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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,128 miles

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2008 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 242016


  • 126,000 miles


Summary: While driving my car will still in the engine dies the car lots of Iowa city it doesn't matter where you're going after you put gas in the car he usually doesn't start but now it has started not letting you fill up with gas at stopping the fuel pump like your tank is full and it didn't put any gas in it but it's very dangerous and scary when you're driving down the road and your engine shuts off in the car stalls and locks up. The traction control will come on and it's an able to be turned off after it locks up and stalls and shuts off while you're driving it any speed it doesn't restart request research help very scary it's going to lead to something horrible happening this problem cannot get fixed

- Cedarville, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 282016


  • 108,000 miles
My vehicle was in motion in a 45 mph zone when, twice today, the brakes on my 2008 Jeep Patriot sank to the floor and braking was significantly reduced. I didn't even have to pump the brakes to get them to regain pressure after letting off the pedal; brakes worked on second attempt. Later down the road the failure occurred a second time. When I attempted to pump the brakes to build pressure, it was unnecessary... the brakes worked on second attempt. My vehicle did not display any warning indicators at the time of the failure; neither the brake like, ABS light, or any other lamp on the dash was illuminated when the brakes failed. Usually in the rain, my Patriot suffers from a stuttering and stalling issue that is reported by many Jeep Patriot owners, and has not been solved due to the irregularity of the problem. A direct cause for the issue is unknown and cannot be identified by the dealership or my regular mechanic.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 172016


  • 94,000 miles
The vehicle was driven to a gas station and was filled up with gas. The fuel was not "topped off" and fueling was stopped when the fuel nozzle shut off. Upon leaving the gas station and driving less than 1/4 mile, the engine stalled and shut off while the vehicle was in drive and driving on the highway. The vehicle would not start for approximately 5 minutes. The vehicle was able to drive after this.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #10

Nov 302015


  • 122,000 miles


Gas pump shuts off when filling up, it started last month on & off. Last 3 days have not been able to put more than 1 gallon regardless of gas pump or gas station. Checked internet and many are reporting the same problem and have been told the gas tank has to be replaced at owners expense. I had similar problems with 2005 Chrysler 300, it started the same way where I could not put gas, then it started to shutoff while driving or right after filling up, a couple times I almost got into an accident when turning at intersection and engine shutoff after leaving the gas station. The dealer replaced the gas tank for free as similar issues were reported for 2006 chryler 300S, but not 2005 model. 2) also, often after filling up, the engine light will go on usually within hours of filling up while driving and stays on. Sometimes it does not go off for days even when driving on expressway for an hr.the engine light when it goes off may stay off for 2-3 weeks. I check the gas cap and it is on tight. Previously my mechanic said the engine light was due to a code 420? pointing to the catalytic converter. I am not convinced is the catalytic converter because when the light goes off, it stays off for weeks, and I do allot of driving. On streets and expressway for 30 miles or more daily. I am taking car to dealer for check up next week.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 082015


  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Patriot. While driving at various speeds, the contact became ill. The contact noticed that the exhaust block was leaking exhaust fumes into the vehicle. The contact independently replaced the exhaust block. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,000....updated 02/19/16

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #8

Oct 132015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate over 20 mph. The contact also stated that the traction control, ABS, and engine warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The diagnosis was that the throttle body and PCM needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 102015


  • 145,000 miles


While driving the vehicle at 45 mph, the electronic stability program indicator light came home causing the speed to immediately drop down to 20mph. I was able to pull the car over and turn the engine off. I waited and the car started back up fine. The next day, while driving, the electronic throttle control light came on and immediately shut my car off. I was able to force the steering wheel to turn into a parkin spot. After trying to crank the car, it finally started and the light didnt come on. The next day, had the oil changed and new spark plugs put in. The car drove fine at first and then all of a sudden while on a busy highway, the spped dropped to 10mph. I was able to keep going and stop and turn the vehicle off. It took several attempts to restart the vehicle but finally got it.this vehicle is extremely dangerous and needs a recall to have this taken care of!!! it is going to take someone getting seriously injured to have something happen

- Baldwin, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 112015

Patriot 4-cyl

  • miles
Before the snow and cold had come to northwest pa I decided to get a new vehicle. I now own a 2008 Jeep Patriot. 2 weeks ago in the negative weather my car had trouble shifting and even stalled while at a red light. It is an automatic. This morning it would not start at all. Thinking it was the battery I had my car jumped. The radio and lights worked but it would not turn over or start. We even tried to hit the starter to see if that was the problem. Still would not start. The engine light is now on the dash.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 092015


  • 50,700 miles
I got this Jeep 2 months ago from a dealership in san antonio. On maybe about 5 occasions when I was at a stop light the whole engine shook like it was just going to turn off, luckily it never did. That is until yesterday, I got to a stop light heading home from work and it just turned off on me. No shaking this time, no warning at all. The radio and everything stayed on so I knew it wasn't the battery, and it wouldn't even crank when I tried turning the key just stayed silent. Mind you since there was no warning and I'm the only one in the car a 5'0" 118 lb woman not going to be able to push it somewhere safe all I could do was throw my emergency lights on and hope I didn't get rear ended with everyone leaving work (5 O' clock traffic was just starting) which I did almost get hit at least 3 times! after a couple minutes I tried again and it turned back on. I pulled into a parking lot and got on the phone with my dealership they're so incompetent though I already know they're going to say they can't find out why it happened. This has never happened to me before and I was freaking out looking in the rear view mirror seeing cars slamming on their brakes. This needs to be fixed asap!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 112014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 77,100 miles
A week after purchasing the 2008 Jeep Patriot from a used car dealership the Jeep stalled after filling up the tank. I called the dealer and he said to put dry gas in the tank. I did and the Jeep would jerk a few times after refueling. On 1/14/15 the Jeep stalled in the middle of a busy street minutes after my 17 year old filled the tank. Thank god she did not get into an accident. This is extremely dangerous since the Jeep stalled without warning. I took the Jeep to my mechanic but he couldn't identify the issue. I know there are Jeep owners who are experiencing the same problem and the manufacturer is doing nothing about it. Please investigate before someone gets into a fatal accident.

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 222014


  • 65,000 miles


1. my daughter took her car in because it would not start and the mechanic told her the transmission was going. He finally got it started and she limped it home. July 22nd 2. my daughter was driving to work one week later and her car lost power and shut down on the highway, I called aaa and had it towed to dealer. August 2nd. He kept it for a week testing for issues. 3. I drove the car to work and when I tried to go home it would not start. I towed it to a Jeep dealer who figured out the problem and charged me $390 to fix it. August 15.

- Easton, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 132014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 92,869 miles
The first time I had the Jeep in for repair 4 times making a noise in the back brakes that was Friday the 6/20/2014 and again today with noise in the front brakes they told me at monro muffler here in herkimer newyork 13350 that there isn't anything wrong with the brakes in the front but they still are rubbing after leaving there I went to a store a little down the road and the engine light come on they tell me it only the gas cap I just got this car 6/13/20014 the car sales was here in herkimer kamart parking lot vision is the name of the car dealer my total for this car is $12,697.92 I want them to take this car back I don't want it please do something for me thank you

- Herkimer, NY, USA

problem #1

May 012013

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
When driving my Jeep in the warmer months, if I travel for more than 30 miles or so the transmission light comes on and then the vehicle seizes. This happens without much notice and last week my daughter was almost involved in an accident because the car just stopped in the middle of the road. Driving on the san diego 405 freeway is dangerous enough however; I am going to land up getting killed if this is not taken care of. I have contacted my dealer and they say there is nothing they can do about it. Will it take a class action suit before Chrysler decides to recall this extremely serious condition"?"

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

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