definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,400 miles

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2008 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 262016


  • 77,000 miles


I bought this Jeep used and the first time it rained, water came in from the sunroof into the car, there was water in the dome lights, running out of the headliner, running through the electrical components. Now I see that this is a known issue with this model but Chrysler has not recalled or done anything to correct in the current model year. I am afraid fo rmy safety driving this vehicle with water coming in contact with electronics or water coming into my face, on my steering wheel while driving causing a distraction. I hope the NHTSA will help and force the mfr to fix this for all of us Jeep owners.

- Kansasville, WI, USA

problem #4

Apr 132015

Patriot 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased my 2008 Jeep Patriot in summer 2010. In spring 2011 (when it actually rains in Texas) I noticed a puddle of water inside the floorboard of my car. I ignored it, but the next time it rained and I was in my car I learned how the mysterious puddle of water got into my car, through the dome light that was full of water. I took it to a mechanic and they could not figure out how the water got in. When I tried explaining to them my witness of the water leaking through the dome light, they could not find a leak anywhere. Since then, I have had multiple leaks in my car coming from the light inside my car and the piece to the left side of the windshield. Anytime I try to explain it to a Jeep dealership/take it to a mechanic to look at it, they "can't find a problem". honestly, after spending hundreds of dollars for people to tell me they cannot find anything I have given up. Over time, lights in the buttons of my radio have burned out, lights in my ac have burned out, but today I am letting my voice be heard... we had a downpour last Thursday in North Texas and I turned my car on Friday to once again the dome light leaking water (not a shocker for me anymore because unfortunately this is the norm) and my radio completely burned out. I cannot turn it on, see the time, nothing. It's gone. I called the Jeep dealership Friday morning and he mentioned he just got off the phone with 2 others who are having the exact same issues with their Jeep. It's now Monday and it has rained all night. I got into my Jeep this morning to go to work and my car wont even turn on now. It was working fine yesterday before the rain and now I am pretty sure it has completely shorted my cars electrical out. This needs to be recalled and fixed. There is no reason I should be paying hundreds of dollars for someone to tell me there is not a problem when there clearly is.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 012009

Patriot 4-cyl

  • miles
10/16/2008 - purchased new 2008 Jeep Patriot 04/01/2009 - dome leak reported to dealership - no findings 11/03/2009 - dome leak reported to dealership - seal on sunroof glass was replaced and drains were unclogged 03/14/2009 - dome leak reported to dealership - drains were unclogged 11/18/2009 - dome leak reported to dealership - drains were unclogged 07/23/2014 - dome leak reported to dealership - out of warranty - referred to Chrysler - referred back to dealership. Evaluation and cost to repair this on going issue is on the customer. There are numerous reports via the internet and a law suit against Chrysler (findings unknown) for not notifying customers of the issue. As a consumer and owner, Chrysler, dealerships and the service departments have knowledge of the issue and have not found a permanent solution and I was told on 7/24/2014, by the service staff at the dealership not to purchase a vehicle with a sunroof. Chrysler should find a permanent solution and the cost should not be placed on the consumer for the repair and "maintenance" of a known design problem with a water leakage in the dome light, to the electrical parts of the vehicle.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 052013

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
After snow melts or heavy rain the rear dome light fills with water & leaks on to floor.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 042014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I took the Jeep in for a oil change. While it was up in the air the mechanic was able to show me that the engine cradle was badly rusted and needs to be replaced.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

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