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Old January 26th, 2010, 01:29 PM   #41
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It is very similar to the Dodge Caliber. You won't be able to tow much with it at all. My wife's parents actually listened to the sales guy that it would tow their pop up, bought it had the hitch put on, then read the owners manual. It would not tow a pop up.
BTW, the Compass has a 2000 pound towing capacity.

That can manage a decent size Pop-up camper.
The camper I had back in the late 80's through the late 90's was 16' folded and 26' set up. Had all the usual stuff like sink, fridge, water, seats, table, etc. It had a dry weight of 1600 pounds.
These days they are built lighter. So, the size I had will probably be even less of a problem. Mine was a relatively large camper for the time.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #42
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IMO 25mpg for a car that small is terrible. I averaged 25mpg in my old 2006 Chevy Impala.
was it all wheel drive?
was it the shape of a van?
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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #43
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Now, on the trans and power, I was not impressed at first. When I test drove both vehicles off the lot on a curvey road (with the auto trans in slapshift mode to keep it in the power band) the compass drives like a damn sports car with its all wheel ind. susp.
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The auto transmissions they come with don't have any gears to slap shift, it is a Continuosly Variable Transmission
I dont give two shits what they call it! All I know is in that mode you can maintain a higher rpm keeping the engine in the power band. Makes it a hell of a lot more responsive.
Sometimes I dont think people understand small engines they are not the v8 torque producers we are all used to driving.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #44
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I dont give two shits what they call it! All I know is in that mode you can maintain a higher rpm keeping the engine in the power band. Makes it a hell of a lot more responsive.
Sometimes I dont think people understand small engines they are not the v8 torque producers we are all used to driving.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #45
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have u seen the shifters in these cars? There is a notch to the side for manually selecting a "gear" (slap shifter)

Sorry if I am misunderstanding you
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Old January 26th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #46
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IDK about the Compass but I have a 2007 Patriot and love it. Well, its my wifes. Had it 3 years now with no issuses. I have an XJ with slips front and rear and the Patriot will spank mine in snow and ice. Amazing in bad weather. Ive pulled a newer Ford Taurus out of a ditch in snow with it. MPGs around24 to 26.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #47
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Sometimes I dont think people understand small engines they are not the v8 torque producers we are all used to driving.
This is the part that confused me since I never mentioned anything about V8's and wasn't sure where you were going with the statement. The auto transmissions in them don't have gears like a traditional automatic but more like a snowmobile where it keeps accelerating without any RPM change.


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have u seen the shifters in these cars? There is a notch to the side for manually selecting a "gear" (slap shifter)

Sorry if I am misunderstanding you
Yes I have, and the few I drove when shopping for my Patriot in '08 didn't have it. So I looked for info on it before posting about not having a "slap shift option" and didn't find anything. While understanding the basic operation of the trans it didn't make sense that you could control its' shifts when it doesn't shift. Therefore I put my foot in my mouth while trying to call BS about it.
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