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Oct 27, 2008 (11:16 am)
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Nov 07, 2008 (9:42 am)
I purchased an 08 Patriot in March .We have been very happy with all round performance and service etc.
I noticed the other day that the car was begining to smell musty and after a particular heavy downpour I found water leaking through my rear interior
cargo light .I checked out the net and found many similar stories .
Can any body tell me, even if the leak is fixed what the long term effects could be after all of this water sloshing around in my vehicle?
What is the normal recourse in Canada should you feel your vehicle is a lemon?
Can I ask for extended coverage on warranty for electrical /structural or aesthetic deficiencies caused by interior corrosion?
#39 of 46 2007 Patriot CVT Problem
Dec 16, 2008 (2:22 pm)
I bought a 2007 4x4 Patriot in Feb. 2007. I really enjoy the Patriot for the most part and feel it is much more stable than my 2002 Grand Cherokee was.
I was hesitant at first about the CVT but after researching it I trusted it since it has been in use for a while by other car companies. Everything had been going great until last August. I took the car in for an oil change when the mechanic told me there was something leaking that was not oil and appeared to be transmission fluid. I took it to the dealership. At first they couldn't find the leak but acknowledged that there was definitely a leak happening. The trans fluid level was low and they could see the leak residue. They put a tracer dye in and sent me on my way. I took it in 2 days later after noticing that there had been some major leaking in the parking spot I was in. That's when I got the shock.
The jeep only had 36600 miles on it. They discovered that there was a leak in the CVT casing. After contacting JATCO, the maker of the CVT, they were told that they do not make a replacement part for this casing. So, the whole CVT assembly needed to be replaced. At first JATCO was going to replace it even though it was not under warranty because they couldn't believe it would go bad so quickly. A few days later JATCO changed their mind and decided they weren't going to cover it because it was out of warranty. Luckily for me, the dealership decided to honor it since it was only 600 miles past the expiration of the warranty (missed the lifetime warranty by about 6 months!)
So, we ended up agreeing on me paying $100 to cover the repair. This was a $3800 repair by the way. So, while I am happy with the dealership for helping me out, my concern is-has anyone else heard of anything like this? I am a very easy driver on this car and only use the 4x4 for the snow. I don't offroad or cause any other stress to the car so did I just get a bum part or should I be worried for the future? This new trans only has a 12000 mile warranty so I don't want to find out in a few months that I will be out a lot of money.
#40 of 46 Re: One Year Later and 30K miles Report [djp_63]
Feb 13, 2009 (9:53 am)
I've been investigating the Jeep twins, Compass and Patriot for secondhand purchase. This is invaluable information, so thanks for the jingo-free details. That transmission is also in the Nissan Rogue, but for whatever reason seems to act differently in it (better?), at any rate it has a good track record, but as you say, it requires relearning how to drive a car that's got it. The bad reviews that refer to sluggishness seem to indicate even the professional reviewers haven't learned how to do this yet, lol.
The '09s have improved the padding on the armrests, but I wonder whether the objection to the harder plastics in the '07 wouldn't be alleviated by wearing clothing! I understand totally about being spoiled by a car you've had for years and having to lower expectations a tad. Velour is nice, but sometimes you have to make do with something else.
Anyway, thanks for the detail, you didn't really mention average mileage, but perhaps you could post these results on another thread?
#41 of 46 REAR DOME LEAK, CHRYSLER BUY BACK
Feb 07, 2010 (7:56 am)
Who's Patriot has water leaks? Has anyone filed at claim to Chrysler for a buy back. Here is my story:
My 08 Patriot is at the dealers now and has been there for two weeks. Water leak at rear dome light. This is the fifth time at the dealers. Dealer has no idea where it leaks. They even took it to a body shop. I filed a complaint with Chrysler they been putting me off. Still waiting and trying to get them to buy it back since it is still under warranty. I am passed the lemon law date in VA. Anything older than 18 months is to late to file a lemon law claim.
#42 of 46 Re: Leaky Patriot [smellypatriot]
May 15, 2010 (3:29 pm)
I hate to be the berror of really bad news. My husband and I bought a brand new Jeep Patriot in February of 2009. We noticed a bad musty smell within the first six weeks of having purchased this vehicle. At the same time, my windows were getting fogged up because of the humidity inside of my vehicle.
I have the same leaky cargo light problem you have. In fact I was assured by the dealership, after I currently have had this car in for service on this same problem for the ninth time, that the leak was fixed. (This was just last week.) I have since driven this car during two downpours and the leak is still there.
As of now, I have a fishbowl of water in the rear of my vehicle.
My husband and I began seaking legal advice once this car had been in the repair shop during the forth time, for the same problem.
It is a problem that I know that noone is able to fix, here in Tennessee.
Good Luck with your Jeep.
#43 of 46 Re: REAR DOME LEAK, CHRYSLER BUY BACK [rbeasley]
May 15, 2010 (3:34 pm)
Unless you get an Attorney on this, Chrysler will forever put you off. You have to become the ugly one, on this. This is why I have a Lemon Law Attorney now.
#44 of 46 Re: REAR DOME LEAK, CHRYSLER BUY BACK [rbeasley]
Nov 22, 2010 (2:43 pm)
BEWARE!!! Chrysler will try to make you think it is YOUR fault but it is REALLY faulty manufacturing!! If you have a sun roof there are drains along the inside edge of the sunroof. THE DRAINS ARE TOO NARROW. The diameter of the drains are HALF the diameter of the Honda Pilot..my husband's car.
Also, there are drains under the hood in the corners near the front windshield. Chrysler will tell you that you are not 'maintaining" your car...keeping the drains clear from debris...they found ONE LEAF in my car and said that was the cause of the drain back up.
This all started within the first two months that I owned the car! make sure to check your carpets because the drains back up and saturate your carpets.
We are filing a suit against Chrysler and looking into Lemon laws.
#45 of 46 Re: Leaky Patriot [smellypatriot]
Nov 22, 2010 (2:54 pm)
Was wondering what recourse you had with Chrysler regarding the water? My rear dome light and front overhead lights pour water out of them every time there is a heavy rain...started just two months after I had the car. Chrysler said that i am supposed to clean out the drains but I check them twice a week and nothing is blocking them. The diameter of the drains is HALF the diameter of the drains in my husband's Honda Pilot which has NEVER leaked. I got a big fat "I told you so" for buying American. My Patriot is a 2009...still under warranty and Chrysler wont fix it.
#46 of 46 Leaking 2007 Patroit
Apr 15, 2011 (10:35 am)
Notice a bad musty smell...bottom line is the car leaked from the roof line and back tail light assembly from the day I brought it home from the dealer. The trunk well was full of mold like you won't believe. Jeep paid 70 percent of the cost but still not happy..for 23 grand it should not have leaked in the first place. Also ball joint at 40 thousand miles too