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post #1 of 13 Old 11-17-2006, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Compass off-road or under very bad weather

Hello people,

I was wondering if anyone tried its Compass (4x4) off-road (please describe what kind of off-road) or under very bad weather like heavy snow or rain.

I want to know how good all the technologies included with it like ABS, ESP, 4x4 lock and all the others are doing in the real life.

Was your stop distance very good even when the ABS kicked in ?

How was the 4x4 lock mechanism doing when accelerating from a stop sign with slippery conditions like snow or heavy rain ? And with the lock ?

And a question coming from my girlfriend who always sleep when I drive: "How's the headrest ?"

If anybody have kids that are still using a special seat, please comment on how well they see outside (maybe compared to a minivan for instance) and how they like the ride and the truck ? (Got twins, 6 years old)

Finally, if anyone bought the complete sound system (Boston Acoustics with the subwoofer..) can they comment on the overall sound quality and sound power that it delivers.

Many questions that I need to answer before going forward with my purchase...

Thanks to all who will answer !

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-17-2006, 01:13 AM
 
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Since we got some heavy rain this afternoon, I can attest that the braking was very responsive, however, traffic conditions were very light during the period that I drove. I haven't used the 4x4 lock. If we actually get some snow this winter, I'll let you know how the handling is.

Seating in the front for the driver and passenger is very comfortable. I haven't had any rear passengers in the Jeep yet so I can't comment on that.

I got the BA 9 speaker system w/ the 6 Disc CD/MP3 player (Including SIRIUS for one year) and it's very impressive. Probably one of the best systems that I've heard that is not an aftermarket. The placement of the speakers is what make the sound stand out. I also like the leather wrapped steering wheel w/ the audio controls so you don't have to take your hands off the steering wheel.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-17-2006, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the reply. I look forward to your reviews regarding snow, that's my biggest concern.

I noticed your steel blue color in your signature, do you have any daylight picture of your truck. I'm having a hard time trying to find a dealer that has a compass with this color "live" on a truck, not just on paper so I can really see how it shows.

On paper it really looks like a gray-blueish very dark.

Thanks

RedVortex

P.S. Common guys (and gals maybe), get your Compass outdoor a little and give it a good ride and write a little review so I can really make a good decision on my upcoming purchase
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-17-2006, 09:11 AM
 
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I only have a camera phone. I'll try to get some shots this weekend and post them.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-17-2006, 03:32 PM
 
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Re: Compass off-road or under very bad weather

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Was your stop distance very good even when the ABS kicked in ?

How was the 4x4 lock mechanism doing when accelerating from a stop sign with slippery conditions like snow or heavy rain ? And with the lock ?
Very good. Typical ABS grindy noise, but it worked well for me on ice/snow covered road. I also felt very 'solid' when changing lanes (with the typical snow between lanes)

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And a question coming from my girlfriend who always sleep when I drive: "How's the headrest ?"
They're not the greatest, but the actual seats are really comfortable, and the heated seats are really good!

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Finally, if anyone bought the complete sound system (Boston Acoustics with the subwoofer..) can they comment on the overall sound quality and sound power that it delivers.
I am really happy with the sound system. I am still getting used to the steering wheel buttons (3 per side) but will get there eventually.


I am off this weekend, so the other half and I are going into the Rockies for an extended drive. Going to Banff Alberta to enjoy the hotsprings, maybe some skiing, and of course 'apres ski' drinks! Hope to stay the whole weekend actually now that I am thinking about it!

We will be taking the camera (to take Jeep pics with the rockies as a background) which reminds me...gotta get my baby washed beforehand!
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-24-2006, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Can anybody else posts their comments regarding this topic ?

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-24-2006, 01:23 PM
 
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RedVortex.....I had commented in a previous thread about icy/snowy roads. Here is the link in case you missed it:
http://www.myjeepcompass.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-15-2006, 08:22 PM
 
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I went from Garyeagle to truckee Ca. on ice and found the Cpmpasswith stock tires to be great. Instarting and stoping The cvt trans acted a lot like useing 2nd gear in my truck, no tire spin at all. The only deep snow I drove in was in pullouts, even flooring it did not break traction. As far as traction control, ABS and ESP go I hope my driveing skill and common sense never test them. To me they are just peace of mind. In other cars and trucks I've had ABS on ice worked great. Isee no reason to think that Jeeps will be any different.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-18-2006, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Great thanks for your reply, keep us informed.

I finally had my compass delivered to me last week. As soon as we have snow here, I'll give it a run for his money (actually my money, hehehe) and I'll post my results.

So far, I've been able to test the anti spin feature on a rainy day. I was starting from a stop sign while turning right and I actually floored the pedal on purpose. The left tire began to spin (I was barely able to discern the beginning of a tire spin) and as soon as that happened, the computer controlled it by slowing down the engine power thus effectively counter-acting my action of trying to spin the left wheel. Everything was done very smoothly and as soon as the tire gained traction, the engine revved up again just enough to not spin the tire again. My acceleration was smooth and very much under control.

Nothing compared to my old minivan where I would've been able (much of the time not on purpose, especially on rainy days) to spin the tire at every stop sign until I go easy on the gas pedal. I very much hated it when it happened on a rainy day, you try to start fast on a 4 stops signs because nobody knows who's turn it is and instead of going fast and clearing up this mess of messed up ppl (hehehe) you end up spinning your wheels...

The system functioned perfectly, smoothly and much more effectively than what I was expecting.

Good job Jeep. I really look forward to a little snow/ice here so I can test the 4wd mode and all the others goodies of the Compass

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post #10 of 13 Old 02-15-2007, 01:24 AM
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Compassing through the snow ...

My Compass performed superbly in our 3+ foot snowstorm today ... buzzed right around on our unplowed roads without a hitch. Up hills, down hills, around cars stuck in the road ... I am very pleased!!!

I almost made it up my unshoveled driveway but the snow was just too deep ... some shoveling around and under the car and I was able to get up the incline.

There was some ice buildup on the wipers and windshield but then I noticed that just about everyone else was having the same trouble.

Five stars for winter performance for my Compass!
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post #11 of 13 Old 02-15-2007, 08:15 PM
 
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We got snow/freezing rain/icy conditions the past couple of days and it was a mess driving to/from work. I only had to engage in 4WD mode once when parking in my driveway (the snow is ice packed due to the freezing temps unfortunately). Will have to wait until we get warmer temperatures so I can dig out the snow from my walkway and driveway.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-16-2007, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the replies.

We had some snow too and icy road conditions. I really like driving my Compass under those conditions. It performs pretty well.

One thing I recommend though. Don't engage 4x4 manually unless you really need it. There's so much driving force that is sent to the rear axel that if you don't go easy on the gas pedal, you are able to have the rear end start to tail spin (ESP brings it straight though, almost instantly).

Letting the AWD system do its job by itself is perfect for pretty much all driving conditions.

However, it is much much more fun driving in 4x4 engaged though, hehehe. It is even more fun disabling the ESP and do tail spins in 4x4 mode or leaving everyone behind spinnig their tires in the snow at the stop sign or the red light

This truck is just so much fun to drive, I like it a lot.

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post #13 of 13 Old 02-19-2007, 02:50 PM
 
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My Compass Limited 4x2 did great in the snow and ice this past week. Last Wednesday we got about 10", mixed with freezing rain and sleet. My ESP kicked on when necessary and did the job. They didn't plow very well, anywhere around here so I had lots of opportunities to play. I had a Matrix before the Jeep and that did pretty good in the snow, but it had low clearance, not a problem in the Compass.
I believe it's not always about the how well a vehicle does in the snow, it's more about the driver (usually). I didn't get the 4x4 because with the traction control, ESP, antilock breaks, front wheel drive and good tires, I don't need it. I'm getting a lot of grief for buying a Jeep without four wheel drive, but I have no regrets. My husband has a Dodge Hemi 1500 with 4x4, if it gets that bad I can take that, but IMO after driving the Jeep in the snow and ice this past week, I won't need to.
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