This is a daily driver that will rarely if ever see something other than paved roads. So focusing on daily driver upgrades:
MOPAR Compass Front and rear mud guards. - Done
- Ridiculously easy to install. Now road splash evidence on (or worst rock damage to) white paint, especially at the rear, not so much a maintenance issue.
K&N Air Filter - Done
- Despite rumors, I could not find any tangible evidence there is an issue using these on our Compass's. I have K&N's in all my sports cars. The easier it is for your engine to breath, the easier time it has to do its job.
Most important, I went with the drop-in (vs. cone filter) as some engineer did a great job designing a cold air intake. Basic mechanics, the colder the air going in, the more power going out. If the Compass was turbo charged, I'd consider a cone to get more air flow. But it isn't, do I didn't. Thank you Amazon for great prices.
Cabin Air Filter - Done
- Done. I don't think it has ever been changed in its 57,000 mile prior ownership. Ridiculously easy to replace behind the glove box. Thank you Amazon for great prices.
Hard mount Gooseneck cell phone holder - Done
- Cell Phone NAV is a great alternative since it's constantly in a state of update, auto re-directs for traffic, etc. This mount gives a permanent location for mounting the phone with charger access and allows putting a convenient eye to the NAV as the car is being driven. And Google NAV is a free application for both Android and IPhone.
Do not ever use the phone mounts you get at auto parts stores that mount to plastic air vents unless you enjoy the time and cost of replacing plastic air vents.
UConnect Bluetooth - Done
- Bought the correct kit (reference to my VIN) from a dealer that gave great discounts. Also got the IPhone cable that goes with it. Eyeballed the installation instructions, called an internet technical reference as well as a few dealers with what questions the install instructions weren't clear on. It goes in this weekend.
Jeep Mopar cargo liner - Done
- Because my wife spends way too much time at Home Depot garden center.
Cargo area stock flashlight repair - Done
- Not working, but charging point contacts have power. So ordered a new battery. Part number found searching this web site. Thank you web site search engine.
Battery arrived today, installed it, and now the flashlight works like a charm. It's a 1.2 V 500MAH part, model number ASC1155. I got mine off the Interstate battery web site. Varta Batteries - Battery replacement for various V500HT models
- Cargo Net, DONE
Possible future projects
- Supplement existing REQ sound system with aftermarket retrofit for dash tweeters and rear cargo area sub-woofer. Will be consulting with my local car sterio shop this weekend.
Build in Radar Detector
- I'm also going to install a Passport remote mount radar/laser detector. One of those ounce of prevention things. Bonus to this kit is that it displays as a Volt Meter while in a state of rest between radar alerts. I hate that Jeep didn't include a Volt Meter as part of their standard gauge set. So this corrects that deficiency as well.
- I'd also feel much better if I had a Oil Pressure Gauge and (based on some posts I've read) a Transmission Oil Temp gauge. I'm not a fan of simple warning lights as by the time they come on the damage is pretty much already done.