Originally Posted by Guvnor64
So, the big question: How many of you Jeep Compass owners are dissatisfied with your Fake Jeep?
I'm very disappointed at how close they came to building something truly great, and came up just short of the goal line. They just didn't see it through and I feel like it must have come down to money problems. I say that because somehow FCA is able to build other vehicles that work great 100%. It doesn't seem like they are totally incapable or incompetent in that regard, but some bean counter must've laid on the brakes when it was "good enough", and said "start selling it".
Generally speaking it drives pretty good but the little gremlins are absolutely maddening. This morning the passive entry would not work on the drivers side at two different stops, but then started working again for whatever reason.
The feckin alarm has embarrassed me I don't know how many times now. It was 10 below the other day and I started it up to go get some food, stopped in at the gas station that is 100 yards from my house so I am going to leave it running to keep warming up while I run in, I hop out and close the door, push the lock button while its still running like I've done hundreds of times before, and the instant I pressed the button... HOOOOONK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK with the lights show flashing and me standing there looking like an idiot. Try to open the door, won't open, fumble for the fob and mash buttons on it for a few more seconds before it finally unlocks and the alarm shuts off. What the hell??? It did that to me a couple of times, so lately when I go to press the lock button I have this pang of fear every time that its going to go bizerk again and embarrass me, again.
When loading or unloading my utility trailer, a lot of times there is a bit of jarring that goes along with that. Ramping a four wheeler or whatever up onto a trailer or off is not always perfectly smooth. Well, this jarring sets off the damn alarm too! Even if the doors are unlocked and the alarm is supposed to be disengaged!
You want to run into a store quick and leave the car running with the heat (because its winter in Minnesota and colder than hell here), and say your wife wants to wait in the car? You want to lock the door when you get out so that nobody can sneak up on her while shes playing on her phone waiting? Well, you better hope she doesn't decide to hop out after all when you take too long to come back, cuz you know its gonna be HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK HOOOONNK <lightshow> and there is nothing she can do because you are in the store with the fob. She is just standing there with a vehicle going bizerk.
Having to tell unexpected passengers "Oh hey, do NOT try to open that passenger side rear door, the latch is iced up and it won't close again if you open it." is fun. Yeah. In this cold weather, something icy has happened in that one door where it will open if you force it but then it WILL NOT LATCH when you close the door, it opens right back up. Drove to the dealer with a bungee strap holding it (mostly) closed and a few minutes in there shop it warmed up enough to latch, but park it outside again and it starts doing the same damn thing.
This is the heart of whats going to drive me to turn in this lease, I can't stand a car that is CONTINUALLY embarassing me and making me look like a moron. Another example:
The ESS is the WORST such designed system I have ever seen. Its too embarrassing to use. The car shuts down, and lots of times starts right back up before its even time to go, but whenever it does start back up (purposefully or prematurely) it doesn't do so smoothly at all. No, the frickin incandescent lights front and back dim and pulse with the cranking of the starter, the starter motor chatters louder than a diesel, it looks and sounds dumb and unpurposeful. It mostly appears like your car stalled and you are sheepishly re-starting it. I've had other brand cars with ESS that was so silent and smooth, no one inside the car or out had any clue the engine had been shut down. This ESS system sucks.
Another example: (This I need to setup a dash cam for sometime to show how continually annoying this is,) I put those shortcuts on the touchscreen for the heated wheel and seats, because we use those a LOT (again, winter in Minnesota). The only way to turn these things on or off is via the screen, no physical buttons. Comes on automatically in the winter, thats great, but turning them off ... I press the shortcut on the screen, it goes "off" for two seconds, THEN COMES RIGHT BACK ON. What the hell? I try again, sometimes three four five times before it finally stays off. What in the world? The touchscreen is slow and laggy all around, we know that too, but only the heated wheel and seats straight up reverts to being back ON when I press them. Everything else on the screen does what I ask on the first press (after a second or three of lag).
While we are on the screen, how about the crowd favorite of using the remote start (because its negative X degrees here) and going out to the car 10 minutes later to find, oh yeah, its been running sure, but the computer set it to LO MAX AC so its just sitting there blowing frigid air around. Stupid! This happens at least once every other week. I understand for some others its full HI instead of LO.
Trailer wiring had better be perfect, because if you have any sort of short whatsoever that somehow interferes with the vehicle lights/flashers, which I don't understand when they have a separate trailer light control module, but who is surprised when the rear fuse box with some of those things is all messed up and does not match the fuse location listing in the book?
A lot of the times the USB for Android Auto is ok, but sometimes the USB hub looses its mind and won't work anymore until the vehicle gets shut down for 5 or more minutes. Jumping back to infotainment related stuff, luckily this is more rare but I love it when the radio freezes up and can't change the volume and none of the steering wheel controls work.
The fun just never ends. Throw on being under-powered and really un-jeep-like when you get even a little bit stuck in some snow on the side of the road, and yes you end up being highly dissatisfied.