"The Liberty has an odd, squashed look from the side. The exterior mounted spare detracts from the cars appearance as well"
Wrote by a person who drives in a shoe box called Cherokee.
It isn't a Jeep if it hasn't got round headlights and a spare on the back.
I have had my Jeep Liberty, Limited since last December and I think it's wonderful. No complaints and no problems. I currently have 6,600 miles on it. I have never owned a vehicle with 4 wheel drive before and the week I bought it, there was a snow storm in Chicago. The part-time 4-wheel drive was very smooth, efficient and easy to turn on and off. The gas mileage has improved significantly now that I have some miles on my Jeep (18mpg on average) and so has the ride.
This is the first American nameplate I have owned in over 20 years and so far I have not been disapointed.
I would recommend the Jeep Liberty to anyone looking for a terrific, mid-sized SUV.
I owned a 2000 Cherokee and it was crap and because of that I nearly didn't buy the Liberty, but I'm glad I did, the Liberty is miles better in every way you can think of.
My Second 4X4 is now an 2003 Liberty Sport Auto. The Car is wonderful by all means except The Fuel Consumption. I was driving a Grand Cherokee 1996.Liberty is matching the new Decade of SUV. I recommend this Car for others. Advanturous aggressive look, but hope it was equipped with the new Xenon Lights, now standard on lower Class 4x4.
After owning a Liberty for 2 years I went on a 4x4 day with an XJ, although the XJ performed well off road, everything was loose, rattled or came apart, I was shocked by the dash lay-out, bad seats, thin doors, cramped interior and the whole thing looked and felt so old fashioned, it was shocking.
If Jeep was still building the XJ instead of the Libby I would never ever bought a Jeep.
I own a 1996 Grand Cherokee Limited (102,000 miles)... it has the boulevard ride. Recently purchased used 2003 Liberty Limited... it is a heck of a lot more fun to drive! I love the acceleration of the 3.7 liter over the old 4.O liter.
The Cherokees had a bulletproof engine in the 4.0 liter inline six, but overall I prefer the Liberty (2002-2007 models). They are much more comfortable than the Cherokee. Between my wife & I, we have owned 7 Jeeps. A 1998 Cherokee Sport, 3 Wranglers (2 1995 Sports, & a 2003 Sahara) and three Liberty Limiteds (2004, 2005 & currently a 2007).