2002 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 3 of 21

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7 liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.7 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired205 miles
Most recent distance86585 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Could have been one of the best, but too many corners were cut

Faults:

I am very disappointed with my 02 Jeep Liberty overall. I researched for several months before buying and thought I had a winner. Well I was wrong.

I have always maintained my vehicles. I even paid over a thousand dollars for a complete tune up when it reached 35,000 miles, but that didn't stop me from having to shell out $1,900 to have the transmission totally rebuilt at 58,000 miles, and since I bought the SUV when Jeep only offered 32,000/3 years for the warranty, they refused to extend it.

Also during that time I have had every window mechanism fail except for the back hatch, and at $350+ to fix each one, it is really given me a case of buyers remorse. Not to mention just today I spent $95 bucks for a driver side seat belt because a spring that costs maybe 50 cents failed.

General Comments:

If it wasn't for all the mechanical issues, I would have been very happy with this car.

It has ample horse power for its size. Although when the road is wet traction can be an issue, and I have tried several brands of tires with no success.

The seat are comfortable, the layout of the cabin is a little cramped for anyone over 5'11.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th February, 2009

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic

Summary:

I love my Jeep, but I am scared of it!

Faults:

My lower ball joint on the drivers side separated while driving on I-77 south of Charleston WV. I crashed into a concrete wall. It was fixed. And fixed again. And again and again.

Now the upper ball joint/control arm has broken. Jeep would not do anything (big surprise!). I have joined the investigation into the Liberty that the NHTSA has going. I too feel that Jeep should have replaced my Jeep after the accident, but they would not. Lawyers I talked to said there was no sense in a lawsuit as I thankfully was not hurt.

I tried to trade it in, and the Jeep dealer where I bought it would not give me anything for it because it had been wrecked! Their defective part caused this accident, and I'm left with a car that is worthless!

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

Review Date: 7th July, 2008

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 4wd 3.7 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carChrysler Nissan, Sentra

Summary:

Excellent purchase, I'll buy another jeep

Faults:

The A/C compressor was replaced on 2005, the driver recliner-seat lever broke in February 2008.

I'm very happy with my jeep. No complains, excellent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2008

17th Apr 2008, 16:25

My seat lever broke; to what/and how did you get it fixed.

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7L V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.7L V6 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance162000 kilometres
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

The biggest automobile mistake I've ever made

Faults:

Transmission shifted hard shortly after I bought it; when going from reverse to drive it would clunk into gear, thrusting the vehicle forward immediately. Occasionally shifts hard, and slips on take off and downshifting into first.

Transmission blew with 500kms left on warranty, brought it to a Dodge dealer and they fixed it for free.

Transmission continued to clunk, brought it back to dealer, they told me to change the transmission fluid, transfer case and diff fluids. Did that and $350 later, no change.

Seat recliner handle broke off.

Glove box broke open and won't stay shut.

Rear A/C plug stopped working.

Windshield wipers stopped working.

Interior light turns on sporadically, especially after making right turns and using the turn signal.

A/C Compressor blew. Seized the unit, broke the pulley, shredded the belt and sent crap through the A/C lines.

$3800 later and 2 weeks in the shop it's fixed, but now heat works on occasion, will not work unless vehicle is moving.

Fan modes 1 - 3 stopped working, leaving 4 for heat or A/C. $350 fix.

High pitch whining started coming from beyond the firewall somewhere just recently, I don't even want to know what it is...

General Comments:

Purchasing this vehicle should be avoided at all costs!!!

Complete piece of trash, Dodge deserves to go belly up releasing this kind of crap.

Horrible on gas, average 13MPG at best.

NO interior space! Not recommended if you have kids... even just one. Seats are very uncomfortable.

Poor aerodynamics cause this vehicle to get blown around on windy days, and by oncoming transport trucks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th January, 2008

3rd Sep 2008, 17:41

You should have googled the problem with your heat and A/C fan speed control. I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited too, and mine had the same problem. There is a type of card/resistor block behind the glove box that goes bad, a common problem on many vehicles. It ONLY cost $20 dollars and 10 minutes to replace.

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