Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Northampton County, PA
No Warning, No Codes, NO THROTTLE
Hey guys just checking in! So for the last 3 months (around 43-47k miles) I have had a persistent reoccuring issue.
It happened the first time when I was driving along on route 80 in NJ (relatively flat part) in 5th gear with cruise control on. All of a sudden without me touching anything the cruise disengaged. I noticed pretty quickly that my gas pedal (throttle) was unresponsive. I tried downshifting and I rev-match so I usually give it a little blip of gas to downshift and this did not work. I lurched through gear changes down to 1st and pulled off the highway. I shut the jeep off, turned it back on, revved the gas pedal and I was up to 5k rpm no problem. Car drove normally for the rest of the trip.
Fast forward a few weeks and I was sitting in a parking lot with the engine running after a hike. I started off and noticed that I couldn't get to the top of 1st gear, it was as if I was limited to 2300 rpm. Once the engine got there the throttle gave no more. I could upshift through the gears, but again to downshift I could not give it any more gas. I pulled over right away and shut it off, turned it back on right away and it was fine.
Now this happens when I go to pick my kid up from school, if i'm waiting and idling for more than 3-5 minutes, the throttle will be electronically limited to 2300 rpm. I turn the jeep off and then back on and it's fine.
Now this happens even more frequently, I have had it happen pulling off from a stoplight (wait time <1 minute). THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
I called the jeep dealer and explained the problem his response "Oh that sounds like limp mode it's a safety feature so you can't redline". Well if that's a safety feature it should indicate that there is a problem on the dash. No check engine light, no any indicator that something is wrong. The only way to know is you hit the gas pedal and it's unresponsive.
THIS IS A MANUAL TRANSMISSION ENGINE THAT IS NOT A SAFETY FEATURE ANYTHING THAT REMOVES MY CONTROL OF THE THROTTLE COULD CAUSE DEATH.
If this is jeeps idea of "safety" I have some news for you, any driver more inexperienced than I would have died at several times that the throttle just decided to not work. It is essential for gear changes to not upset the balance of the car, it is required when changing lanes or making maneuvers at speed on a highway. If my wife or daughter were driving and this hurt them I would SUE THE **** OUT OF YOU.
I will be bringing it in tomorrow to get them to look at it, but by their initial response I am not keen on hearing what bull**** excuse jeep has cooked up for this one.
I love so much about this jeep but this was the last straw NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS COMPANY. I am telling everyone in person that I meet how much garbage jeep has become and the pile of bull**** (mostly tech issues) that I have to deal with because of this half-baked computer system.
'18 Compass 4x4 Sport 6-speed manual