14th Jan 2005, 16:43

This is hard for me to write since I am a huge Jeep fan. However, my beloved 03' Liberty is dieing a very slow death. She only has 21k miles on her and already I have had to replace a driveline (2 weeks into ownership). Now she's back in the shop for transmission problems. According to the dealer, the sensor failed which caused the transmission to fail. On the same day, the power windows and power mirrors failed to operate. Also, something inside the rear passenger door rattles when the door is shut. This letter is not intended to slam the Liberty, because after all this I still love it, it is intended to get some of your opinions. Has anyone had these kinds of problems or heard of them happening? My last Cherokee had over 200k miles on her without fail, so these problems are not due to owner abuse. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

8th Feb 2005, 19:05

As for the guy in the last comment. Sell the liberty and get a cherokee with low miles.

21st Nov 2006, 14:07

Did you buy you liberty in Thailand or something doesn't sound like the same vehicle... I have had no problems and have put 120,000 Kms on my 2003.

7th May 2007, 06:28

Lucky you!

There are problems with the KJ Cherokee/Liberty and it would not be that bad if Jeep dealers and Daimler Chrysler took their customer more serious.

There are problems with the brakes/rear axles/ECU valves/Ball Joints/e-brakes/3.7 engine/transmission/front transfere case/underside rust etc.

A little research on the internet will help you locate your problem.

Some people will tell you it is 'a Jeep thing' but that is not very helpful especially as you are the one who is paying for it all.

4th Aug 2007, 02:04

Jeep Ram 3500 Cummins turbo? Jeep Neon? Dodge Cherokee?

Do people not get the fact that Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, and Mopar are all owned and operated by Daimler Chrysler? Daimler Chrysler has a long standing reputation of bad transmissions... that's it.

If you had problems with anything else, you without a doubt beat on it. Unless of course, it is a common failure (such as power window failures, or fluid leaks). Common failures are to be expected with all vehicles.

26th May 2009, 19:56

I have a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport. I found the tires it came with terrible. If the roads are wet, you have to put it in all wheel drive, greatly reducing fuel mileage. New good tires made the world of difference.

My pet peeves are, from the beginning, (I bought this new) if I put the transmission in drive, it doesn't know which gear it should be in, shifting at the wrong time and rpm. In overdrive it works fine.

My experiences with the dealer were terrible, I would avoid going there at all costs. I was pretty angry to find out that the synthetic drive line fluids needed replacement at my expense about $500.00 dollars, because they know the parts won't outlast the warranty otherwise. As for the extended warranty, I read it carefully.

My crank positioning sensor malfunctioned and had to be taken out by dropping the oil pan, what a nightmare, thanks to the engineers.

My current problem is rust above the gate window near the hinges. Does anyone know where the moisture is coming from, and how to stop it from coming back once I fix the rust?

24th Oct 2009, 20:35

I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited that also has rust on the roof around the right rear window hinge / roof. It is rusting from under the paint. There are no chips. The rest of the vehicle is in nice shape. I am very disappointed. The dealer and area rep said this isn't a common problem. I removed the interior panels and don't see any evidence of water/moisture. Does anyone have any information about this problem? Another expensive Jeep repair coming...

2nd Nov 2009, 18:14

I read the comment that removing the oil pan on a

Jeep Liberty is a nightmare.

I am doing just that now and am stuck with the pan loose but not able to drop it.

Mine is a 2003, six cylinder model.

Who has an answer?

My email: Stoggerl@cs.com

25th Jan 2010, 13:40

2003 Jeep Liberty sport 4x4.

I just hit 200,000 miles. I drive it off road and on the beach every weekend, and I have had no major problems.

I replaced the starter and the stereo speakers.

The original tires were junk; they couldn't hold the road when it rained.

The body and paint are perfect, no rust or paint fade.

Other than regular maintenance and changing the oil every 5,000 miles, and the fact that I wash the car every week and wax it every 6 months, I cannot complain.

13th Mar 2010, 21:56

I bought a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport. Was a great ride until 2 years after the purchase. Major problems with starting it, some days no problems, other days it acts like Christine. Found similar problems with fishtailing on wet roads, even at slow speeds. Replaced battery, dropped the pan,flushed the tranny, changed the oil and oil flush, also replaced brakes. All were done by dealership, and since I started doing maintenance on it, nothing works right. $1000 well spent for a Jeep that now runs even worse. Probably going to trade it in and refinance a truck. Good luck!

26th Apr 2010, 17:03

My 2003 Jeep Liberty has the same rust around the right rear hinge as mentioned by some one else here. It has the same transmission problem and it has the same power window problems, and there's a recall in effect for front end and ball joints, plus the brakes and a few other things! How do we get a recall for the rust? Paint is not chipping, but bubbled up! This Jeep sucks!

5th Jun 2010, 02:20

I bought a used 2003 Jeep Liberty for my wife, and have just replaced the A/C compressor. The dealer wanted $1000 dollars, so I told them to bite me!!! Called the junk yard, they had one for 115.00 Called Jeep dealer; to flush and fill the A/C was 180.00; again too much!! Ford did it for $80.00 and replaced the A/C fuse!! Now my Jeep gets repaired at Ford so I know the job is done right and I don't pay through the nose!!!

6th Jun 2010, 08:15

Granted I live in the city and don't drive regularly, but I bought my 2003 Jeep Liberty used in 2005 and have had no major problems. It only has 45K miles, but hopefully it will last another 10 years! I use a local mechanic. I took it once to the dealer and they gave me an estimate of $2100 for a number of items that I've still never addressed to this day... just the usual oil changes and routine maintenance.

Question: can you remove the lower back seats so that the cargo area is flat? That would make me very happy! :)

15th Jun 2010, 01:29

I bought Jeep Liberty 2003 50k miles. I like it. It is in a very good condition, but I am wondering about the button which when I push it, it says D/D OFF! What is this regarding?

23rd Jul 2010, 16:59

2 years ago at slightly over 100K miles, cracked heads, timing belt $3600! Today it broke down on the interstate, afraid it is the same thing!

23rd Oct 2010, 15:00

I bought a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport (used 86,0000k) in August this year. It has transmission problem. Now my problem is much bigger; because I am in Nigeria, competent mechanics are not available for this brand.

I am presently considering importing the gear box all the way from USA. I hear it may cost an arm and a leg.

Does anyone know where I can buy cheaply in the US or in Nigeria?

Or am I stuck with a piece of junk?