pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,641 miles

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problem #2

Nov 032009

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 2,282 miles
Immediately after purchasing the 2009 Jeep Patriot an interior water leak was discovered. I have a receipt for visits to dealer on 11/3/09 with 2282 miles on it. Next visit was 11/17/2009. Another visit on 1/6/10 with 5790 miles on it. Another visit on 9/14/10 at 12170 miles. Yet another visit on 9/24/10 at 12435 miles. Again on 12/7/10 at 14897. I know there were a couple of other visits and I am awaiting print out from service department. It has been to the dealer over 7 times for this problem. Everytime they say it is fixed only to discover it is still leaking. They have sealed, caulked, check drain tubes, etc. They have replaced headliner too. Water comes into the overhead electrical system and runs out of the overhead lights like a faucet or waterfall. Water ponds on the rear cargo area and this area is completely soaked. Water is even down in spare wheel storage. Water comes from all overhead lights depending on pitch of vehicle. Unknown if water is running down interior sides of vehicle or where else water is pooling. Concerned about mold, rust, water damage, electrical problems, etc., that are being caused by water entering vehicle. Dealership has "fixed" it numerous times only to not have it fixed. Vehicle is scheduled for return visit to dealer for another attempt at fixing this problem. Vehicle repairs have been covered by warranty but I am very concerned about the longterm damage and repairs needed after warranty expires and the damage the water is causing to my vehicle. Service techs say don't worry about the water, but this is a serious problem.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 242009


  • 3,000 miles
2009 Jeep Patriot water collects in the rear inside dome light and leaks out onto the interior floor. Occurs when it rains and when having the vehicle washed. Somehow water gets into the interior rear light. Dealer has no clue as to why this is happening. Vehicle is now at dealer for investigation and hopefully at solution. Previous returns to the dealer resulted in applying silicone around the small hose and opening surrounding it in the ridge above the tailgate opening. Lifting the tailgate exposes the area where the gate meets or overlaps the vehicle. While this may not be considered a "safety" hazard, it is very disheartening to buy a brand new vehicle only to find it leaks when it rains. Worse yet, no one seems to know why or where the water is coming from. It could pose a safety issue if the water gets to the electrical system...as already seems to have taken place...the light belongs to the electrical system. One of my fears leaving it to be investigated is that the parts removed to find the leak may not go back as good as new.

- Plainfield, IN, USA