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Thumbs up Brand Spankin' New Jeep Owner!

Hello everyone!

As of late last month (March), my wife and I are proud owners of a brand new 2011 Jeep Compass Sport! It is the first jeep that either of us has ever had the pleasure of owning. Neither of us are off-roaders or adventurer's of the sort, but we have always liked the Jeep brand and especially the styling of the new Compass.

We previously owned 2 vehicles, a 2007 Ford Focus SES and 2007 Ford Escape XLS. We were going to trade both in for a newer Escape, but the local lot was also a Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep dealership where the new Compass caught our eye (as did the commercials). We loved it and chose it as our family vehicle.

Now, I realize that many think it is a mini-me Grand Cherokee, and it is in some aspects, but we love the style without having the larger frame to drive. It has been a terrific vehicle from the start, great handling, comfortable ride, great interior, and good-looking stance. I would highly recommend the new Compass.

I have a few goals in mind in joining this website. I love customizing looks (particularly lighting, ie LED's), adding performance and efficiency, and not only learning from other members on the forum, but also interjecting some of what I learn to help others.

I am very excited to be a part of this forum and hope to learn some things as I go. I hope everyone is having a good day and thank you all for setting up a great resource for those that have chosen the right direction...the Jeep Compass!
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Hi,

Congratulations and welcome !!!!!

I'm just waiting delivery of a 2011 Jeep Compass (see my sig) and am driving my 2003 Ford Escape XLS (with over 222,0000 kms). I was going to replace it with another Escape but when I first saw the new Compass, I had a similar reaction to yours, and ultimately bought one.

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Hi,

Congratulations and welcome !!!!!

I'm just waiting delivery of a 2011 Jeep Compass (see my sig) and am driving my 2003 Ford Escape XLS (with over 222,0000 kms). I was going to replace it with another Escape but when I first saw the new Compass, I had a similar reaction to yours, and ultimately bought one.

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Thanks so much gbridge for the welcome! We have the basic edition 2x4 stock, except it has the CVT. I must say that it has a ton of standard features as it is (the heated side mirrors will be a huge plus when it gets icy here during the winter, and it does a lot), much more than our old Escape! The black is very nice looking! I will get a pic up soon.

Don't get me wrong though, our Escape was a great vehicle. It got us through a move from SW Missouri up to Oregon, then back to the midwest, plus numerous trips up to Nebraska. When we moved, we sold all of our stuff and packed everything else we owned into the back of the Escape, we did it twice cross-country.

It was a nice SUV, but our Compass feels like several steps up in terms of looks and feel. We love it!
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Welcome to the Compass family bud!
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Hello and welcome to the forum, glad to have you join us and congrats on your Compass, look forward to seeing some pics when you can! So what do you have in mind for it in the performance aspect? There's a few avenues available there. Lots of great people and info here, so any help you need, just ask and I hope you enjoy the site!

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Hello and welcome to the forum, glad to have you join us and congrats on your Compass, look forward to seeing some pics when you can! So what do you have in mind for it in the performance aspect? There's a few avenues available there. Lots of great people and info here, so any help you need, just ask and I hope you enjoy the site!

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Thanks Cherokee!

I would like to add more high end torque. When I accelerate, it does pretty good. However, when I am at higher speeds on the highway and head up hill a little bit, it goes into higher rpm's pretty easily. I know that it has a lot to do with the CVT, but was hoping for a little more push. I would think an upgraded air filter and cat-back exhaust would be the main things, but maybe you guys have some suggestions as well. Would the aftermarket exhaust systems for the older style Compass fit the new?
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I think a good CAI and freer flowing exhaust would definitely help. I'm not all that sure on what may have changed between model years as far as the exhaust goes, though one would think it wouldn't be much.

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I think a good CAI and freer flowing exhaust would definitely help. I'm not all that sure on what may have changed between model years as far as the exhaust goes, though one would think it wouldn't be much.

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Thanks Cherokee! Where would you suggest would be the best place to find those parts for a good price?
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Welcome

Congrats on your new Compass. My daughter-in-law and I each have a 2011. We've had them a month and really like them.
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Well Congrats. Im also a new owner of a jeep compass. i bought her last year in october. I kn ow your wondering why she has a gender. Its because i Just installed Carlashes on to her with rinestone eyeliner. Im the only person in town sporting car lashes on there vehicle. Im recommending them im not a dealer of them just wanted to let you all know its beautiful.
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brawleyman, I'm going to have to look around and see, but you can always do a DIY intake for not much money other than a filter and a few parts you can find at your local hardware store. As for exhaust on the 2011's, that's something I'm going to research since I'm not sure what, if any changes have been made there from previous models.

nm7864, we'd definitely like to see some pics when you can, there's another member on here who mentioned these carlashes.

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brawleyman, I'm going to have to look around and see, but you can always do a DIY intake for not much money other than a filter and a few parts you can find at your local hardware store. As for exhaust on the 2011's, that's something I'm going to research since I'm not sure what, if any changes have been made there from previous models.

nm7864, we'd definitely like to see some pics when you can, there's another member on here who mentioned these carlashes.

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I wonder, is there anything I have to worry about as far as sensors or anything on the intake housing that will make the engine light come on if I do anything with the intake system?

Also, I found out that in our state, we don't have emission laws, so you can take off your muffler, cat converter, or even the whole dang thing! I wonder how much power that would add without the cat converter?
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You shouldn't get a CEL from modding your intake, not so long as everything is installed correctly. Have you checked to see what Mopar offers for CAI's for the Compass? Nice to know you don't have to worry about emissions, we don't either, here but it does free you up to do what you want.

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Taking off exhaust etc are not necessarily going to help in many of the new engines are tuned and designed with the back pressure in mind. Going to straight pipe or equivalent will give a lot of noise but not necessarily more HP although it may sound like you're going fast until pulled over for a noise violation and not speeding. LOL

I ride snowmobiles and they have had tuned exhausts for decades. the combinaltion of muffler, CAT, resonators are not just thrown in there for looks or to take up space.

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