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Jeep Liberty Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Jeep Liberty

  • The 2006 Jeep Liberty is well suited for small SUV buyers who plan on making numerous trips into the wilderness. Otherwise, more urban-oriented buyers will find most of the Liberty's competition to be better at day-to-day drivability and refinement.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Extremely capable off-road, economical diesel engine option, creative interior design.

  • Cons

    V6 is rather thirsty at the pump, not as "carlike" on the street as most of its competitors.

  • What's New for 2006

    The Jeep Liberty gets stability control as standard equipment on all models for 2006. The four-cylinder gas engine has been dropped, however, due to a lack of consumer interest.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Regulators in windows

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Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

The regulator has gone out 3 times on my back drivers side window. Once on the passenger side window. The dealership is charging to fix this each time. It continues to happen, so they aren't fixing it. I am so tried of this. I would have never bought this vehicle had I known. I bought it new.




Badjeep

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Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

I bought this Jeep a year and a half ago. It had 13000 miles and has been nothing but trouble. The window mounts break and the windows fall down into the doors(all four of them did this!) The light fuses burn out constantly and I can't keep up with replacing them. The anti-slip warning comes on on dry ground and the four- wheel drive kicks on when there's nothing to slip on! It has been one problem after another with this vehicle. After 28,000 miles it has been in the shop with so many problems, including expensive new shocks that I will not ever recommend this car to anyone. I'm getting rid of it as soon as I can and never looking back at this very expensive and poorly made Jeep.




Could have been a good

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Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

I own the Renegade model with the six speed manual transmission. I purchased this model to tow behind my motorhome. At 35,000 miles I started having problems with the ABS, ESP and related display light. I would be driving down the freeway and these lights would display and force the brake system to respond as if I were on a slippery road condition. I was not in that situation. I live in Arizona where most days are dry and hot. Naturally I took in to the dealership where it was purchased and explained what had happened. The first occurrence was in 2007. It's now 2009. During these two years the dealership has made fourteen attempts to correct this problem. The lights still come on.




Nice surprise

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Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

Great car. Wasn't interested at first since I'd only seen women driving it, but I've been very pleased and whenever there has been a little problem, Jeep takes care of its customers. Gas mileage is disappointing but that's the only thing that isn't great.




06 jeep liberty renegade review

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Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

Bought this new in the summer of 06 and it has been fantastic. Really fun to drive, lots of power, 4WD system is fantastic and everyone admires the rugged looks of the Liberty Renegade package. No it isn't great on gas, but if you slow down on the highway, it's not too bad (hey it's not a Corolla!).




Going again

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Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)

Last year in October I had to go car shopping and bought a Jeep Liberty Sport 4x2. This year I wanted to upgrade to a 4x4 with all the toys. The pricing is right at this moment with the Employee Pricing and all rebates available. This new 2006 Renegade feels bigger than my 2005 Sport. I am averaging 18 MPG driving, 30% stop and go with 70% freeway so far. This is a solid performer and I have not had a chance to go off road with it but it drives great in town.



Full 2006 Jeep Liberty Review

What's New for 2006

The Jeep Liberty gets stability control as standard equipment on all models for 2006. The four-cylinder gas engine has been dropped, however, due to a lack of consumer interest.

Introduction

The Jeep Liberty is the successor to the aged Cherokee, which was in production from 1984 to 2001. Evolved from the Dakar and Jeepster concept vehicles ('97 and '98, respectively), the Liberty features design themes from each, such as a large greenhouse, short front and rear overhangs, high roofline, rear-mounted spare tire and 16-inch alloy wheels below pronounced wheel flares. It also borrows from the past; the Liberty is a bloodline descendant of the original Jeep Willys. The Liberty carries the trademark Jeep grille with seven vertical rectangles as well as the traditional Jeep round headlamps.

The Liberty, like all Jeep SUVs, is designed as a true off-roader with steep approach and departure angles and a full 8 inches of suspension travel. To help foster competent handling on paved surfaces, the Liberty employs an independent front suspension, a coil-link rear suspension and rack and pinion steering (the first time a rack and pinion setup has been applied to a Jeep product). Generally, the Liberty works best as a go-anywhere Jeep first and a suburban grocery-getter second. As such, for genuine off-roaders, the Liberty is a natural-born leader in the compact-ute segment. Its standing as a daily driver is, however, tarnished by its big thirst at the fuel pump, at least with the V6. Additionally, although its on-road ride and handling is better than its Cherokee predecessor, the 2006 Jeep Liberty is outclassed in terms of overall ride comfort when compared to other compact SUVs.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The four-door 2006 Jeep Liberty is a compact SUV offered in three trim levels: Sport, Renegade and Limited. The Sport features 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a CD player. The Renegade offers additional equipment such as alloy wheels, higher-grade upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and cruise control. Renegade-only features include unique exterior styling, functional rock rails and a full set of skid plates. The more exclusive Limited trim gets you amenities such as 17-inch alloy wheels and a power driver seat. Available options include a power sunroof, leather upholstery, heated seats, an in-dash six-disc CD audio system with Infinity speakers, a DVD-based navigation system and UConnect, Chrysler's hands-free in-vehicle communication system.

Powertrains and Performance

Two-wheel or four-wheel drive is available for all trim levels, and a full-time "Selec-Trac" 4WD system is available on the Sport and Limited. The base Liberty engine is a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. For the Renegade and Sport trim levels, a six-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. The automatic comes standard on the Limited trim. In addition, Jeep offers a diesel-fueled 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as an option for the Sport and Limited. The diesel comes with a five-speed automatic and four-wheel-drive only. Properly equipped, the Jeep Liberty can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control come standard on the Liberty, and side curtain airbags are available as an option. In government crash tests, the 2006 Jeep Liberty earned a perfect five stars for driver protection in a frontal impact, and four stars for front-passenger protection. Side-impact testing resulted in a five-star rating for both front and rear passengers. In frontal-offset crash testing by the IIHS, the Liberty was given a "Marginal" rating, the second lowest of four.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the Jeep Liberty provides ample room for four adults inside (five in a pinch), with satin aluminum accents and chrome-ringed, black-on-white gauges. A full-size spare is hung on the nifty rear cargo door, which features a single-action swing-gate/flipper-glass system. There's a total of 29 cubic feet of cargo space available behind the Liberty's 35/65-split-folding rear seat and 69 cubic feet when that seat is folded down.

Driving Impressions

The standard V6 provides good acceleration but drinks plenty at the gas pump. The diesel provides plenty of grunt at low speeds, and its improved fuel economy makes for fewer fill-ups. Like other Jeep SUVs, the Liberty is a sensational off-roader. However, the heft required to make it a surefooted billy goat in the rough hobbles it somewhat on the highway and in the city. Its performance on pavement is tolerable enough, but the steering is heavy and numb, and the Liberty exhibits considerable body roll around corners. On the plus side, its long suspension travel does a good job of smoothing out bumps and potholes.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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