2008 Jeep Patriot Overview

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2008 Jeep Patriot Overview

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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    Michelle Pierce Weller
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    Tires On A Jeep Patriot

    Will a 245/70/17 fit on my Jeep Patriot without rubbing?

    6 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 days ago)
    rosec679
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    Bucking After I Fill Up With Gas.

    I have a 2008 Jeep Patriot that I purchased used 2 months ago. Every single time I put gas in it, it runs a very short distance from the gas station and starts to buck and jolt like it wants to shut ...

    3,180 views with 17 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
    HempKnight
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    Can Someone Please Help Me Locate The Air Conditioning Compressor & Clutch?...

    I am working on troubleshooting an issue with my AC. When I turn on the AC to max cool the air does not get cool at all. I let it run on MAX for about 5 minutes then hooked a monitor to the low pressu...

    243 views with 8 answers (last answer 4 months ago)
    Pjp2614
    10

    Jeep Patriot 2008- Can't Get Repaired

    I have a 2008 Jeep Patriot and we have spend about 1000 dollars on repair, replacing sensors and it still does not work. The Jeep all of a sudden will go off and the wheel gets stiff and the traction ...

    36 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 months ago)
    Sarah Solie
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    4wd! Esp Bas ((abs)) And Traction Control Light On In 2008 Jeep Patriot

    Help! Hopped into my 2008 Jeep Patriot a few weeks ago and noticed my ((ABS)) and ESP BAS and 4WD! and traction control lights were on. They were not on before. When I tried to reverse out of my sp...

    249 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)