I just read the comment about the growling noise between speeds 40 and 55. Me too!!! I just posted a detailed message on this site a half hr ago and I am not sure where it well show up, but please look for it soon. Today is 12-11-02.
Again as I said in my earlier mail, I have the 02 3.7 limited edition liberty now with 16000 miles.
I have had it into the shop for this problem and they have all ready replaced, rear ring and pinion, rear drive line, wheel bearings, front driveline, and both front axles.
All of this has not made one bit of difference.
Researchers are supposedly looking into this so in the mean time I am driving a time bomb. Who knows what it is, where it is actually coming from or if it is a safety concern or what ever. All I have gotten is a non stop run around and Chrysler cannot give me any info.
For Kicks I test drove a 03 liberty 3.7 and it too has the vibration, but not the growling or droan sound spoken of. I believe the sound happens after so many miles have been put on the vehicle.
Any one else with some suggestion or problems of the same nature??? please submit comment.
Chad-O Vancouver, WA.
I have a 2003 Liberty Ltd with 2500 miles - complete with the vibration problem. I am also getting the runaround from both the dealer where I purchased it AND the Daimler-Chrysler factory rep. They have already replaced the drive shaft (at 200 miles, 125 on it before I purchased it). Hearsay says that they aren't sure what is wrong with the car--Daimler says that they're going to replace the ring & pinion bearing & that's supposed to repair, but they say it may be 90 plus days before they have parts--or sooner, but again, no straight answers. Caveat emptor! let the buyer beware.
I am looking for a Liberty in the year 2002. Would that be the best for me? I also love the Liberties. I believe that the sound occurs after mileage put on the liberty, but also if it has been a while since it was detailed.
Well, it all depends on what you want.
If you want something that's cheap, gets you anywhere you want to be, looks cool, and has the legendary Jeep name, go with the Sport. If you want some more options, find one with a sunroof, fog lights, and the upgraded tires and rims. The Sport has the black bumpers.
If you want one with all the options, bells and whistles on it, with everything listed in the about paragraph, go with the Limited. The Limited has had bumpers that match the color of the car
If you want the serious off roading version with the light bar on the roof of the car, the heavy duty engine cooling system, go with the Renegade. The Renegade also has color matching bumpers.
Of course, there is now the Columbia Edition. This is basically just a Sport with the words "Columbia" on the side and on the front seats. Off the top of my head, I can't remember what color the bumpers on the Columbia are. I think they're black like the sport.
Go onto Jeep's website (www.jeep.com), and build some and take the virtual tours.
Hope this helps.
A Liberty Owner.