2002 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 4 of 21

2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7L Gas from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.7L Gas Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 kilometres
Most recent distance149000 kilometres
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

I'll never buy another one

Faults:

Transmission needed to be rebuilt at 99500kms (luckily still under warranty. Transmission shifts hard still to this day and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened again.

A/C fan died, which blew the A/C compressor, which seized the A/C pulley, which chewed apart the Serpentine belt.

Fan blower resistor broke which left me with the fan only operating at highest capacity.

Seat recliner lever snapped off on drivers seat.

Glove box broke at the hinges falls open randomly while driving.

Rear windshield wiper motor seized.

General Comments:

The Liberty is great in the snow and during adverse road conditions while in 4x4 but rides very rough.

Guzzles gas getting an average of 12mpg.

Interior space is lacking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2007

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.7L V6 Don't Know
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles

Summary:

Engine failure at 66,000 is not good

Faults:

Engine failure at 66,000 miles. Coolant mixed with oil. Dealer denied warranty coverage due to oil sludge. Recommended maintenance was performed.

General Comments:

Attractive style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th March, 2007

30th Mar 2007, 17:47

I've heard that a lot of Chrysler engines have blown head gasket issues.

31st Mar 2007, 11:29

Never heard of the 3.7 L V-6 having blown head gasket issues, though. That was something that some Neons and Breezes had an issue with in the 1990's.

Too bad there is so little information in this "review". If they gave their vehicle the same lack of attention to detail, the warranty denial based on never changing the oil is probably valid. Engine sludge is not something that the 3.7 L seems to be known for. "Recommended maintenance" does not mean changing oil every once in a while, it means changing it regularly at 3,000 mile intervals.

2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.7L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Rugged, reliable with highly variable fuel mileage depending on driving habits

Faults:

Needed a new radiator at 75000 miles.

Needed new ball joints at 95,000 miles.

Driver's side seat back broke a bracket at 105,000.

General Comments:

This has been a very reliable car for us. Most of our mileage has been on the road, but we've also taken it on some pretty rugged trails in places like Durango, Colorado - pulling a trailer to boot. This thing really does go just about anywhere.

I've read comments about some Liberty's pulling to the right and sucking gas.

Our Liberty pulled to the right slightly when we got it. Never could get this fixed. We finally gave up and got used to living with it. Then when we replaced the original tires, the problem went away and has never returned. I suspect the original Goodyear tires might have had something to do with the pulling problem.

As to the gas mileage...When my wife drives the Liberty, she averages 12-14 mpg. Absolutely terrible. When I drive the Liberty, I average between 19-21 mpg. About what the Liberty is rated for. Our conclusion is that the Liberty's mileage is heavily influenced by driving style. Neither my wife nor I can recall seeing such wide mileage variations on any other car we've ever shared.

Perhaps we've been lucky, but we've not had any of the reliability problems with our Liberty that many other people report. In fact, the thing has been so darn good that we'll probably turn it over to our son when he graduates from high school.

The Liberty has been a good vehicle for us, but I don't think we'll buy another one. Times have changed and I don't think I will ever want another vehicle that isn't rated for at least 30 mpg hiway mileage. Probably end up with some hybrid next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2006

7th Oct 2006, 21:11

My wife and I had a 2003 Liberty Renegade. Your review is spot on. Except our mileage always was poor. I couldn't do better than 13.8 city/17.2 hwy... driven very conservatively I might add.. That ain't gonna fly now days. There are better alternatives so the Liberty's gone. In its place is a 2006 CR-V. We love it and don't have to visit gas stations as often. More interior room, passive AWD, traction/stability control and ABS. Our Liberty Renegade didn't even have ABS. I guess it was an option. I was niave and expected a well equipped $27,000 SUV to have ABS. Shame on me!

The Jeep was a fine vehicle that needed to be a little more efficient. Nuff said.

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