definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,667 miles

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2003 Jeep Liberty drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 152002

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 Jeep Liberty purchased in 2002 has had problem since purchase. The vehicle acts like it is in 4-w drive when it isn't. when attempting to make even gentle turns there are loud cracking sounds and grinding noises. This does not happen all of the time and will go many months without the problem. There have been multiple witnesses to the noise and the hopping of the car when attempting to make the turns. Hopping is most evident when attempting to pull into a parking spot even when making a wide turn to avoid a hard/tight turn into the space. The noise and hopping again occur when trying to pull out of the parking space. This happens in 4-w drive as well as when out of 4-w drive. I have reported this to the dealer who does not record my complaint but only states that I can pay for a check of the transmission if I want. They stated that it was common for Jeep Liberty vehicles to hop and make this noise when in 4-w drive. Now that my car is out of warranty it has gotten worse and the problem was never fixed. Please investigate this problem before someone is killed. I lost a son last year. I cannot afford to have my transmission, transfer case, etc. Repaired because I am struggling financially. Just recently the light has stayed on stating I am in part-time 4-w even though I am not. The perform service light has stayed on ever since the very first service on my vehicle in 2002. The dealer does not fix anything. During one service the vehicle bolts were left off and I was told that the car didn't really need those they were just to prevent rattling. They also charged me for a fuel and air filter during a service which was not put on my car. When taking my car to the Firestone dealer the very next day to have tires put on they showed me my filters (still on the car) and told me to report it. The dealer is the lithia Chrysler Jeep dealer located at 3223 mill street in reno, Nevada. They should be investigated as to unethical practices.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #2

Jan 022004

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Ball joint failure three times. Emergency brake on five speed never has worked properly. Replace engine at 70,000. Now the card end joint for the four-wheel drive is not working correctly. My biggest complaint is the ball joint failure for the third time. This issue also causes chain reactions in the tires I have had three sets of tires wear uneven and I wrote the company the first time to complain and got no response. I use my Jeep to make my income and do not trust it any more. I do not recommend this vehicle to any one and will not pass it on to any family member.

- Elk, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032005

Liberty 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in four wheel drive the vehicle went out of control when the brakes were applied. Manufacturer was contacted, but the cause was undetermined. For approx 1 year there were 16 separate incidents that occurred while vehicle was in 4 wheel drive. At 25-45 mph vehicle spun out of control. Driving one direction vehicle spun to the opposite direction.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

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