really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. none (1 reports)
2013 Jeep Compass transmission problems

transmission problem

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2013 Jeep Compass Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 152018

Compass Sport 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The problem first occurred at 58,000 miles and now happens every time it's driven more than an hour at highway speeds. It's dangerous to lose power on the freeway and get stranded. There is an obvious defect. Far too many units impacted by this problem. Complaint also filed with the NTSA.

Update from May 19, 2019: The JATCO CVTs are defective. Chrysler abandoned the model and brand either late 2013 or mid 2014 drawing suspicion that they lost confidence in their supplier and their product. They are prone to overheating and premature failure. Overheating causes a dangerous power and speed loss usually at a higher highway rate. From what I can tell they need to replaced with a traditional shifting auto transmission. Because the problem affects so many units, it's only practical for Chrysler to recall them, then repair/and/or replace the faulty units. No other solutions is available. For the consumer/buyer to bear the cost of replacement with as little as 50,000 in some cases is unreasonable.

Update from Dec 31, 2020: I've since added a transmission cooler and an over sized transmisson fluid pan to accommodate additional trans fluid. None of this corrected the problem. These additional measures lead me to believe the transmission now runs less hot, therefore the issue must be with the temperature sensor. It cannot be reset or recalibrated. Chrysler Jeep must issue a new part that will allow for a higher transmission fluid temperature.

- paulhmartinez, Lockport, US

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