hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,866 miles

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problem #26

Nov 012018


  • 47,000 miles
Tire dealer indicates that front lower control arms need replacing due to worn ball joints. The vehicle has approximately 47000 miles and is driven for family pleasure only. This is premature wear. All four tires wore prematurely. (in fact, the ball joint issue was discovered when the vehicle was in for tire replacement.) if the ball joints separate, control of the vehicle would likely be lost. The tire dealer recommended immediate replacement of the defective ball joints and to avoid driving the vehicle until repairs are made. There are many complaints on the internet about this (2007-2017) compass and Patriot models. This is a safety issue! Chrysler has issued a recall for defective lower ball joints on the 2004 Jeep Liberty. The same should be done here before a fatality occurs.

- Marlboro, VT, USA

problem #25

Jan 282017


  • 79,320 miles
The engine cradle rusted to the point that the front sway bar broke off and the control arm was about to on 1-28-2017. It was at dick scott dealership of Plymouth mi. For a timing chain cover gasket repair on 10-6-2016. When I called the dealership to ask why I was not notified of the safety issue at that time. Butch said we do not inform customers of rust issues. I was refused any assistance with this matter from fca and informed this would be an out of pocket expense. It is unconscionable that a certified mechanic would not deem this vehicle unsafe to drive about 100 days earlier. You will see from the attached photos.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #24

Dec 292016


  • 84,249 miles
During service, Chrysler found front crossmember had a hole that was rusted through. Was informed that if not fixed, my vehicle was dangerous to drive. Had to pay for repair as my extended warranty through easycare does not cover rust.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #23

Oct 272016


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the rear crossmember was rusted and had holes. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

problem #22

Oct 032016


  • 130,000 miles
The frame is rotting out. The car is only 7 years old. Their is a recall on the 2007 and the 2008 and 2009 should also be recalled for this issue. I am going to have to sell. It is vibrating and a safety issue.

- Nahant, MA, USA

problem #21

Sep 012016


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Patriot. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was determined that the cross member prematurely failed and the engine mounts fractured. The parts needed to be replaced. The VIN was not included in the manufacturer's service campaign to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Vesper, WI, USA

problem #20

Oct 012016


  • miles
It was recently brought to my attention from a friend who has the same year vehicle that the subframes on these Jeep rots out and can cause a severe accident due to the suspension components coming loose. There is a recall from Jeep for the 2007 year Jeep Patriot but no other year, even though they use the same part number subframe. My Jeep has 65 thousand miles on it and the subframe doesnt look like it will last another 10000 miles. The metal is obviously defective because a vehicles frame should not rot out with only 65000 miles on it. The rest of the underneath of this vehicle is perfectly clean.

- Chittenango, NY, USA

problem #19

Aug 022016


  • 548,000 miles
The front crossmember is rusted through. Chrysler extended the warranty for the 2007 to ten years to cover this problem, which if it fails can lead to loss of steering. Chrysler will not extend the warranty for the 2009 Patriot, which seems to have the exact same part and problem as the 2007 vehicles. My car has only 54800 miles on it and has been garage kept since I bought it. I believe this is a defect in the part resulting in a premature failure. I will have to get this replaced myself. Photo atteched of rusted through part.

- Barrington, IL, USA

problem #18

Aug 052016


  • 75,200 miles
Sub frame rotted through.efecting right suspention not driveable. Happend when drving city streets had to pull in to nearest garage.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #17

Mar 242016


  • miles
Front subframe is cracked and completely rusted out. This leading to movement in the lower control arms while stealing and breaking. The rust is really bad for a 2009 car and could lead to a failure while driving.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #16

Mar 122016


  • miles
I took my car for regular maintenance, when I was advised that the subframe was extremely rotted and a complete hazard to drive. My car has 100,000 miles and has been well taken care of. When I notified the dealership, they said there's nothing they can do. I find that completely troubling because I have maintained my vehicle to the utmost care. Now I have to worry if the subframe is going to give out while I have my family in the vehicle. This is completely insane!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 122015


  • 91,000 miles
Vehicle suspension cradle is badly corroded and has large holes and is missing significant amounts of material. This was discovered during routine maintenance by an ase certified technician. The technician advises the vehicle cradle is close to total failure due to corrosion. A photo of the corroded cradle is attached. Vehicle has 91,000 actual miles.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #14

Sep 252015


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to have the tires replaced when the mechanic discovered that both the front lower ball joints failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic informed the contact that the ball joints caused the tires to become damaged and worn. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 272015


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Patriot. While driving 40 mph, the front driver side lower control arm fractured. The contact stated that there was excessive corrosion to the K-frame cross member to which the control arm was bolted. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Madison, OH, USA

problem #12

Nov 282014


  • 39,038 miles
Took vehicle in to tire shop to replace tires. During inspection, it was noted that the lower right control arm was broken. While that may be common for a 5 year old vehicle, that should not be common for a 39K mi vehicle that has spent the majority of its life sitting in a driveway or garage. Mechanics at shop stated that if it was not replaced, vehicle should not be driven over 40 mph due to an increased likelihood of wheel separation and damage to vehicle/persons in vehicle. Replaced right lower control arm and all four tires, as well as right ball joint where control arm connects as recommended by shop. Same issues are recurring again 13K miles later. Issues include: Loose steering, poor steering control over 55 mph, additional wear on front tires and brakes.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #11

May 012015


  • 40,000 miles
Jeep dealer indicates that control arms need replacing due to worn ball joints. The vehicle has approximately 40000 miles. This is premature wear. All four tires, perhaps relatedly, also wore prematurely. (in fact, the ball joint issue was discovered when the vehicle was in for tire replacement.) if the ball joints separate, control of the vehicle would likely be lost.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 202013


  • 50,000 miles
Early wear on control arm joints....caused major tire damage and would have soon been a major saftey issue...over 1000 dollars in repairs. Jeep says no recall is in effect, which is bs,

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #9

May 252013


  • 32,607 miles
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 morning the Jeep started to make noise at the front of the vehicle, so on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 I took it to Firestone in bridgeville for a second opinion. They advised that we have the suspension checked as well as the spring for the struts. They had advised that the car was safe to drive and passed their inspection. May 23, 2013 on my way to work and I stopped at a stop sign. Water began to flow through my rear view mirror from the sunroof. At that time I hadn't touched the sunroof since the date of purchase. Per Jeep forums this is a constant hassle with the car. I was not given a choice in what I could have for a vehicle from the dealership due to credit issues. I had requested on 05/24/2013, a review of the warranty on the vehicle. I had the car less than a week and had to already take it back to the dealership. I took it to the dealership they had advised the noise I was hearing was a "control arm clip that unlatched?; they verbally said that they took care of it. However from the point on I still could hear it. I would call [xxx] and he would say that the car was still drivable". I didn't receive anything in writing from them. I check Jeep for any recalls, but found nothing on my VIN. So I decided to forget about it until this past may when my car was first inspected by kenny ross South. It passed emissions however they couldn't pass it completely. I had it recently serviced and the rotors control arms ball joints and struts need done. It's unreal, the car is a 2009. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012012

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 10,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the front end was exhibiting an abnormal squeaking noise when driving various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where an inspection was performed. The contact was advised that the front ball joint had worn prematurely due to defective material. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,700 and the current mileage was 10,500. Updated 12/4/13 the consumer was informed both lower control arms, ball joints and tie rods needed to be replaced.

- Syracuse , NY, USA

problem #7

May 312013


  • 13,460 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the front driver's side wheel was separated due to a defect in the lower control arm and ball joint. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further inspection. The dealer found that the passenger's side front ball joint and lower control arm was also defective. The vehicle was repaired. The driver and passenger front lower control arm and ball joint were replaced and the manufacturer assisted with the repair. The approximate failure mileage was 13,460 and the approximate current mileage was 14,000.

- Danbury , CT, USA

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