Extremely reliable, very safe and robust
Shocks are just beginning to get a little noisy at 160000 kilometres.
CV boots have been replaced about 140000 kilometres - about $180 for two.
Other than this, if you keep the car serviced (even at local mechanic) you will not have any problems at all.
I love this car. This is the second Liberty I have owned of the first Liberty generation shape (used to have a 1990 FWD Liberty GX).
It runs beautifully for a 15 year old car, the paintwork is as new and interior has not worn at all. Admittedly I look after the car!
The All Wheel Drive (AWD) systems on these are faultless, and provide unbelievable stability in the wet and on gravel roads. Not made for proper 4WDing of course.
Mechanically, these cars last forever if serviced routinely. I have found if you run it on Premium unleaded, I usually get about 9L/100kms and a smoother run.
Still running the original air conditioner system with original gas!
Performance is OK (no WRX, but then it's not designed to be!). It is a bit noisy in low gears when revved harder. The earlier 1990 /1991 versions were a little quieter, as they were insulated better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2007