Originally Posted by James High
What season did you buy it in? What season is it now? Conditions affect the active drive.
I think a combination of this ^ and how new the MP is makes up why we don't (yet) have 50 pages of discussion on this like the Renegades with the same drivetrain do.
And yes Chris I have a new MP Compass I drive every day and mine makes the same noise. I will grant you it is loud enough for people to notice, a buddy of mine riding with me noticed it while we were doing the 30-something MPH cruise down a town street and he is not really the type to notice anything with vehicles normally, but people jump to conclusions based on their experience. He immediately assumed it was the brakes dragging, nonsense of course but its not much different with the rest of us, we don't actually know anything for certain so we start guessing and making assumptions.
I prefer not to play my experience cards in forum discussion, for one thing I'm too old for that anymore but more importantly because it is hardly ever legitimate evidence towards anyone's point or opinion. As you yourself pointed out you have been able to find the source of issues where so called "master mechanics" could not. Thats wonderful, but it doesn't really support your position that this mystery noise indicates a major issue. If anything, it makes me think perhaps over-confidence is clouding your assessment on this.
Just to clarify, I'm not saying this noise it makes is good or that I am happy about it. Design flaw for sure, but indication of a major issue or of imminent failure? I don't think so, or at minimum I would say there is not enough evidence. As of yet I have not read any documented failures of the rear drive module that have been definitively associated with the sound/symptoms we are observing. (I think a couple have been replaced to try to make sensitive owners happy, but even the replaced ones were still working fine other than the noise) What I have read is tons of cases of people observing the noise but continuing to drive normally, and its early yet for our MPs but the BU Renegade has like I said going on 4 years of production so some of those have to have quite a few miles on them by now and they still seem to be going, so the only assumption I am making is that my Compass will too.
If not, who cares? Its under warranty anyways. I'll pay closer attention when the warranty winds down but for now I'm not going to bring it in and ask them to try to fix something that isn't actually broke yet. I wish a lot of things were done better on this car. The touchscreen should be more responsive, the engine should not have so much vibration at idle, the rear tires should be centered laterally in the wheel arches, there should be no incandescent bulbs anywhere but especially not in the taillights, and the ESS straight up should not be on this thing at all... but it is what it is. Its not perfect but its still a good buggy.