2003 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 6 of 16

2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8 CRD from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 CRD Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 kilometres
Most recent distance28000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz Vito

Summary:

Great concept, but more homework required

Faults:

Transfer gearbox rebuild required at 8000.

Front suspension rebuild at 8000.

Radio etc. at 10,000.

Rear discs at 9000.

Front pads at 11000.

Electric mirrors at 15000 + 22000.

All four discs (again) at 28000.

General Comments:

Nice car to drive, with low wind noise at motorway/freeway speeds.

Good 'not quite sure where it fits' brand image which means you can take it anywhere or use for anything.

Dreadfully engineered and great evidence that the Americans didn't make it to the moon. I can't believe the number of major things that have gone wrong - I've even bought a folding bicycle to make it easy to get it to and from the dealer.

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

Review Date: 31st May, 2006

11th Jun 2006, 10:58

You must have a lemon and or abuse your Liberty. I had a 2003 Liberty for two years and it performed flawlessly (mechanically). I did however unload it for a 2006 Honda CR-V. Why, you ask. The Liberty's fuel mileage was worse than my brother's Chevy Tahoe. Not acceptable to me so it went bye-bye. I would recommend the Liberty to anyone looking for a rugged, go anywhere TRUCK. I would remind them that it is thirsty for it's size though.

2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 3.7 liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.7 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35480 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Trustworthy, reliable, comfortable and roomy

Faults:

I have always experienced a problem with skidding or lack of wheels moving and turning on wet roads. I'm probably not explaining it accurately, but the truck sticks like I was riding on ice and the wheels spin. The tires are stock for the model. I was told that the torque power is too much and that's why the wheels spin when I'm trying to step on it.

Another thing that just occurred the other day. I was on the NJ Turnpike with cruise control set for 65 mph. I hit a traffic snag so I cancelled the cruise control only to see the speedometer moving up and down and the car was standing still! This kept up for at least 30 miles until I safely returned home. Also, the odometer and trip odometer stopped working! The cruise control did not operate either, not that I was going to use it.

The next day, the truck operated correctly; however, I have noticed that the speedometer is slightly off. I've seen the recommendation from a previous poster regarding checking the computer codes and I will do that to see if the computer registered any difficulties in operation.

I do love the handling of the Jeep in snow and of course on different terrain. However, using this truck in normal driving conditions gives the worst gas mileage of any vehicle I've owned. I get 13 mpg doing around town driving and if I'm lucky, 16 mpg on the highway. I can't quite figure that out as it is a 6 cylinder 3.7 liter engine. Any thoughts from posters out there would be welcome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2006

21st Jun 2007, 08:49

It's the same with mine. I am lucky to get better than 16.5 MPG with mostly highway driving. Even the guys in the service area at the dealer made a joke about it when I was there, "We all know how fuel efficient those Liberty's are".

2003 Jeep Liberty sport 3.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

I'd buy another one

Faults:

The rear differential had to be replaced at about 70,000 km.

General Comments:

I love my Liberty. But honestly, should the rear end have gone so early? I've put over 100,000km on it in about 27 months and love it. Sadly, while driving on glare ice (hey, I didn't know it was ice), I recently put it in the ditch. A trip to the body shop and a new rear axle has made it as good as new. The back seat is kind of small and only two hockey bags can fit in the rear, but a Tulle or other pod can fix that. It's a good little SUV at a reasonable price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2006

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