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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,173 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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2009 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 042016


  • 91,000 miles


Little by little the electrical to my car has been going. Im the first owner and first the front power windows, then the horn and then the lights stopped working. Then my car started stalling out of no where when I would accelerate. They say its the PCM but I never abused and always took care of my car.

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 102015


  • 66,000 miles
My ABS, esp bas, and traction control lights went on on my dash showing that my vehicles safety features are disabled. I had just had the sensor module that controls these lights replaced back in December 2015 at an expense of $1266. Now 7 months later and 6000 miles later the system is not working again. The dealership will not cover the repairs again under warranty and claim I will have to pay again to have the repairs made. Who know how long this repair would last as the Jeep parts are obviously defective and their are many more complaints on-line about them. There is no doubt that there are a lot of Jeep owners driving around with their safety controls disabled because they can not afford these costly repairs...or can not afford to pay for them more then once! Jeep should have to honor these repairs under warranty or recall the defective parts before someone gets killed!

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 132014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 100,256 miles
I have a 2009 Jeep Patriot at first my Jeep starting to rev up and down then the Jeep would jerk hard then speedometer needle would go from the speed I was going to zero to max it would do that a few times then it would not register at all after that my ABS light would come on my ESC light as well then my front brake would start to grab and lock the front end down, I work at a dealer ship so I unplugged the ABS module and it drove fine no problem expect I have no speed odometer when I got to work I pulled the codes and it told me it was the left front wheel speed sensor so I ordered one and replaced the part and hooked my ABS module back up test drove and checked codes all was fine later that after noon driving home from work I just pick up the kids from daycare it started to do it again this time when my brakes locked up it came to a dead stop I was going 55 mph on the highway I was able fight it to the side of the road and unplug the ABS module again and drove fine went to work the next day pulled codes once more told me it was the right front wheel speed sensor this time I order an new and replaced it, still doing the same thing it keeps jumping back and forth between codes from left to right. I think it might be the ABS module and those can get expensive. I would rather trade it for a Kia before I pay that money. This issues could have killed or severely hurt me and my family my kids where in the car both time.

- Waco, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 032014


  • 166,000 miles
Vehicle stalls out while driving down the road without any has happened four times now. Sometimes it will restart but usually not and needed to be towed. After swiping it and checking codes it resets and functions normal again and the problem can not be found...but it keeps happening and I keep getting charged for a technicians time that keeps on finding nothing.

- Thunder Bay, MN, USA

problem #1

May 252013


  • 32,607 miles
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 morning the Jeep started to make noise at the front of the vehicle, so on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 I took it to Firestone in bridgeville for a second opinion. They advised that we have the suspension checked as well as the spring for the struts. They had advised that the car was safe to drive and passed their inspection. May 23, 2013 on my way to work and I stopped at a stop sign. Water began to flow through my rear view mirror from the sunroof. At that time I hadn't touched the sunroof since the date of purchase. Per Jeep forums this is a constant hassle with the car. I was not given a choice in what I could have for a vehicle from the dealership due to credit issues. I had requested on 05/24/2013, a review of the warranty on the vehicle. I had the car less than a week and had to already take it back to the dealership. I took it to the dealership they had advised the noise I was hearing was a "control arm clip that unlatched?; they verbally said that they took care of it. However from the point on I still could hear it. I would call [xxx] and he would say that the car was still drivable". I didn't receive anything in writing from them. I check Jeep for any recalls, but found nothing on my VIN. So I decided to forget about it until this past may when my car was first inspected by kenny ross South. It passed emissions however they couldn't pass it completely. I had it recently serviced and the rotors control arms ball joints and struts need done. It's unreal, the car is a 2009. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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