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2003 Jeep Liberty

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 20/Comb 17 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.7 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2003 Jeep Liberty Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 1309 Ratings for the 2002 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

This Jeep has been almost bulletproof.

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ease of parking. Lots of torque for pulling trailr"

Cons: "Might be a bit small for tall folks."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My Liberty has the 2.8 Liter diesel engine. I must admit there were recalls but they did not cost me a penny. The dealer gave me a ride home and picked me up the next day. They were: torque converter ball joints a strut for the rear suspension. At ten years and 170000 miles nothing had broken. It went to the dealer at 100000 miles for the timing belt replacement as recommended. That cost me $1400 but divided over ten years that's cheap maintenance. If you ignore and the belt breaks the cost of repairs can reach $3000 due to internal damage. Now at 185000 one of the rear windows has stopped moving. So I taped it up and will wait till warm weather to fix it. Labor at the dealer can be rather high, so for things I can do at home I give it my best shot. The timing belt is a BIG job that I was not comfortable with. Last summer one of the front wheel bearings was noisy so I had to replace that. It was not too big of a job. Rusty bolts was the biggest obstacle. Torch and rust remover did the job. This little Liberty has been really good to me. It is so easy to park because it turns really sharp. I have the four wheel system that allows you to select 2 wheel, part time, full time high, and full time low, so it is very flexible. With General Grabber 2 tires on it, it can push through really deep snow. I have frequently pulled heavy trailers long distances going places with our church youth group. The transmission still works like new. I sometimes feel it is a bit small for my needs since I frequently have three or four of the youth going with me. But that just means I have to hook up the trailer to accommodate all the luggage and extra camping gear. I am very pleased with this Jeep. I was told the engine should be good till 300000 miles. After all it IS a diesel. At that time I may decide to have both engine and transmission completely overhauled. It will depend on how well the body is holding up. I had it fully treated by Ziebart while new and go back every year for the updates. Wisconsin winters mean salt, the biggest enemy of car bodies. Will see how it goes. Who knows, in 2023 I might still be driving her around with a brand new engine. The wiper switch quit communicating with the wipers just yesterday. She goes to the dealer tomorrow. I'm not mad, she's 11 years old now, I have to allow for a few things to act up."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great gas milage even with 4 wheel drive

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "value, fun to drive, power, comfort"

Cons: "upright seating position, no auto headlights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great gas milage from the beginning - getting better as the engine gets more broken in. Flawless diesel, great handling - fun to drive. Nice luxury appointments!"

Held Up!

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "priced right, enjoy the space,"

Cons: "rugged drive, recalls,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2005 Jeep Liberty. I was involved in a car accident in it on Christmas Eve. The driver rear ended me going approx. 40-45 miles an hour. My jeep was hit where my tow package was and where my spare tire was. My whole car spun around...the damage was minimal. The other driver's car was completely destroyed! I have to say I am THRILLED to walk away with our lives ... I would HIGHLY recommend this vehicle based on safety to ANYONE! Would DEFINITELY consider buying another jeep!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

It's not a Jeep, it's a Chrysler with a Jeep logo

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Been very reliable,Withstood a hard rear collision"

Cons: "All window regs went bad. Gas mileage poor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This vehicle has been very reliable. Was involved in 2 collisions where it was hit in the rear, with minimal damage to the vehicle. The drivers seating area is a little tight for taller drivers and the seat does not go back far enough. The worst thing about this Jeep is the window regulators. I have had to have them replaced twice (All of them)"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I've been driving liberty for 10 years

By on Friday, October 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very happy with this vehicle overall, four wheel drive has been a life saver a couple times. Great size unless you have more than one child! Drawbacks would be window buttons are located on the center console which usually confuses people riding with me. Not great for very tall people or people with very long legs because the seat doesn't adjust vertically down and horizontally back far enough. Has been VERY reliable with the exception of replacing the water pump twice."

19 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Big problems after 100k miles

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice to drive"

Cons: "Can't depend on it for a long trip."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've never had as much trouble with a vehicle since I started driving in 1972. The reliability of this vehicle is awful. Replaced water pump, transmission, head gaskets, lifter, both power window lifts/rear, number 2 cylinder coil 3 times all between 100k & 130k miles."

22 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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