really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,473 miles

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2014 Jeep Patriot drivetrain problems

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2014 Jeep Patriot Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Sep 152014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles


I was at a stop sign waiting for traffic to clear and when it was clear I proceeded to turn out on the other road by pressing the gas peddle but the Jeep acted as if I was not pressing on the gas at all. It seems as if it was in neutral for a few seconds and then after that it picked up speed but I almost got hit by the oncoming traffic.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #6

Jan 122015


  • 18,800 miles
Purchased vehicle, drove home and noticed that when I disengage the clutch a loud whining noise appears and I made an appointment at the dealership for a week out and it has gradually gotten worse while driving.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 202014


  • 9,000 miles
I purchased a 0 miles, new 2013 Jeep Patriot off the lot. After 4 months, the transmission was making a loud noise. I took it to the dealer and they said it was too dangerous to drive home. They kept it 6 weeks and put in a new transmission. Two months later, the arm that connects the steering to the front wheels broke off when I was driving. I was going slow, as I was close to home, so luckily I was not hurt. It had to be towed back to the dealer. In between these two incidents I was pulled for speeding. I have never had a speeding ticket in 20 years of driving. I had the car tested and the speedometer was reading 8 miles slower than it was actually driving. I refused to take the Jeep home. The dealer did not want to negotiate but I was scared to drive it. We agree on me taking a 2014 model and they raised my payment by almost $70. A month. 7 months after taking home the 2014 model, the car started making a loud noise. I returned to the dealer and they said the transmission was almost gone and it was too dangerous to drive. They kept the car 8 weeks to repair the transmission. It has just been returned to me. I am worried about the safety of my family when they are in the car.

- Jefferson, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 052014

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 140 miles


I was driving down the road, when the vehicle shifted from drive to 4th gear without being touched.this particular vehicle has an option to manually shift through the seven gears by bumping the shifter sideways. But nothing had came in contact with the shifter when it happened. It has since this first incident, shifted into lower gears multiple times and leaving the rpms near or in red lines. The only way to get it back into normal driving is to pull the shifter up into neutral and back down into drive. It will also de-accelerate the vehicle quickly when you take your foot off the accelerator pedal and put it on the brake to shift back into normal driving.

- Surfside Beach, SC, USA

problem #3

May 022014

Patriot 4WD 4-cyl

  • 1,437 miles
Was traveling on the highway at approximately 45 mph, glanced at the passenger side mirror and noticed grey smoke coming from the back of the vehicle within a few seconds the "check engine" light came on. I stopped at a traffic light before a safe pull over spot was available. Once light changed to green, vehicle would barley move even with increased throttle pressure. Got the vehicle to a safe spot off the highway. Noticed a lot of transmission fluid flowing from under the vehicle. Had to have vehicle towed to dealer.

- Pound, VA, USA

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problem #2

Apr 042014


  • 9,136 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Jeep Patriot. The contact stated while driving 65 mph the transmission in the gears would not engage. The oil light illuminated briefly and the vehicle decelerated to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 9,136. The current mileage was 9,136.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182012

Patriot 4-cyl

  • 1,550 miles
On well traveled mining roads in 4WD, when one tire slips, the vehicle would not even pull its own weight and the engine would not rev over 2,000 RPM. I back up, put the vehicle in 4X4 low and if any wheel slips, it would stop at 2,000 RPM again. All I can do is back down a dangerous road and try to find a spot where I can turn around. This has happened multiple times, been to 2 dealers in 2 states 4 times. The vehicle stranded me on several occasions doing the same thing in dangerous area with cliffs or steep drop offs to rivers and rock out crops on one side. Chrysler hq said they will not work on my vehicle anymore and that the truck is performing as designed! designed to strand someone on a well traveled mining road the other pickups can get to without 4X4? I bought this 4X4 with the off road trail rated package because that's what the selling dealer said I needed for mining. It has not been off road. I can't even get to where I work and this vehicle has even failed on very small hills with dealership personnel in the vehicle. Another dealer test drove it, failed and wouldn't go over 2,300 RPM. They said they didn't know what to do. They duplicated the problem in 4X4 drive, 4X4 low, with and without traction control. When this happens, the vehicle will not pull its own weight and no wheels are even spinning. Very dangerous design and can't even get to my job! when I have to back down because it will not go forward I have to make sure it's a place perpendicular to the slope of the incline or you are stuck diagonal to the road and the vehicle will not go forward and there is no more room to back up without going off a cliff, falling into a river or sliding into a canyon.

- Lovelock, NV, USA

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