Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Brownsville, Texas
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Have two 2007 Liberty's - here's the report
My wife and I own two 2007 Jeep Liberty's - here's a detailed report. First, hers, a 2wd Limited automatic, for which we traded in a Honda CRV. I hated the Honda, despite all the positive consumer reviews and reports. The Honda, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, etc. are basically cars made to look like SUV's. The Liberty is like a mini-Suburban, imparting a feeling of stability and security. A real engine in the front, transmission and a real rear axle. The four coil springs offer long wheel travel and the thing is great over city potholes. No it's not as economical as the crossovers and probably doesn't handle as well, but it's not the same beast. It is a good solid general transportation vehicle, built in traditional style, and feels like it will last for quite some time. Glad we bought it instead of the crossovers.
A few weeks after we bought hers, I ended 30 yrs. of driving Chevy SWB 4x4 pickups and bought a 2007 6 spd manual 4x4 Jeep Liberty. I'm sure not certain I did the correct thing, I miss my Chevy pickup. The Liberty probably has better traction of the road than than my 2004 Chevy did - I'm basing that statement on the long wheel travel and coil springs at each corner. The 6 speed is tremendous, offering sports car like control over the engine. Where the Liberty falls down a bit for off road travel is less ground clearance. The approach/departure angles are fine, but I'm a little leery about taking it on mountain trails covered with sharp limestone rock. It is very stable and tracks straight for highway driving, lots of room, very practical.
But I'm starting to think about going back to a Chevy SWB. What's the problem? Nothing, really, the Liberty is a fine 4wd, just that a feel more at home driving what I did for over 30 yrs, a Chevy SWB 4x4. Trouble is, Chevy is now automatic only, I may stay with the Liberty for that reason.
Hope these comments shed some light on the Jeep Liberty.