Jeep Liberty Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2002 Jeep Liberty KJ 2.8 litre twin cam diesel

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre twin cam diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Surf

Summary:

Save up and make sure you have a job

Faults:

The user instructions say replace the timing belt every 100,000 KM. Fair enough. Went to buy a timing belt ($274) and that's just the belt. The book Jeep forum says to change the pulleys in the fan belt and the timing belt every time you replaced the belts. At $254 each, and there is a total of 6 of them, I don't think that's going to happen. I fitted Toyota Hilux pulleys in, which are the same size and fit in the same place. The Toyota pulleys are $42 each.

The timing belt tensioner pulley is spring loaded, and the spring is stopped against a PIN that is pressed into the block. Nothing is holding it there, only the pressure from manufacture. And the PIN fell out and the timing belt jumped a few teeth. I think the PIN should be threaded or at least have lock tight holding it in. New head is $2163 AUD.

This car is NOT a cheap car to keep alive. The timing set up is long and drawn out. The service manuals in Australia are $1400. When these cars are going, they never any trouble. Once the trouble starts, save your pennies. If you take it to a mechanic, a service will cost $2400 to $2500.

General Comments:

The turbo cuts in at 2000 RPM and it takes off like a 3.7 petrol/gasoline car, and it's diesel. It's got all the whistles you would ever want.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th September, 2009

2002 Jeep Liberty KJ Limited 3.7

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1500 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Comfy car, poorly put together

Faults:

My car has been in for fixes, and every time came back with something else broken.

1500km: I experienced a constant wheezing sound when I close the air vents and drove faster than 100km/h. Noise kicked in at 50km/h if I had a window open. Dealer said it was a loose air vent pipe and fixed it, but the problem was still there after the first service.

10000km: I had one of the computers replaced. The one controlling the speedometer cluster, lights and rear hatch windows opener. I had to wait 2 weeks for a replacement part to arrive.

12000km: I had to replace the front disk pads, and also had the disks machined to remove deep grooves. This was obviously not a warranty fix, and I was forced to buy the pads from the dealer since there wasn't any aftermarket pads available. AU$270.00 and $80 for the disks' machining.

15000km: Floor under the passenger seat was constantly soaking wet. I took the car in and the dealer had to put a non-standard modification in to drain the air-con's condensation.

18000km: The driver's seat base motor unit was replaced after it stopped going forward and backward. Again I waited for a part. When I got the car back for this fix, the reclining action wasn't working and needed workshop attention again.

18000km: I finally booked the car in for a week to have the air noise fixed after being advised that they'll probably have to remove the dash. In the end they resealed the windscreen and replugged every hole in the firewall with silicone. Not an elegant fix, but least the noise is gone.

General Comments:

It's a nice comfy ride for short and long distances. It has plenty of power and is also quick out the blocks.

Build quality is a bit suspect though, and the leather seats already show their age. I'm also experiencing rattles on the door lock (when it's unlocked) but I'm afraid to have it fixed. Scared that they'll break something else.

I'm selling the car know because of its poor fuel consumption. 18l/100km is not good for town driving (it is a big car though, and this is to be expected from any SUV)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th May, 2003

29th May 2003, 07:14

Strange, I can't close the air vents at all on both my Liberty's.

Are you sure we are talking about the same car here?

1st Sep 2003, 15:18

I think you are overreacting to some very common problems which plague most vehicles. There is going to be some electrical problems with many vehicles and most dealers can and will repair them.

With regards to the brakes, it sounds like you ride the brake pedal and heat the brakes. Some people use the brakes excessively and wear them out. I've been on the highway and many times seen drivers tailgate and constantly ride their brakes to where I can smell them burning fron ten car lengths behind. I suggest you become more aware of your driving habits and watch out for tailgating.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews