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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Jeep Patriot steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012015


  • 40,000 miles


Jeep dealer indicates that control arms need replacing due to worn ball joints. The vehicle has approximately 40000 miles. This is premature wear. All four tires, perhaps relatedly, also wore prematurely. (in fact, the ball joint issue was discovered when the vehicle was in for tire replacement.) if the ball joints separate, control of the vehicle would likely be lost.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 102012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While driving vehicle, Patriot began to make a weird noise and when braking on any incline the brake pedal would fell as though it was bouncing and you could hear a ticking noise from passenger front area of car. Shortly after the ABS/traction control light came on. After having the car scanned at a local shop, it wasn't reading what was wrong. They reset computer and after driving over 20mph, the lightscame back on. I recently took it into a local mechanic shop where they analyzed the computer system and brake system. The back right passenger tire ABS sensor had failed and needs replaced along with the lower control arms and ball joints on the front right side estimating cost to fixes around $1000 for a car with 57,500 miles now.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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