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2008 Jeep Patriot Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 18 reviews
The 2008 Jeep Patriot has a lot to offer at an affordable price. Launched into an ever-shifting SUV segment that is in disarray due to volatile gas prices, the Patriot is priced at about the same level as a compact sedan, yet comes with such standard features as anti-lock brakes, traction control, an electronic roll mitigation system, and side-curtain airbags, as well as all that typical SUV interior space, all delivered in a rugged-looking package that hearkens back to Jeeps of an earlier era while remaining contemporary for today's buyers.
Of course, to achieve its affordable price, something had to give, and in this case it's a standard four-wheel-drive system. The base Patriot, called the Sport, is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with a 2.4-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard.
The base Sport comes with a stripped-down list of standard features, but still includes bucket seats, a four-speaker AM/FM stereo system with a CD player, a tilt steering wheel, intermittent wipers, an anti-theft system, rack-and-pinion steering, halogen headlights, and brake assist, which provides maximum braking in emergencies.
As far as that front-wheel-drive system is concerned, research shows that only a small percentage of today's SUV drivers actually go off-road (according to Jeep), so off-road capabilities aren't required in a typical suburban SUV. But for those who seek a less traveled route,
the Patriot is available with a choice of two optional four-wheel-drive systems.
The Freedom-Drive I, designed for light off-road capability, is a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a lock mode, which can handle deep snow, sand, or other difficult surfaces at speeds under 10 miles per hour. The Trail-Rated Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group is an off-road package that merges four-wheel-drive capability with an optimized engine and transmission for rock crawling, as well as such features as hill descent control, brake lock differentials, a one-inch higher ground clearance, a heavy-duty cooling system, and body-sealing for water-fording capability.
For better fuel efficiency, the Patriot is available with an optional 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. It's available only on the Sport 4x2 with a Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT) transmission for maximum efficiency. However, drivers and reviewers have noted that while it's efficient, the CVT can be noisy in aggressive motoring situations, such as when accelerating rapidly or ascending a steep slope.
In addition to the Sport 4x2 and 4x4 models, the Patriot is available in more feature-laden Limited 4x2 and 4x4 versions.
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Jeep Patriot Questions
Rear Wiper Motor
The rear wiper turns on with the use of the steering wheel switch, but it does not delay, like it is suppose to, it just stops until you turn the switch on and off manually. Do I need to replace the...
The blower motor for the a/c and heater no longer works on the lower settings, but it does work on the highest setting, do I need to replace the controls, in the console, to correct this issue, the ...
When I Took My 08 Patriot Up To Blackhawk,co (i Live In Colorado) It Was Ha...
People keep telling me it's because I have a CVT engine. Why the hell won't it shift when it revs so high and what the hell does a CVT engine matter? It hits about 5000 plus rpm why?
Grinding When Placing Into 5th Gear On 2008 Jeep Patriot 5 Speed Manual Wit...
It doesn't happen every time I change gears but when it does the noise is sickening. What can be the cause of this? A mechanic said it was the clutch but it seems too soon for a clutch and why no ef...