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The Most Common Jeep Compass Problems You Should Know About

The 2020 Jeep Compass is the urban version of Jeep. It’s a city-dweller version that represents Jeep with the same seven-slot grille and the same attitude. It’s sharp-looking, easy to maneuver, and priced between the Renegade and the compact Cherokee.

Still, if you’re looking to buy a Jeep Compass, particularly an older model, there are some problems you should be aware of. What issues have consumers experienced with Jeep Compass and what year models?

Jeep Compass suspension problems

Of all the Jeep Compass models, the 2007 models had the most complaints and problems according to CarComplaints.com. One of the top issues was centered around the suspension. The repair could cost up to $700 and involved replacing a control arm, ball joints, tie rod ends, and more.  The problem usually surfaced before the vehicle reached 60,000 miles.

A Compass owner from Pennsylvania explained that they starting hearing an unusual sound from the vehicle when turning. Then their Compass started pulling to the passenger side. They were grateful that no serious injury happened and had the vehicle towed in for repair. A German owner explained that they’d had to replace the control arm bushings twice before the vehicle reached 60,000 miles.

TIPM failure

There were also several complaints about totally integrated power module failure in the 2007 models. TIPM issues are normally centered around batteries or fuel. The signs show up as a sporadic or total failure of power door locks, the fuel pump, windshield wipers and more. On average, these problems in Jeep Compass showed up at around 110,000 miles and cost up to $1,700 to repair.

One Compass owner from New York remarked that their dashboard was populated with what they called Christmas lights. They missed work because of the problems, had to pay for towing, and were astounded by the repair bill. 

Another Pennsylvania owner experienced problems within a year of having the TIPM replaced in their Compass. The windshield wipers would turn themselves on and off or not work at all. When they took the Compass in, they learned the TIPM failed again.

Overheating CVT transmission

A Jeep Compass is displayed during the Vienna Autoshow, as part of Vienna Holiday Fair
The Jeep Compass | Manfred Schmid/Getty Images

The 2011 Jeep Compass models had complaints about the continuously variable (CVT) transmission used. The automatic transmissions that can seamlessly shift through a continuous range of effective gear ratios, were overheating. The cost of the repair could cost up to $1,700 and often appeared around  70,000 miles.

One Compass owner in Virginia explained that the CVT transmission continually overheated when temperatures were high or they were on longer interstate drives. The problem, they further explained, could be a dangerous one in high-speed traffic situations as the car will stop accelerating unpredictably. The owner explained they’d been through four incidents. Their local dealership had been unable to find the problem. 

A Colorado Jeep Compass owner found when they drove at speeds of 75-to-80 miles per hour on the highway, the vehicle made strange sounds before losing the ability to maintain its speed. A warning light flashed to indicate the transmission had overheated prompting them to pull off the road. 

They were instructed by their local dealership to let the vehicle sit off for 15 minutes and then try again. When they did this, the problem started up again five miles down the road.

Wireless control module fault

Select models of the Jeep Compass – including 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and more – developed situations where the vehicle had no crank or couldn’t start.

It was caused by an electronic lockup of the wireless control module (WCM). Failure of this module causes the remote keyless entry system to be rendered useless. Repairs involve replacing the WCM. While several users at RepairPal mentioned that other electronic functions still worked like the dashboard lights and audio system, the vehicle won’t start.

Water leaks from the roof of the Jeep Compass

From the 2007 models through the 2010 models and more, there were front and rear roof leaks. The problem seemed centered around the roof ditch and sunroof. Repairs weren’t expensive and involved checking all grommets and plugs as well as resealing the roof seams, sunroof drain tubes and more.

If you’ve always wanted a Jeep and wanted to find an older model to try out, do your homework.  Steer clear of the models with multiple and documented complaints, particularly those that could result in potential accidents or being stranded on the road. If you spend a little time on research, you can find a reliable, high-quality pre-owned vehicle that will serve you for years to come.