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2002 Jeep Liberty SUV


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Jeep Liberty Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 150 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Jeep Liberty

  • Though a little pudgy (at nearly 4,000 pounds) and truckish, the 2002 Jeep Liberty is athletic both on- and off-road. In terms of refinement, ride comfort and overall performance, it's far ahead of the Cherokee.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Extremely capable off-road, creative interior design, still a Jeep at heart.

  • Cons

    Thirsty at the gas pump, not as "car-like" as most of its competitors.

  • What's New for 2002

    Finally replacing the boxy Cherokee that has been in production since 1984, the handsome all-new 2002 Jeep Liberty serves as the…

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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (291 total reviews)

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Should've got the ford fixed

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Vehicle: 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 4dr 4WD SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I got this truck from my sister after I crashed my ford escape because she wanted to get a new car, it had about 207,000 and was in pretty good shape but about 2,000 miles later the engine started making noises and I wasn't sure waht it was so I took it to my friend who was good with cars and he told me that it was a knock which means that the engine is basically on its way out and it's gonna cost me $$$ to get the engine replaced and I already scraped the escape and handed over the title so I'm pretty much screwed, would've cost way less to repair my escape.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Surprisingly good

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Vehicle: 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 4dr 4WD SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought the car used in august 2012, It had 150K+ miles on it I don't remember. At first I just needed a 4x4 in the winter in Spokane because the road can get bad. With no snow tires and basically all in part time 4x4 it handled flawlessly. Everything was perfect except for some creak in the driver door but hey. I didn't much care for the car but time and time again it blows me away. Infinity speakers, roomy and stylish inside and out. and Reliable. I even took it off road and I was impressed. have 170k in a few weeks and still strong. Got 12mpg in city at first but with K&N stock filter upgrade, new spark plugs, oil change and Seafoam It went to 15 1/2 mpg and over 21 on the HWY!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Engine failuer

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Vehicle: 2002 Jeep Liberty Limited 4dr 2WD SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased my 2002 liberty in 2004. I have loved this vehicle since I first purchased it, the maintanence cost have been very low, I have maintained this vehicle almost to perfection with regular oil changes etc. One day it stopped working with no warning, Come to find out the engine is blown, now with more research I am finding this is a known issue. I dont even have 109,000 miles on this vehicle, it is in almost perfect condition. Now I am stuck with a worthless vehicle that I cannot even trade in, I am very disappointed I would have purchased another Jeep in a heartbeat had this not happened, now I will never touch Chrysler/Jeep again.

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Full 2002 Jeep Liberty Review

What's New for 2002

Finally replacing the boxy Cherokee that has been in production since 1984, the handsome all-new 2002 Jeep Liberty serves as the affordable SUV in Jeep's lineup. Borrowing styling cues from the 1997 Jeep Dakar and 1998 Jeepster concept vehicles, the Liberty is available in two trim levels with your choice of two- or four-wheel drive, a four- or six-cylinder engine and a manual or automatic transmission.

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2002 Liberty drops about 6 inches when shifting from park to reverse to drive. Car jerks, putters, then cuts off. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the AIC (idle motor control), front shocks, br...

My girlfriend has a 2002 Liberty Limited. Recently, her radio antenna snapped off and it is broken within the black plastic housing. I haven't been able to remove the broken mast, but underneath the ...

How do I access the oil filter on a 2002 Jeep Liberty? I crawled under it, but need a hint! Thanks.john...