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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,665 miles

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2008 Jeep Liberty miscellaneous problems

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2008 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Sep 222016


  • 80,000 miles


Intermittent problem. When starting car, wipers come on and turn signals fail to work. The only way to get wipers to stop is to pull the fuse. Turn signals remain inoperable. This problem has been ongoing for over 2 years. Have taken vehicle to dealer multiple times. Dealer claims they cannot locate a problem; however, there clearly is a problem. Do not feel safe driving car with wipers going and no turn signals. We have also had issues with interior lights remaining on. Very distracting to driver at night. Again, took vehicle to dealer and they cannot find a problem. Please help issue occurs while vehicle is stationary and in motion. We drive city and highway streets.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 022016


  • 102,720 miles
Started car, stopped at light, made a turn. Horn started blaring, front and rear wipers went on with spray in rear, dashboard lights went crazy. Pulled into "grease monkey" put it in park, wouldn't turn off, took out key, still running. Grease monkey employee removed fuse to stop horn, but everything else was still going, even after disconnecting battery. After about 15 minutes (while waiting for aaa), engine starting smoking. Not sure what he did, but employee finally got it to turn off. There was also something dripping under the car. Aaa towed it to the closest aaa-approved mechanic. Diagnosis: Totally integrated power module needs to be replaced to the tune O $1400. I feel this definitely created an unsafe condition, especially if it would have happened on the highway where I would not have had immediate help. Who knows what could have happened -- an accident, a fire?? since it is a holiday weekend and the part had to be ordered, my car won't be worked on until Tuesday, 9/6; therefore, I do not have an invoice yet.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #19

Aug 202016


  • 80,000 miles
Retractable roof broke while driving and almost flew off into traffic. Luckily there was a passenger who was able to grap it before it flew off into traffic. A very bad safety issue, could have caused an accident. To have it repaired it is $600. We did not have it repaired. They were able to close the roof and disconnect it. I called Jeep and they were not very nice and are not willing to help pay for the repairs. This is a safety issue and should have been recalled. If you look it up on the internet many people have had this problem. Why wasn't it recalled.

- Blandon, PA, USA

problem #18

Jun 102016


  • miles


I was driving on the freeway and my skyline sunroof flew back

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #17

Jun 142016


  • 115,000 miles
Three years ago, I had the sky slider on the Jeep replaced completely. On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, I opened the slider up and it would not close. I took it to back to the business that replaced the sky slider in 2013, paymer & phillips, and they told me that they have replaced several 2008 Jeep Liberty sky sliders. They showed me the plastic piece which was broken which is the reason why the sky slider which is a convertible top, would not close. The first time, the repairs cost $3362.81. Today I was told the repair cost would be $2768. It was suggested that I contact Chrysler and report this incident and ask them to absorb the cost. I have yet to hear from a case manager as of today.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

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problem #16

May 222016


  • 103,000 miles
The skyslider roof fails to close. I have owned the car since buying it new in 2008. The skyslider was replaced in June of 2013 after failing to close and making driving unsafe due to the flapping of the cloth roof at 45 mph or higher. Roof has broken again as of May 2016 with the same issue after only being opened 5 times. This type of roof is going to cause an accident. At any time the cables or plastic frame can snap causing the roof to peel back. I was afraid the roof was going to completely dis-attach and hit the car behind me.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 262016


  • 84,435 miles


The soft top on this Jeep comes off when driving down the road. If you look on line several people have had the same problem.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #14

Mar 092015


  • 83,000 miles
There was a noise, like grinding when I went to back out of my drive way, from the rear of the Jeep and when taken to the dealership the tech found the rear floor heat shield had come losse and was rubbing on the driveshaft. The dealership charged me $474.20 to fix it on 3/9/2015. I just found out today, 11/2/2015, there was a recall on other 2008 Jeep Liberty (my VIN number wasn't part of the recall) but it sounds like the issue should have been! why wasn't my Jeep part of the recall" are there other owners like me, who had the same issue but weren't considered part of the recall" I think we should be! please advise.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #13

Oct 072015


  • 110,000 miles
My heat shield came loose and detached at 110000 miles while driving. It was obviously resting on moving parts under my vehicle. It made a klattering rattle as the vehicle slowed to a stop where I could check out the problem. The heat shield readily came out when the rear passenger tire was removed to provide access to the part on the side of the road.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #12

Aug 152015


  • 89,000 miles
I had left my convertible roof cracked open as it was hot when I went to the grocery store. Approximately 6-8 inches open. I began driving home and was travelling at 45 mph when I heard the roof flip open and was flapping in the air. I quickly reduced my speed and was able to reach up and grab the roof to pull it back down. I held the roof down by hand for the remainder of the drive home until I could inspect the equipment. Upon closer inspection, the track slider on the passenger side has broken and does not respond to the motor when opening or closing the skyslider convertible roof. Also both pins holding in the roof to the track sliders had popped out of their mounting brackets. Had I been driving faster than 45 mph I'm sure there would have been more damage as I have read similar complaints here stating the same problem. This is a major safety issue and an extremely expensive repair, between $2,500 and $3,500. What if the roof were to fly off completely and harm my child in the backseat, or another person driving near me on the road at the same time?

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 032015


  • 100,000 miles


Was informed by my dealership that the crossmember that goes between the frame and holds the engine and transmission in place was rusted out and needed replacing. Was also informed that there was a recall for the part on 2007 Jeep patriots, but not on 2008 and I'd have to pay for the repair. Was told not to drive the vehicle until repaired as it was a serious safety issue!!. what choice did I have? I paid... through the nose for something that would have been covered had I bought a 2007 model. I was given this website to make a complaint. Additionally, have had issues with the door locks not working (pop up on their own while driving or parked) and automatic windows not always working (had to have have some "cylinder" for the electronics in the driver's side door replaced.) the "check engine" light still shows 'on' because a part that's on "backorder" in the back by where the gas is filled is rusted and needs replacing.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 122013


  • 50,000 miles
I purchased my Jeep from a private owner back in 10/2013. I thought I wrote a complaint out but I can not find it here. I have a 2008 Jeep Liberty with a roll back top. While driving with my grandson the top blew back and broke the clip broke when it flew back.. to fix, it will cost $2,000 to 2,500 dollars. It was out of warranty and Chrysler would not help me in any way I called Chrysler direct and a local dealer. I did not think it was the right thing to do being that I do not believe a roof she be able to blow off your vehicle. I could have been on a highway driving 50 or 60 miles per hour and that roof could have blown totally off my Jeep and really caused a problem. Extremely far as look at it this it is a huge defect.. I have driven many convertible cars and never had the roof blow back. Plus the noise factor is just awful. You cannot even hear someone speak with the top closed. The wind is just awful there design on this roof is dangerous and just plain awful!!

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 202014


  • 81,650 miles
Two claims filed per this complaint. 1) sky slider leak; failure - overhaul/replacement required due to track/cable failure. Was leaking into vehicle, as well as leaking into dome light. Inspected per Jeep authorized dealer, confirmed sky slider no longer properly sealing and has failed, requiring total system overhaul and replacement. Referencing various NHTSA documented claims, it already a known issue and in need of resolution.. I was responsible for paying all costs associated with repair, which was over $4000 total. Additionally, the vehicle has suffered a substantial drop in overall resale value due to vehicles reputation for having costly defects and overlooked for recall and warranty. Dealer performed repair at my expense, but I am currently requesting that this claim is properly reviewed for a proper, more cost-effective solution to defective unit. 2) vehicle suffers from temporary rough idle and significant drops in RPM's, nearly stalling itself out. Also begins suffering from intermittent loss of vehicle and device related functions such as loss of horn function, intermittent or partial lights function or window operation. On 2 different occasions while operating under the erratic conditions, the rear window hatch unlocked itself as though the button was hit on mfr. Key fob. These issue occurs randomly and typically last no more than 5 minutes before normal operation returns. Due to lack of information on the cause of this issue, what components are effected and what the specific defect is capable of performing, it is something needing to be looked into for proper resolution.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 012014


  • 82,000 miles
Sunroof leaking badly noticed a small amount earlier but lately has gotten worse. Headliner is stained from the leak. Drivers floorboard is wey from leak.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #7

Apr 042014


  • miles
1, all lights come on dash; check engine, 4WD, brake, ABS - all of them, each time I have it checked but the codes will not register stating not found 2. roof leaks at back of cargo area with heavy rain or when vehicle gets washed 3, when adding fuel, doesnt automatically stop and gas spews out all over 4. locks will randomly lock and unlock. 5. radio will stop and start

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 192013


  • 132,000 miles
The vehicle's lights, horn, wipers, radio will start flashing inexplicably. When turning off the motor it continues. 2-3 times the motor cut out too. This happens about 8-10 times a year.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 142013


  • miles
Replaced driver side door key lock, had to remove inner door pnl, (disconnected battery), after job was complete and started for first time, noticed that the (digital) dashboard odometer instead of showing mileage indicated the word "error". investigated on internet and discovered many other people are having same "error" message appear on odometer after disconnecting battery.

- Harper Woods, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 212013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 57,270 miles
Recently I received the safety recall N10 / NHTSA 13V-121 for my Jeep Liberty 2008. In June 20, I made contact with the flagship service department, in bayamon puerto rico at 787-620-5877. Some female verified my vehicle information and once confirmed made an appointment for next day ( June 21 ). at date of June 21, 9:30am once in the service department, mr [xxx] told me that was a mistake, a error, and said "your vehicle hasn't problems or recalls." My doubt with at some observations: Their question: "where did you buy the vehicle". ( I bought the vehicle at rocky motors, a small dealer) and the playview of a long row of Jeep Wrangler to be received for repairs by recalls. I felt displaced, and have my doubts about the information received. Please confirm and take notice, with this establishment, to be loyal to the safety related. At this date, I took the time, I have chance to get a vehicle to use during the vehicle recall repairs. Later in August, is late, there will be no chance, I work at 20 miles from home. If my vehicle need it, I need to repair now, or the service department should provide transportation. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Vega Alta, PR, USA

problem #3

Jan 012013

Liberty 4WD

  • 55,000 miles
Fuel burps out after gas pump clicks off.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 192011

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 38,900 miles
I have the slider sunroof and it flew backwards while going to work in September, 5 months after I had it. Took it to 3 car dealerships (one charged me $79 to look at it) to be told it had to be replaced and would be $2000. I requested help from Chrysler, the caseworker said she could help me and then I was denied. The slider sunroof is a hazard. I tried multiple things to have it repaired but there was no repair only to replace the whole thing. I had it strapped down, plastic and taped until I could get it fixed as with no top some water damage occurred and for a newer vehicle it looked terrible. While that worked for awhile the top again flew off totally just a few weeks ago. I turned it in to my insurance company as I did nothing to the top for it to malfunction as it did. I am getting it repaired now with so far just paying my deductible but am very worried it may happen again. It was a poor thought out idea as the top is just canvas with a few very small, thin metal rods that snapped apart when it flew backwards. I believe Chrysler should recall all the slider sunroofs and implement another idea for these. Also after seeing what they are made of and how these sunroofs are put together I don't believe they would protect very well if you did happen to flip the vehicle.

- Susquehanna, PA, USA

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