Our 2008 Compass Sport's CVT went bad at 75,000 miles last summer. Most of the miles were highway, usually at 70+ mph.
Fortunately the 2008's came with the Chrysler Limited Lifetime drivetrain warranty. The primary symptom was that the tranny was getting consistently louder and coarser in sound, culminating with a final "overheat" and my wife learning what "limp mode" is all about - on the highway!
Chrysler made the dealer try a few things before authorizing the replacement, but to their credit they sprung for us to have access to a Hertz rental for well over a week while it was in the shop. Total out-of-pocket cost: $0
The new tranny has been working flawlessly.
The latest repair installment at the dealer just nicked me for $861 for a new alternator, serpentine belt, and cooling system flush and refill. The 5 year check inspection that Chrysler requires to keep the warranty active was performed, which resulted in a free repair of a leaking oil pan gasket.
The other bad news is that now the dealer tells me that the lower control arm bushings are shot, and the arm assemblies should be replaced to the tune of well over $800. THAT repair will be being performed some time in the near future by a local auto shop that I take my other vehicles to, and he'll be using some non-OEM parts like Moog. I learned about these from other online discussions about this known weakness in Calibers/Compasses/Patriots.
We've actually loved driving our Compass the past 5 years, and the problems have been fairly minor (other than the tranny). But.... it is apparent that these vehicles do have their Achilles heel(s)!
Last edited by CompassSportMan; 04-13-2013 at 09:42 PM.