2003 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 12 of 16

2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance9700 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Faults:

I am currently on my third CD player.

Resale value.

General Comments:

Overall I am pleased with this vehicle.

Thanks to cash rebates at the time of purchase, the resale value of this vehicle will be a shock come trade in time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2003

2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4 3.7L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.7L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired48 miles
Most recent distance3998 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

A fine, fast, and trustworthy piece of machinery

Faults:

So far nothing. One minor detail was on the 2nd day of owning the car, when you put the transmission in drive, then took your foot off the brake, it would jerk its way into drive. Only did it on the second day, no more problems. I think the transmission was just "breaking in".

General Comments:

Love the power. I went with an automatic because it was getting to be too hard to work a manual clutch in all this freaking traffic where I live (North Carolina), due to all the idiots who can't drive. Going from a 4 cylinder to a 6 makes a big difference. The power is well worth giving up some gas mileage.

My only complaints are: The glove box is too small (can't even put the owners manual in it), the car has a very bad blind spot (no big deal, just listen for the other guys horn!), and on the 2002 model on the back window was a piece of plastic on the dead center and very bottom of the glass. This was used to put your hands on it when you close it, so as to avoid finger prints. On the 2003 they took it off? Why??? I hate it after every time I wash it, somebody gets fingerprints all over the glass, trying to close it.

A neat little trick I learned the other day about newer model Chrysler cars is, there is a way to check your car's computer for error codes, rather than paying through the nose for a mechanic to hook up one of their tools to it. This only works on Chrysler's with the digital odometer and trip meter.

Simply go into the car, hold down the trip reset button, put the keys in and turn the car to RUN (not START). Run is when the dashboard lights up and everything comes on except the engine. Then let go of the trip reset button, and the car will begin to cycle through a bunch of numbers. 111111, 222222, 333333, 444444, etc, etc...

At the same time, the needles on the tachometer, the speedometer, the gas gauge, and the temperature gauge will move up and down all the way. Once this is done, the car will show you its serial number, then if any error codes have been saved in the computer's memory, it will show them too. Write these down quick because it doesn't stay up long.

After a couple of seconds, the dashboard will light back up again and start chiming, then everything is back to normal.

The website I found with all of Chrysler's codes on it is: www.ptcruizer.com/computer-codes.html

I am very satisfied with my Jeep. I, on the other hand had a very nice experience with my Chrysler dealer. Very friendly, caring people. I have friends who have bought from them, and have been very satisfied with their purchase, and have not had any problem with them standing by their warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2003

13th Jan 2004, 14:40

I want to update on my review. I recently (last week) got to use 4wd for the first time snow. Or ever for that matter :-). One word, WOW! I could not believe how well it did in the snow. I was doing 40 mph in 6 inches or slushy went snow with a layer of ice underneath it. It felt like I was on dry pavement. It WOULD NOT let me spin the wheels. I was trying to have some fun in my neighborhood and show off my jeep, but it would not let me spin the wheels in 4wd!! I had to put it back in 2wd drive to do that. That just proves to me how good of a 4wd system Jeep makes. My favorite was when I was passing 4 cylinder Rav4's and CRV's having a hard time making it up about a 1ยบ incline. They were spinning their wheels out of control and weaving in and out of my lane. As I passed them, I gave the driver that "You should have bought a Jeep" wave. I am very happy with my Jeep. I'm hooked!

10th May 2004, 21:03

I know how you feel. That feeling you get in your Jeep when passing other SUVs in the snow is awesome.

Welcome to the family!

19th Jun 2004, 22:44

Hey I just wanted to tell you that there is a little slot in the glove department for the owner's Manuel. The book fits perfect there. When you open it you will see it..it's a cut out from the dash. Just wanted to let you know:)!

30th Jun 2004, 17:22

Just thought I'd add another update to my review.

I will have had this Jeep a year on July 19th 2004. So far, not one recall (which is odd considering my last car, a FORD) and not one MAJOR issue in the first 12,000 miles. The only real one is the noisy brakes. Just yesterday the computer (where the odometer and trip meter are) started flashing "LOWASH". This is the only sort of anything I have had to add to the Jeep. (there are a lot of bugs in my area and using the washer fluid is a regular thing around here). She goes great in the snow and off road. As a matter of fact, for her birthday I am probably going to take her off road since she seems to like it so much. My one biggest complaint is that the brakes are a little weak for a "truck" this heavy. The feel a little weak compared to the other vehicles I've owned. I'm a Jeep fan for life now!

17th Feb 2009, 17:39

I own a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, and it is refreshing to see someone who is honest about their car. Most of the reviews on here are full of crap, but yours was honest.

20th Dec 2010, 18:36

Just bought a Jeep Liberty Sport - I love it.

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