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 same distance on the horn won't work the next time you press it.
- The rear doors are notchy, and I don't even know how to properly verbalize it. Most car doors have points in the door travel that stop it in place so the door doesn't swing back, it stays where you put the door. The Patriot and Compass do this, but they are much more pronounced in stopping at those points. The door has to pressed in much harder than you would think given the front doors don't feel the same way.
- This is an oddity that goes all the way to the 2017 model: how in the hell is a computer system considered a Limited trim level option in any year past 2005? A damn near base model Ford Focus has a system for telling distance to empty and average MPG, and the system Chrysler uses is old as hell, why is it seemingly only available at the Limited trim level?
- This has only happened one time, but I took a turn too hard in the rain, the rear wheel hopped a little after hitting a pot hole, and the traction control kicked in, which it does sometimes to prevent wheel spin, I get it. It wouldn't stop trying to control traction just going in a straight line. I would hit the gas pedal and the system would cut power immediately, with the light flashing like normal in the instrument cluster. I just shut the car off and turned it back on, and that solved the issue, but that was a weird moment. The traction control and stability control are otherwise flawless.
- Not sure how this is in other stick shift Patriots/Compasses/Calibers, but first to second gear is hard to engage. Second to third and so on are easy, but first to second takes a bit to go into.
- I'm honestly not even sure the 4WD Lock lever does anything. The car may just be so good that in deep snow it just knows to engage all wheels almost instantly, but with or without that lock on, it feels exactly the same.
If I can think of anything else, I'll add it to the list, but if you have any weird quirks with your ride of choice, post them in the comments.