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Hi guys/gals, I'm downsizing from a Tahoe and it looks like the best deal for my money is a Liberty probably a Limited for the everyday comfort and the ease of finding one in my area. So what do you'll think of them? Plenty of power? Any negetive problems?

Thanks for your input,
Don

PS. I have a built Samurai for wheelin this would be a everyday driver and tow vehicle for the samurai.
 
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Well I guess not a lot of action on this forum so i'll reply and talk to myself, I just bought a '03 limited khaki colored, pretty loaded but not a lot of power so i'll work on that (k&n filter and check into other engine mods) I'll probably put an ARB bumper with a winch on the front with a tiny lift on the front to equealize after the winch and bumper.

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I've heard they have a problem eating up ball joints, but the engine is supposed to be pretty good. Now if they would put a solid axle under the front
I just putting in my 2cents so your not here alone. It's been pretty quiet around here lately.
 
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Diffently the most rugged IFS in this price range maybe even more so than a TACO, anyway the power to wieght isnt the greatest, but I'd say comparable to a grand cherokee with a inline 6. I hopw u like ur new investment, it has many inovative styling ideals that should keep it fresh for years to come.
 
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It was definitly the best deal in it's class, I wanted something small and sporty, I like the option of having full time four wheel drive and I got it for invoice plus $299 with nearly every option, I think it will be a great grocery getter for my misses.

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I had an 02 Ltd, traded it @ 40K for an 04 Overland GC. I liked it- in some ways better n the Grand I just got. It has nice air vents for the rear passengers as well as decent legroom. It was a little short on cargo space with the rear seats up- way less than my 98 XJ. Decent power, engine was fairly smooth, auto shifted nice and the sound system was heads and shoulders above that in my Grand. Headlights were kickin!! One major flaw however, was oil filter placement. You had to be some sort of Zen yoga mechanic to get to it. Overall, for the money it has got to be the best in its class.
 

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Was there anything problems, beside the cargo area that you had? I have heard of vibration, and tranny problems. I am buying a car next week and I really like the liberty but I am concerned about the reliability.
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I had the vehicle for a total of 40K miles. In that time my wife and I drove the heck out of it-albeit on pavement. At about 20K the vehicle would not exceed 30mph. It went in to the dealership and stayed for 30 days. During that time they replaced the PCM, 1 head, the plugs and wires. It took the STAR factory tech to discover that a piece of sealant used during assembly had migrated to and clogged a fuel rail. Blockage was cleared- prob solved. The dealership kept us in a Tahoe rental the whole time. Never had a peep of trouble since. REALLY enjoyed the thing. I've heard of tranny probs over the boards but truth of the matter is alot of the stuff comes from first time jeepers-maybe even the first new car some folks have owned- stuff like "buzzing sounds" coming from the tranny- it's the interlock and a lot of complaints from the more traditional jeepers about the "dubious value" of independent front suspension. If you are like 995 of the folks out there- you will spend the vast majority of your time on the pavement and the Libby shines there. It is absolutely heads and shoulders above the rest of the stuff in its class INCLUDING the over priced Land Rover junk.... It has run the Rubicon- your Tahoe has not and anybody can build a lemon. So get one- they are helluva value at any trim level. I will say that in pure terms of size, it is a big step down from the Tahoe BUT in terms of ride and power, fit and finish (the LTD)and handling you won't miss much and remember I had an '03 Tahoe in LT trim to compare for 30 days. Get the tow package and the limited slip rear and by all means go for the premium sound. The controls behind the steering wheel are great!!
We traded the Libby for a Grand Cherokee Overland Edition- I wish the Libby design team would massage the Grand.....
 

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Ok, I took your advice and the dealer is looking for tje upgraded 4wd and stereo.

Can I ask why you went for the grand cherokee. I originally wanted one because of the cargo area, but the rear seating didn't seem to have any more space and I didn't like the interior as well.

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Keen eye. I think the Libby actually has more rear legroom-due in large part to the elevated front seats. They allow for rear passengers to slide their feet under the fronts. I also like the rear air vents in the Libby which are painfully absent in the Grand. I got the Grand for its greater tow capacity and increased cargo capacity behind the rear seats. I also like the GPS- which wasn't available on the KJ. I think DC oughta turn the Kj interior design team loose on the ole Grand..... I liked the KJ layout a tad better than the grand as well.
 

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Just wait... it wont be long before there is a mainstream SFA conversion kit to put a D60 up under the front of that thing!
 
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I have a 2002 Renegade I bought new which now has 102000 miles on it. I havent had any problems, get about 16.8 mpg. Automatic w/overdrive, select track fwd. Plenty of power. Wish it had a frame and a solid front axle. I live in the woods and I want to lift but not 2.5" for 32" tires that will eat the inside of my fenderwells. I want to be able to run 35" and have some clearence. I think its a good vehicle for the money.
 

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I like the thing, but the recommended maintenance will suck your wallet dry. Since DC has had a few tranny problems over the years, their solution seems to be to have you change the fluid every year - at ungodly cost per quart. Our maintenance bills for this year alone are over $1k - all required by the factory maintenance schedule. Most expensive vehicle I've owned maintenance-wise.
 
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liberty

I have a 2003 jiberty 4x4 sport, silver. I have a brand new set of tires that are the biggest you can get without a lift. I like the liberty because i can tow my atv's and its one of the safest midsized suv's on the market. The only problems i have with it is the flat grille and windshield make it hard to keep it going straight at highway speeds and the mpg varies greatly from week to week. I also take it offroad in wisconsin, nothing to hard for an almost stock jeep, and it handles great. The engine has a lot of torque but not a lot of horsepower for my liking. Dont go with a 2002 Liberty because the ride quality is horrible. If you can find a cheap 05 4x4, youre in luck and you should really consider it. Another problem is the height of the car. You have to make sure youre at a speed where you wont tip the car. I still like to push my luck sometimes though! I really like my liberty but there are other suv's out there that are better for offroading.
 

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I don't usually post in this forum since I am an XJ owner, but my girlfriend just got a 2004 KJ a couple of weeks ago and she loves it. I have to admint it does drive nicer than my two XJ's and the mileage is about 20 MPG, which isn't bad for an SUV. I have also heard that there is a problem with the ball joints, so I took a look at this site and found these recalls on the KJ. These recalls are only for 2004 model, bout you can do a search on the year that you buy and have them fixed at no charge. 2004 Jeep Liberty Recalls, Defects, & Safety Problems at Automotive.com
 

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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.
 
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