2002 Jeep Liberty Sport from UK and Ireland
Great car, but go any where and do anything?
As I drove down a forest road, I got stuck in a mud pool.
To my surprise 3 of the 4 wheels turned bud did not have any grip, the fourth wheel (front right) had grip, but didn't turn at all.
Result: it dug in so deep that it went with it's belly on the floor and it took a monster of a 4x4 tractor to pull it free again.
Is this normal? I expected all four wheels to have power, it seems I have only 3 wheel drive when the going gets tough.
The more worrying thing is that my Liberty flooded within minutes although the underside of all four doors where above the water level, you can understand that I was shocked.
Is this normal? or did somebody at the factory forgot a plug somewhere?
I will bring my Liberty to the Dealer next week to check the bottom for leaks, but they are quite reluctant and told me I should contact my insurance company to deal with it.
In the meanwhile I spend 4 days drying the carpet and electrical connectors out, but it is still very damp. (by the way, the electrical connectors are fitted under the carpet, you would expect them a bit higher up in a 4x4 don't you)
Don't get me wrong here, I love my Liberty, that's why I'm shocked about what happened to my car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2002
It seems this is fairly typical Jeep dealer attitude. I have a Grand Cherokee, and met the same sort of BS when anything went wrong. He even went so far as to blame me for warping the brake discs through bad driving saying he had another customer who went through a pair every 10k miles?? Ludicrous, I have thrashed a small Nissan to death in Africa on and off road, with nary a problem with the brakes. Drive my jeep like my granny and the brake discs warp.
Funny though I have just received a recall notice for all Grand Cherokees of similar age to replace the brake discs (rotors) (some 500,000 vehicles in all).
Simply put: Jeeps are great, but don't expect it to be as reliable as a Toyota, and NEVER expect common decency from the dealers. Mine was a well known London dealer.