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2008 Jeep Patriot Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 19 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 antilock 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 4-wheel-drive system. The base Patriot, called the Sport, is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with a 2.4-liter, double-overhead-cam 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard.
The base Sport comes with a stripped-down list of standard features, but still includes bucket seats, a 4-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 4-wheel-drive systems.
The Freedom-Drive I, designed for light off-road capability, is a full-time 4-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 4-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 1-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 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. It's available only in the Sport 4x2 with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) 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
Where Is The Starter Relay Switch On A 2008 Jeep Patriot?
Won't turn over using key. ESPECIALLY and traction control lights stay on. Sometimes it worked and some not. Won't at all now. I spliced into starter wire and it will turn over fine but won't fi...
Is Anyone Having Frame Rust On Their 2008 Patriot ?
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I Am Looking At A 2008 Jeep Patriot With 51,000 Miles Listed For $10,996. ...
I am looking at a 2008 jeep patriot with 51,000 miles listed for $10,996. What would be a reasonable out the door price with dealer fee, taxes and tag ? thanks for the help
What Can I Expect To Pay For Brake Work On A 2008 Jeep Patriot Sport That H...
What can I expect to pay for brake work on a Jeep Patriot Sport that has less than 51,000 miles ?