definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,132 miles

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2013 Jeep Patriot drivetrain problems

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2013 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 242017


  • 90,000 miles


The Patriot cvt transmission is faulty and subject to early transmission failure. Around 90,000 miles, my transmission began overheating. This happens while traveling on the highway going an average of 65-70mph for more than an hour, transmission overheat warning light turns on and car begins to lose power. It's necessary to pull over and wait for cooldown with car turned off for at least 10 minutes- which is extremely dangerous to do on a major highway, sometimes at night. Jeep states this shouldn't happen unless you are towing or the temperature outside is exceedingly hot. My Patriot does this every time I take a trip that requires an hour or more of highway driving, regardless of temperature outside and despite the fact that I do not tow anything ever. Transmission whines loudly in the process and the car will slowly lose acceleration power right before the overheat light turns on. It's a scary experience every time. I've taken my Jeep into the dealership under warranty to fix this problem, however- their solution of changing out some valves did not prove to be effective as the problem continues to happen. Interstingly enough, Jeep ceased using the cvt transmission in 2014 after only 2 years- im assuming this problem has something to do with it.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 102016


  • 69,025 miles
The transmission overheats and looses power. It will make a high pitched whining noise and then the overheating light comes on and the vehicle looses power. Very scary in 4 lanes of traffic. Has happened at least 20 times since June 2015 when I purchased the vehicle. Has been to two different Jeep dealerships that can find nothing wrong with it.

- Meadowview, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 212014

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Patriot. While driving 70 mph, the transmission warning light illuminated and the vehicle started to decelerate. The contact stated that the failure occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000. MA 10/8 updated 11/07/2017

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014


  • 9,800 miles


Shortly after buying the 2013 Patriot, I noticed that it had a skip and was not shifting correctly. It would usually happen most of the time at take off from a still position and while going uphill, or at low speed (0 to 45mph) after taking it 3 times to the dealership because they couldn't figure it out, they finally sent it out of town to be checked, and low and behold they had to replace the whole transmission... with less than 10,000 mi!!!! and no its still no its working correctly, it still skips on occasion and usually at take off from a still position. Do not buy a Jeep! I never will again, and am worried for the future since I don't have the money to buy a different car. Also my brakes squeak, and have since the day I bought it, I believe they are defective as well. But the most concerning is the transmissions defiantly are defective and all Patriot owners I have spoke to have had the same problems, yet no recall! I guess someone will have to get hurt or worse first!

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 172014


  • 18,000 miles
Jeep dealership said that the bearing went out in the transaxle which caused it to lock up. It locked up so hard that the case was cracked from the outside and all the fluid ran out of it. The dealership contacted corporate to see what they wanted to do. 3 days later, they replaced the transaxle. When I wanted to get copies of the pictures the dealership took, they said "no" and they belong to corporate because it is now in an investigation. I told them that I need the pictures because this could have locked up on the interstate and killed people. When we got the paperwork from the service guy, it said that we as the customer would "delight" in the installation of a witec system. We said no such thing. I think it is a wifi tracking monitoring system. I want there to be a record of this because it seems to me that if anything did happen, that they would try to cover it up.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

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problem #2

Oct 282013


  • 6,000 miles
1st time: Started to hear a ticking sound from under hood. Took it to one dealership, they told me to keep driving it cause they could hear it but didn't want to find it. Took it to another dealership, test drove it, found it, found out bearings in transmission were bad. 2nd time: 4th gear started jumping out when driving down road. Got consistently worse, took into dealership. Dealership tore transmission apart again. Changed 3/4 gear fork, and 2 other parts in transmission.

- Greensboro, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242013


  • 14,102 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the transmission shifted erratically. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 14,102.

- Alburtis, PA, USA

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