A reliable and inexpensive vehicle, the Liberty is an enjoyable drive every time
Nothing major - replaced parts as follows:
- Muffler replaced (old one was corroded when bought)
- Rear suspension arm bushes replaced (old ones were worn out, some signs of rust developing)
- Low petrol warning light does not always function.
This has been a fantastic first car so far. The velour interior has worn exceptionally well, and is still very comfortable. The interior space is definately appreciated by the driver and his passengers - both the amount of interior room and boot space are exceptional for a mid-size sedan.
In terms of performance and handling, the Liberty can take a little while to warm up, but once it has reached optimum operating temp it accelerates keenly, brakes hard, and handles like you would not believe. The steering is much more precise than other mid-size sedans I have driven (Holden Astra, Ford Laser) : it really is almost a matter of point-and-go.
Keeping this car on the road hasn't cost me an arm and a leg - luckily given that I am a student. A full service (including front brake pad change, oil filter, etc.) should cost less than $350. Used parts are not too difficult to source: my replacement muffler cost me $60. Unfortunately insurance isn't too cheap, and fuel economy is nothing to write home about (I tend to get 450 to 500km off a 60 litre tank).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th June, 2006