoid answering the question. All I can say is thank god for warranty.
#148 of 178 Re: Lower ball joints [kwoww1369]
Apr 10, 2012 (1:50 pm)
I just had to replace my front lower control arms too. My vehicle is an 07 with 41k. They said the arms had over an inch of play in them. I knew they were bad but I did not know how bad.
Honestly... I have come to the conclusion that most of the parts that Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge use on their vehicles are crap. The only reliable things they produce are their diesel engines (mostly from Cummins) and the flag-ship engines (ones regularly used in a large variety of vehicles).
Electrical... crap. Transmission internals...crap. Drive components... crap. Suspension parts... crap. Engine, mechanically speaking... will not die, but might not run because of the other crappy parts attached.
I have given up hoping for a train to hit my car, someone to steal it, a hurricane to flood it, or any similar situation to relieve me of the Jeep disease. I might just as well keep it "content" and running until its paid off.
I know this will stir someone's exuberant I-love-my-Compass attitude... so in all respect, don't get your internet-arguing-panties in a bunch; its just my honest opinion.