2006 Jeep Liberty Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Purchased used in July 2018 with 80k miles and outside of the poor gas millage, I just love it. It's the sport model with a bunch of options inc. sun roof, upgraded sound system and chrome package with painted fender flares and matching wheels. This jeep is a solid vehicle with plenty of power and good off road capabilities. It rides good, for 4WD, and is fun to drive. Most of my driving will be in town or bumming around the many forest service roads in Arizona.
I bought my 2006 Jeep Liberty Sport new in August of 2006. I only had two issues in the first 120,000 miles -- the window issue everyone writes about (which was fixed twice for $200 but both later reimbursed by Chrysler) and an issue with the lens in the tail lights that came loose and busted out the bulbs on a regular basis until they plastic melted away enough to no longer be a problem. I replaced the A/C ($1,900) at around 180,000 miles and am just now retiring her after some larger issues with the ECM and oil leaks at 11 years old and 251,000 miles (I can't justify $1,500 in repairs on a car worth KBB of $3,000). The vehicle is easy to drive and comfortable if you're not expecting a luxury car ride out of an SUV. It has successfully crossed flooded areas over a foot deep and rough national park four wheel drive roads that other SUVs high centered on (and that's with 2WD, not 4WD). My Liberty has been mechanically sound and completely reliable for over 240,000 miles. If they would make me the exact same Jeep today, I would buy another brand new one and be happy to drive it another 11 years.
I previously owned a 2002 Toyota 4 Runner for 13 years. It had over 270,000 miles when it was time to purchase a replacement. Due to financial constraints I had to consider other makes and thought I had found a suitable replacement in a 2006 Jeep Liberty in my affordable price range from a used car dealer. The car appeared to be in great shape, drove reasonably well and had ONLY 60,00 miles on it. I have owned the car now for about ten months and have replaced BOTH Head Cylinders, Engine Camshaft and 2 front wheel speed sensors. The total out of pocket cost was over $6,000. To the Service Assistant's credit I was given a small discount and loaner for the car while it was in for repair on the second Head Cylinder replacement. I can understand the speed sensors but TWO (2) Head Cylinders is hard to justify! Some research did indicate that Chrysler did have complaints and were aware of misfiring problems but never did a recall. There is no way i would recommend a Jeep or any Chrysler vehicle with the expectation that the car was not going to make it to 70,000 miles without such major cost.
Has higher towing capacity than most other small SUV. Plenty of engine torque for on-ramp entrance and to get over the Smoky Mountains. Make sure trailer has brake system to assist in quick stop situations.