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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,185 miles

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2011 Jeep Patriot drivetrain problems

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2011 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

May 242016


  • 62,000 miles


While traveling on a freeway my instrument panel lit up and my car lost all power. I was able to coast to the shoulder. When I looked up the panel light meanings in the manual, I determined it was safe to attempt to restart the car. The car would not start. After waiting for a few minutes, I was able to start the car and take it in to the dealer. The service department acknowledged the car problem but was unable to duplicate it. At the time. I had the same problem a few other times, my car stalled in the middle of an intersection and would not restart. Again, service department is unable to duplicate this issue. It usually happens while driving for 40-60 minutes approx. 70-75 mph. After coasting the vehicle to the side of the road... the dealer advised me that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #22

Apr 122014


  • 30,000 miles
Driving down the interstate on a cool fall day my transmission overheat light came on. After sitting for 20 minutes I restarted the engine and the light went off. The same incident has happened several other times. I took it in to have it looked at and the dealership said that is common and the Jeep Patriot wasn't made to go on long trips. This is not normal for any vehicle and I still haven't gotten it fixed and now my warranty is up.

- Yankton, SD, USA

problem #21

Jan 092016


  • 85,000 miles
While driving on the highway the engine will start to whine and then lose power. Sometimes the transmission light will come on and sometimes it does not. Had to pull over 10 times during a trip that was 141 miles. Only 2 occupants in the car with no baggage or towing. Definitely was not overloaded and speeds were around 65 mph the entire trip. We do not feel safe in this car anymore and this is our family travel car!

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 122015


  • 76,000 miles


The transmission frequently overheats on trips over 1 hours or where highway speed limits are higher than 70 mph. There is a field for the date of when this happened below; however, it has happened several times. I have to pull off of the road and let it set for about 15 to 20 minutes before I can continue the trip.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #19

Oct 082015


  • 98,560 miles
Rear sub frame that attaches to the uni body rusted completely through at a cross member. This sub frame is what mounts the entire rear suspension and drive line to the vehicle. Vehicle was purchased Aug. 2011 and has 98.000miles on it. Also have had problems with wheel bearings. Not including the factory set, we had to replace the wheel bearings (all 4) 3 times. No accidents/injuries were caused by these because they were repaired prior to them getting to bad. Vehicle is currently parked due to safety concerns with the rear suspension. Substandard steel for cross members and wheel bearing issues with these vehicles are known at Chrysler/Jeep, when I ordered the wheel bearings staff working parts counter joked about another one sold. When I called the salesmen about the cross member issue I was told that it is known and they replaced several recently at owners expense. I was also told that the recall/warranty extension will probably happen, so keep my receipt for reimbursement purposes. There are also numerous factory recalls or warranty extensions on Chrysler/Jeep products do to these issues.

- Linesville, PA, USA

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problem #18

Aug 082015


  • 70,000 miles
While driving up a long highway hill on a very hot day, the transmission started making a high pitched whining sound. I pulled over to the shoulder to see if I could see anything leaking etc. After finding nothing obvious I reentered traffic and it was fine until we hit the next hill, and the whining started again. On the downside of the hill the sound went away. Once I got to my destination I looked online and saw complaints of transmission fluid overheating causing the same issue. The ride home was at night and after I dropped off my passengers and there were no problems. Since that time I've noticed occasional "bucking" when driving on flat smooth highway. I made an appointment at my local dealer to check this out. I explained both the bucking and the whining, but they didn't seem too concerned. They updated the software and sent me on my way. I'm very concerned that there is a design or manufacturing problem with this transmission and Jeep is not admitting to it. There are many indications online and on this site... I am very concerned about driving this vehicle, especially on warm days.

- Burlington, CT, USA

problem #17

Jul 042015


  • 50,000 miles


The car was purchased for our daughter who turned (16) Nov 2014. Most of the driving took place on local roads with short-term highway miles..(10-15 mins). The first instance occurred on July 4th, driving to relatives for a bbq & fireworks, our family took (2) cars, my daughter had been driving about 40 mins @ 75mph, when the car started making a whining noise and the temp lite appeared on her dashboard. She said the car was bogging down so she pulled over and called us. She waited 10 mins then continued the additional 15min drive without issue. We took the car into our auto repair shop, where the right front wheel bearing was replaced, as they could not find anything wrong with the engine/powertrain, fluids were fine. Total cost with labor and materials $260.14. The 2nd instance occurred on Sept 18 (today), driving to visit a friend, mainly highway miles, 75-80 mph. She called after (1.5) hours, stating that the temp light appeared and the car was making whining noises. She said the car was not reacting right and felt it was going to stall. When she pressed the gas pedal it would not react. She pulled off the expressway and pulled into a gas station turning off the engine for about (10) minutes. She started the car and finished the last 1/2 hr of expressway miles, staying well under 70 mph, with no issues. The concern is that the problem occurs during highway traveling over 70 mph consistantly over (1) hour. Posing a safety risk of stalling or not bogging down on the highway. This car will be taken to college in the spring 2016, 2-3 hours away where she will be doing regular highway driving and getting to the destination safetly is all that matters.

- Harrison Twp, MI, USA

problem #16

Aug 132015


  • 45,440 miles
Good morning, I was traveling on my 2011 Jeep Patriot for the first time on our way from san diego, California to peoria, Arizona when about 100 miles my car had transmission oil hot warning light on my dash.(was not pulling anything) I pulled over cause that is what the owners manual says to do, I did exactly what it instructed to do. The light turned off, and I continued with my trip. This happened twice, but 45 min later my engine turned off when I was on the freeway. I did not get any warning on my dash, I just could not speed up. All electrical was still working as if the car engine was still running. I had to stir the car from the third outside lane to the emergency right emergency lane with no power steering. Once I managed to do that. My car engine would not turn on. I had to call for road side assistance and stay on the 116 degree weather for two hours for a tow tuck. Once all that happened, they dropped the car to a Jeep dealer. But the dealer was closed. The next day, the looked at the car, and they said nothing was wrong with the car. They could not figure out what happened. This happened for two days. I got my car back from the dealer with nothing done to it. I looked the problem up in many Jeep blogs and it seems this car cant be used on long trips cause the transmission overheats. Im in the military and my wife drives this car. I wish I knew this when I bought the car from the dealer. I'm going to trade this car in for a different make today cause I don't feel safe driving this car. Hope you can look at this issue and help all Jeep Patriots drivers. Thanks for your help in them matter.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 042014


  • 46,508 miles
On approximately 9/4/2014 we were traveling on ca hwy 15 in the baker ca area, temp was approx. 95 deg. And we were going up hill. About half way up, the transmission temp. Light came on and the vehicle started to loose power and slow down. As we pulled to the shoulder of the road we continued to the top and started down the grade, about half way down the light went out and the vehicle ran normal. We took the vehicle to the dealer and was told this was a problem with this vehicle and that the only thing they could try was to replace the cooler bypass valve which they did. On approximately 6/5/15 and approximately the same area the same problem happened. On 6/15/15 we took the vehicle to the dealer again and was told that this a condition of the vehicle a that nothing can be done to fix the problem. I also called the main service hotline for Jeep and was told the same thing.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 152014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
While traveling at both highway and residential speeds my Jeep Patriot will suddenly, without warning, lose power. The first occurrence was at ~85,000 and now occurs every 50 miles or so. Engine shut down is random without warning and has resulted in near collisions, as I struggle to get out of the moving traffic lane. Engine light will come on after occurrence and remain on until car has set for the night. Engine diagnostics do not appear to explain problem per repair center report.

- Park City , UT, USA

problem #13

Nov 112013


  • 12,000 miles


Car stalled while traveling on highway at 60 mph. No warning. Problem continues, dealer will not fix. Says he can't find cause of stalling. However, NHTSA and us gov. Regulatory Agency has been investigating multiple similar complaints from other Jeep Patriot owners including one who had his Jeep totaled by another car rear ending his vehicle when the Jeep stalled. I am not safe in this car. I need help having Jeep step up to fix this transmission which is clearly failing. Jeep is well aware of this problem with the Jeep Patriot but unless there is a recall, those of us who bought this car in good faith have been hung out to dry.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #12

Aug 152014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 56,200 miles
While going about 75 mph, coming back from California, the engine seemed to start making a different whining type sound and then the light telling me the transmission was overheating came on. I immediately pulled over and let it sit for 10 minutes while idling, which the owner manual suggested, . the light then went off and we proceeded home with no further incident. It was really strange though when you are in a large group of vehicle's and you suddenly lose all ability to accelerate; definitely a potential safety issue out on the road..

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jul 252014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 76,104 miles
Started making whirring noise, lost power and transmission overheat light came on. Had to pull over on highway at night.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 262014


  • 85,000 miles
Transmission overheat light, decrease speed on highway& noise. This is 4 th time this summer. Steamed on side of highway again this summer until turned off and cool down.

- Tipton, IA, USA

problem #9

Jul 152014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I purchased my 2011 Jeep Patriot from kraft Nissan November 16, 2013. When I initially purchased it they printed out the vehicle history report showing that the vehicle has never been in accidents and that there was only one previous owner. Since my purchase I complied with every scheduled servicing and hadn't had any major problems. Well, July 15, 2014, as I was driving on the highway, the transmission overheating light lit up so I drove to the nearest gas station and immediately contacted the Jeep customer service line and the operator instructed me to let the car cool off before starting it back up to continue with my journey. After about an hour and a half, I began to drive again and I immediately contacted kraft Nissan to schedule an appointment to get my vehicle inspected. My appointment was for July 17, 2014, and I left my car there with them for 10 hours, finally I called them and they explained that my transmission fluid was dirty and that I needed to get it flushed and the price would be over $500. I declined the service because the price seemed to be a bit steep, and I began to call around to find a better price, meanwhile, I was charged a $95 servicing fee even though that service should have been covered under warranty. As I stated before, I have never had any major problems with my automobile, well, July 18, 2014 my check engine light lit up and has been on ever since. It is now Sunday, July 20, 2014 and the light is still on. I am planning on taking my automobile back in to kraft Nissan to see exactly why my 'check engine' has been on since my visit with them.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 042014

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 17,001 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, it occurred twice in one day. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not diagnose the failure. The manufacturer advised the dealer to update the transmission control and power train module. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 17,001. Updated 08/28/14 updated 09/4/2014

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 072013

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
I was driving in wausau, my Jeep stopped, I accelerated-nothing. I had cars behind me honking and the one directly behind me was coming up fast, I steered to the right and managed to make it into a snowbank. I turned my car off, restarted it. Sat for about 10 mins with hazards on and was able to drive back home to eau claire. In February I replaced my transmission. My transmission never went out. My vehicle would just get stuck in reverse, I'd have to put in drive, back to reverse, then to drive again to go. In addition I had two more episodes, one with my twelve year old in the vehicle with me where it just stopped accelerating. So I have a new transmission in. I have also filed a separate complaint regarding tread wear on now tires, but it's a few weeks later and something still isn't right. I'm not getting stuck in reverse anymore, it's only been a month, but I haven't had the Jeep stop, but it feel like the (excuse my lack of mechanical [xxx]) fuel isn't getting to wear it needs to go fast enough because sometimes it doesn't accelerate (it's been over 30 degrees all week, it's not due to not having the car warm up). Then when it does choose to accelerate it "jumps" to it. Overall it's just noisy. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #6

Jun 162012


  • 58,062 miles
In 2012 we had a nail through the tire of the 2011 Jeep Patriot that we bought new. When we took the car to tires plus to have the tire replaced. We were told that they couldn't legally replace just one tire. The tread wear was so awful; uneven, different tread variances, they couldn't match one used tire. How would they pick what tire to match it up too. We ended up with 4 new tires, we were also told at the time the uneven tread was doing damage to shocks and struts. A year later we took it in for new break pads and rotation, again, even with these "new" tires we were told tread was so uneven, it would be loud, be careful, excreta. I took the Jeep into a Jeep dealership for a recall 10/2013 "N01 recall" since I had in there I also opted to get transmission service/filter, they too talked to me about my tire wear. 11/2013ish my husband, stationed in hi purchases a new Jeep as well. Now we are stuck with two of these...2/2014 I find out the vehicle he purchase (not his, but others with same yr/make/model are already being recalled. Then my transmission goes out! a Jeep, we have just owned, higher miles all from hwy 94 from my husband compute when he lived in wi to fortmccoy...straight shot...65mh the whole way. In addition they fix sway bar link, arm control and tell me noise that still exists could be wheel bearing, my alignment was so off, they kept it an extra day. So I'm 5K into my vehicle I owed 3 years, the wheel bearing, alignment, sway bar, arm control, shocks, struts all I believe to whatever (I wish I new) was causing the uneven tread wear. There is something wrong! transmission different issue...or is it? I have been told as mentioned above they couldn't "legally" replace just one tire...then how for the last three years can Jeep legally let me drive my 4 kids in a vehicle that has obvious problems. Yes, I've called dealership, home office and BBB.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 152013


  • 36,900 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired. The contact was unsure of what exactly was repaired. The contact also mentioned that the failure was experienced several times. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 36,900.

- Auburn, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 302012


  • 15,000 miles
Traveling freeway 75 miles per hr transmission overheats light comes on and we lost all power with diesels baring down behind us. Speed drops fast to 60 had to coast out of way of traffic behind us to edge of freeway. Called dealership was told to let it cool down and take it to dealership in burley id. They found nothing on computer. Happened again going 75 last week Sept 8 same thing. Small grandkids in back seat each time this is a dangerous situation since speed drops drastically with cars or diesels behind you and all you can do is coast off. Engine does not quit just cant go anywhere loses all transmission function. Was told this is happening with several of these types of transmission and to drive in cooler weather keep speed down to 65 and when it happens to pull off put in neutral and race engine to cool it I shouldn't have to do that!!!! its a danger.. its not safe!! it happened going 40 in traffic also. In first couple thousand miles took it in numerous times. Found federal investigation stating no recall at the time. Its needs to be recall before someone is killed, accidents have occurred to others.

- Clearfield , UT, USA

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