Hello everyone, looks like within the next 12 months my wife may be forced to replace her 2006 vehicle with a new one. She works as a community nurse (home care provider) within the mixed town-rural area. Snow, rain, bad roads...doesn't matter...people still need help from her, so 4x4 would be nice. I can use fairly decent discount (job related) from Chrysler (plus cheaper parts and service). Since we are rather simple people (family of 3), there is no need for any fancy vehicle here - utility and price are our main priorities. Must be easy to clean (big & messy dog is another member of our family). She strongly prefers the manual transmission. I recently looked at Jeep Patriot and it fits the bill nicely, but I would like to ask the owners for your opinion about this SUV. Good or bad...bring it on, please. Thanks in advance for your feedback.