New Member to the Forum, Long-time Lurker
1st time Jeep owner since 2-2007 when we purchased our 2007 Compass Sport 4WD. I have been lurking here intermittently for the last six months, mostly looking for technical information.
The Compass replaced our 1990 Chevy Astrovan as the family truckster. It was up for inspection, had been "nickle and diming" us to death with repairs, hemorrhaged "some kinda fluid" copiously, and just needed to be outright replaced. At 185,000 miles and purchased used at 110,000 miles with a blown motor for $700, it had served us well. We moved two households with it, traveled around the country, and it was the every day "Griswald-mobile". Replacement had been apparent to us for a while and we had been making trips to dealers over a period of months.
Living in the Pittsburgh area, the winters weren't horrific but challenging at times. We helped the Astrovan by placing our entire weight set over the rear axel for traction, every winter. At times though, it just wasn't cutting it.
We wanted 4 wheel drive, better fuel economy, and still had to have a degree of cargo capacity at times. The Compass seemed to be what we wanted and we haven't regretted the purchase yet.
Just hit 37,000 miles and made what seems to be the obligatory tie rod end repair last year at 25,500 miles. That appears to be a little earlier than what a lot of people report for it, but I credit that to Pennsylvania roads which can really chew up vehicles.
Otherwise it has been great and very dependable.
Stock 2007 Compass Sport 4WD