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This past Wednesday (4/16/08) we picked up our 2008 Jeep Compass Sport 4x4 5speed. It looks great and my wife absolutely loves it. We've been so busy I didn't get a chance to drive it until last night. I took a quick drive in the test drive car and I am pretty certain it was beat upon because my wife's Compass drives, shifts, etc. MUCH better. I am _REALLY_ impressed. Anyway, I'll give my driving impressions after the pics of the car.

All of the pictures can be seen here: Jeep Compass. I apologize if it's slow, I am hosting it out of my garage.








When we test drove it we were limited to 25-30mph roads with lots of cars, lights and stop signs. Now that we got it home I had some nice backroads and highway to drive on. First I have to say the manual has a vague feel for the gears at first but what I came to realize is it's very smooth and I ended up having no problems finding the gear. The gearbox feels very solid and precise, while the clutch is a bit light it engages so smoothly. I've been driving a BMW 328i for the past 5 years now and I have to say the gearbox feels as good as the BMW's. Very impressive. It was really a joy rowing through the gears. I didn't rev it much as the car has only 53 miles on it still. The handling was also surprising. I've always been anti-SUV/Crossover and always get this feeling that I will tip over. The steering is very responsive and precise. The car has very little body roll and gave me a feeling of security after just a few quick lane change tests. The interior is very comfortable. Everything is laid out very nice and in easy reach. What at first looks like odd positioning for the shifter actually falls perfectly in to your hand when you go back and forth from wheel to stick. Another nice touch is the stereo. It's got a slick look to it and it has real volume and tuner knobs! Heh :) We have the leather wrapped steering wheel and it feels really good. It's got a nice chunky feel. The only thing I need to get used to is sitting in a more upright position when shifting. My legs are at a slightly different angle. :) Heh.

VERY happy with our purchase thus far :)
 

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Welcome from another BMW/3-Series convert.
After 3 consecutive BMWs (the last served over 250,000km) I find the Compass every bit so satisfying.
Time will tell.
 

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Congrats!! Very similar to mine, same colour, drive train. But please get rid of the dealer sticker under the 4x4. I hate those things!
 

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NickD said:
Thanks guys :) We are really enjoying it.

i2canoe: Keeping the 3series for 4-5 years still :) heh
4 to 5 years? What's that?
The last one I had was a '93 - kept till 2007, and was a very satisfying ride to it's end.
Maintenance makes all the difference.
Eh, my other ride is a '75-TR6, so I know a bit about perseverance.
 

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i2canoe said:
NickD said:
Thanks guys :) We are really enjoying it.

i2canoe: Keeping the 3series for 4-5 years still :) heh
4 to 5 years? What's that?
The last one I had was a '93 - kept till 2007, and was a very satisfying ride to it's end.
Maintenance makes all the difference.
Eh, my other ride is a '75-TR6, so I know a bit about perseverance.
Heh, nice. Yeah, I've had my 3 series for 6 years now, hoping it'll go to 200k miles :) I'm putting on ~500/week now :( and I take it to autocrosses and road courses but I dunno how much longer an older car will handle that :( I also have my old "hobby" car, not quite as old as your Triumph, it's a 1991 Acura Legend. Just did a TON of work on it to modify it and it's so hard to part with... Do you take your TR6 to car shows and what-not? I really, at some point, want to get an older car to restore. Now is just not the right time.

I'm hoping we can get at least 10 years out of the Compass. I do all my own maintenance so I have no problem when the cars get older :)
 

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Do you take your TR6 to car shows and what-not? I really, at some point, want to get an older car to restore. Now is just not the right time.

I'm hoping we can get at least 10 years out of the Compass. I do all my own maintenance so I have no problem when the cars get older :)
We can shake on a ten year plan for the Compass. That is my intention as well, so long as we will still be burning fossil fuels. 10yrs is not too much to expect from a quality built product so long as it is maintained (and rust proofed).

While the TR is no where near "show-car" quality, I have had and cared for it since new and it is a fine running car. I do enter at shows from time to time, but I'm not there for the prizes .. . more the social scene. The big event for myself and buddies is an annual show at Stowe, Vt., each fall there is a "British Invasion" with all sorts of beautiful automobiles to admire.
 
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