Manual Transmission Shifting Difficulty on Jeep Patriot

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Vehicles equipped with manual transmissions may become difficult to shift. The repair may involve replacing the 3rd/4th/5ht & reverse gear synchronizer rings as a set.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 61,407 (6,500–140,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Manual Transmission
10 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, more2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
34 people reported this problem
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This is my third stick shifter, so I'm not a rookie...
I've had this Patriot for about two years. Shifting seems to get rougher and rougher. Hard to get into 2nd gear, especially from 1st. Makes accelleration nearly impossible! Reverse is also hard to get into... I have missed both gears multiple times (which is probably making it worse too). This car is not any fun to drive because of this! I took it in once for something else and asking the guys at the dealership to take it for a ride and see how it shifts and they said that it way "within spec"...
Jeep 2014 (new) Patriot manual, at 300 miles new bearings, at 3500 miles jumping out of reverse, at 6500 miles new (rebuilt) factory transmission installed allegedly, at 7000 miles on allegedly new transmission jumping out of 5th gear, Would not stay in 5th when up shifting, on level road way. At time of this report jeep in shop. in 6 months this Patriot in shop one month total. All factory warranty issues. Not a hot rodder, no dirt roads, predominately good florida roads. Drove manuals for 45 years previously.
Manual transmission, when shifting into 3rd gear, acts as though I am not running a high enough rpm and it shakes. This happens inconsistently but is disconcerting. Seems pretty early to have transmission problems.
Nov 2015 at 55k, 11 months prior had transmission issue and Jeep Dealer replaced the entire transmission under warranty and highly suggested I replace the clutch while the transmission was out. I spent another $400 or so on the clutch which made me really mad that it was even a suggestion because I've never needed a new clutch at less than 100k miles in other manual cars I've owned. After about 6 months or so, the shifting started getting weird. Steadily increased in difficulty shifting into 1st and reverse especially. Now at 11 months, I have a service appointment. Really upset that I bought a manual Jeep. I am hoping that it is covered under warranty from all the work done 11 months ago...Frustrated.
2015 Patriot bought new. Trans pops out of gear and makes a loud noise. Took it to dealer and they couldn't duplicate the problem so once again another consumer screwed over.
Thought we had a throw out bearing issue. Had transmission dropped, installed new clutch and bearing set. Put it back together only to find that the output shaft bearings in the manual were shot. Dealer covered under warranty.

Wife says the car shifted weird the day she picked it up after having warranty work completed. Back to the dealer 2 weeks later because shifter cable failed $271.00 charge to replace. Interesting that they didn't see this issue when replacing the transmission. Or they broke the damn thing and zip tied it back to send the car...

Never buy Jeep products. Typical Chrysler BS and all this after we the tax payers bailed them out. Still putting out inferior products as compared to imports.
After trip to Tennessee this last weekend had to baby it the whole way home! Popping out of 5th gear and ungodly noise which I thought to be throw out bearing.
Only to find out the the bearings and synchro's are destroyed. $4000 for reman from oe. This is a problem that lawyers need to be involved in!!!!!!!!! Do a search on the internet, it is a common problem in the T355 junkmission. My son purchased this Patriot 4 months ago on his own, first car purchased and first vehicle loan. Needless to say 3 month warranty does him no good. So now he has payments on a $12000 piece of junk and is waiting to see how much the repairs will be from transmission shop. The shop said parts can only be purchased through chrysler/jeep/dodge thieves.
I have two 2024 Jeep Patriots with the 5 speed. Both have failed with very low miles. Vehicle 1 transmission has been rebuilt 3 times in the first 40000 miles. Bearing failures twice. Wouldn't stay in gear after the second repair Not many miles on the third repair but ok so far.

Vehicle 2 has just failed at 39000 miles. Same symptoms as the two bearing failures (whining sound).
Pops out of 5th gear grinds in 3rd gear. 3 months ago garage discovered that transmission fluid fill cap was 2/3 of the way off and it was half empty.
I was hearing a noise when idling and had difficulty shifting. Diagnosis was a bearing noise. All bearings were replaced along with the seals and 2nd and 3rd gears had to be replaced.
Transmission would not go into 3rd gear, instead it would endlessly grind. Took it into the dealer, who's response was to replace the entire transmission. There was no indication at the time of whether the synchro issues at hand and the problem with my Patriot were related; however, the dealer directly concluded that my synchros were "improperly calibrated from the factory," causing a significant amount of damage and mandating a replacement of the transmission, all covered by warranty.