After receiving a dozen complaints about stalling Jeep Patriots, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to launch a formal investigation. The probe will look at about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

NHTSA says some owners report their vehicles' engines are completely shutting off at speeds above 65 mph. In at least eight cases, the drivers could not restart the vehicle, and in at least one incident, the stall involved a crash that injured two people.

If the investigation turns up enough cases, the agency will issue a recall of the vehicles. A Jeep spokesman said the company is looking into the issue.


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      lkcmouse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have a 98 cherokee, best vehicel I ever owned. Been boondocking in CO. mountains for many years and never a problem. That 160 straight 6 has torque out the cazoo. Gets 22-23 on the highway to. Rock solid drive train. They should start building it again.
      GuyClinch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool story Bro. Had Jeeps in the family for years now - not substantially worse then most other makes. If you don't believe me check True Delta. That being said the CVT thing was a mistake. Just ask Mini - they been sued twice now.
      jnbcressy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't read the article. The JEEP Compass and Dodge Caliber are the same floor pan/drive trains. Why only the Patriot? Is the NHTSA that stupid? I already know the answer. The whole thing sounds like BS.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rex
      • 2 Years Ago
      the best motor jeeps ever had was the old 258 6 cylinder get better mileage out of it then any ever made
      RM
      • 10 Months Ago
      My 2011 Patriot has been a nightmare for a 3 year old vehicle, and the upkeep on the warrantee has been a huge hassle. I've also had a ton of trouble with fraudulent reports from dealership service centers always putting "suggested additional services before driving" when no such suggestion has been made. I used to love Jeep, but I'm completely finished with all CJ&D vehicles now.