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Thoughts on it for a first Jeep for my 16 year old?

 

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I had one.....Thats actually a pretty rare one as it has the FDII offroad package (basically the same as the new Trailhawk versions) I owned a FDII Patriot for 4 years and a FDII Compass for 4 years, loved them


Things to watch out for, what are the miles, if its got over 60k miles and you can't verify is the CVT fluid has been changed, change it no questions asked.
Make sure the CV boots aren't leaking
Check the rear subframe for corrosion and rot (this was an issue on some and FCA extended warranty on them)
 

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Went a head and bought it. $6000 out the door. Has 107,000 miles on it and Wednesday I’m taking it in for an oil change and check out the CVT! Things really clean. Drove it home for about an hour didn’t really see any issues....


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Yeah no whining on the CVT. As a matter of fact me and my son just got back from the farm doing a little off-road with the trail hawk and his new Jeep Compass! Boy was grinning from ear to ear. Between the car payments and the insurance is gonna be paying about 250 a month not too bad.


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I had a Vette! (Chevette) LOL This thing is a loaded Limited. But hey he saved
up, and is paying us off the balance.
 

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Just advise him just cuz it says "Jeep" it's not a real Jeep off road vehicle despite what someone said about it's ground clearance! If you don't you are going to be paying a lot of tow costs!!! LOL

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Just advise him just cuz it says "Jeep" it's not a real Jeep off road vehicle despite what someone said about it's ground clearance! If you don't you are going to be paying a lot of tow costs!!! LOL

Go Jeep!!!
You obviously never owned one of the FDII models of the MK platform (Compass & Patriot) they are robust and have different suspension componets vs the non offroad versions, owned them for 8 years and never got towed anywhere and I abused my 2012 a lot

But you most know best because you owned them worked on them and wheeled them.
 

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Wife had a FDI Patriot, with no 4LO. I never got stuck but chose
my lines wisely. This new compass with the FDII seems to be
pretty good! I had to punch it in the TH, drift 4 wheels, to catch
up to little man. LOL I told him going off-road is not all about
speed! LOL Yeah sometimes you need a lil' wheel spin, but
you need to know when. $6k for a 2012 Limited? Taking it to the
dealer for an oil change, and CVT change. Next replace a tie-
rod end.
 

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$235 in parts to do the CVT, $350 total. What's my time worth? LOL
Book calls for an hour and a half. First time would take me longer! DO IT!
 

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Fun fact, FDII models get an 8:125 rear gear ratio vs the regular FDI CVT of 4:1 rear gear. I wheeled with a heavily modified FDI with my compass and when it came to technical things and hills I could make it up while the FDI would just bog down a get stuck. It's too bad jeep never marketed them as Trailhawk models back when they were available they would have sold more for sure
 

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Fun fact, FDII models get an 8:125 rear gear ratio vs the regular FDI CVT of 4:1 rear gear. I wheeled with a heavily modified FDI with my compass and when it came to technical things and hills I could make it up while the FDI would just bog down a get stuck. It's too bad jeep never marketed them as Trailhawk models back when they were available they would have sold more for sure
Yeah, I had the bogging down problem with the Patriot as well.

Just got back from the dealer, did the CVT and engine oil service.
They had it for about 3.5 hours, and went through it really good.
Tie-rod needs to be replaced (which I already knew) and the
right front inner CV boot has a small tear. Otherwise they said
it's great shape!
 

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So I know a lot of us came from a compass and or patriot. Does anybody know how to remove the cover off the rear subwoofer? I tried popping the cover off and I think I broke one of the clips.


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That's what I was afraid of...
 

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I got the sub out, and all I can find are stock ones on ebay.
Anybody ever find a replacement that bolts in?
 

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I've been all over the Patriot forums, and from what I can see is there
is no direct bolt in swap. I found an OEM on ebay (LKQ) for $115 shipped.
90 day warranty that looks decent.
 

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Installed the sub today. Dang his compass sounds better than my Cherokee!

I didn't opt for the "premium" sound package on the KLs. I figure 2 KL payments
was enough money to drop LOL. Then again I got the TH, while the Compass
still came with stock skids and 4lo.





Pretty sweet ride for a first vehicle!
 
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