Hello Marc. I have a 2008 Jeep Compass with a 2.4L engine with a blown transmission. It blew 3 years ago but I wasn’t about to spend $1600 (cheapest I could find locally at the time) for a used tranny with 120k miles on it. Was also told they couldn’t be rebuilt. They haven’t gotten much cheaper. I recently took a gamble. I bought a transmission from a 2014 Patriot that was totaled. It’s a 2.0L with autostick. My main question is are they interchangeable? If not, what vehicles could I pull a tranny from? I do know that Compass, Caliber and Patriots all used this tranny but I’m getting conflicting answers as to what years/models can be interchangeable. If the tranny I have is not interchangeable, would it be if I swap motors? I have access to the 2014 2.0l motor from the Patriot. Thanks for your help.
After doing a bit of research for you, I have found that you should be able to replace your 2008 Compass’ 2.4L four and the CVT2 transmission with one from the 2007 Compass or Patriot or another 2008 Compass or Patriot.
With that said, though, can you tell me if your transmission has a LO range in addition to the CVT? That could easily expand your options, possibly as far as the 2016 model year.
As you can tell, I haven’t mentioned the 2.0-liter four. They don’t seem to be compatible without some work.
Finally, you will likely have to have a quick reprogram done on the transmission control module so it will work correctly. As I understand it, the reprogramming may be VIN-specific.
Honestly, if you feel that the Compass is in great shape — body, frame, interior, seats, wheels — then it is worth it to go for the replacement transmission. I also don’t know where you found the information about a rebuilt transmission because a rebuilt might just sweeten the deal for you. At about $3,000 plus labor, you will be saving yourself money in the long run as you will keep the Compass on the road for years to come. If you put on more than 15,000-miles-per-year, the transmission will pay for itself pretty quickly in all the payments you won’t have to make on a new vehicle.
Thanks for the input. As long as you do a one-for-one swap you should be okay. In other words, if your Jeep had had the Lo-Lo or crawl gear and four-wheel-drive, then you would have to use a similar transmission. However, since you are using a more standard CVT2, then it should be possible to do a CVT2-CVT2 swap.
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