really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,073 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #18

May 252002


  • 50,000 miles


2002 Jeep Liberty limited. I have replaced the engine, rebuilt the 4 -wheel drive shaft, replaced the A/C condenser and coil, and now the radio, dome lights, power locks are broken. The blower motor resistor has been replaced but now the blower motor is broken. What a lemon from day one. Latches on hatch not working correctly, mold smell from A/C. it is something all the time with this vehicle.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

problem #17

Feb 282008


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had the Jeep Liberty since 02. Right before the vehicle reached 100,000 the rear passenger side lock began to make odd noise when using auto locked to unlock. Then after arriving to 100,000 my speedometer when hay wire (when im going 60mph it says im going 0). Now beneath the glove compartment its falling apart...its makes me wonder...is that why there warranty is only up to 100,000?

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #16

May 292007

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Jeep Liberty. While driving 55 mph in wet conditions, the headlights, interior lights, windshield wipers, door locks, and speedometer all stopped operating. However, the vehicle was still running at the time of failure. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who stated that the computer module chip was faulty. The current and failure mileages were 42,000.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #15

Feb 142007


  • miles


2002 Jeep Liberty. Consumer started to smell fumes he pulled over onto the left berm and the vehicle caught on fire. The consumer stated 3 weeks prior he had new brakes and a starter installed. (Ohio traffic crash report)

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #14

Mar 242007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,879 miles
While driving vehicle shut off! no power.steering, no power brakes! nothing. First time fixed at dealer, problem was told to be a speed sensor. Vehicle now sits at another dealer 40 miles from owner's home awaiting to here what now. This needs to be resolved soon before an accident happens. 2002 Jeep Liberty.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #13

Jan 012007

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
- the contact received recall 06V288000 for the 2002 Jeep Liberty concerning lower ball joints. The contact complained about the effect that the ball joint had on the tires. The contact stated that no matter what speed she was driving at, but usually at about 15 mph she felt and heard the suspension in the car shifting whenever she hit a bump. The contacts complaint was that after one and a half years the tires were completely bald. The contact stated that this was directly related to the safety recalls on the ball joints. Also, the contact stated that on 11/2005 she lost control of the vehicle after making a turn. After taking the vehicle for service, the contact learned from the dealer that all of the steering fluid leaked out, and the power steering belt split in half. The contact would like to have the tires replaced under the recall as well. Updated 2/7/2007 - the consumer's vehicle experience extended crank time to start. The dealer replaced eh fuel pump and fuel pump reservoir. The lap belt in the rear seat became twisted. When the vehicle was put into reverse the consumer hear a noise. The dealer made repairs to the transmission. The lighter was inoperative.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #12

Dec 272005

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 42,942 miles


2002 Liberty sport solenoid assembly had to be replaced.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #11

Apr 102006

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Interior lights come on at various times. Sometimes when blinker is engaged, sometimes when put into gear, sometimes, just while driving down the road. And even when I open the windows or moonroof. Electrical in nature it is scary to have interior lights come on at night...

- Lake Grove , NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 142006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,266 miles
Speedometer again became erratic and then inop. Cruise control inop and engine light came on. Took car to dealer and just made it when engine cut out completely sensor replaced again second time was charged $91.44!!!!

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #9

May 202006

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
I was driving my 02 Jeep Liberty down the interstate passing a 18 wheeler at 75 mph when my headlights, speedometer, and interior lights turned off. I ended up slamming on my brakes and moving my car to the side. I then had to drive 50 miles while holding my brights in, and my flashers on. After the fact, I replaced a few fuses, and that worked for about a month. Then, once a gain, the same thing happened, and this time there was nothing wrong with the fuses. To this day, my car is parked.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #8

Aug 082005

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The speedometer quit and the engine shut down. This happened while driving. The consumer has taken vehicle to the dealer multiple times for this problem. They have replaced the rear out put sensor at least ten times. The most recent time this occurred was on 8-8-05. The problem occurred at a variety of speeds. There are no other known problems with the vehicle at this time. During the last repair the dealer replaced the rear wheel speed sensor in the wiring harness.

- Steele, KY, USA

problem #7

Feb 012005

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving check engine light illuminated. Vehicle completely shut down. The odometer stopped working. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told the O-2 sensor had to be replaced, and they replaced them, which did not fix the problem. Consumer took the vehicle back, dealer then replaced the computer. However, the problem recurred.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Jul 152004

Liberty 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2002 Jeep Liberty has had numerous electrical failures. It just dies... the speedometer ground went, the locks played havoc, I have returned the vehicle 6 times to get fixed and they cannot find the problem. Daimler Chrysler even sent a "technician" to fix the problem... my Jeep still sits dead in the driveway at least once every three weeks. I then found out that there were electrical problems before I purchased this very same vehicle, brand new. Conclusion, daimler Chrysler cannot and or will not help me with this, everyone is constantly on vacation and cannot give me any answers. They drug their feet with me bringing in the Jeep leaving it for days at a time, and now I can't even do lemon law. Since my time expired 9 nine days ago and daimler Chrysler drug their feet, saying that they would fix the problem.

- Crystal River, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 292004

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While my dealer was test driving my Jeep Liberty the dash went dead. This had not happened before. I did have a multi-function arm replaced last year because the dashboard lights were flickering and no problems since then. The truck has also pulled to the right since I bought it. The dealer performed multiple alignments at that time and it is still not fixed.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #4

Jan 192004

Liberty 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
2002 Jeep Liberty -- plugs foul monthly. No power. Acts like it's running on 3 cylinders. Autoworld South glens falls dealer would only replace plugs, told by them that Chrysler would not reimburse them for trying to find out what was wrong. Dealer refused to return phone calls. Car runs like an old lemon. Now new dealership is going to replace spark plugs and wires. It will probably still run like a covered wagon.

- Hagaman, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 072003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving electrical system stopped functioning, causing the vehicle to lose brake power/power steering/lights, and engine stalling. Dealer has not determined the cause of problem.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 182003

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,744 miles
The entire electrical system in my 2002 Jeep Liberty limited went haywire. The horn stuck on, the back glass window popped open, the signal relay was buzzing, the door open bell was ringing, and the speedometer was dead, all while I was doing 60 mph on a highway.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 262002

Liberty 4WD

  • miles
Major electrical system, indentified by dealer as 'body controller' electrical unit, failed without warning. As a result, key safety equipment failed to work, including headlights, windshield wipers, power door locks, tailgate latch. Other systems, not obvious to owner, also might have been affected.

- Mclean, VA, USA

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