really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,265 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty brakes problems

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 192013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts were not available. The dealer did not know when the parts would be available. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Ionia, MI, USA

problem #20

Sep 062009


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty sport. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph. The anti-lock brake system and brake warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and suddenly the speedometer became nonfunctional. The contact stated that the electrical wires to the blower motor overheated as a result to the wiring harness. The dealer was notified of the failure and stated that the labor fee would be $87 an hour. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #19

Oct 092009


  • 135,000 miles
2002 Jeep Liberty speed sensor failure causes speedometer to stop working, engine to die while driving, loss of powersteering, loss of brakes, steering wheel locks up.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #18

Mar 102009


  • 98,000 miles


Had just purchased a Jeep Liberty used --first time I drove it on a wet road-I was braking as usual at a red light--the car skidded and swerved 40 feet, finally stopping but not before I had to very off the road to avoid hitting the car in front of me --I was only going 30-35 miles an hour when I started braking--I was terrified by the fact that the car would not stop and could only imagine what would have happened under different circumstances!! --took the car into the Jeep dealership--they said the brakes were fine --I had new tires put on the car --even though the dealership said the tires were fine too --the second time -(--wet road)--I was going about 25 miles and hour and lightly braked ----car slid instead of stopping---same day---now very cautious, I carefully hit the brakes when a car quite a distance ahead of me pulled out --again--I was only going about 35mph---fortunately I started braking the second I saw him because the car skidded 30-40 feet at least, turning toward the right, and finally stopped 3 car lengths before I would have hit this car in the driver side door ---had I not had the previous incident just minutes before ---I would have been going 60 miles an hour and not been able to avoid an accident--I went online today --there are numerous similar complaints with Jeep Liberty's--one person refers to her Liberty as a death trap--another man said his wife complained of this and he didn't believe her until he skidded through an intersection going only 20 mph!!! someone else, knowing this problem, simply traded his vehicle to an unsuspecting buyer ---this defect is frightening!!!! this is a car I rarely drive-- fortunately because now I can't take it on the road for fear of having a serious accident!!

- Houma, La , LA, USA

problem #17

Apr 152008

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was attempting to stop, going downhill on a day it had rained but was no longer raining. I had my 4 year old daughter in the car the day of this incident. I applied the brakes to stop because another car was making a left hand turn at the end of the hill and the vehicle started to slide I was going approximately 25 miles an hour, and luckily started to stop in time because I slide almost 50 feet and turned the wheel sharply to avoid the car. The Jeep never came to a stop the car turned and was able to let off the brakes. The Jeep has done this on several occasion prior and I thought I need brakes and that them replaced. This happened after I had new brakes put on.

- Rockton, IL, USA

problem #16

Apr 212006

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,260 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. On April 21, 2006, while driving uphill at 5 mph, the vehicle surged and rear ended the preceding vehicle. The contact was charged with failure to yield. The mechanic stated that the brakes and the brake rotors failed. Prior to the crash, she received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 06V288000 (suspension:front:control arm: Lower ball joint) in October of 2006. She made four attempts to have the recall repair performed; however, each time she was informed that the part was unavailable and the dealer would call her when it arrived. The contact never received a call and gave up. A couple of months after the crash, she received a second recall notice. The contact believes that the crash occurred because the repair was not made earlier. The vehicle sustained damages to the bumper, fog lights, front bumper cover, grill, front lamp, head lamp, passenger side head lamp assembly, hood panel, hood assembly, front passenger side wiring harness, passenger side outside fender, passenger side fender bracket, front passenger side door glass running channel, hazardous waste disposal, paint job, and fender brackets. The cost to repair the damages would be $3,759. The current mileage was 89,682 and failure mileage was 61,260. Updated 01/07/08. Updated 12/31/07

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #15

Aug 012003

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


When braking, left brake sticks and jerks vehicle to the left. Extremely dangerous at highway speeds. Almost causing several accidents. Brakes have been serviced several times. Replacing rotors, and pads at dealership. Condition lessens after being serviced but continually worsens over time.

- Clinton, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 262007

(reported on)

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ltr in regards to the recall services on her 2002 Jeep Liberty; she is seeking reimbursement and recommendations on how to resolve repairs done to her vehicle. The consumer stated the vehicle has a bad vibration when coming to a stop. The consumer was told the tires needed to be balanced and rotated, however the consumer continued to feel the vibration after the work was done. The consumer was informed the brakes and rotors had rusted. The wiper blades were replaced. The drivers side speaker was making a rattling noise.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #13

Aug 022007

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. He stated that his daughter's vehicle was included as part of a recall (NHTSA campaign #03V460000) for the lower ball joint. The vehicle has been repaired twice. The contact felt that the upper ball joint was damaged due to a torn rubber pad. The mechanic stated that the brakes on the vehicle were inappropriate based on the weight of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 182006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
: the contact stated having problems with the brakes. The problem started after the vehicle was repaired at the dealership, for a NHTSA recall, # 06V288000, regarding the suspension: Front: Control arm: Lower ball joint. While driving 10 mph on normal road conditions, the brakes did not respond, no matter how far the brake pedal was depressed, the brake pedal went all way down to the floor and pulled the vehicle to the right. There were no warning signals prior to the incident. The vehicle was not taken to a dealership. The dealership was contacted, and would not offer a repair without charges.

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #11

Oct 032006

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles


Took my car in to dealer for an oil change and recent recall installation, was told my front brakes had about 1,000 miles left, this at 53,00 miles. Took car to meinike for a 2nd opinion and front drums could be reground but rear brakes were shot, mechanical failure, either bad parts or incorrect installation. I am first owner and drive 14 miles to work, top speed 35 mph due to back roads and traffic. 5 speed standard transmission. Replaced rear brakes. No warning sounds. Dealer unsympathetic. Not willing to look at damaged brake parts, which I kept.

- Bethel, CT, USA

problem #10

Sep 292006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at low speeds on wet roads, there was an increased stopping distance. Although the problem persisted, the dealer and manufacturer were not alerted.

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #9

Sep 012006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Disc brakes emit a "popping"/"clicking" noise when brake pedal is depressed. Noise is intermittent. No accident or crashes reported at this time. Vehicle was inspected by daimler-Chrysler dealership, noting problem could not be duplicated, therefore problem could not be resolved. Problem still persists to this day.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #8

May 182006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph, something in the front end differential broke. I have had numerous problems with this vehicle. I'm on my 3rd set of tires. The brakes have been replaced 3 times. It's in the shop more than it is out.

- Dickson, TN, USA

problem #7

Sep 012004

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer has had to replace shocks, drive shaft, brakes and all four tires since purchase. The tires were worn and the noisy were struts, a constant thumping sound was heard when the vehicle was in motion, creaking noise were coming from the front of the vehicle when going over bumps due to the front sway bar bushings, the regulator on the passenger door was noisy, the handle on the passenger door was loose, grinding noise on the front passenger side, the passenger front door's weather strip was coming off, loud noise coming from the rear differential bearings, excessive play in the front tie ends, water under the driver's side carpet, rattling in the speaker on the passenger side, when in 4th high and 4th low, the vehicle felt as if it were in neutral, the cigarette lighter was inoperative, the was a squeak in the steering wheel when turning, the engine idled loud, the vehicle would jump when shifting into gear, there was a delay when braking, the axle boot was leaking.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 042004

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a loud noise coming from the rear and vehicle vibrated. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the rear coil springs needed to be replaced due to worn out parts. The brakes made noise when applied. The blower motor for the heat failed and the A/C was inoperative.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,920 miles
Consumer was driving after having the ball joints repaired on a recall. While driving home consumer was without brakes, she was able to stop the vehicle without incident. Vehicle was towed back to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the brake fluid leaked out and the brake caliper joint had worked itself loose. Vehicle was repaired.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 152004

(reported on)

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
While driving on damp roads the brakes failed to stop the vehicle which resulted in extended stopping distance. This problem has almost caused several rear end collisions.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #3

Sep 122003

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,394 miles
This vehicle has a recurring braking condition. The front brakes lock-up when normal to moderate brake pressure is applied while driving on wet pavement. The result is that it sends the vehicle into a slide. The lock-up is more likely to happen on asphalt than concrete, and has not been noted, yet, on dry surfaces. The vehicle's brake system has been tested by the selling dealership and reported to be working correctly and safe. After this latest incident, I took the Jeep to an empty parking lot where I would not hit anything. I checked it at several different speeds, and at just 15 mph and with normal to moderate brake pressures, the brakes would lockup; rendering no control until the brake was released. When I released the brake, the Jeep would immediately continue in the direction the wheels were pointed. I am 60, driven all types of vehicles and in many different location over the world, and to date, have never seen a vehicle respond this way. There is definitely something wrong and I feel that an examination, more in depth than the dealership can perform, is needed to isolate the cause. I am fearful for my wife and grandchildren safety, and besides reporting the condition, would like to know if NHTSA has a facility in this area that could conduct additional testing of this nature. And if so, what would be the cost?

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 042003


  • miles
When the consumer placed the key in the ignition, the vehicle failed to turn over, it was discovered the started had failed. The brakes made a noise when they were applied. The dash made a rattle noise when the weather was cold.

- Medford, MA, USA

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