2004 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7 from North America
The Liberty is probably the best 4x4 value on the market
There have been no major problems to speak of.
If you are looking for a tough yet very roadworthy compact SUV, the Jeep Liberty is worth a look.
Compared to other compact SUV's, (most which feel like tall wagons) the Liberty exudes a feeling of solidity and ruggedness second to none.
The 210hp 3.7 liter V6 is a smooth powerful unit, which when coupled to the 4 speed automatic, provides quick and seamless acceleration.
The Liberty handles quite well, is reasonably quiet, and the cabin is roomy and comfortable.
Two four wheel drive systems are available; Command-Trac, which is the part-time (wet roads only) shift on the fly system, or Selec-Trac (which I prefer) this is a full-time four wheel drive system which does have a two-wheel drive mode.
With Selec-trac you can set and leave the transfer case in full-time four-wheel-drive if you so desire.
The only complaints are an intermittent buzzing which comes through the sound system in any mode- radio, CD etc. (I suspect it may be a problem with the amplifier), and of course less than stellar gas mileage. (Expect 16-20 in normal driving).
The interior is well appointed, and in the Limited model, fairly luxurious.
I opted for the optional ABS brakes, as well as the 17" wheel and tire package.
I believe that Jeep should make ABS standard equipment on this model, as they do with Grand Cherokees.
A loaded Liberty Limited stickers in the $30k range. Where a well-equipped Sport model stickers in the $23-24k range. The Renegade model is priced somewhere in between the Sport and Limited.
You won't be disappointed with any model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th November, 2004
Although it is true that the base price of a Renegade is a few hundred dollars more than the Limited's base price, the typically equipped Renegade's price falls in between the Sport and Limited model 90% of the time. Most Limited's end up loaded and priced around $28-30k, most Renegades come in at around 27k.
It depends what you do with the option list, but again Limited's tend to be loaded with leather, moonroof etc.
As far as Command-trac goes. Command-Trac can only be used on wet roads and in slippery conditions. It is not made to be used on dry roads. Select-Trac on the other hand can be used on dry or wet roads when the full-time 4wd drive mode is selected.
Select-Trac splits the torque 48% front 52% rear (axles) therefore the wheels do not turn at the same speed in turns, allowing it to be used in dry conditions without "binding". Command-Trac is not a bad system at all, however Select-Trac gives you the full-time option.