2002 Jeep Liberty Reviews

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.7
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

Sad

Faults:

4 wheel drive messed up, lower ball joints.

Now it won't shift right half the time, and when it doesn't, I smell something either burning or very hot. No smoke.

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

Review Date: 22nd April, 2014

11th Jun 2014, 14:53

200,000 miles - have you even looked at your ATF?

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7 liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.7 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance94500 miles
Previous carPlymouth Breeze

Summary:

It would be a perfect little SUV if the lights just worked properly

Faults:

I bought my Liberty new in 2002, and it has been very well maintained. A couple of years ago, at around 75,000 miles, the headlights started turning themselves off and back on while driving, accompanied by a clicking sound. It has continued to do it randomly ever since. The dome lights will also turn themselves on and off, but only when the headlights are not on. It does one or the other. Everyone I've spoken to about it or taken it to has no idea why it does this, and Chrysler claims to have never heard of this problem, in spite of the fact that there are thousands of posts on different sites regarding this, and many have called Chrysler about it.

Other than this, it is a great vehicle that I've had no other problem with, but this is a BIG problem that the manufacturer refuses to even acknowledge, let alone recall to fix it.

It is VERY dangerous at night; other drivers think you are flashing your lights at them. Chrysler needs to step up and do something about this, but I still would not buy another Chrysler/Jeep of any kind, ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th October, 2012

24th Nov 2012, 06:25

I agree with this problem. I think I figured it out after relentlessly observing and playing around with the lights...

There is a "dial" on the arm where you turn the headlights on.

If this dial is turned all the way up, the lights flicker, etc. If you simply adjust the dial down a notch or two... problem solved.

This is not normal I am sure, but it works and only affects the intensity of the interior lights when adjusted...

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired22 miles
Most recent distance91339 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Pretty decent vehicle

Faults:

Replaced battery at 9 years/85,000 miles, and that was all until the transmission went at 91,000. According to the mechanic, the inside parts are the same as the Dodge Caravan with a modified case.

General Comments:

Very nimble, great in snow, comfortable.

Gets 15/23 MPG, which could be better, but is worth it.

Other than the trans, it's reliable, and even then, 10 years isn't bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2012

25th May 2012, 06:13

23mpg highway isn't bad for a solid vehicle like a Liberty.

IMO the 2002-2007 4WD Liberty Limiteds were/are the best 4x4 values on the market (I'm not sold on the 2008-2012 styling). Can't wait to see the next generation.

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7 V6 gas from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.7 V6 gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired500 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

The best vehicle we have ever owned so far

Faults:

My wife and I purchased our Liberty brand new as a demo from with 500 miles on it. The first thing that broke were the little knobs on her stereo.

Then, the radiator claqued up at around 30,000 miles; that cost $300.00.

Then, not long after that, at around 50,000 miles, we started smelling a raw gasoline smell, which turned out to be a leaking connection where the fuel line plugs into the fuel filter.

Then, we had to change out the rear passenger tail light, because the board went bad at about the same time.

At around 70,000 miles, we had to change the A/C compressor, which cost about half what most of y'all paid, because this was a rebuild with a 2 year warranty.

Around 85,000 miles, we had the same raw gasoline smell with the same issue. So, I went and bought some gas line from the nearby NAPA dealer with some hose clamps, and fixed that problem permanently.

Both front speakers blew out at 96,000 miles.

Water pump died at around 112,000 miles.

Finally, the rear driver side window rail guide died at around 118,000, so I looked around and found this company on ebay that remakes that part out of metal down in Arizona.

I have changed two batteries the entire time we have had our Liberty.

General Comments:

Besides the things that have broken, all I have had to do is the regular maintenance.

Since the first oil change, I have put Mobil One 10w30 synthetic oil in my Liberty, and haven't had the first tick or knock.

I use a K&N air filter in my intake, and the Fram extra oil filter. I can check my oil dip stick at 6,000 miles, and the oil will still be kind of clear, starting to get dark.

That Jeep will still out run my 2000 Ford F-150 4x4 5.4L.

I haven't changed the first spark plug or ignition coil.

If you have any questions on how to make your Jeep last, e-mail me at rj1664@gmail.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2011

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 67 reviews