definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,359 miles

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2008 Jeep Compass drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Jeep Compass Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 032016


  • miles


I finance this Jeep in 2014. Only had the car for 2yrs. Currently making payments on the car. My Jeep just stop running on me. Took it in first problem the alternator had it replace. Then while driving it stop running again now I'm told it's my tipm. Which is gonna cost me over $1,000 to have that replace. Did some research on it. A lot of other ppl are complaining bout the same issue with the tipm. Something needs to be done bout this problem. To many issues with that same part. I had my Jeep tow 4 times.

- Cutler, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 262015

Compass 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Manual transmission went.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 282014


  • miles
My husband was driving the speed limit which was 70mph. All of a sudden the car slowed down to 40mph. It would not go any faster. He even tried to give it a little more gas but it still would not go any faster.then it slowed down to 35 then 30. There was nothing you could do. It sounded like the transmission would not shift. It sounded like it was in a lower gear and would not shift to a higher gear. The car then started to over heat. We opened the sun roof, rolled down the windows and turned off the ac. We even turned the heat on as recommended in the manual but no luck. We ended up having to stop. On the interstate this was horrible. I thought we were going to be hit from behind. People are going to fast and even though your in the right lane they don't slow down but try to go around you. It's the people who can't get over into the left lane and just about run over you that is terrifying. We were told by the Chrysler dealership that this happened to the Jeep Compass all the time. Sometimes 1-2 times or 2-3 times. They will diagnose the problem and fix it. How can you fix something after its run the transmission so hard" my thing is put a new transmission in it and whatever else it needs new. We have a bumper to bumper warranty and I can bet we will be charged something. Who is to say it won't happen again, or when my grandchildren are with me" I wish I had known about this problem with this Jeep I personally wouldn't have bought it. It has already been paid off and darn, look what just happened. I would like to know how many other people have had this same problem and how many times and what was done about it.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #3

May 292014


  • 40,155 miles


The brake light switch shorted out causing the brake lights to fail, transmission to shift incorrectly (stuck in wrong gear), and melt electrical wires inside the dashboard. The first symptom was the vehicle would not shift out of park. This can be overridden with a release switch. While driving the vehicle to the dealership for repair, the brakes light failed to engage when the brake pedal was pushed as well as causing extremely poor performance from the transmission. The transmission would not shift properly, which caused speed and control instability. Due to the electrical short in the brake light module, it caused several additional wires to overheat and melt. I have serious concerns for anyone else this happens to. I believe there is a serious design flaw that would allow a faulty brake light switch to hinder the operation of the vehicle in such a way that could cause serious injury or death. Why did the short not blow a fuse? typically, that should happen with an electrical short. Please investigate.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 272011


  • 68,000 miles
Had to have ball joints and tie rods replaced in Dec 2013. Wheel bearing replaced Jan 2014 and now am told need new transmission.

- St Marys, OH, USA

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problem #1

Feb 012014

Compass 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Cvt transmission causing whine upon acceleration and needs to be replaced at 70K miles. Wheel hub assembly replaced at 70K miles.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

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