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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,466 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Jeep Compass Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 132015


  • 1 miles


When I drive the car down the road the eic emblem comes on and than I start loosing speed from the accelerator. It starts slowing down and than it won't go after that. Have to pull over off the road and turn car off.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #4

Dec 172014

Compass 3-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Vehicle dash red lightning and stability control lights turned on with warning chime upon braking at the traffic light on the freeway off ramp while exiting interstate 10. This was accompanied with rough engine idle and lack of power for accelerating. Turning the engine off for a minute and restarting seems to clear these warning lights and vehicle operates normally. Vehicle was towed to nearest Chrysler service center with diagnostics completed and the mass flow sensor replaced. Issue occurred again the following week. I drove the vehicle to the same Chrysler service center without shutting off the engine so that the service technician could read the error codes and observe/document the warning lights lit in the dash. A third visit to the same service center resulted in the replacement of the powertrain control module which was covered under extended warranty. Issue occurred again within two weeks after the most recent service visit. I had mentioned to the service advisor that I had one incident prior to the initial event for this issue of braking hard which most likely engaged the ABS-anti-lock braking system. The service advisor did not seem to believe there might be a connection between this incident and this issue. This issue occurs several times each week and only upon stopping after exiting the freeway. Vehicle operates normally during street driving with no problems. When this issue does occur, pulling into a nearby gas station and shutting off the engine seems to reset everything with the vehicle operating normally after restarting the engine. I have been dealing with this unresolved issue with Chrysler for approximately 4 months.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 072014


  • 34,151 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Compass. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle unexpectedly increased acceleration. The brake pedal was engaged repeatedly until the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 34,151.

- Waupun, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 212012


  • 16,080 miles
I left work from downtown pittsburgh at 4:15 pm, and while crossing outbound on the vetrans bridge, my Jeep turned itself off. The steering became extremely tough, and I was barely able to get to the side of the road. I turned off the Jeep, turned it back on, and thankfully it started again. If traffic was moving faster, like it usually does, I would have caused a wreck.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 192011

Compass 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
(among other problems), this 2011 Jeep Compass has transmission difficulties. On multiple occasions the automatic transmission has failed to shift from gear to gear without manual assistance. It will whine and strain and just not change, even as the RPM climb sky high, it will not shift without assistance. This failure was first documented on 6/19/11 but there were multiple failure before this date. The system failure has resulted in a reduction of power to such extent that it is difficult to safely merge into a lane of traffic. During such episodes the accelerator could be pressed to the floor and the maximum speed would not exceed 20 or 25 miles per hour. This vehicle (which has other problems) is considered to be unsafe. I am presently waiting for a company "investigator" to access these problems.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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