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By JimOH123
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2002 Jeep Liberty SUV Limited 4dr 4WD SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I have a BMW with performance tires, so I needed a vehicle to drive in the winter. Purchased this car with about 85k miles on the odometer. I love my Jeep and drive it more than the BMW. Love the driving position, looks and its maneuverability. Very few service complaints. I have never owned a vehicle with so many miles, yet it is still very tight and rattle free. Would consider buying another Liberty like this one with fewer miles if this one ever starts giving me trouble. A great value for a used vehicle.


Best Features

short turning radius driving position great looks interior and exterior good sounds system great winter traction


Worst Features

gas mileage automatic should have more gears rear seats should fold flat


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Trade it? The Wife says NEVER!!
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By realmarshall
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2002 Jeep Liberty SUV Limited 4dr 4WD SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Got this SUV with 60K has 125K now ZERO mechanical problems! I've have replaced brake pads, battery and Tires and changed oil like clock work. Never serviced tranny. The only problems i've had are more like annoyances than problems. I have a light out in my instrument cluster. I can still see everything but the 80 Mph mark is a little dim. At about 115K my AC/Heat fan control started only working on the highest setting and i haven't had the time to pull the console apart to find the lose connection. It still works great though it will cook/freeze you. Window control placement bugs cuz it's on the door in your other car your hand will go for the controls for the car that your not in everytime.


Best Features

If you looking for a vehicle for an unconfident snow driver. Stop looking they don't get any better. With good tires it refuses to lose grip. Easy to use transfer case to go from 2 to 4wd on the fly. The wife refuses to consider the possiblity that she'll eventually have to get and new SUV. Loves it


Worst Features

Gets gas mileage you would expect from a v8. I get 17 every fillup squeaks out 20 if you keep under 75 on the freeway for the full tank. Now this is nit picking but I Wish the driver seat lowered further i'm 6'1" and can't always see the light change to green cuz the of low roof line. Door controls


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Not sure what to think about my Jeep
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By westcentralillinois
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2002 Jeep Liberty SUV Sport 4dr 4WD SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my Jeep in 04 used with 29,000 miles on it(now with 126k). I have loved it until last fall (2008), when the air & heat quite working. I took it to a mechanic late winter & after spending around $800 for a new thermostat, new switch, system flush, and then actuator & mode doors, it still didn't work. I took it to another mechanic, told him what the other did, & he went through it again & put another new mode body & actuator on it & isn't sure it will work. There has been no Jeep recalls on it or posts. I am at a lose. This is my 3rd Jeep, & I am a little frustrated with this issue. It has been paid for for awhile & I wasn't ready to trade it. Other than this it has been great!


Best Features

I live on a farm and it is great for going across the fields and not getting stuck, hauling hay or a calf if necessary, great for pulling into small parking spaces and it feels very safe on the road. I had a grand cherokee and rolled it, & have been impressed with the way the liberty handles.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. I get 17 mpg no matter what. Cheaper parts and better availability to those parts. Instead of having to buy the whole mode body, it would have been better and cheaper to be able to purchase some of the parts separately.


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2002 3.7 AT 4 WD
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By Dave
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2002 Jeep Liberty SUV Sport 4dr 4WD SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought new and now have 104,000 on the Jeep. Had been pretty reliable but am now having multiple engine problems. The Check engine light issue and mechanics have been unable to fix. Vehicle runs very rough.


Best Features

Off road ability, build quality


Worst Features

Original tires (Goodyear) were awful. Engine layout / design is terrible. Very difficult to perform any type of engine repair. For example replacing the power steering pump is a nightmare. I will most likely never purchase another Jeep. (Maybe an old CJ for off road use.)


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LOVED OUR JEEP!
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By rili_ok
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2002 Jeep Liberty SUV Sport 4dr 4WD SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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We recently sold our 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x4 but only because we wanted to purchase a hybrid before gas prices rise again. We still miss it, especially when we see another one in town! The only mechanical work required besides regular maintenance and new tires occurred at the end of a vacation. It lost all power and wouldn't remain running, the locks were possessed, power steering gone, no radio, etc. It turns out it only needed a new battery! The only area that could use improvement is in highway handling (keeping it on the road). My husband had more difficulty with this than I did but sometimes it was exhausting to drive at 65 mph and above, especially if there was a crosswind.


Best Features

Love the body style (much more than the new Liberty) & the 4WD is awesome! We drove in ice/snow in every state from Oklahoma to New Hampshire & back without any difficulty. Easy to manuever & great turning radius. Plenty of power & acceleration. Air cold, heater warmed up quickly.


Worst Features

Highway handling; rear hatch/door is hinged on left & would be more cargo friendly if window & door opened separate (window, up & door down)


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