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Jeep Patriot Base Model Questions

I have a 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport. The "sport" is Jeep's nice way of saying the buyer didn't pay a lot for this car, at least compared to what they could've paid. My particular Patriot has no power windows, locks, and mirrors. However, it does have:

Air conditioningLight up cup holders4WDSpeed sensitive intermittent windshield wipersThis thing that stops the car from rolling backwards when on a hill, which is nice with the manual transmissionA flashlight in the ceilingThe visors extendDecent four-door speakers Now, I'm not complaining, I bought the car because I like it a lot, I just thought it was funny how much comes standard, or can be optioned in besides power convenience.
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Weird Quirks about the 2013 Jeep Patriot

I thought I'd make a quick post about the oddities of the Jeep Patriot. Any product can be odd, but some things are more odd than others. This isn't a bad thing, it's just whatever you can live with. So here's a list in no order whatsoever.
Everything has a delay: the turn signals take a second to turn on, the climate control takes a second to adjust, and even the ignition takes a second for the car to turn on and off. I'm not saying these things should be absolutely instant, but this seems to be a trend with Chrysler vehicles.Hitting the horn is never in the spot you think it will be. In most cars, there's a "sweet spot" where the horn triggers. When you get to know your car, you know how far in to press the horn. This is not the case with this Patriot, or most Chryslers I've driven past model year 2007 or so. Some Jeep steering wheels are easier to press, but others seemingly change the position at which the horn presses every single time. The sa…

Cable TV is Lost

We all know that person, and that person could be you, who has complained that MTV just isn't MTV because they don't play music videos all day. Everything would be better if they were just like they used to be. Well, guess what. That's what MTV Classic does; all day, non-stop music videos. And guess what; you're not watching it. MTV Classic is the least watched entertainment channel.

MTV Classic started life with hopeful viewers intending to see the shows and music videos that made MTV. Instead, we got reruns of shows from the late '90s, with the oldest shows being The Real World, Aeon Flux, Jackass, and Daria. Not even the original Beavis and Butthead ever aired, just the 2011 reboot. This angered viewers, or would-be viewers. For the first couple months of the network's life, the MTV Classic Facebook page posts were flooded with enraged fans either demanding MTV Classic air shows older than the late '90s, or just air music videos. So, Viacom chose the lat…

2013 Jeep Patriot Review

If what you're looking for in a vehicle is the most patriotic sounding car, look no further than the Jeep Patriot. Or an American Motors Eagle. Oh, if I could've been a car buyer in the '80s, the Eagle would've been my ride. And honestly, they have a lot in common: they're both car-based crossovers designed to give 4WD when you need it. The only thing the Patriot is missing are those sweet door handles and the gigantic windows. And wood paneling.

The Jeep Patriot was designed to be a baby Liberty/Wrangler for those who want better fuel economy in an SUV with a Jeep logo on it. In 2007 when the Patriot was released, there was no Renegade, or Cherokee to provide for a fuel efficient alternative, your other choices were the Compass, which looks like a baby Grand Cherokee, the tank Liberty, and the family-sized Grand Cherokee and Commander. Now that the Jeep lineup has the Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee, where does the Patriot fit in? Well, it won't for long, beca…

Why I Will Never Buy Anything from Fitbit

I'm a Pebble watch owner. I have been for a couple years now, and I remember when the first Pebble Kickstarter was announced, I instantly wanted one. I thought the idea of a smartwatch that used an eInk-style screen was the smartest implementation because you didn't have to charge it every night. With the release of the Time 2, I was getting the ol' wallet ready, because even though I don't care to keep track of my heart rate, it's a cool feature to have. Then I see in my email yesterday a nice little letter from Fitbit announcing their acquisition of Pebble. Now I had heard rumors of this, but didn't think much of them, and just figured Fitbit would want to make money off both the fitness folk, and the smartwatch people like me. Turns out I was wrong. They only wanted the software side of Pebble, and announced they were discontinuing the line of watches, including the warranties, and possibly updates to the software. Now I'm pissed.
In a smart acquisition…

LG V20 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 7

I showed up to the T-Mobile store on launch day of the Note 7. I waited in a line of 7, which the T-Mobile folk claimed was the most they'd ever seen for any launch. I intended to the get the blue one, but I settled for the silver one. Afterwards, my experience was alright, this is it. This is the phone I intend to keep for a while. And it was just alright.

When I first switched from the iPhone 6 Plus I had, I intended my next phone to have more useful features. Sure, the iPhone was great, but there was nothing special about it. So the next phone I got was the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Had it not been for the lackluster battery life, it was great. I loved the S Pen, I thought the IR Blaster was convenient as hell, and I just felt like I could do what I wanted with the phone. After a few months I wanted to find a suitable replacement, and I went for a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. That was great too, better battery life, still had the IR Blaster, but it was noticeably slower. Then I got …