2005 Jeep Liberty Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2005 Jeep Liberty Sport ? from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission ? Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles

Summary:

I love this car and would recommend it to friends!

Faults:

My back passengers lock went bad. It was covered under warranty and promptly fixed.

General Comments:

Love it! Great for a mom on the go! Great for long trips. Great for TALL people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2008

2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.7 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Proof positive American cars are junk

Faults:

Steering wheel leather wore out at 30k miles.

3 ball joint recalls.

Rear hatch refuses to open at will.

Windows grind wobble and squeak as they go up and down.

Raindrops leave stains on seats.

One transmission recall.

Harsh cheap engine.

Transmission and axles have lots of slop.

General Comments:

With ABS and 4x4, the car is unbeatable in snowy climates.

I love the way the car looks. I have actually taken it off road about 10 times in the three years I have bought it, and it's unstoppable in off road trails, the two speed transfer case, and high ground clearance make it an unstoppable combination.

Unfortunately, in day to day use it sucks. The car is a tad bit too high to lift heavy things into the hatch. The seats were obviously designed to make short women feel like they are on top of the world. I'm 5'11 and I wish I could lower the seat down a little...I can't see the traffic lights if I'm the first in line...the seat is too tall. The butt cushion is too short, and the seat feels like its too damn far from the pedals in any position.

It snowed for the first time yesterday, and I said YES, 4WD and ABS to the rescue!!! Then while cruising down the road, I signaled to make a right turn, and the interior lights started flashing with the turn signal!!!! HAHAHAHA. The leather on the steering wheel wore out at 30k miles (I had a 2001 Chrysler Sebring that did the same thing).

The entire driveline, the axles, the trans have a lot of freeplay, if you are backing up, and then shift forward, it KLUNKS hard as you take up all the slop.

The windows sometimes make a horrible nails on a chalk board squeak as they go up and down.

This is the only car I've ever had where a rain drop will leave a stain on the upholstery.

I will say the A/C and heat work incredibly well.

The radio pulls in weak stations other cars wont.

The engine is peppy, but terribly harsh, and noisy in a bad way. It gets terrible fuel economy, but I blame that on the excess bulk of the car.

The ride can be harsh and choppy on the highway, but it's a capable off roader, so that isn't a detriment.

My car is for sale, but there isn't a big market for overweight, small SUVs that are cheap and harsh, and get terrible gas mileage.

Unless you are driving off road everyday, this car is a pass. When I drive it I can tell why Chrysler is on the brink of collapse... they have made crap for too long, and expected people to buy it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2008

12th Nov 2008, 19:05

I don't think you can condemn all American cars, based on your experience with one Liberty.

13th Nov 2008, 11:17

It seems like most of the complaints would have been obvious on a test drive.

25th Feb 2009, 09:45

Your steering wheel problems are most likely from sweaty hands, not a Chrysler defect, especially since you said it happened to another vehicle. Let me ask you, did you ever clean the steering wheel?...probably not. Other cars that you may have had must have had non-leather wrapped steering wheels. I see this in all cars with leather steering wheels, it's a problem with the owner and lack of care for the vehicle.

2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7L from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.7L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance39900 miles
Previous carChevrolet Venture

Summary:

Best car I have ever had!

Faults:

Cloth seats would stain even with water.

General Comments:

My husband bought it for me in April 2006.

Handles a bit like a truck - which I love.

Gas mileage isn't great-knew that before buying.

Handles great on the highway - especially windy days.

I replaced the cloth seats with leather because the cloth seats would show even water marks. (Found the seats on eBay) Took an afternoon to replace.

Sunroof, 4x4, electrical all work great! No interior parts have broken off. The 4x4 is great in winter.

Towed my father's 1987 Dodge truck out of a ditch with no effort!

Love this car! Thinking about buying the new body style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2008

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 16 reviews