really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,489 miles

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problem #43

Oct 052012

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
0800 am owner drove vehicle approx 6 miles with heater on, returning home and parking vehicle in the driveway and turning off engine. Owner exited the vehicle and entered the residence. Driver noted a smell of burning oil during use of the 6 mile trip. Approx 15 minutes later a neighbor alerted owner that vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Fire department point of origin inspection states fire was in interior under dash panel firewall.

- Kimbolton, OH, USA

problem #42

Mar 012012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving my 2002 Jeep Liberty, the high beam lights click on and off automatically for a few seconds. This has happened a few times on different dates. Now recently I was going around a corner and my interior lights came on, then shut off. Also (may be unrelated) when I turn the volume up or down on the radio the power to the radio/cd unit shuts off then comes back on.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #41

Jul 042012


  • 160,000 miles
When I went to turn my car on yesterday it would turn but would not turn the car on. The battery was replaced and still it would not turn on. An investigation into the ignition switch discovered a sing broke part before the tumbler. In order to repair this, the entire steering collumn needs to be replaced. Two Jeep shops told me this is a common problem, but I haven't seen a recall. A google search brings up hundreds of unsatisfied owners. It could be in the thousands.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #40

Jun 202012


  • 116,000 miles
Key would not turn in steering column. Left me stranded with no way to call for help or get the vehicle to move. I've read many posts in online forums of people having this same problem. There has been no factory recall from Jeep, despite this identical problem persisting for years. Here is just one example: www.topix.com/forum/autos/Jeep-Liberty/T4edn8hgld2H8123L please help!

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #39

Jun 012010


  • 80,000 miles
ABS light comes on & off intermittently. No deployment & car has never been in a crash. This has been going on for about two years. Time for a recall based on all of the complaints listed here.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #38

Mar 162012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
On 3-16-12, speedometer, headlights, power locks stop functioning. The car turn off on its own. Airbag signal come on and off. Checked all fuses and there is no problem there. Connected it to an obdii reader and nothing if found.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

problem #37

Nov 302011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light is coming on randomly. No pattern of any kind.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #36

Jan 262012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
After lots of tries and no help from Jeep, I am trying to find help with a problem with an speed sensor that is not working properly. Apparently there is a problem with the routing of these wires causing them to rub, short out and it causes the sensor to quit, and anything options running off this sensor (example tranny shift points causing the torque converter to not unlock and causing stalling of vehicle).

- Pgh, PA, USA

problem #35

Dec 102008

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110 miles
Passenger side rear window regulator failed, causing window to slide down into door.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 092011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
While the headlights are on in my 2002 Jeep Liberty they randomly flicker off and on. It's not just one quick click off and on, but it is always a random, numerous pattern of fast clicks off and on. Furthermore, you can not force the replication. This is a huge safety hazard. Sometimes a car turning left in front of me thinks I'm signaling them to go ahead in front of me. Other times at night, the lights just go off for a few seconds and you are driving blind.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

problem #33

Aug 302011

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 110,893 miles
Key would not turn on car. Opened up steering column to find small rod that pushes button on ignition was broken. Jeep dealership says cannot replace rod has to replace entire steering column.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #32

Apr 012010


  • miles
Speedometer stopped working. Have spend >$1750 trying to find the source of the problem. Replaced speed sensors, and some wiring. Had vehicle in to Jeep dealer as well as other mechanics.... no solution.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #31

Feb 032011


  • miles
Ignition key will not turn in a 2002 Jeep Liberty it has been doing this on and off for a year, now getting worse.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #30

Jan 152009


  • 98,000 miles
The lights on my Jeep Liberty turn completely off while driving. The driver must turn on and off the lights to get them to come back on. There is a clicking sound when the problem occurs as if the lights are turning off based on a timer or something. Hard to reproduce this issue, therefore its been hard to diagnose.

- Alpine, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 132008


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle exhibited an unusual clicking noise. The dashboard lights and headlights would shut off and re-illuminate sporadically. The contact had to utilize the high beams in order to see the road ahead. Two years later, the exact same failure occurred with the high beam lights. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic at least three times for the failure yet they were unable to duplicate the failure. The alternator was replaced by an independent mechanic. The contact stated that the clicking noise persisted following repairs. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 64,000.

- Mt. Royal , NJ, USA

problem #28

Jul 252010


  • 113,000 miles
Headlights switch off without intermittently, without command, at random intervals when driving. Appears to occur in conjunction with, or shortly after, using the turn signal. Nothing has yet been done to correct the failure, though I am told the problem is caused by a defective multifunction turn stalk.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #27

Jul 092010


  • miles
2002 Jeep Liberty. Key difficult to turn and engage starter. Once started key can easily fall out of ignition with car moving down the road! by searching the internet I see this is a very common problem with Jeep ignitions. Where is the recall?? obviously a manufacturing defect and dangerous safety item! this occurs almost on a daily basis. Am waiting for the time when even fiddling with key 20 minutes and it still won't start or turn.

- Cayuga, TX, USA

problem #26

Nov 012009

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
The ignition key of my 2002 Jeep Liberty will not turn. 8 to 10 times in the past 6 months. Has corrected itself after a few hours in the past. As of today we have been without a car for 3 days.

- Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 062010

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty ltd edition. The contact stated that the driver was on a dirt road driving approximately 15 mph when she crossed over a creek. The vehicle came to a complete stop; however, the engine was still on. There were 3 people in the vehicle and one of the passengers in the back seat noticed that sparks were coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle caught fire and was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 78,000. Updated 02/07/11 updated 02/11/11

- Koshkonong , MO, USA

problem #24

Oct 192009


  • 150,000 miles
Speedometer stops working mid-trip, all warning lights come on (engine, ABS etc) -- sometimes engine dies while on the road. "speed sensor" or some other computer-related issue has been talked about, but 3 different mechanics including the dealer have been unable to repair. Speed sensor was replaced but problem remains.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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