The Liberty Diesel's 18-mpg average is better than the V6 Liberty's 15 mpg, but it comes at a hefty price. The engine sounds like a farm tractor and acceleration is slow. In other aspects, it is very similar to the conventional Liberty. The ride is jittery, but handling is responsive and secure. The selectable full-time four-wheel drive can remain engaged indefinitely. 
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2006.
Road Test

The Liberty Diesel's 18-mpg average is better than the V6 Liberty's 15 mpg, but it comes at a hefty price. The engine sounds like a farm tractor and acceleration is slow. In other aspects, it is very similar to the conventional Liberty. The ride is jittery, but handling is responsive and secure. The selectable full-time four-wheel drive can remain engaged indefinitely. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (150 hp)
  • 2.8-liter 4 turbodiesel (160 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (210 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Jeep Liberty owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I have not had any problems with the ABS. Once brakes are changed everything is fine"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)
Calipers

"Age, normal wear, sticking retractors"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Calipers failed or were failing on every wheel of this vehicle. They were leaking fluid and staying compressed and not releasing causing frequent replacement of brake pads. Feel that the failure was premature compared to all other vehicles owned in my lifetime"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Frozen piston in the right rear caliper"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced calipers due to vehicle mileage"

Richard G., IL (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"I have never replaced so many rear calipers in a vehicle before. I have had my rear brakes seize up at least six times since ownership. My rear calipers have each been replaced four times now. I have to replace my left one again. It destroyed a new brake pad and rotor."

Joshua H., MI (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Normal routine brake wear

"Breaks squeaking, replaced them recently at around 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"worn brakes"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

"I have had to replace the brakes numerous times over the years."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake had not worked correctly for quite some time. Had to replace it."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Jeep Liberty)
Premature brake wear

"I have had to repair all brakes numerous times after short intervals of use. They are just repaired and shortly after, I feel them pulsing and starting to go again"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Rear calipers totally deteriorated."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Regular brake failure

"It was time for have my brakes changed. They were rubbing. I could only afford to have front ones done. Back ones will be done later this year"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)
Rotors

"normal wear, warping"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I replaced the brake rotors as part of a normal brake service due to the age/mileage of the vehicle."

Richard G., IL (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Squeaking

"I believe the squeaking was caused by the bad calipers, which caused frequent replacement of rotors and pads prematurely"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Rear brakes squeal when wet or damp weather. Usually in reverse"

Tom C., TX (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Tried new rotors and several different pads/shoes - it still squeals a lot."

Michael D., WA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"radiator leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Heater core leak"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"radiator replaced twice"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

"Had two separate leaks. First was at the firewall penetration for the main cable bundle. Second was a backup of the cowl drain."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver door seal replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"around the sunroof, drains keep clogging and water floods into floor- soaks the carpet"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"What I would really like to talk about is the tailgate/window problems, specifically with the "locking system" and the "arms that hold the window up...they have rotted away"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Sounds like something has come loose over time. Minor distraction, except on longer trips"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind screens on 3 of 4 side windows, and over the sun roof. Will be taking them off to reduce noise"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"the wind noise is terrible on the front passenger side. It has been this way for a while & it is really annoying"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Thundering gets overwhelming, it is sometimes difficult to balance open windows....Also it is not a very quiet ride even with the windows closed"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The check engine light on the dash is constantly on due to emission leaks and possible other electrical issues. Vehicle seems to operate just fine, and don't live in a state where emissions control is a problem"

Candice M., MI (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Had a crack leak in the recovery line"

Andrew M., MA (2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7-L V6)

"the catylitic converter needed replacement at 45000 mi"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"check engine light had to be diagnosed and corrected in order to pass smog and get re-registered"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"EGR not designed to be used on this diesel model and constantly fails"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Block leaking water into EGR system"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel gauge/sender

"The internal components of the fuel tank began floating around years ago. The components can be heard bouncing around in the tank. This has made the fuel level reading very unreliable. To add to this, the wheel speed sensor on the rear axle has gone out again, so now the odometer doesn't work. It makes it impossible to know how much fuel remains. I have to fill up every 3-4 days to be sure I have enough."

Joshua H., MI (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"failure"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"leak on garage floor. to be safe had it towed to dealer garage."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"We often get a check engine warning when a gas attendant doesn't get the gas cap tight enough."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"After ball joint fixed Modica brothers did alignment"

Rowland P., TX (2005 Jeep Liberty 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Ball joints

"Upper passager side ball joint broke while going down road"

Rowland P., TX (2005 Jeep Liberty 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Have replaced them 5 times since owned"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering fluid leaked. A hose needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"As mentioned previously, after being stored for the winter, there was a loud groan in the steering which turned out that there was a leak and the pump had to be replaced."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Fluid leak"

Steven B., PA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"This vehicle is stored in winter. When started up this year the steering wheel made a loud groan. There was a leak in the pump and it had to be replaced."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Streets down here are bumpy and the ride wasn't smooth at all. On bad bumps a loud bang could be heard and the ride was just bouncy overall"

Anonymous, PR (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had to replace the rack & pinion steering."

Mark S., IL (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Front right wears tires easily although I have had alignment checked frequently"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The clutch failed prematurely, at around 54000 miles. During repairs the transmission shop discovered abnormalities suggesting the original clutch had been engineered/built incorrectly and was failing from the time I drove it off the lot in 2005"

Angelo R., FL (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

"Throwout bearing was increasingly noisy. My choice to replace as a preventive operation"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The check engine code came on several times indicating a problem with the transmission. I had the transmission serviced, but 6 months later the transmission failed and needed to be repaired. A rebuilt transmission was installed"

Judi C., FL (2005 Jeep Liberty 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission replaced with NEW transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Transmission ground itself up even though ALL maintenance was performed as recommeded and there was NO towing with teh vehicle"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"unfortunately, i don't have actual info for this. just know it was done"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

"it hard a hard down shift from 3rd to second gear. had it completely rebuilt"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Transmission had been replaced 5 years ago. Had to be replaced again this past year. Replaced with a rebuild"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Jeep Liberty)

"Due to the slipping transmission I just spoke about, I'm about to get a transmission rebuild but haven't actually done it yet. It sounds as though people are having difficulties in this area. . .? If so, it'd be very helpful to know the nature of those difficulties."

Judy D., OH (2005 Jeep Liberty)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Again, like the clutch, failed prematurely. I love the vehicle but I do not like the added expenses of premature parts failure in the clutch, the A/C, and in all four power windows (which I repaired myself)"

Angelo R., FL (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"THe blower had to be replaced 3 Times in 110000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Blower not connecting to change of speeds only works on high speed"

George H., NJ (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Control resistors failed indicating pending failure of motor. Inhibited function of climate system including defroster"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Jeep radiator fan failed causing the engine to overheat in stop and go traffic. Replaced myself with OEM part within 30 minutes seems to have solved the issues"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant leak occurred last year which caused the temperature reading"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"unit leaks and is too expensive to repair"

Mark C., NS (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"replaced the 4WD around 120,000 miles"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7-L V6)
Differential

"I have had to replace the differential three times in a car with only 60000 + miles on it"

Tom C., TX (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"going out soon getting it repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"It is a current issue and is sitting in the driveway to find out what's wrong.....just had radiator replaced less than 2 months ago."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Left axle seal leak which could have contaminated brake pads with gear oil causing loss of braking effectiveness if not caught in time"

Nathan A., FL (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Replace front driveshaft"

Frederic H., MN (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Transfer case

"The Jeep stopped moving due to the transfer case, I had it towed to my mechanic and when he took the cover off discovered metal shavings all over. Replaced with a used transfer case"

James M., IN (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Transmission to Radiator lines, leaking - replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Leaking tranny hoses."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"linkage broke took to transmission shop. quick and minor repair."

John V., PA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Slipping transmission

"My first Jeep was a 1989 Cherokee. I took excellent care of it and drove it for 20 years. Of course, I had to replace parts and accessories due to normal wear and tear but never had issues with the transmission. Apparently, as I understand now from several sources, Chrysler's transmissions are all but guaranteed to fail sometime after 100,000 miles - just as I'm experiencing right now with my 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade - and they don't seem to be all that interested in turning that around. What a shame."

Judy D., OH (2005 Jeep Liberty)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission fault code appears and then disappears. Transmission over heat issue. Comes on and the I turn the car off and restart. Trouble code disappears"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

"Valve body failure. First replacement part also failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"I had to have the solenoid replaced due to the transmission going in limp mode."

Charles C., NC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Rear doors won't open from inside"

Joseph F., FL (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Mirrors

"Driver side mirror no longer operates remotely."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Sunroof

"sunroof stopped working and its too costly to be fixed"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rear tailgate window rattles when closed and locked"

Ralph B., UT (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Windows

"Replace driver side rear window regulator and motor"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Rear Windows won't operate"

Joseph F., FL (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The Jeep kept overheating & we were filling the coolant/water every trip we took. The mechanic gave us 2 options - 1- expensive 2- sealing the engine, less expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Radiator

"Radiator cracked and split around 100,000 miles and I had to have it replaced. Was not over heating. Just dumped the antifreeze on my driveway from a crack on the side"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7-L V6)

"Radiator had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"Pin hole leaks in bottom of radiator - 14 years."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

"I had no cooling in ac...after 3 trips to the shop, finally got radiator replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Water pump

"I believe I replaced at least two since I've owned it."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"door moldings have come loose"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Hood and Passenger front fender paint peeling"

Ralph B., UT (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Paint shows signs of peeling / cracking on roof. Paint fading and developing small raindrop like specking on hood."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Rust

"Rust starting on lower right door"

Corky F., MN (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Bottom of driver side door rusted out. Replaced it"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7-L V6)

"Plastic covers over the rocker panels hold water, snow, and/or road-salt, causing rust, which grows, hidden by the plastic covers until the rust is so terrible that the plastic covers fall off."

Aaron J., AK (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Set switch went bad, replaced it"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The tire pressure monitor (TPMS) has a persistent fault that normally indicates the spare tire is low on air. However, this is not the case and the TPMS continues to display at regular intervals"

Greg S., WA (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

"The tire pressure alert comes on during highway driving regardless of tire inflation. It usually turns off after we return to city driving. Again, without adding any air"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

"Brake warning light stays on after an independent garage replaced rotors and pads. Checked it. Failed sensor. Brakes are fine. Decided to not spend to have it repaired"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)

"Oil pressure light came on"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"I will need to have the intermittent wiper motor replaced. The wipers would stop a third of the way down if set to run intermittently."

Charles C., NC (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Broken rocker, engine stumbling"

Corky F., MN (2005 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"threw a rod through the block. Warranted engine rebuild replacement $5000. Engine only, no accessories"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Timing belt or chain

"belt tensioner failed"

Jim F., AZ (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo leaked oil from internal worn bearing seal. Advised to replace Turbo to avoid engine failure. Expensive unexpected cost. Found new one on line for hundreds less than dealer service estimate"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The alternator has a pulley that wore out and needed to be replaced. However, no repairs could be completed as the pulley was made not to be removed. Replacement part took 3 weeks to get"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"This Jeep will periodically not start. The battery will need to be jumped and then it runs. The dealership claims no battery or alternator issues are present"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Actually a diesel uses glow plugs. These are very expensive and recommended all glow plugs should be replaced at the same time . This is due to to not knowing when the next glow plug will go bad and have to pay labor cost again. I had to replace one and replaced 3 more at the same time"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"After having the timing belt replaced a number of pulleys had either seized or were about to come apart. One particular idler pulley cost more than the replaced alternator"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Oil leaks

"Oil pan too thin and rusted out causing severe leakage"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Speakers

"One of 2 front speakers must have dried out and is vibrating with using nominal volume. I bought 2 aftermarket replacement speakers which I have to install"

Frank R., PA (2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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