2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.5 CRD from UK and Ireland
I love it, but it comes with a price
25.000 miles, the limited slip diff was sticking due to a dealer who charged, but not filled the axle with friction modifier, also 4 alloy wheels replaced due to corrosion.
30.000 miles, ball joint recall, front drive shaft replaced and disk brakes cleaned, 2 wheels replaced due to corrosion.
48.000 miles, hand brake stuck solid and disk brakes beeping, needed a clean again.
50.000 miles, again a ball joint recall.
58.000 Miles, handbrake stuck again and disks need a clean again and limited slip diff starts playing up again.
Good solid 4x4, can get you anywhere at anytime, powerful engine, it handles good on road and is great off road, and it looks good in doing so.
Do not compare this 4x4 with softroaders like the Freelander, Rav4 or Nitro, it is a totally different beast.
There are some negative points, the limited slip diff can be a pain in the butt on wet and slippery roads; it makes the rear break out and gets you into trouble too easy.
The brakes are also a weak point, although they are good in stopping the KJ, they need a lot of attention and the handbrake keeps getting stuck, resulting in low MPG's and overheating rear axles.
Also Jeep dealers are not cheap, mine quotes £80 an hour so for tires, brakes and exhausts. Go to a quick fitter.
The biggest shock I experienced is when I tried to trade my KJ in for a new one, it looks like Jeep dealers in the UK do not want them back, trade in for a 2003 CRD Sport is around £7000. That is a loss of £14.000 is 4 years, ouch.
I will keep my KJ for a while longer as I have not found the right 4x4 yet to replace it, I hate the boxy new model coming out next year and there is no way that I will hand it in to a Jeep dealer for pocket money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2007
2nd May 2007, 08:00
I checked out several car dealers, Jeep and others, but nobody seems to be interested in a Jeep as trade-in, prices are extremely low.
They all offer around £7500,00 but they are selling them between £9500 and £11.000.
My advice: buy one used direct from the owner, if you buy one new you will be in for a nasty surprise 3 years down the line.
5th Feb 2009, 03:53
Finally sold the Liberty/Cherokee and I was in for a shock, I lost £18.500 in 6 years on a £20.000 car, that's mind blowing.
It was in A1 condition, no dents or scratches and the interior was like new.
My experience with Jeep made me decide to never buy one again, bad dealers and mind blowing depreciation.