The jeeps did not come with ABS for off roading reasons. If your going down a hill with loose rocks, you don't want your ABS kicking in and unlocking your tire and sending you flying down a hill. Most jeeps don't have ABS.
I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport, no ABS, had poor gas mileage, pulled to the right, etc..
The moment I bought it I fell in love with it, it has 57000 miles, no major problems at all. I did notice poor gas mileage but I did fix it up, cold air in take, and exhaust. It has better air flow and better gas.
At least that is what works for me. Love the vehicle.
The only offroading I see this Jeep doing is driving over a grassy hill.
Back when I owned my first Jeep Liberty Limited, a brand new 2004, I took a rock through the windshield on the highway and a "trainee" screwed up the windshield frame (scraping off the paint, messing up the mouldings etc.) on a two-week old vehicle!
Anyway, the glass company at least sent the vehicle to the body shop of my choice to get it fixed right. While it was there (about a week) they also provided me with a rental vehicle. The rental happened to be a new (2004) Honda CR-V; in my opinion the Honda cannot compare to the Jeep Liberty. It had no power, resonated like a tin can, the doors clanged when you closed then. It screamed "Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!". That week felt like a couple of months. I could not wait to get out of that CR-V and back into my Liberty.
I still drive a Liberty Limited today, and would never even consider a CR-V. For the life of me, I'll never understand how they sold so many of them.
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