definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,574 miles

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2003 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 182010


  • 45 miles


I've replaced three front drive shafts on my Liberty sport within a years time. This Jeep isn't abused and is driven in the correct mode for the road conditions. The belief is that the four wheel drive will not disengage properly but no one seems able to find the root cause of these malfunctions. I basically have no "shift on the fly", and must be stopped with the vehicle in neutral when engaging or disengaging any four wheel drive mode. Sometimes it requires many attempts to fully disengage! if unable to disengage the four wheel drive, even full time mode, the front drive shaft comes "unglued" where it connects to the transfer case and basically makes the vehicle unsafe and unable to drive until the front drive shaft is removed, which in turn nullifies the four wheel drive feature.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010


  • 110,000 miles
Vehicle: 2003 Liberty ltd with 110,000 miles. Upon acceleration from a dead stop, or when coasting then accelerating, or shifting under light-to-neutral throttle, there is a noticeable clunk from the rear differential, similar to a worn universal joints. Took it to the dealer and found that the spider gears were extremely worn creating abnormal clearances. The dealer stated that this is a common problem with the 2003 model (others?). this is likely due to a poor design or materials. Broken or dislodged spider gears have the potential to seize the rotating assembly and send the vehicle into an uncontrolled skid. Parts ordered aftermarket to be installed on a date tbd.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

May 272003

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64 miles
New 2003 Jeep Liberty with 64 odometer miles has extreme vibration when driving between 45-55 mph. The dealership replaced the front and rear driveshafts, but this did not correct the problem. I have been without my new vehicle for 5 business days.

- Northampton, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 072003

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187 miles
While driving between 40 - 55 mph, vehicle driveline severly vibrates.

- Glasco, NY, USA

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