2008 Jeep Liberty
There are 29 user reviews for the Sport 4X4 trim shown below
- Styling and overall off-road performance
- Interior trim Quality, noise from skyslider roof, rough overall build quality
Purchased As New
This car as been relatively trouble free now for 35,000 miles. I did upgrade the brakes but the originals were not yet worn out. The passenger-side front pillar molding will leak but only when you spray it directly with a water hose, never from the rain...and the rear hatch glass has a minor drip down the inside of the glass bit this water exits outside the car...just kind of nagging to keep clean. I'm am only talking about an occasional bead down the inside of the glass. The drive train has been perfect at all times. The head liner is nearly impossible to keep clean...and the plastic trim on the outer side of the seats is very fragile and cheap...you may have to buy some replacements on occasion for these..but they are cheap to purchase and put on. I also had an issue with the drivers seatbelt not latching...this was repaired under warranty. The sport is a bit plain for my tastes on the inside and out so I have done a lot of customizing...I like the car and it looks great in inferno red pearl...really is a head turner when detailed. I really don't like the interior seats and surfaces...very hard to clean and they stain easily...get some good seat covers for this! Overall though the styling and reliability makes this a good owner's experience so far...I bought the extended warranty and am also covered by the lifetime drivetrain warranty...resale value for this car appears pretty solid too...not hard to resale....read morehide
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great performance for a SUV
- None so far
Purchased As Used
I bought my 2008 Liberty used in April of 2009, and I have had no problems with it. It handles, and accelerates like a dream. Quick, and nimble for it's size. I've followed sports cars onto the freeway, and have been able to keep up with them without the Liberty breaking a sweat. Interior space is good, I have hauled quite a bit in it, and Have had 4 other adults with me in it with no one being cramped, including my 6' 3" tall brother....read morehide
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great traction control!
- Clunky. Issues with the manual transmission and engine power. Ergonomically subdued.
Purchased As New
I was pleased to see a 6 speed in the Liberty, but 'm now wishing I had purchased an automatic. For the last year, it has been literally jumping out of first gear when starting from a dead stop. The dealer can't "repeat the discrepancy". Shortly after I bought it, the engine began to stutter and was providing low power. The dealer said "you have to keep the RPMs up". That would be great if I wanted to waste a lot of fuel. All "keeping the RPMs up" did was take it from a slow stutter to a fast stutter! I've driven sticks for 30 years, this is the first time I've heard of having to over- rev one! I think 3000 RPMs is a bit much for a 6 cylinder! I was also disappointed that having a stick instead of an automatic cut the towing capacity in half. I like the styling and traction control but I'm disappointed with the mechanical issues, and especially the dealer's inability to fix the problems....read morehide
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good body design for a SUV.
- Low gas mileage. Didn't start after 6 weeks.
Purchased As New
Bought the car on Jan. 5, 2009. After 6 weeks (Feb. 17), the jeep won't start. Dashboard lights signifies some kind of electrical problem. Towed the jeep to the dealer. The dealer said that the battery is not good. Battery was replaced.
What? Do you mean that Jeep Chrysler put an inferior quality of battery on their Jeep? No wonder why they are going bankruptcy. I was attracted to the car because of the built and the ruggedness....read morehide
6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good all round
- None yet
Picked it up from the dealership at 6.00PM after a day of snowfall, put it in 4 wheel drive and off we went with no problems at all. Have had it now 2 weeks and the weather conditions have been terrible and still no problems with it. The gas mileage-well it is an SUV, so I didn't expect it to be a world leader. Features are good and whilst it does have the odd drawback (small pasenger footwell), overall I like it....read morehide
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- 4x4 ability, Looks, Full size spare
- fuel economy(its a Jeep), under powered, no foot rest in drivers area
I went into the dealership to buy a Cherokee, but drove out in the Liberty. Great look (much better then KJ) and good handling. I traded in a '02 Volvo S60 and I feel the Jeep handles better, drivers truer, and is an all around better drive period. Sorry Volvo after dropping $1,000 a month on repairs (have reciepts to prove it) i'm buying American again.
I just got mine back from the repair shop cause I hit a 10 point Buck (deer). $8,600 worth of damage that would have most likely destroyed a car. The only thing I did was add a push bar to the front and replaced the stock headlamps....read morehide
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Value, comfortable interior, body styling, standard satellite radio
- transmission is a bit slow, no cruise control standard
Overall this is a great vehicle, especially for the money (got a 2008 when they were clearing inventory, over 7k off MSRP). I have driven it for a couple of weeks and about 1,000 miles and look forward to getting some snow on the ground to test out the 4WD capbilities. Overall MPG has been about 18 with a mix of highway and city driving so not great but this is not a crossover SUV either. I got the base model and I was a little suprised it did not come with cruise control but really not a big deal.
One thing I recommend if you are purchasing the Sport model if to grab some of the chrome accessories - good move if you want it to look like the Limited version with the chrome grille and siderails but no not want to pay for the rest of the Limted options....read morehide
2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Huge styling improvement over previous Liberty, roomy, good storage.
- Clunky, prone to problems, noises, generally poorly built.
Looks drew me to this car, but styling is pretty much where the "pros" end. It has power, but only when the trans decided to actually catch (good luck getting going up-hill from a stop). Mine has developed numerous squeeks, rattles, thuds, and other odd noises and sounds from throughout the cabin and underneath the car. A persistent rattling sound comes from behind the dash, which the dealership cannot identify or fix.
This car is a good value, and you won't find many better prices for mid-size SUVs. However you get what you pay for in this case, which isn't much. Spend a little more and get a more solid, well-built truck....read morehide
5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- skyslider roof, nice color
- terrible mpg, wind noise, problems
I bought this Jeep in May 08 and had it in the shop 8 times in the first three months. The steering wheel was replaced twice, and while replacing it the technicians made a mess inside that had to be fixed. The fender foam just fell out from under the tires, and there is a lot of scraping and whining sounds while accellerating. Now with the skyslider roof, everytime I drive down the highway it sounds like I'm in a wind tunnel, and that's when it's closed! the roof also lifts up by itself and an extreme amount of moisture forms on the inside of the windows, often times freezing. Overall I am very dis-satisfied with this vehicle....read morehide
9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Hill Descent control, push button 4WD, 16" wheels standard, 5-link rear suspension.
- Comes with car tires, embarassing acceleration and gas mileage.
I've driven my step-dad's 99 Grand Cherokee everywhere. Always took it to the desert in NM for four-wheeling and camping. Loved it. This new Liberty though, is definately a better off-roader. At least, as a platform to build upon. It can be all luxury on the inside, and all business on the outside. I plan to get tubular front and rear bumpers, safari rack, winch, full light setup, etc. Most importantly, these things NEED a 2" lift (2.5 in the front would be best) and some real tires. I'm going with BFG All-terrains. Oh, and replace the save-a-spare with a full size! (going to mount mine on the safari basket).
So, if you want an awesome daily driver SUV that is good on gas and looks..... then go somewhere else. But if you want a unique-looking capable off-roader with some luxury.... then you should take a closer look at the new Liberty's. They remind me of a cheaper version of a Land Rover....read morehide
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