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2014 Jeep Patriot 2.0L 126k miles

Discussion in 'Compacts: Renegade, Patriot, Compass, Caliber' started by slosland, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. slosland

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    I've found this vehicle at a really good price, it was a fleet vehicle. How reliable is the 2.0L engine and is there anything I should look for with such high mileage?

    It's FWD with not a lot of bells and whistles but LOOKS to be in great shape. It will be used for primarily trips to town (25 miles) on rural roads.

    Any thoughts are appreciated.
     
  2. tomit

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    Any used vehicle - pay your favorite mechanic to look it over and calculate the cost of needed repairs. Others could provide expected component longevity.
     
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  3. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    It seems like the world engines are generally reliable, if a little thirsty. Things to check for are suspension components and and transmission service. CVT service should have been performed at least once.
     
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  4. gforce2002

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    As link3721 says, definitely have the suspension checked. If those vehicles have one major weakness, that's it.
     
  5. AllanC

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    I have a 2003 Dodge Neon with 2.0 liter 4 cylinder. It is running strong at 302,000+ miles with oil consumption of about 1 quart per 5000 miles. In a 2014 Patriot that would be a world engine with chain drive to the overhead cam assembly. It would have variable valve timing.

    If you could find a shop with a small boroscope camera peer into the valve cover to see if there is sludge accumulation. You have a separate belt that drives the water pump (not from the timing belt) and chain drive to the camshaft. That eliminates periodic maintenance on a timing belt.

    I would be seriously concerned about the CVT transmission longevity. Jatco makes the CVT transmission for many different auto manufacturers. The weak spot is the steel belt inside the transmission that rides on the variable diameter pulleys. Metal fatigue in the belt links can cause a catastrophic failure over time. These transmissions are not repairable. If something fails you replace it.

    View this link to a DIY technician who had a complete failure of the CVT transmission in a Nissan Rogue. His teardown of the failed transmission is interesting.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Hhxrk9D3I
     
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  6. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    The CVTs are fine if well maintained. I think the owners manual says to get the transmission service every 120k miles, my dealer recommends 60k miles. Based on the sounds my CVT was making at 55k, I think 60k is good insurance.
     
  7. slosland

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    This vehicle has the 6 speed automatic.
     
  8. 2012srtchallenger

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    I have many friends with these cars and the caliber and compass,all have been good cars and very reliable.from talking to a local dealer tech he had not had trouble from the 2.0 or 2.4.service trans and tune it up drive it.
     
  9. PCRMike

    PCRMike Well-Known Member

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    Ball joints are a weak spot on them though. Calibers especially. Have them replaced with the best Napa or similar ones you can get and you will be good for a lon time yet.
     

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