definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,882 miles

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2008 Jeep Compass electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Jeep Compass Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Aug 172015


  • 85,490 miles
I pulled into a parking lot and noticed a muffled humming noise, located it under the hood near the steering wheel. It was coming from the T.I.P.M. then my vehicle instrument panel lit up, interior overhead lights went out, door locks and security system stopped working, headlights went out, A/C stopped cooling, wipers, turn signals stopped. The car was still running, and the windows and sunroof worked. I tried to leave quickly to go home, but the car wouldn't come out of park because apparently that is electronic controlled also. I looked up online and found that the fuse box/ totally integrated power modulator is where the noise was coming from. It is the brain of the car. I read that there have been thousands of this vehicle makers models with this problem. I was lucky that I was parked when this happened. There have been others that were driving when there controls and lights and signals go out. There have been so many malfunctions that the part was/is on national backorder. This could get not only the owners and families hurt, but other drivers on the road as well. If your car develops brain damage while in operation. Apparently the company is doing nothing about this. It controls all areas of functions of the vehicle and you cant properly or safely operate a vehicle without it.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #1

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

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