2003 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 11 of 16

2003 Jeep Liberty Limited gas from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission gas Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carFord Expedition

Summary:

Lots of bells and whistles, but overall: A lemon

Faults:

Extremely squeaky brakes, especially on initial startup.

Hesitation in transmission.

Part time 4 wheel drive, creates a tightening in the drive line, that gives one the impression something is going to break. Especially noticeable on tight turns-- vehicle does not want to turn, causing tire skid.

Uncomfortable seats for long distance driving.

General Comments:

Started noticing the break noise as soon as I got the vehicle home. Have visited Chrysler repair shop a dozen times. They have replaced all the pads, and rear rotors. Noise still there. Was told a recall for this defect would be coming Dec/03.

Transmission-- One of the gears seems to hesitate. When one goes to accelerate, there is a hesitation, then suddenly the gear catches causing a slight jerk.

The vehicle works very awkwardly in "part time 4 wheel drive"...If one goes to back up and turn, the drive train tightens up (like the brakes are being applied)..I heard a "clunk" from the rear, one time. Seems like something is going to break. Also, when turning, the wheels skid on the ground like the differential is locked.

The seats are quite uncomfortable, in spite of being leather. I think a lot of this is due to the large beam between the front and side windows. One feels like the drivers seat would be better situated if it was about 4 inches more to the left.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2003

14th Dec 2003, 12:59

I own a Liberty Sport 4X4. On occasion, in the mornings usually, the brakes a really really loud when backing out of the garage. Not high pitched, sort of low to medium, but LOUD! It only seems to be in reverse. I haven't tried backing into the garage and pulling out forward yet. Once I get to the end of my street, the noise is gone and everything is fine and dandy. Brought it in for its first oil change the other day. Part of the "deal" that my dealership was giving away was the extra care service package. So I've got some 13 more free oil filter and lube changes. On top of it all, they top off all the fluids, and check the tire pressure. I stood out there and watched them when I had it in just to make sure they did everything correctly and they did. Fortunately, my car will not be affected in the upcomming ball joint recall. I will have to do some research on a possible Brake recall. Sorry to hear about your misfortune with your Liberty. Every company has some lemons that are scattered about, sounds like you got one. I know a bunch of other people who are very happy with their's and use it off road just about every weekend.

2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4 3.7 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.7 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Faults:

Within the first two months the rear carrier assembly had to be replaced, the vibration and noise were unbelievable. The brakes (rotors and pads) had to be replaced. 80% of my driving is on highway! There is a vibration in the front drive assembly that is "acceptable" to Daimler, which will cause your hand to go numb on long drives. There are clunks and clicks coming from the suspension in stop and go traffic. etc. etc.

General Comments:

If you are considering one of these "trail ready" junks, take my advise, spend your hard earned money on a vehicle made by a company who cares about quality and their customers. Not Daimler Chrysler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2003

28th Dec 2003, 18:56

Someone in my family purchased a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4. So far, the only problem was when the car was driven over bumpy roads and speed bumps, the car would squeak. It turned out that the rear lift glass and the rear left seat needed to be lubricated. That was fixed under warranty. There have been no other problems since. The only complaint I have about it is the fuel economy. Other than that, Jeep has done a good job building this car. My family and I will continue to buy Jeeps because they are some of the most reliable cars around.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 53 reviews