2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L V6 from North America


A decent package, but there are better options


Transmission started acting up at 40,000 miles.

Some squeaking (might be the rear spring or bushing).

General Comments:

My wife saw the Liberty really wanted an SUV. I owned a Grand Cherokee Ltd and was pleased with it so I thought nothing of it.

It's a shame that the Liberty doesn't share the same quality as the Grand Cherokee Limited. It seems Jeep cut a few corners to offer this vehicle at a low price. They shouldn't have. Now I feel the Liberty isn't worth it's price tag.

The vehicle is very noisy. Engine noise is about average, but tire noise is very loud.

As far as looks, the Liberty is a bit boxy, but styling (for the Limited) is pretty decent; inside and out. More modern appearance.

The interior is pretty nice, but leaves a bit to be desired. Radio and temperature controls are simple and to the point, but Jeep should fire the idiot that thought of the power window control layout. Lateral seat support (what little there is) is the worst of any vehicle I have ever driven.

Handling is hindered by a center of gravity that is a bit too high (even though it is a SUV) and suspension that is a bit too tight. I expected more from Jeep considering how well the Grand Cherokee handles (despite the roll).

I expected more punch off the line with the 3.7L V6. I suspect the vehicle's weight hinders it's performance. The engine doesn't struggle to stay up to speed though and will cruise easily at 90 mph.

ABS brakes these days should be standard, not an additional cost option as is the case with the liberty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2003

2002 Jeep Liberty KJ Limited 3.7 from Australia and New Zealand


Comfy car, poorly put together


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.