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poohbear158
04-19-2006, 08:25 AM
I'm thinking of purchasing a new Jeep Liberty and I wanted to know if anyone has a Liberty and what their experience has been with it.... thanks.

goofyforlife
04-19-2006, 09:15 AM
We drove one for a week in Florida.

I can really only compare it to our CRV.

Our CRV has more room behind the rear seat. (We had to fold down one of the seats to fit our luggage.)

Opening the rear window was a pain because you had to move the spare tire each time.

Other than that, it did drive ok, gas mileage was OK.

newman7501
04-19-2006, 09:18 AM
My sister has one that is a little over a year old. She loves it. She commutes to work over an hour in MA. and enjoys the way it drives. She also says it handle well in the snow and inclement weather. It is great for hauling her dog around as well. I have driven it and liked it as well. Will probably consider one for my next vehicle. My husband works for Daimler Chrysler and where he is at they build the transfer cases for this vehicle. He speaks highly about these where as he has come home and said he will never buy certain other models. So I would say it would be a good choice.

YayDisney!
04-19-2006, 09:30 AM
I :love: my Jeep Liberty Renegade!!! We've had ours for 3 years and NEVER had one problem with it. Not one. It's great handling, good on snowy roads, quick and fun to drive. It does eat a bit of gas, though. I've always been a Jeep girl, though and will always have one. Before my daughter arrived, we had a Jeep Wrangler Sahara which I also :love: . But trying to fit an infant and all the accessories that go with an infant (stroller, diaper bag, etc) into a Wrangler was very difficult - so we went to the Liberty. Now that my daughter is older, I look forward to the day I have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Rubicon edition. :cool1:

Braque
04-19-2006, 09:41 AM
I've had the Liberty for three years. It handles great in snow and off-road - not great in rain, tho. The road feel is rough - like you are on safari on the highway. Gas mileage is not great. Not much storage space, poor head room for us tall people.

A fun vehicle but I can think of better choices when my lease is up.

gris gris
04-19-2006, 09:56 AM
I have one and LOVE it!!! It is wicked fun to drive - a little bumpy but aren't all SUV's? That's what makes it fun. I have had no problems with it. Some people complain that the window controls are in a weird spot - they are in the center console under the arm rest. Took about a week to get used to.

I love my sunroof, the back windows go all the way down, cupholders in the back are built into the doors. I get decent gas mileage - I drive 100 miles a day, all highway and get about 20 mpg. It moves fast, is great in the snow, I have no problems in the rain and it looks great. I don't have a problem with the trunk space although it is definitely smaller than the CRV I had, but it works for us.

My only complaint would be that I have long legs and the seats are pretty short. But I got used to that too. However I think this is the tallest SUV out there in it's size and I have no problem with head room (I'm 5'9").

I'm not sure what the complaint about having to move the tire is?? You don't have to move the tire. The rear window opens up on it's own, or you can open the entire back door/window together. The tire stays on the door and moves with it.

I keep telling myself I'm one step closer to a Wrangler. Once the kids are grown, I'll be driving one.

One thing I had wished I paid attention to was the Commander. When I bought the Liberty I didn't really need a 3rd row of seats. Now that baby #2 is on the way I wish I had a 3rd row, and the Commander looks awesome! But, the gas mileage I'm sure isn't as good as the Liberty.

jedijill
04-19-2006, 10:24 AM
I love my Liberty!!! I have a 2005 LE. It handles very well in the ice and snow. The only issue in rain is that the Liberty has so much power that I can slide around corners....just be careful when stepping on the gas.

Also, the Liberty has a hidden Mickey for all of us Disney fans!

Jill in KC

poohbear158
04-19-2006, 10:33 AM
jedijill you know you can't leave me hanging like that... I NEED to know where the hidden mickey is... that will seal the deal for me... lol :thumbsup2

I'm interested in getting a LE also. The only thing that I don't like on the 2006 vs the older models is that the LE has the chrome grill. I like the monochromatic grill, but I want all the bells and whistles that come with the LE (especially leather seats).

Mickey&JoshNut
04-19-2006, 10:34 AM
I love my Liberty!!! I have a 2005 LE. It handles very well in the ice and snow. The only issue in rain is that the Liberty has so much power that I can slide around corners....just be careful when stepping on the gas.

Also, the Liberty has a hidden Mickey for all of us Disney fans!

Jill in KC

Jill

I have a friend who has a Jeep Liberty and just doesn't get my Disney Obsession...I'd love to point out to her that her vehicle is a Disney Edition and show her the hidden Mickey....where is it????

MdmMim
04-19-2006, 10:35 AM
We have one. 2003. And we just love it! It's so much fun to drive. We've owned fullsize SUV's, pickups, etc. But this Liberty, by far, is just great! :thumbsup2

MdmMim
04-19-2006, 10:37 AM
And the hidden Mickey!! LOL Just saw that post!! I found it the first time we were in the Jeep!! DH thought I was nuts--"Look!! Mickey!!" during a test drive... :rotfl2:

Poohgirl
04-19-2006, 10:39 AM
I have a 2003, and I love it :love: !!! It is just the right size for me, not too big, but plenty of room for 2 kids and a dog and all their stuff. I use it to tow a pop-up camper without a problem, and commute an hour to work each way and its pretty good on gas for an SUV, very comfy. Its great in the snow. Never had any mechanical problems with it and I have 80,000 miles on it already and nothing. The location of the window switches took some getting used to (on the center console) but other then that not one complaint!

ETA: I get 27 mpg but my commute is 80% highway, even so I don't think thats too bad for an suv, just keep up on the tire pressure and oil changes...

MeggerasMa
04-19-2006, 10:42 AM
My brother in law and sister in law both own Jeep Libertys. I've previously owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee and dh has had a Jeep Cherokee. With that in mind and being a close family(meaning we share each others lives!), I know that both inlaws are happy w their Libertys handling, but very unhappy with the gas mileage they get. I personally find the ride in the back seat to be uncomfortable( this being said after traveling from PA to SC in that position). DH has also had occasion to borrow one of their Libertys when we were in need of a 4WD for a trip to VA in a snowstorm. His comment was that he should just have rolled up five dollar bills and stuffed them right into the gas tank! It also brought back memories of his first Jeep - a soft top CJ7 back in the day. Got rid of that because of the gas thing then. Oh, well, guess you can't have safety in the snow and great gas mileage - especially at today's prices. Good luck with your decision.

wyoears
04-19-2006, 03:03 PM
I have a 2004 Limited and love it, my Dad and Mom bought a Sport in Jan. I get about 18 mpg. It feels a lot bigger than it is when you drive it. I never get the feeling of being blown off the road by a semi going the other way on the Hwy. I have had a Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, and Crew Cab pick-up, the Liberty by far is the most fun to drive.

mannasn
04-19-2006, 03:53 PM
I have an '04 Liberty sport that I won in a sweepstakes a couple of years ago. LOVE the thing.. No problems with it at all.

I'm another one of those who is looking forward to when the kids are older so that I can trade in on a Wrangler though! (I've wanted a Jeep since before I got my driver's license! LOL)

JustInLouisville
04-19-2006, 05:01 PM
Some of the best deals for new cars are with Carmax. There just happens to be a Carmax Jeep dealer in Orlando FL. Maybe work in a Disney trip to pick up your new jeep?

www.carmax.com

I purchased a new wrangler from Carmax in Altanta - saved $3000 over what I could get locally. They have dedicated internet sales rep too!

WDWorBUST
04-19-2006, 05:08 PM
I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty and LOVE it!! It's so funny someone mentioned the hidden Mickey - that's the first thing I pointed out to DH too (It's in the instrument panel if you're looking for it) It does handle great in snow, and I've never had a problem in the rain. It's smaller than it appears though - We thought about driving it to Orlando from Tulsa and although if necessary we still will - but it will be a TIGHT fit on luggage. We have a 4 wheel drive and get around 18-20 mpg which I hate - but we use it as our family car and drive our faithful escort for our work commute so it's not too bad. I love it enough I would consider another one for sure. Good luck deciding....and watch for a 0% interest deal if you will be financing - Daimler Chrysler seems to run them fairly often.

jedijill
04-19-2006, 10:17 PM
Jill

I have a friend who has a Jeep Liberty and just doesn't get my Disney Obsession...I'd love to point out to her that her vehicle is a Disney Edition and show her the hidden Mickey....where is it????

The hidden Mickey is the turn signal indicators and emergency flasher indicator on the instrument panel. It is in the perfect Mickey head shape!

Jill in KC

memymomonica
04-19-2006, 11:22 PM
I had a 2002 Jeep Liberty. It was fine for a while, then got very quirky. The cab lights would flick off and on for no reason. The airbag light would come on randomly. I took it in, could never replicate the problem. When we drove in high elevations, a warning light would come on. Took to mechanic, etc. No idea why it happens, but it does and did several times. It had plenty of room for us. Only 3 people in our family. I did get rid of it. I got my dream car, a 2002 VW Cabrio. I must say I can fit as many grocery bags in the cabrio trunk as I did the back of the Liberty. I guess the back is small.

rockyroad
04-19-2006, 11:31 PM
My sister has one.

It is cute and fast.

However...
It rides like a truck.
The back seat won't lay down all the way.
While my Accord handles the snow with no problem, the Liberty is all over the road...terrifying.
It is not good for carrying her large dogs, the seat won't go down all the way and the back seat is too small for the dogs. They slide off and get stuck between the front and rear seats.
There is very little cargo space....like a half whiskey barrel planter doesn't fit. Mom's Honda CRT has much more cargo room.

JessCT
04-21-2006, 12:12 AM
I LOVE my Liberty Sport. I have a 2003 and have not had any major problems. I took it in for regular service and told them my car jittered when I pressed on the brake. They fixed it but caused it to jump as it stopped. This was a computer problem.

The only real complaint I have is that opening the driver door can be a pain in the butt. It will often close on me when I try to push it all the way open. I have heard that this is normal with the Liberty and have known people not to buy one because of it. It is a strange quirk.

It is great in the snow and I never feel nervous driving in ANY condition.

HTH
Jess

newman7501
04-21-2006, 02:33 PM
I have an '04 Liberty sport that I won in a sweepstakes a couple of years ago. LOVE the thing.. No problems with it at all.

I'm another one of those who is looking forward to when the kids are older so that I can trade in on a Wrangler though! (I've wanted a Jeep since before I got my driver's license! LOL)

DH works for Daimler Chrysler, I don't know all the details but saw on the employee website Jeep is coming out with a four door Wrangler. I saw a picture it looks like the original but is bigger. Keep an eye out for it, maybe it is alittle more family friendly.

ClarabelleCowFan
04-21-2006, 03:45 PM
I can officially say that I own a Jeep Liberty now! DH took the check to the dealership this morning to finalize the deal on our new one - well new to us.

We have a 2002 Limited. :thumbsup2

So far, so good! My kids love the hidden Mickey.

Pea-n-Me
04-21-2006, 04:09 PM
Congratulations ClarabelleCowFan! :thumbsup2

DH and I have had 8 Jeeps between us, all makes and models with the exception of the new Commander (my brother, the Ford mechanic, was not too happy at first, LOL). We both have long commutes to work in the snow and our Jeeps have never let us down. We've gone to near 200K with most of them without any major problems. I currently have a 2004 Liberty Limited and I love it.

I would have to say that to me, the Liberty feel is a cross between a Wrangler and a Grand Cherokee. Ride is kind of stiff and bumpy like the Wrangler, definitely not as smooth as the Grand Cherokee. But I actually like that "Jeep feel". :goodvibes For me there is plenty of room for the 4 of us, sometimes 5 if my mother comes with us, and we also often have our German Shepherd in the back, too. My rear window opens with no interference from the tire. :confused:

I love the Hidden Mickey, the black carpeting and console that I have along with the tan leather, sunroof, and heated seats. When I bought it they even threw in a free installed DVD player and a remote starter so I'm all set. One thing I like about this that I didn't with the Chrysler minivan I had right before it, is that it doesn't accumulate a lot of "stuff" because the space must be used efficiently so I keep it neat. Gas mileage is about the same as in the minivan and the Grand Cherokee V6, as well as the Explorer pickup that my DH now has. Good luck with your purchase.

chrisn
04-21-2006, 09:10 PM
I drive an 05 Liberty Limited. Hubby suprised me with it last year :love:. I haven't had any problems with it at all. It's cute and fun and gets good gas mileage. I also have a 2000 Grand Cherokee V8. Now that thing sucks the gas. I do have to say though that I prefer a little bigger feel so the GC is my preference. I probably wouldn't buy another one though because they went and changed the body style, it's a little lower profile and it drives a lot like a car. I'm an SUV girl so now I really don't care for them. Someday when I grow up, I want an Escalade. The H3's are pretty cute too! Oh and I ADORE my hidden Mickey. Funny how it's the first thing we all noticed as soon as we got in!

luv2nascar
04-22-2006, 08:49 AM
As my DH says "It's a Jeep thing". I guess they really get in your blood so something. I have been trying to convince him to consider getting rid of his 95 Jeep Wrangler softop. Forget it. He does like the look of the liberty but I doubt he will get rid of the wrangler.

LuvTony0508
04-25-2006, 05:29 PM
I have an '04 Liberty. It is only 2WD so it's really bad on traction, I skid everywhere I highly recommend 4WD if you're getting this vehicle. However, with gas prices currently as high as they are, I'm going through a tank of gas in 3 days (long commute to work 70 miles round trip).

Pea-n-Me
04-25-2006, 09:05 PM
True, I couldn't see having a Jeep without 4WD, its really part of what makes them special. I don't know what other models have, but in mine you can shift between 2WD (regular driving, better on gas than AWD), Part Time 4WD (deep snow or beach sand :thumbsup2 ), Full Time 4WD (slick pavement) and 4Low (stuck or pulling). It's a nice feature. :)