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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,098 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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2012 Jeep Compass body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 Jeep Compass Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 192015


  • 60,000 miles


Noise I not sure what, but I recording video sound but I not sure I can add on this pages complaining but maybe is problem with bushings or ball joints

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 302015


  • 53,000 miles
Footrest by the gas and brake pedals broke loose while driving on the highway. Appears to be a plastic part mounted by two bolts, in which the plastic broke and part sat loose by my pedals while driving. Removed part from being an obstacle near the brake and gas pedals once I could come to a stop.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 032014

Compass 4-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
I got into my 2012 Jeep Compass ( 4X4 latitude version) and noted a drip of water on the inside of my windshield. At first I thought maybe my windshield was leaking and took note of the area. Well, I began to back out and a bunch of water came down on me through my interior light and along the edging of the ceiling of the interior along the windshield. I have had this happen to me twice before, and the issue has to do with the sunroof because of a design flaw in the sunroof drains. Researching the internet, this is an issue that has been around for years with Jeep models. I fear this will not only cause premature aging of the body due to the water coming in contact with body parts that are not meant for the weather elements, but also the risk of the water getting into areas of the dash causing electrical problems or even the vehicle computer parts under the seating. When the water collects on that ceiling panel, it drains through the interior light down onto the transmission shifter and the car stereo, and also along the paneling along the front windshield into the dash area.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 202012

Compass 4WD 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Compass. While driving various speeds, the driver side footrest panel loosened. An authorized dealer repaired the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000. Updated 10/28/2014 the consumer stated the failure began just before 9,000 miles and frequently occurred until it broke and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 04/23/2015

- Lehighton, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 032014

Compass 4WD 4-cyl

  • 19,990 miles
The rear bumper is melted around the exhaust pipe as if there was a fire. I drive my 2 children in this car constantly. I bought this car a month ago. I was shocked to discover the melted plastic bumper and want Jeep to repair it all, exhaust pipe and bumper and problem that caused the melting, at no cost to me asap.

- Aurora, CO, USA

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