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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,691 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 162001

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,002 miles


Vehicle's front passenger side axle broke causing 2002 Liberty Jeep to roll over. The vehicle rolled over two or three times. Fortunately the driver and her passenger were wearing seat belts and their injuries were not life threatening. The manufacturer has refused to accept any responsibility for this accident.

- South Barrington, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 162005

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact was traveling at 10 mph, when the upper ball joint broke. This caused the axle to break. The location was the front driver's side. The happened on 10-16-05. The vehicle was then towed to the Jeep dealership. The dealership was repairing the vehicle. The cost would B E $2,000, the warranty on the vehicle expired in May 2005. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle is a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The manufacturer has not been contacted.

- Rockaway Park, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 262005

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has a 2002 Jeep Liberty had the ball joint recall repaired. On Sunday the ball joints became disconnected from the wheel. They couldn?T steer the vehicle, and the driver's side wheel tilted outward. Consumer complained approximately 6 months after the repair S because she heard funny noises. She took the vehicle to be looked at, and was told there was nothing wrong. When she had the vehicle at dealer for the 60,000 mile check up she was told the vehicle was fine. She contacted the dealership and manufacturer and neither of them were willing to help her. The axle came out, and the dealership told her it was $800 worth of damage.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #8

Nov 232004

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The rear control arm completely separated from weld site with the rear axle. Consumer had the vehicle towed. This is what she was told by the mechanic. Rear axle housing broke away from control arm bracket and factory weld site. Control arm and rear axle housing was replaced. Manufacturer denied claim.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #7

Sep 212003

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,600 miles
While driving, the driver heard a loud king noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Took vehicle to dealership and the mechanic indicated the problem was the rear axle which needed to be repaired or replaced depending on the damage that had been done.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

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problem #6

Oct 162002

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Upon making a slight lane correction at approx. 60 mph, my daughter's 2002 Jeep libety began swerving uncontrollably. She felt no resistance to the steering wheel as she tried to stop the swerving. At no time did she apply the brakes. Witnesses said it appeared she had a flat tire. Eventually, the vehicle entered the grass median and rolled 2.5 or 3.5 times coming to rest on the roof facing on-coming traffic. The complete rear end(tires and differential) separated and ended up approx. 75 feet from the vehicle. The right front axle or cv joint was broken. Neither her passenger or her air bags deployed. The driver's seat belt was broken at the end of the motion of the rolling. Both occupants were bruised and cut. We believe the axle failed and caused this potentially fatal accident. This vehicle had approx. 3000 miles on it. At 1800 miles the engine had thrown a rod and the engine was replaced completely. The Jeep Liberty is structurally unsound and of poor design particularly in the area of the rear suspension. Daimler-chysler has lowered the suspension in obvious response to roll over incidents...

- Wadesville, IN, USA

problem #5

Dec 162002

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Purchased a brand new 2002 Jeep Liberty in March, 2002. At 8K, while driving at 50 mph, rear end began fishtailing causing loss of control of the vehicle. This occured on Dec. 16th, 2002. We still do not have the vehicle. A representative from Jeep inspected vehicle and stated that "rear axle was never properly welded to vehicle." This occured on the assembly line at the factory. We do not feel vehicle is safe at this point.the structural integrity is serious compromised. We're concerned other 2002 Jeep Liberty's may have this problem.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 082002

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the vehicle pulled dramatically to the left. Consumer attempted to correct the vehicle and collided with the highway divider. Dealer infomred consumer the front axle had broke which caused the accident.ts there were 2 injuries...

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 122002

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at highway speed, the front axle broke and caused the right tire to blow. Consumer loss control of the vehicle and caused an accident. Dealer has been notified. Mr upon inspection, it was found that the tie rod was also cut in half....

- South Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 162002


  • miles
Jeep was struck by a Ford escort on L side, rear door & wheel well. Rear axle was knocked completely off Jeep, landing beside Jeep. Mechanics stated that axle was not bolted on, but attached with two metal strips, which appeared to have snapped on impact. Our accident was in a very confined space (next to a canyon wall), but in a crowded traffic situation this could be incredibly dangerous to adjacent traffic. This also caused enormous repair costs & wait time (coming on two months and waiting).

- Eden Ut, UT, USA

problem #1

Jul 162001

Liberty 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Wheel or axle on the front right side broke and caused the car to swerve and ultimately roll over two or three times. This type of breakage does even happen in a roll over accident.

- S. Barrington, IL, USA

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