Front suspension clunking issue to report....
I just wanted to post this up here for anyone else who might experience it.
About a month after getting our 2008 Compass at the beginning of June '08, we started to experience a clunking/popping sensation/noise in the front floorpan when accelerating away from a stop. The feeling/sound would intensify based on how hard of a stop and level of acceleration was used. The clunk/pop would also only happen once per incident. The clunking was NOT ongoing after the initial take off.
The first time we took it into the dealership, they told us they tightened up some suspension bolts, and couldn't detect it any more.
Within a day, we felt the same problem start to occur again, although it WAS much better than before. Within a week however, the problem was back nearly as bad as before.
THIS time when we take it in, the dealership admits that there is some kind of TSB bulletin out about this problem, and it's going to require that two new bolts be replaced in the A arms (or at least I'm guessing that's where they were, based on the problem).
The dealership was able to make the repair the same day, and we picked it up the next morning. The good news is, it does appear that replacing these bolts was exactly what was needed, because we have had NO reoccurance of the issue for the past week.
Since we didn't experience the problem for the first month of ownership, I'll leave the final verdict open for awhile, but it's looking good so far!
The bottom line is: If any of you out there experience this problem, don't let the dealer fart around and "tighten" the suspension. Ask for the bolt replacement the *first* time around.