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