really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,886 miles

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problem #15

Jun 012017


  • 118,000 miles
Airbag light continues to appear on and off even though recall M35 was performed. 06/17 rotors had to be replaced along with brake pads. 04/15 passenger side front window regulator repaired 04/13. Not working properly again. A/C condenser replaced 04/13. Not working.

- Blandon, PA, USA

problem #14

Feb 122016


  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the speedometer failed to read the vehicle proper speed as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the ABS sensor wires were fractured and rubbing against the emergency brake cable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 142,000. The VIN was not available.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #13

Aug 302015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard and there was brake fluid leaking from the front of the vehicle. The contact independently diagnosed that front passenger side brake line fractured. The front passenger and driver side brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Moberly, MO, USA

problem #12

Nov 032014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 208,211 miles
The left front brake hose corroded (metal part) and broke near the the crimp fitting. Corrosion was not visible due to rubber sheave covering the crimp fitting connecting the hose to the metal line part.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #11

Sep 012014


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 12V527000 (air bags) however, the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The contact also stated that during rain weather, the vehicle hydroplaned when depressing the brake pedal slightly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Everston , IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 142014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 102,178 miles
Driving along behind several other vehicles, the weather was warm and the roadway was dry. Due to a red light, vehicles ahead rapidly slowed to a stop. I was traveling at about 30mph and applied my brake pedal to avoid hitting the slowly moving vehicle ahead. My vehicle failed to slow down and I pumped the brakes to no avail. I turned to the right and continued to pump the brake pedal. The brake finally caught and the vehicle came to a stop within two feet to the right of the stopped vehicle ahead. It resembled the feeling of ABS on an icy road, but road conditions were excellent at the time. I have been extremely cautious driving this vehicle since the brake failure. There is good brake pedal and the master cylinder is filled with brake fluid. I am uncomfortable driving this vehicle and after reading a multitude of other mishaps by other 2002 Liberty owners, this is a dangerous malfunction.

- Warren, ME, USA

problem #9

Jun 092014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
The brake line from the metal tubing connected to the disc brake caliper assembly disconnected from the rubber tubing portion of the brake line suddenly during braking. This resulted in the 2002 Jeep Liberty running into our garage door. My experience has been that normally these brake lines are a press-fit assembly so that they may leak, but not fail catastrophically like this. This appears to be a manufacturing defect. Fortunately, the accident occurred pulling into the driveway and not at an intersection with another vehicle. This was a poor design and is unsafe!

- Cody, WY, USA

problem #8

Apr 032014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while making a left turn at 2 mph, the vehicle failed to turn properly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the upper and lower ball joints need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 135,000. Updated 06/05/14 the consumer stated the same ball joints that were on this vehicle were recalled in 2007. Updated 06/09/2014

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 182013


  • 106,000 miles
Rear axle seals leaking replaced seals, bearings, and brakes on both sides. Engine started using excessive oil, sometime up to 2-3 quarts low, no smoke or leaks detected. All the power windows started malfunctioning one by one, would not go back up, still working issue. Rear wiper does not work. Had to replace rear brake light units twice due to shorts in wiring. Replace plastic radiator and electric cooling fan.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 262013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
During inspection for vacation found rust and corrosion where brake lines are threaded into brake assemble on front wheels. There is a rubber bumper to protect against rubbing but if pushed up to far onto crimped fitting it allows water and dirt to collect and rust part. Mechanic said under hard braking fitting will burst causing loss of brakes. I understand this is quite common. Needs a new design to prevent this from happening.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #5

May 242013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated as the front brakes separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Salt Lake City , UT, USA

problem #4

Jul 172013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 77,900 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the brakes would not respond. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the steel line around the front brake hose was corroded and had caused the brake hose to fracture. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 77,900.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 062012


  • 102,000 miles
Speedometer, cruise control, brake warning lamp and ABS light on, mileage counter not working, check engine light on as well, car dies or stall when slowing down even on hwy or when turning. We have replaced almost everything we can think of. Look online and hundred if not thousands of owners have exact same problems and no solution to problem. How are you supposed to have vehicle inspected if the emergency brake lights wont go off? we have replaced front and back brakes, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, speed sensors front driver and passenger and rear one. Fuel pump fuel filter have now been replaced. We have replaced more but I know we have spent well over 2 grand and nothing please help we are not the only ones having this issue.

- Cisco, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 012004

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
3rd time work on a ball joints recall job that cause damage to brakes, tie rods, rack N pinion, rotors and most of the suspension system.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 062011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the ABS warning light illuminated as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacture was contacted and they stated there were not any recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was not available and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Tempe , AZ, USA