fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,728 miles

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2012 Jeep Compass drivetrain problems

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2012 Jeep Compass Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 242015


  • miles


A month or so after buying my car (used) it started to struggle going up hill. As time went on the struggle uphill turned into stalling. Then it progressed to extreme difficulty getting up to speed when just getting on the freeway. Soon it started to over heat if driven longer than an hour. With all of the issues put together it ha become very stressful and scary to drive. We took it into the mechanic and he discovered the smooth transition transmission is faulty and causes the car to overheat. He said it was a matter of time until the transmission drops. I no longer feel safe taking my family anywhere in the car. Between the sluggishness, stalling, overheating and transmission my car is a ticking time bomb. If any of this happens on the freeway my family and possibly others could get severely injured. I have looked up online and found many others have this same issue.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #9

Sep 152016


  • 92,000 miles
The transmission temperature warning light comes on and I completely lost the ability to accelerate.left me sitting on side of highway with baby in the truck was almost rear-ended due to inability to accelerate or move vehicle until transmission cooled off only 92000 miles on truck please help

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #8

Mar 192016


  • miles
My daughter was driving the 2012 Jeep Compass home from work Saturday 3/26/2016. I was in the driveway and when she pulled up, I noticed a black tube dragging under the bottom of the car. I climbed under the car and pulled out a tube that was around 11 inches long. I took the part inside and started researching what could cause this to happen. I've read multiple people have had this same issue with the part just breaking off. We are having the Jeep towed to landers mcclarty Chrysler in huntsville, al on Wednesday 3/30 to be repaired. I hope this can be looked into as a possible recall because there is no way this pipe just splits like it did on its own. The Jeep Wrangler was recalled for this same issue. Please look into this. This was a 16 year old driving this car at the time.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #7

Jul 142014

Compass 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


Driving to work I heard a clanking noise. I approached a stop light and was told by someone standing by the light that there was something dragging underneath my vehicle. I reached my destination and once the car was parked got out to see what it was. A metal tube was dangling from my undercarriage. I went and got a coworker to help me. He pulled it out and told me it was part of transmission; it was the metal transmission fill tube. He looked under my trunk and pointed out that it snapped and broke off.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 132013

Compass 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,345 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Compass. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle independently came to a complete halt without warnings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on three different occasions. The technician diagnosed that the power train module and core return needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to correct the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11,345 and the current mileage was 11,792. Updated 12/20/13

- Old Town , FL, USA

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problem #5

Jan 192013


  • 2,751 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Compass. The contact stated that after parking the vehicle, the vehicle independently rolled away out of a residential driveway. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since they were aware that the continuously variable transmission that vehicle was equipped with would periodically fail. The manufacturer advised the contact to use the parking brake in order to temporarily remedy the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 2,751 and the current mileage was 2,759.

- Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 022012

Compass 4-cyl

  • 650 miles


The first instance of the vehicle slowing rapidly when letting up on the gas occurred during rush hour on a local parkway. While travelling with the traffic, at about 67 mph, the traffic ahead started to slow. Rather than step on the brake, I lifted my foot from the gas pedal. Almost immediately the car began to quickly decelerate. It happened so fast that the person behind me almost hit me. They proceded to go around me and pulled abruptly in front of me and braked. He must have thought I did it intentionally. This had been happening at slower speeds and the service personnel at the dealership told me that I needed to drive the car more miles as they could not duplicate the problem. One tech even said that this is the way the cvt works and I'd have to get used to it. A similar incident occurred on the parkway about a month later. This time the outcome wasn't as severe as the initial occurrence. Traffic was a little lighter but moving just as quickly. I returned to the dealer for service and that is where the car is now. They cannot duplicate or find any failure codes for the problem. Again, a new service assistant told me that that is how the cvt works. I informed him as I had informed the others that I have driven vehicles with the cvt and it is not how they work. Having been a mechanic for a good part of my life, I dare say that I feel as though I am risking mine when driving this vehicle at highway speeds.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 202012

Compass 4WD

  • 5,500 miles
Vehicle sputters, shakes, and almost stalls out. When it does this you can step on the gas and it will go no where, I M afraid to drive it as if anyone cuts me off or in front of me while my vehicle is malfunctioning I could get hit and injured.I have reported it to the dealer, their assistant service manager agrees its a problem, he contacted Chrysler and they don't know what or how to fix it, the manager of service says its a 4 cylinder issue but its normal. Chrysler has been giving me the run around and is not helping.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #2

May 202012

Compass 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Compass. The contact stated that while attempting to merge into traffic the vehicle started to hesitate and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 5,500. Updated 8/24/12

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 112012


  • 29 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Compass limited. The contact stated that when the engine was started, the gear shift did not shift into drive or reverse. The contact also stated that the engine idled high and the RPM increased to 5000. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer performed a diagnostic test, but was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was test driven, but the failure did not duplicate. The dealer adjusted the gear shifter lever. The failure mileage was 29 and the current mileage was 336.

- Hanover, PA, USA

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