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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,686 miles

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2003 Jeep Liberty suspension problems

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2003 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #46

Oct 022014

Liberty

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving, the front ball joints on the right side of the car broke.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #45

Jul 012013

Liberty

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 12V527000 (air bags), NHTSA campaign number: 13V252000 (fuel system, gasoline, structure), and NHTSA campaign number: 09V119000 (suspension) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced any failures.

- Pendleton, OR, USA

problem #44

Aug 082013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 138,500 miles
Vehicle was left at the dealer for suspension repairs, after waiting 7 days, dealer called indicating that manufacturer has not provided the necessary parts to repair the problem. I had to pick-up the vehicle and take it to an independent mechanic to fix the suspension problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #43

Jan 302014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 147,008 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Upper and lower ball joints under previous recall have failed!!!!!!!! ball joints were not replaced by servicing dealer as required by recall !!!!!!!!!! only small shield was installed !!!!!!!! Jeep isn't taking this problem seriously !!!!!!!!!!

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #42

Nov 082013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, a loud consistent noise was heard from the front driver's side wheel area. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the front upper and lower ball joints, control arm for the lower ball joint, and the rear suspension was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000...updated 02-28-14 updated 03/14/2014

- Naples, FL, USA

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problem #41

Jan 012012

Liberty

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 12E047000 (suspension. The contact stated that the repairs were not made correctly and caused the vehicle to pull to the right when driving at any speed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Cleveland , TN, USA

problem #40

Apr 222013

Liberty

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty 4X4 the contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph across a railroad track, the front driver's side lower ball joint became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the upper ball joint and control arm would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Maxwell, TX, USA

problem #39

Oct 252013

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, the passenger side wheel fell off causing the vehicle to come to a complete halt. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the upper bolt joint fractured due to corrosion. As a result, the upper control arms and bolt joints needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V119000 (suspension ). the vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 91,000. Updated 01/31/2014 the consumer stated Chrysler did not honor the recall. The consumer was informed the vehicle was not covered under the recall, because the vehicle was built outside of the dates of the recall. The consumer would like for the dates of the recall, to be expanded. Updated 02/04/14

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #38

Oct 082013

Liberty

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V527000 (air bags) and made an appointment to have the recall service performed. The vehicle was serviced per the recall. The contact also referenced a manufacturer's recall for the ball joints. The dealer was contacted and an appointment was secured to have the manufacturer's recall performed on the vehicle. The dealer ordered the part needed to complete the recall service however, when the contact arrived for the service he was advised that the ball joint was used on another vehicle and that they were unable to order a replacement. The dealer was also unable to provide an expected time for the part to become available. The vehicle was not serviced. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Greenfield, NJ, USA

problem #37

Sep 212013

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 31,329 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal banging. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where the contact was informed that the upper control arm and upper ball joint suffered from severe corrosion. The mechanic advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer to see if the vehicle could be repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V119000 (suspension). The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the diagnosis was confirmed however, the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 31,329...updated 12-05-13 updated 12/9/13

- Lake Hiawatha, NJ, USA

problem #36

Oct 092012

Liberty

  • 126,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph the front drivers side wheel detached from the vehicle onto the road. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who informed that the ball joint separated. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 06V288000 (suspension); however, the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified and they were unable to provide an expected date the part would be available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 126,900.

- Agusta, GA, USA

problem #35

Aug 152013

Liberty

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Amityville, NY, USA

problem #34

Jul 262013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Wondering why Florida is not in the group since it is surrounded by salt water on 3 sides: The upper and lower ball joints are bad: 2003 Jeep Liberty front control arm recalls recall number: 09V119000 owner notification date: April 12, 2010 record creation date: April 9, 2009 defect description: Chrysler is recalling 42,469 my 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in salt belt states of Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The front suspension upper control arm ball joint may experience a loss of lubrication which could lead to corrosion, accelerated wear, and possible separation while driving. Defect consequence: Failure of the ball joint could result in a loss of steering capability, increasing the risk of a crash. Corrective action: Dealers will replace the front upper control arm assemblies free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about April 24, 2010. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #33

Jun 202013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
I would like to file a complaint about the passenger side upper and lower ball joints. I purchased the vehicle in 2006 as a second owner and in the 7 years I have owned my Jeep I have had to replace my ball joints now 3 times. This is very unsafe and seriously should be addressed by the makers as to why even after being recalled they have gone out twice. Luckily I have been fortunate enough (or I should say Chrysler has been fortunate enough) to not have had an accident or anything serious happen to me or my family due to this. Thanks.

- Pleasant Hill, MO, USA

problem #32

Jun 182013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
Front suspension upper control arm/ball joint separated causing wheel dislocation on front passenger side. The incident occurred leaving a parking lot at about 5 miles per hour. The same make/model year Jeep Liberty has recall J17 for the front suspension upper control arm/ball joint, but my vehicle VIN is not included in the recall. Lower ball joint, covered under recall F23, was not involved in the failure. Both the ball joint and the upper control arm on the front passenger side of vehicle required replacement, after vehicle was towed to garage and inspected.

- Weatherly, PA, USA

problem #31

Oct 042012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 90,627 miles
Left driver side, upper ball joint separated from control arm. Wheel collapsed outward. Fortunately, it happened after leaving the interstate driving 70 miles per hour. Entering service station wheel collapsed. Happened to talk to an individual who was aware of the problem. Individual said that this is a current and on going problem with today's vehicles. The front components are being designed so they cannot be maintained properly. Lack of grease fittings, pressed in joint design on ball joints to control arm, instead of re enforced with bolts or other safe measures. Individual stated that it is occurring on most all makes and models. Instead of just replacing the defected ball joint, the control arm, with no other defect, but this, has to be replaced, costing even more money. Has been reported, that deaths have occurred. The mental impact and feeling insecure after a fix is ongoing. I see more deaths and accidents occurring because of this problem. Thank you.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #30

Sep 172010

Liberty

  • 120,000 miles
Was driving and all of sudden vehicle went out of control, rolling over numerous times and ending up in the opposite lane. Vehicle was hit by another vehicle and air bags never deployed. Car was completely demolished.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 292012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 123,949 miles
The support straps for the fuel tank failed suddenly after making a left turn. The fuel tank contacted the road surface for a short time (1 minute) before the vehicle could be stopped. The rear corner of the tank (passenger side) was damaged to the point that fuel leaked from the tank. Both support straps were broken after the incident. The tank was approximately 1/4 full prior to the incident. Both of the support straps failed near the bottom of the fuel tank. The remaining pieces of the support straps were still fastened to the frame and the fasteners were still in place after the incident. Both support straps were severely rusted. Although we are disappointed that this incident happened, we are grateful that no one was hurt. We realize the outcome could have been a lot worse.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #28

Sep 122012

Liberty

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while entering a residential driveway, she heard a loud noise near the front driver's side wheel. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed that the top of the wheel was abnormally tilted inward. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the upper control ball joint failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #27

Jun 122012

Liberty

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph the rear of the vehicle spun out of control. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the lower control arms was defective. As a result, the lower control arm and the bushings needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Sedalia, MO, USA

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