2002 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 2 of 21

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7 liter 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.7 liter 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I had this car for 9 years, and it never gave me any trouble at all! Great in the snow too!

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2011

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7L V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.7L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Great vehicle with some easily fixable faults, so long as you avoid your dealership

Faults:

28000m - Transmission "kicking" while shifting. Fixed by dealer at no cost, no problems since.

45000m - Power rear window failed, leaving window loose in the frame with no ability to move it. Purchased aftermarket part and repaired it myself, but I fully expect the other window to fail at some point.

50000m - Cracked radiator. Replaced through 3rd party mechanic for $300.

55000m - Check engine light due to gas-cap leak. Replaced with aftermarket gas-cap for $15.

60000m - Speedometer intermittent failure. Traced to wiring harness on rear diff. Replaced with new harness (and strengthened it) for $35. Horrible design where the e-brake cable rubs against the speedometer wiring.

General Comments:

After 5 years of ownership, I still love this Jeep. I picked it up to replace my 1998 Wrangler, primarily for a more comfortable ride that's still tough enough to handle foul conditions.

The problems I have experienced (while mostly trivial) have always been due to poor design, never through wear or abuse. Items like the speedometer wiring or the window regulators do not have the durability you'd expect from a brand like Jeep. Luckily, since it's a Jeep, it's easy enough to fix it in your own driveway to avoid absurd dealer service costs. For example, the Chrysler dealer wanted $90 just to diagnose my speedometer problem, even though it was clearly a $30 part and less than an hour work.

Power is great (220 hp) and ride is luxurious, but MPG is pretty sad. I get at best 20 mpg highway, and mixed driving gives me around 12-14 mpg. I'd happily sacrifice a few HP to get better gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2010

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles

Summary:

Will never buy a Jeep again

Faults:

Replaced radiator five times in the last 2 years. Mechanic checked for a bad head gasket. It's good. Cannot find the problem that causes the radiator to go bad. So, I'm stuck with with a lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd October, 2010

13th Sep 2013, 23:22

I'd say it's a good vehicle if that's your only complaint... Here's a thought, buy a better radiator!!

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.7L Automatic
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance93500 miles

Faults:

The Jeep Liberty Limited 2003 3.7 is the lemons of all models. Within the first 5 year two major repairs, crankshaft, motor, you name it. Now with the complications of so many sensors that only carry problems to owners.

Now the last one, the oil pressure light doesn't go off, I already did an oil change, filter, flush radiator, new coolant. The motor seems to be fine right now but the oil light keeps coming on.

I have read so many complaints about the same thing, no doubt, the Jeep Liberty cannot be recommended. Today everybody relies on those scanners, just to take your money, making trial and errors, technology advance, but for these dealers and mechanics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2010

23rd Sep 2013, 18:44

I had the oil light switch replaced 3 times til the mechanic ordered the Jeep manufactured sensor switch; no oil light came on since!

2002 Jeep Liberty KJ 2.8 litre twin cam diesel from Australia and New Zealand

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

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