really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,216 miles

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problem #14

Mar 252012


  • 30,000 miles
Takata recall my car is been having this problems almos 7 years the first one was the start engine, second one was the air bag light, thirt one the air conditions, sometime when I'm driving it just turn off, while I am driving it starts to whistle or during the night it just sounds very long lime someone is just passing it. When I went to the dealer they didn't do anything about it and want me to pay just for inspection no to solve the problem

- Bell Gardens, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 302019


  • miles
While driving on a highway I noticed a whining noise and losing power going up a hill I was able to get home and to my mechanic. After checking the transmission he found metal filings in it and said I needed a new transmission. I was very disappointed in hearing this as the Jeep only has about 68000 miles on it. I contacted the Jeep dealer in scranton pa and was told that the vehicle was out of warranty. I contacted different transmission garages and was quoted prices from over $3000 to $6000. Reading about other peoples problems with Jeep vehicles this seems like a big ongoing problem with Jeep transmissions.I hope your Agency can help us out so we can get some satisfaction from Jeep.

- Covington Township, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 012018


  • miles
My 2010 Jeep Patriot was purchased at Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler dealership in jax fl off blanding blvd. I have had my vehicle since May 2018 and have not been able to drive it in almost 3 months due to transmission that is to costly to fix. It broke down in August 2018, got it fixed in October 31st 2018 and it broke down on me again on November 3rd 2018. I don't understand why there has not been a recall on these vehicles because all the reports I read on them are complaints about these cvt transmissions that's in them. I got another transmission and it's doing the same thing.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 292018


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Patriot. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle started to shake violently. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact to call NHTSA to file a complaint. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #10

Oct 212016


  • 90,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle in 2014 from thoroughbred Nissan in tucson, AZ a few months after purchase the transmission was replaced under warranty. Now three years later the transmission is again slipping and has already caused stalls on the highway. One of the times the Jeep stalled just as I switched lanes in front of a semi on an interstate highway, I was barely able to pull the car over and out of the path of the truck right before the car completely shut off. I have taken the vehicle to a dealer in California where I now reside and they have informed me I have to replace the transmission and there is no longer no warranty. I have also taken the Jeep to two other places that specialize on transmission and they have both informed me that the transmission utilized in this type of Jeep has many problems and that they would recommend I buy a new car all together as I am likely to experience similar problems in about 2-3 years if I choose to have the transmission replaced, even if I continue to maintain it properly as I have been. This Jeep is only 7 years old and is already in need of it's third transmission. I have researched complaints on this vehicle and transmission failure seems to be common in these type of cars. It is extremely dangerous to keep allowing these cars to operate with the current faulty transmissions especially because they start to stall with no warning. I had an extremely close call and would hate for anyone to stall out without notice going full speed on a highway. My car stalled many times before any light came on, and dealers aren't even willing to replace a transmission with such light. Please I urge you to review this problem and find a solution. This problem first surfaced in the fall of 2016 and the problem continues. I rarely drive this car due to this.I have researched options and feel the manufacturer should take responsibility.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 032017


  • 25 miles
Automatic transaxle overheating. Very dangerous to happen specially if you are in the freeway. I believe that they make this model thinking that drivers will consider not to accelerate speed in a hot climate. Car is at 75 mph in the freeway on a hot climate of 80F.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012017


  • 130,000 miles
My sister was driving my vehicle. She felt car wheels pulling to one side. Vehicle began to veer out of control where she tried to stablize. Picture taken after accident shows that bottom frame of vehicle became unattached from vehicle. The vehicle did not hit another vehicle or anything else solid. The vehicle was in motion on two way street where the vehicle was keeping straight with no turns.

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 162016


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Patriot. While driving various speeds, the vehicle would hesitate without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V668000 (seat belts, air bags); however, the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #6

Oct 292015


  • 60,000 miles
2010 Jeep with 65,000 miles has "ticking" noise coming from differential. Dealer states that the transmission has to be replaced. Although it is below the 100,000 mile warranty, it is just over the 5 year limit and is no longer covered by the warranty. While it was still under the warranty, the dealer said there was no problem with the transmission and simply changed the fluid and filter. Now I have to pay!

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 132012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Back in June while driving to Florida from Illinois I was going about 70 mph. In Georgia while on I-75 the little red transmission caution light appeared and my 2010 Jeep began to slow down and scared the hell out of me. I got off the next exit and was lucky to find a Jeep dealer near the exit. The dealer took me right in and checked the transmission fluid and it was fine. She never charged me and we went on our way. Drove to miami and back to Illinois a week later with no problem. 2 weeks ago I drove to nyc and on my way back to Illinois on I-80 the light went on again with no exit in sight, again the Jeep slowed I pulled on the shoulder. Shut the engine off waited 15 min then started to drive again no problem. My main concern is why this happened? and its not a safe feature this slowing down of the Jeep can cause an accident.. also why the Jeep book states on page 367 (see attached) that this can occur when the transmission gets too hot. I was not towing in either case..this Jeep needs to be recalled for my safety..

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 182014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
While driving on I-75 in June 2014 the Jeep temp. Light went on regarding the transmission was overheating and started to slow down. I pulled off the and was lucky to find a Jeep dealer. I explained what happened, and the dealer checked the trans fluid and said it was fine he also said it was the heat from the highway and the outside temp was 90 degrees. We continued and the car ran fine after that. The same thing happened on Sunday Sept 21 2014 driving through pa. On I-80 the light went on and slowed down the outside temp. Was about 72 degrees and I was going about 70 mph., I had to go on the soft shoulder and wait. I shut the engine of a waited about 15 min. I started the car the light went off and we drove to clarion pa. To a motel. Next day we left the motel and drove to il. The light never went on again. I believe this is a major problem due to the fact that the Jeep automatically slowed down in heavy high speed traffic. It put me in a dangerous position. Even in the manual it states that this can happen and the Jeep will downshift to protect the transmission.. page 367- 6 and I was not towing. I feel Jeep has to recall and correct this problem before someone gets into and accident and killed...

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 072013


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2010 Jeep Patriot sport with 50000 miles on it. I also had the dealership install an auto start for winter months to warm up car. I drove the car on Dec 7 for 10 miles traveling at a speed of 40. I stopped home for 15 minutes and when I restarted my car a red flashing lightning bolt lit up on my dash which was the throttle accompanied by the off road traction control. I backed out the car and it was shaking and loud. I decided to drive another vehicle a few days later I drove it to the dealership taking the backroads and it would not go over 20 mph and shook frequently. I was concerned for my safety. I have a lifetime powertrain engine warranty and thomas Dodge dealership in highland, in is not covering under warranty. They state the throttle is not a component of the engine or power train. The cost of repair is $690. I was wondering if any recalls exist on the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep in regards to throttle body assembly and to consider my model, make and year.

- Lake Station, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the transmission overheated and the gear shifter could not be moved to shift gears. The transmission overheating warning light illuminated as the failure occurred. The failure was recurring. The dealer performed a diagnostic which was unable to locate a failure code. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Parker , CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 242013


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle lost power and leaked transmission fluid with the illumination of the transmission warning light. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA