hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
140,529 miles

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2008 Jeep Patriot suspension problems

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2008 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 102016


  • 107,723 miles


Took vehicle in possible shock replacement, tire balancing and/or new tires. Was noted that the crossmember was almost rusted through and was in need of immediate replacement. When checked for service bulletins, was found that the 2007 Patriots are under recall for this very issue. Considering this is a 2008 Patriot, built in 2007, it should be included in the recall.

- Earlville, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 272016


  • 72,000 miles
I have a little over 70,000 miles, and the subframe of my vehicle is completely rotted and needs replaced. I contacted Jeep about this issue, and they told me there is nothing that they can do.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 192016


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Patriot. While driving various speeds, the upper suspension A-arm malfunctioned, which caused the vehicle to make a loud rattling noise. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Troy, MT, USA

problem #8

Oct 122016

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 36,192 miles


Driving back from visiting my brother in pittsburgh on mon. 10-10-2016 on the pa turnpike I heard a weird noise underneath my Jeep up front sound like a light squeaking noise but couldn't figure out what it was I was debating on dropping my Jeep off at my mechanic to check it out but we got home too late drove Jeep to dr appt that week on a Wednesday for test results driving on smooth roads only heard the squeaking noise until I hit a little pot hole on my driver's side on the back roads going about 25 mph & heard a clunking noise and no matter when I hit a little bump with the right front tire area I heard a loud clunking noise like a ball joint or shock I called my mechanic to tell him I was dropping off the Jeep and told him the noise it was making. After I dropped it off I was informed by my mechanic the next day that my front sub frame on the drivers side the bolt hole was rusted from the inside of the frame and broke breaking my connection to my right control arm and recommended me to replace the sub frame and both control arms on both sides due to the rust on the left side also before that too broke off. It could have been a very different scenario if this would of happen on the pa turnpike heading home to coopersburg, pa over 200 miles one way the man above watched over us that day the Jeep only has 36,192 miles on it the pictures below bad--driver's side front of sub frame totally inside rusted area-major problem / good is passenger side as you can see the hole and the insert inside is not aligned properly. I would think it was a defective part which is not on the recall list. My 1st Jeep purchase because of it supposedly ruggedness in all weather and good safety rating guess I was wrong I am 80 yrs young & I definitely don't dry off road I bought it new in 2008 safety rating& rugged thank you for your time thank god it didn't happen on the interstate-[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Coopersburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 302016


  • 70,000 miles
I took my Jeep Patriot to a local mechanic to put a hitch on the back for a bike rack, and he noticed that my subframe/cross member was in dire need of replacement due to rust. I took the vehicle to a Jeep dealer and was told that this is a common issue in these early gen. Patriots, and that a recall had been issued by Jeep (Chrysler action # 23-012-1) for the 2007 Patriot and compass models. The details of the recall would be that Jeep would cover the cost to repair the rotted sub frames in the 2007 Patriots manufactured prior to July 2007, and the eligibility for coverage under this recall is decided by VIN number. The dealer confirmed that my Jeep was manufactured after July 2007, but purchased in March 2008 and thus would not be covered under the same recall. Now, I am currently having issues with my Patriot's steering and deceleration, especially when driving on the highway. I experience shaking of the steering wheel and vibrations throughout the vehicle while going speeds over 50mph on the highway. When exiting the highway on a ramp, the issues are the most pronounced. I have to be diligent about braking several times to make sure the car is decelerating safely as well as the steering feeling extremely loose. I've contacted Jeep to see if the issue with the sub frame rotting would be covered in the 2008 Patriot model, since it appears to be the same issue as the 2007S had and had not been corrected. I had no luck talking to a representative with Jeep about this issue. My ticket with Jeep was closed by customer service after the E-mail rep. Directed me to purchase a warranty with Jeep or visit a dealer (which I'd already done). We are bringing the vehicle to a local mechanic to fix the sub frame this week. I'd like to be reimbursed by Jeep for the cost of repairing the subframe. Thank you for your time, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ashland, MA, USA

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problem #6

Jun 012016


  • 74,900 miles
My subframe is rotting through and is a major safety hazard for my kids and myself. The car is not that old to have this problem which was told to me by my mechanic.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 122015


  • 29,000 miles


I own a 2008 Jeep Patriot 4X4. The driver side lower control arm failed at 29,000 miles costing over $800 to fix and not covered by warranty. I started doing research online in Jeep forums and blogs and found this is a common problem on these vehicles. Dealer told me if I haven't happened to bring it in for an oil change and tire rotation, my left front wheel would have fallen off. I don't drive this off-road, just back and forth in city driving to work and for errands and one 1400 mile trip every 2-3 years via interstate. Found they had a recall for this same issue in earlier versions of Jeep, but not on 2007 or 2008 Patriots. My research found this is a poor design and will keep happening over and over again once it starts. This is dangerous and could get someone killed and Chrysler/Fiat should stand up to the plate and do a recall on this vehicle. Will never buy another vehicle from them ever, period.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 012015


  • 1,047,000 miles
I was at my mechanic getting my 2008 Jeep Patriot serviced when he called me into the shop to look at the rust issue that the K frame has. The rust has already began to make holes in the structure which were not there at my last change 3 months ago. I began to research the problem and found that it seems to be quite common, so much that they have extended the 2007 Patriot warranty. I contacted the dealership to see if there were any open recalls on my Patriot and he told me that there wasn't. this is not normal wear and tear even at just under 105,000 miles. The information that I have read online mentions a manufacture flaw that has the A/C drain over the frame. This leaves the owner with a costly repair that is Jeep fault. While the Jeep was in the air on the lift we inspected the rest of the under body everything else was rust free but I have enclosed pictures taken today on the lift.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #3

Jul 042015


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Patriot. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle decelerated when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the tone rings on the rear axle were dry rotted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 11/12/15

- Buffolo, NY, USA

problem #2

May 012015


  • miles
The subframe assembly on my 2008 Jeep Patriot has begun rusting out. The outer tie rod ends and lower ball joints are also worn. Similar issues have been addressed through a parts recall on the 2007 Jeep Patriot. This degradation of steering/suspension parts on a 2008 model warrant a recall similar to that of the 2007 model.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 022015

Patriot 4-cyl

  • miles
I had brought my 08 Jeep Patriot to the dealer for a inspection and was told the front suspension cross member was rusting out and should be watched so I came home and did some research online only to find out this part was recalled and given a 10 year unlimited mile warranty on the 07 Patriots only in 2014.I want to know why this does not cover the 08 Patriots when it is obviously a problem and a safety issue as mine has holes already rusted through it.

- Lodi, OH, USA

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