really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,799 miles

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problem #8

Apr 032015

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 18,850 miles
I was driving on the I-65 South to Alabama, when I started to loose speed I really freaked out, and I pressed the gas pedal a little bit more but I kept loosin speed, I managed to move to the right shoulder and the good thing is that my brother-law was behind my vehicle so he realize that something was wrong with my car and that prevent me to be hit in the rear by another vehicle. I got off the car and I tried to start the car again, and the starter was working fine, then I did remember about the complaints on these carsthat if you have a 1/4 of a tank of fuel the engine would shut down, and I had a 1/4 of a tank one of my brothers went to get the gas, while I was calling Chrysler to let them know what happened with this car and the Chrysler guy was very helpful and offer me to sent me a tow truck, then I mentioned about the recall on these vehicles, I told him that I would try to put gas and if it worked there was no need to sent a tow truck, beside it was a family vacation and the least thing that I wanted was to spend it in a shop repair. My brother came back and the car starter right away. My family vacation was for 10 day and I was using another car from relatives in Alabama, I made the appointment with my local dealership in Chicago I told what happened and the said my car wasn't affected by the Chrysler's recall campaign N17 NHTSA campaign number:13V120000. But thy said they would take a look at the car, I bought it for service and they paid for a car rental but the technician couldn't duplicate the problem, they had it for three days and nothing, instead of replacing a transfer tube in the fuel tank but it's not in its recall list and Chrysler would not paid for that repair, so they wouldn't do it. Even though I paid for extra protection for 60,000 or 84 months. So I guess they will replace this little tube until people start to die in car accidents.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 192014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
My husband and I were driving from New Mexico to Wyoming. The average speeds were between 65 and 75. After driving for about 5 hours, with stops every 2 hours to rest and get gas, the transmission light came on and the Jeep lost power. We pulled over to the side of the road and let it sit for about 10 min until the light went off. We drove the rest of the way at much lower speeds. Between 50 and 60 mph. The transmission overheated again on the way back after 6 hours or so, with stops every 2 hours. The dealership we took it to told us that there were no error codes, and no problems with the transmission or its fluid. There was nothing for them to fix. They advised us to stop often if we were planning on traveling for long distances. Thankfully (but very scary) we were in the middle of nowhere when it happened and not in the middle of heavy traffic.

- Holloman Afb, NM, USA

problem #6

Jul 062014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 19,395 miles
The engine stalled while driving on interstate I-25 without warning, vehicle would not re-start, had to pull off of interstate and wait for a tow truck.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #5

Aug 052013

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 20,650 miles
After filling up vehicle with gas and driving for at least 30 minutes, when parked in the garage the smell of gas fumes would permeate the entire house. We replicated this several times and the fumes were so strong that we would have to leave the house for several hours with the windows open to ventilate. I was concerned about the vapors causing an explosion with the gas water heater in the garage. I took the vehicle the dealership where they insisted nothing was wrong after having checked it twice. I refused to take it back since it was a safety risk to my family to be at the house. Chrysler responded the dealership's request for assistance with this issue by replacing the fuel tank and vapor canister. There was no puddle or apparent leak under the vehicle at any time.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 172013

Patriot 4-cyl

  • miles
I received a recall notice several months ago (I do not have the exact date as the notices are not dated nor postmarked) regarding the fuel tank transfer tube. I called the dealer as soon as I received the notice, and was told that Chrysler/Jeep had not released a part number yet. When I called several weeks later, I was told that the dealer now has a part number and is ordering the part. Today, when I called again, I was told that Jeep is only sending one part every 2 weeks and that the dealer is working off of a waiting list and I may not be called for another month. This is totally unacceptable. If the vehicle malfunctions in the way that it is described in the recall notice, my car could stop in the middle of a highway which puts me at risk of being hit by other vehicles and killed. I hope that something can be done to expedite these parts getting to all of the owners of these Jeep.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 012013


  • miles
2012 Jeep Patriot. Consumer writes in regards to fuel tank transfer recall notice. The consumer stated the recall issue, has not been remedied, and it has been six months. The consumer stated when he went to the dealer, the vehicle sat all day and the following day, when he went to the dealer, they were no where near servicing the vehicle. Updated 08/15/13

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #2

Aug 192011

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Engine stalls out and loss of power steering, brake, at highway speed caused me to veer off the road several times. Couldn't stop during one engine stall in town and turned into a cvs pharmacy lot and crashed into and island curb, engine stall pulled of hwy into a cemetery and hit a post during a stall while turning because of loss of power steering. While pulling to shoulder Jeep swayed and pulled into ditch when engine stalled at hwy speed. While trying to correct the vehicle went air born at night...

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 072013

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 41,500 miles
Driving downhill on South I-15 through phelan at 4pm approximately 95 degrees outside. Accelerator became non-responsive. Rpms dropped to idle speeds. Vehicle was essentially 'coasting' with the engine running. Unable to accelerate at all. Pumping accelerator was resulting in nothing. Engine temp was not above halfway mark, about 1/3 tank of fuel. No engine warning lights. Changing gears electronically (automatic) not helpful. Was able to make it to off-ramp since I was traveling downhill. Engine promptly died when I came to a complete stop. Upon pulling the key out and re-inserting the electronic throttle control error light illuminated. Engine would not turn over. Attempted to reset computer not helpful. Approximately 45 minutes later (and phone calls for road-side service) etc light went away. Computer reset may have finally taken. Vehicle started with no problem. Drove the final 35 miles home without incident. Could have been a completely different situation had I not been traveling downhill at speed. Have not yet contacted dealer as I am out of new car warranty. Numerous other complaints about issues at speed have me very concerned.

- Riverside, CA, USA