cancidas
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Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:41 pm

does anyone on this site own a jeep liberty? i've been offered a chance to buy one for relaively cheap and in pretty great condition. can anyone offer me a no-nonsense review of the car?
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:44 pm

My mom has one.

It's Ok I guess. I can't see myself buying one though.

Like any of the small SUV's I do get a top heavy feeling when I drive it.

I'll stick with my F-150 thank you.
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:50 pm

i need a small SUV because of a few reasons. 1. i'm a big guy with problematic knees. after a few rugby accidents i can't bend my knees as easily as i could. also, it hurts when i have to get in and out of small cars. 2. i live in the city so driving a F-350 quad cab with a 12ft bed is out. i'd never find a parking space. 3. gas is esive up here in the city.
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:53 pm

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 2):

If you want a small car, and gas prices are an issue, why are you even looking at an SUV? It's not like the Liberty is that much lower in height than the average SUV.

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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 4:00 pm

Hay, Cancidas
My boyfriend bought a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (Commom Rail Diesel) about a month ago. Its a nice vehicle and you see them all over the road. They have relatively few mechanical issues and are mechanically sound. Its a nice vehicle for city driving and gets into small parking spaces, it actually has a very small turning radius. It has a smooth ride and a pretty quiet ride compared to other SUVs and cars on the road. I don't know if you're talking about a 4x4 version, but thats what he has. We've only tried once on the beach and it didn't do well at all. We got stuck on a sand mound and had to be towed out. Other than that, its a great vehicle. If you can get a good deal, go for it. If you have any more questions, I can try to answer them or ask my boyfriend.
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:19 pm

I've been on two crashes involving Jeep Libertys. Both were fatals. On one, the roof crushed flat when it rolled over twice. On the other, the roof was completely sheared off by a sign.

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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:51 pm

In the same category, all of the following are better than the Liberty: Honda CRV, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. I guess it just depends on how attractive the price of your Liberty is.
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 12:01 am

speaking of which, there was a girl in one of these things that was on my case yesterday while I was driving home. She was having a very bad case of road rage. Of course, she pissed me off and I showed her who was boss.

Actually, when I was in high school I wanted one of these really bad. Not sure why but they just seemed very convenient and cool looking. I don't know anyone who has one but I think they are a reliable vehicle.

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 2):
need a small SUV because of a few reasons. 1. i'm a big guy with problematic knees.

Does anyone else see how wrong this statement is? You are a big guy that needs a SMALL SUV?  

I say, upgrade and go for the new 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee.SWEET!

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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 2:15 am

Hey,

As RNOcommctr said earlier, look into the Subarus. The Forester is a small SUV that has AWD and is very spacious for its size. Its not flimsy either. They rate very good to excellent in crash ratings too. AWD is great in the snow.

Also, look into the Suzuki/Chevrolet Grand Vitara/Tracker jeeps. They are small, but also spacious and feel like driving a bigger vehicle. They are cheap too.

The Liberty is very limited off-road and IMO was built for the urban warrior

just my 2 cents, but IMO, your best bet would be the Subaru
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 4:02 am

Hey Looney... I might be in the market for a small SUV myself in a year or so and I am really attracted to the Tracker/Vitara-- especially for the low price. The part-time 4WD system isn't a problem for me. I would just need a little convincing because Consumer Reports says these vehicles have a very low customer satisfaction rating. Do you have any personal Tracker/Vitara experience?
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 4:56 am

My brother’s wife has driven a Liberty for 4 years. Neither of them like the car. Quality leaves much to be desired for. Both his 2001 Grand Cherokee and 2004 gas guzzling Dodge Ram Hemi Quad cab afford more accommodations for his 6’5” frame and have proven to be of higher quality.

The Liberty is lightweight in the rear and has skidded off the road twice in rainstorms. Recently, a power window went inop and cost $200+ for the part alone. They have had problems with the sound system. I have heard numerous other complaints about the Liberty from both him and her but am unable to name specifics.
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 5:09 am

RNOcommctr, check your mail.
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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 5:38 am

Hi there

My parents got me a 2004 Jeep Liberty and I have no complaints about its mechanics. The car is solidly built and has been mechanically sound- no problems in this department. The ride itself is rough-- but its a Jeep- you have to expect that. It drives like a truck- which I kind of like- in that you press the gas to get to your speed- it doesnt have that pep like a sports sedan. The only complaint I have is that with driving like a truck, it also sounds like a truck. The ride is a little noisy, and the engine definately lets you know its alive. City gas mileage is mediocre, averaging about 16 MPG. However, its highway mileage has been excellent, averaging at about 22 MPG- which, for an SUV, is quite alright.

Its a good solid car, and I feel very safe driving it. I love sitting higher up. The only thing I can say is that if you want to use it for transporting cargo, this isnt your car! The cargo space is minimal.

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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 8:32 am

"In the same category, all of the following are better than the Liberty: Honda CRV, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4."

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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 11:25 am

Quoting RNOcommctr (Reply 6):
In the same category, all of the following are better than the Liberty: Honda CRV, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. I guess it just depends on how attractive the price of your Liberty is.

The Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4 are all car-based sportwagons. The Jeep Liberty is a truck. They are very different vehicles in two entirely different categories, although they are often cross-shopped by the average consumer, who doesn't know the difference.

If fuel is a concern, the Jeep Liberty is one of only seven light-duty vehicles sold in the US that offers a diesel engine (the others are the Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, New Beetle, Passat, and Toureg, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class).

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RE: Jeep Liberty

Sun May 01, 2005 11:51 am

Eh my dad bought one used. It did ride really rough, and the steering is indeed like a truck, he sold ours though when the transmission began to slip. I don't know if this happens only to people I know, but my friend's dad's Liberty had a transmission failure in 8 months. I really don't like Chrysler tranny's after we've had 3 other failures, and the Liberty is no exception (Like I said though, this just might be our bad luck)
Other than that the thing was fine, but seriously be prepared to pop out of your seat on every little bump.

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