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2005 Jeep Liberty SUV

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Good until it's not
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Heather
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2005 Jeep Liberty SUV Renegade 4WD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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I had my Jeep Liberty for 11 years and put approximately 90,000 miles on it. When the car was shiny and new it did great and I had no problems. At first the only thing I didn't like was tbe hard uncomfortable seats. I had clutch problems only 3 years into the life of the car. Around year 5 of having the car the Power Steering Fluid Started to leak. I got it fixed and then it started doing it again. Around year 8 is when I saw more issues. A window regulator went out and the window had be held in place to keep it up. The back gate was hard to close, so I was afraid to use it because it wouldn't latch properly. My engine light came on and the first two air settings stopped working. The final kicker was when the 4wd was giving out and that is when I decided the vehicle wasn't worth the money to fix because I live in a very snowy environment where RWD just won't cut it. I traded it in for a way more comfortable and more fuel efficient Subaru Impreza.


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Agree with RUN AWAY
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Dan Deal
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2005 Jeep Liberty SUV Renegade 4WD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 6M)


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Bought a 2005 in great shape with only 65K on the clock. Should have been my first clue that someone got rid of a vehicle in great shape with only 65K - I spoke with the previous owner and they bought a new Escape. Do not fill with gas unless you want a quart down the side of the car - EVERY FREAKING TIME - known issue - no recall. Transmission works but shifting just isn't it's thing. Research shows it was a FWD design used in the k-car and Neon modified for RWD - very light duty - DO NOT TOW with it even with the tow package. The transmission and suspension are just to light - even with the tow package. Suspension - wears out at 30-40 thousand miles. Even on Jeep worshipper web sights they admit this and consider it "normal" maintenance to replace the struts (front and rear) every couple of years. Handling suffers (and this thing handles very poorly to begin with) and the ride height lowers as the springs age and wear - causing excessive wear on the insides of the front tires - ask me how I know. Even with constant rotation 80K rated tires are shot in less than 30K miles. The engine is a POS. Metal in the oil at 70K that grew worse with every oil change. Finally brought it to the shop (80K) hoping it was the timing chains (yes another usual problem). Instead the rod bearings were wiped out-rest of the engine was fine - the shop was surprised at how clean it was (synthetic oil every 3000 miles praying it would last). Replaced the Dodge engine with another used engine - sludge ruined it. Replaced with a reman engine, manufacturing defects ruined it, now with 90K on the clock its on its FOURTH engine. Even without the replacement issues its noisy, gutless and fuel hungry. If you see a nice 2005 Liberty on CL with less than 100K don't buy it.


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Super Car
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By Dennis
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2005 Jeep Liberty SUV Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M)


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My Jeep Liberty is probably the best car I've ever had. The only maintenance is normal wear and tear items. Being a four wheel drive you expect maintenance on the drive shafts and u joints. I have maintained a very strict oil change regimen and use only synthetic oil. Over a 100K and it doesn't use a drop of oil. Great for off-roading and deep snow. In winter I use studded snow tires and the traction an control is unbelievable. Just had it in for routine maintenance and got lots of comments on its premium condition. No rust on the body which is amazing.


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Kermit the Jeep
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Donna Heath
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2005 Jeep Liberty SUV Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Runs very well, gas consumption a little low. Handles like a car not a truck, new brakes front and back, four wheel drive fantastic, a little small for a large family. Very comfortable seating, leg room could be better in back. Tow bar added as a result of recall for safety reasons, cargo space a little small for large family shopping. All in all this Jeep is a wonderful SUV but because our family is getting bigger we need a larger vehicle. Whom ever ends up with him is extremely lucky. Keeps us safe.


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Just Empty Every Pocket...but that's a Jeep for ya
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Kate
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2005 Jeep Liberty SUV Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M)


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Bought my 05' Liberty Sport 4wd used in 2014 with 137,000k on it. One day of ownership the radiator was cracked and had to replace, drove good for a few months after that but then had to replace the Ujoints, ac works when it wants, horrible raddeling when heat or ac is on, leaks tranny fluid, oil, and coolant like crazy! Had to replace the steering column about a month ago and while the dealer was looking at it he noticed the transfer case needs replaced also front and back differential. Can't drive far bc it shakes so bad at 30mph! The seats are very uncomfortable, the speakers suck, road noise was a given since it is a Jeep. Great off-roading and in the snow but not long trips. Yes the gas mileage is bad but what do except for the year and a 3.7L. I still want to give Jeep another try and will buy another but maybe a Wrangler next.


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