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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,633 miles

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2011 Jeep Patriot engine problems

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2011 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

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 #11

Aug 062012


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and operated as designed. The failure recurred twice on separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but no cause for failure was found. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 33,000.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 062011

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 320 miles
On the second day of ownership, immediately after the first fuel up, we idled through a fastfood drive-through and upon pulling out into traffic, it just died. Scary, but all the cars stopped for us. It started right up. I faxed all the information to the dealer and asked if it was them testing the chip you can remove to prevent car theft (or help repo in their case). They never responded. One change we made is we never topped off fuel after that. It has not happened since. However, the cvt appears to have failed now at 32,000 miles.

- Bowie, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 182012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 15,400 miles


On a regular basis vehicle sputters and almost stalls out while vehicle is moving and while vehicle is at a complete stop. On two occasions vehicle stalled out completely while driving. Foot was on gas, approximate speed was 25mph, car completely shut off. Would not start up right away. Had to sit for several minutes before vehicle would start up again. Vehicle has been at huntington dealership twice for this problem and they have found nothing.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012012


  • 13,644 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer three times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13,644 and the current mileage was 18,500.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 082011

Patriot 4-cyl

  • miles
It has happen 3 times that as I am approaching a stop sign, I reduce the speed, make the stop and from there, the vehicle turns off and I get stuck on the stop sign. I have to wait about 3 minutes to re-start the engine. It has also happened once on a red light and again, I wait couple minutes and re-start the engine.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 122012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 376 miles


I purchased my 2011 Jeep Patriot in March 2011 and one day it suddenly stalled while traveling 50-55 mph on the interstate. The car had been traveling on the road for only 5 minutes prior to the incident, with no stops or problems. I was meeting my husband for lunch and the car just stalled and I pulled over on the side. I was in shock because the were cars behind me and I immediately put my emergency lights on. I called my husband and told him what happened and he asked me did I hit a bump wrong that may have caused this issue and I said no. I immediately called my dealer and left a message. The service center called back and I gave them details. They told me to bring the car for a few days and allow them to drive it, but I wouldn't have a replacement vehicle. So they told me that if it gave me any other issues to give them a call. A few months later it did the same thing, again when I first took off leaving my home. At this point I was assuming it was something I was doing or hitting a bump wrong. So I called them and gave another notice to the dealer. Same day the windows started to go down by themselves. Again, I thought I touched the switch wrong and cause the window to roll all the way down but it not only did it to my window the passenger window did the same. So during the first oil change at the dealership, I told them to check everything out because the vehicle was doing weird stuff. Never saw any warning lights on the dashboard. No putting occurred when the car shut down. It's been over a year now and we have only dealt with the windows going down by themselves, but the car isn't turning off..thank god! my father in law brought the recall issue to our attention and wanted us to contact the dealer because we have two young kids. We travel alot and would like this matter taken care of before we decide to travel for the holidays.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012012

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while driving 35mph making a left turn the vehicle stalled without warning in the middle of the intersection with oncoming traffic. The contact was able to restart the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer the contact was not sure if the dealer performed a diagnostic however, the vehicle's main computer chip was updated. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 27,000. Updated 11/13/12 updated 11/19/12

- Greenville , SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 302012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact previously rented a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the engine stalled without prior warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an auto rental center. The contact was unaware of the repair performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. Recently, the contact discovered there was an open investigation related to the similar defect under NHTSA action number PE12032 (engine). The approximate failure mileage was 10,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 12/11/12 updated 12/12/12

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 242012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The engine stalled after driving at highway speeds. Stalling occurs more often when I have been in traffic for a long period of time. Traveling at highway speeds then slowing down to stop in traffic then attempting to accelerate has cause the car to stall on several occasions. The car was taken to the dealership and the service center was told about the issue. They claimed that it was a software problem. The software was updated and the issue stopped for a bit. After approximately 3 weeks the stalling happened again.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012


  • 17,941 miles
My 2011 Jeep Patriot (limited, trail rated) suddenly stalled while traveling 70-75 mph on the interstate. The car had been traveling on interstate/highway for approximately 3 hours prior to the incident, with no stops or problems. My husband was driving in the passing lane, noticed that the car started slowing despite pressing the gas pedal. He managed to merge through traffic to the side of the road. The engine had completely died before he came to a stop. No warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. No sputtering or shuddering occurred. There was no indication that the car had overheated. There was no indication anything was wrong until the car began to slow. He did have cruise control active at the time. The car had to be towed as it would not restart after the incident. (he tried to restart several times within the 30-45 minutes it took for the tow truck to arrive, it would try to start (it would turn over?) but would not actually start) additionally, I have noted twice the car took slightly longer to start after sitting in the sun all day, but this is really a non "issue" since it has always started. It just took maybe.5 seconds longer than normal on two occasions. I do not know if the start time is related, at all, to this stalling incident. This car is less than 1 year old, and has almost 18,000 miles on it. This event could have been extremely dangerous. Thankfully, there was no other vehicle immediately behind the car when this event occurred. The car is currently at the dealership for service tomorrow.

- Waynesville, MO, USA

problem #1

May 022012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 20,170 miles
I was driving on nb I-5 in a 2005 Subaru. The vehicle in front of me was this 2011 Jeep Patriot that I am complaining about. We were driving approx. 65mph. I was not tailgatting! the Jeep Patriot's power died. The driver thought she was not getting gas and kept hitting the gas pedal. She never hit the brake. I did not see a brake light and it took me a couple seconds to realize she had slowed, then stopped (that is why I put she was going approx. 30mph). Research shows it takes 2-1/2 time longer to brake if you do not see brake lights. She did not pull over to the median. Needless to say, by the time I slammed on my brakes, I hit her. I was still going about 55mph. My airbags deployed. My 85 year old mother was in the car with me and was seriously injured. I was also injured but was able to recover in a matter of 6-8 weeks. As I research this vehicle, I find that not only the 2011 Patriot has this problem, but so does the 2012 Patriot. When is Jeep going to do something about this problem. Apparently Jeep mechanics know this problem occurs but do not know why. Btw, this was a rental vehicle for the driver of the Patriot.

- Medford, OR, USA

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