really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,914 miles

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2011 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 292016


  • 70,000 miles


I was excallerating from a stop at a red light that had just turned green when half way through the intersection my Jeep stauled. The two vehicles behind me rear ended each other. I slowly rolled to my right. The etc (lighting bolt symbol) and engine light came on. I repeated the process of trying to start and drive a few feet at a time and remove battery terminals and clean them. The RPM would drop very fast and engine would cut out while in motion. This was on very busy rural streets. It seem to happen during ecceleration. I managed the to make it home by driving very slow and trying to keep rpms as low as possible. At times the engine would not start until I disconnected the battery then reconnected. Have a new battery, PCV valve, and same issues. I believe the throttle body assemblies on these vehicles are faulty and suffer from engineering design and weak internal parts.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 022015


  • 60,450 miles
While driving down our driveway to the main road the electronic stability indicator and the electronic throttle control lights came on. I turned the ignition off and back on then went to the bottom of the road to get on the freeway when the lights came back on and the car went to a limp mode. I had no throttle to get on the freeway and limped back home. Our mechanic could not get the scanner to duplicate the lights.. since this happened once before, he recommended replacing the throttle body part #4891735ac due to high rate failure at a cost of $533 parts and labor to us. After reading of many complaints we feel this part should be recalled for the safety of occupants before someone gets seriously injured.

- Kalama, WA, USA

problem #9

Oct 282015


  • 105,700 miles
This vehicle has been very dependable up until now, my 3rd year of ownership. The car has been maintained well and has never shown any indication of problems. While driving on the freeway a few weeks ago going about 65mph, the vehicle suddenly died in traffic. All of a sudden I lost the ability to accelerate and the vehicle was coasting. I tried to move over as I was in the fast lane with no shoulder available due to road work. I got over to the far right lane but there was also no shoulder there. Luckily I was able to duck into a work area that had a small opening(I took out a couple cones though). As I attempted to slow the vehicle once in the closed work area off the side of the freeway I lost power steering and the ability to brake. The car would start again but not accelerate and would die again when I tried. We left the car and came back 2 hours later with the same issues. After letting the car sit for 3-4 hours it ran perfectly fine. Two days later I had the same problem while driving on city streets going anywhere from 25-40mph. I had the vehicle looked at and it did not put out any codes thus the mechanic was unable to help me. I took the car home again but now every single time the car runs long enough to reach normal operating temperature it dies while driving. This car is a safety hazard! there were no warning lights coming on beforehand, and after the car has died it sometimes will flash the transmission light or all of the lights will briefly flash and then go off. My car is no longer covered under warranty but I believe this car should be recalled. It has happened to many people across the country and I even saw an investigation opened in 2012. What were the results of that investigation? I haven't been able to find them anywhere probably indicating that nothing ever came of it. I will be contacting Jeep as well as carmax where I bought the car.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 222015


  • 47,000 miles


While driving through town (under 40 mph), less than half a mile from departure from my house, the engine cut out. Lost engine power and power steering. Electronic throttle control light and the oil temp light both came on. Was able to move the car to a side street, turned the car off for a minute, and then back on. Upon turning on was able to drive home to switch vehicles. Less than two months later the same issue occurred. Engine power and power steering were lost.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 152012


  • miles
While driving all of a sudden the car acts like it is dying for a short period of time and the following lights come on. The traction control, ABS, and 4WD lights. The car clears up in a matter of seconds and runs allright after that. However in certain circumstances this could cause a fatal accident. Where I was it didn't matter but if you were in traffic or pulling out in front of a vehicle and didn't have much time, it could matter very much. All 4 of the wheel sensors have gone bad and now I'm on the 5th one. They are not all the same and not everytime do they cause a hesitation but sometimes they do and twice the car almost went dead. This is an accident waiting to happen and should be corrected.

- Bonifay, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 152014


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle accelerated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure.the VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 052013

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


While driving to work on 12/03/13 I was at an intersections attempting to accelerate and turn in to traffic on a busy highway when my car would not accelerate, almost got hit. Car continued to hesitate as I pressed the gas pedal down. Car slowly accelerated but would not go more than 40 mphs. Car continued to pull and hesitated as I was attempting to get it the shop. Major safety concern and almost get in a major accident attempting to turn into traffic.

- Farmville, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 152013


  • 36,900 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired. The contact was unsure of what exactly was repaired. The contact also mentioned that the failure was experienced several times. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 36,900.

- Auburn, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 162012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the cruise control activation light would not illuminate when utilizing the cruise control function. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was supposed to have the feature, but the dealer stated that the vehicle did not have the feature. The contact felt it was a safety issue. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 11,500.

- Mountain, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 022012


  • 1,500 miles
Contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that the cruise control would not disengage when cancelled. The contact would have to shut the engine off completely in order to deactivate the cruise control function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times for the failure. The dealer stated that the vehicle was repaired but did not provide the contact with the exact repairs. The manufacturer was notified who was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The contact had experienced the same failure four times. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 1,500 and the current mileage was 16,000.

- Jefferson, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 272011


  • 500 miles
1complaint number: 10412080incident date: June 18, 2011date added to file: July 12, 2011 description of the complaint: While traveling on a freeway with cruise control activated, my instrument panel lit up and my car lost all power. I was able to coast to the shoulder. When I looked up the panel light meanings in the manual, I determined it was safe to attempt to restart the car. The car would not start. After waiting for a few minutes, I was able to start the car and take it in to the dealer. The service department acknowledged the car problem but was unable to duplicate it. At the time, I had 7500 miles on my car. I had the same problem this week. My car stalled in the middle of an intersection and would not restart. Again, service department is unable to duplicate this issue. 2complaint number: 10410937incident date: July 6, 2011date added to file: July 7, 2011 description of the complaint: The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated while driving approximately 75 mph, with the cruise control activated the vehicle suddenly stalled. After coasting the vehicle to the side of the road he attempted to restart it and it failed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure and current miles were approximately 3,500. Details discuss this consumer complaint at forum 3complaint number: 10410109incident date: June 27, 2011date added to file: June 30, 2011 description of the complaint: The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated the lights on the instrumental panel illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to coast the vehicle onto the shoulder. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic but was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 137. Have you looked into this?

- Malibu, CA, USA

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