really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,424 miles

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2008 Jeep Liberty steering problems

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2008 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #9

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 #8

Jul 062015


  • 86,100 miles
Driving on the freeway at 70mph when the ac compressor seized and blew the bearings out. Oil got on belt which caused it to slip on power steering pulley which slightly increased steering effort. Ac compressor is used to operate defogger. Since ac compressor is broken, defogger will not work and visibility may not meet federal standards depending on weather.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 132014


  • 90,000 miles
Bad clock spring located in steering column, effects many things including airbag. Extremely expensive to replace and have found it is a very common issue.

- Warrensburg, MO, USA

problem #6

Aug 012014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


When ever I turn the wheel, I hear a pop. It is getting louder now with age.the auto technician that checked did show me the bushings and they looked wore out. Just new control arm 's cost about $400 for both left and right. I did not ask about the labor charge.

- Wales, WI, USA

problem #5

Apr 162014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
February 2014: Opened my car with the key when the fob wouldn't work. Horn and radio blared, both front and rear windshield wipers turned on, in addition to all dashboard lights. Continued for 10 minutes until battery was disconnected. In that time, the car would not start. After 5 minutes, the battery was reconnected and the car started without issue. April 2014: While turning into a gas station, my Jeep completely stopped. After waiting 2 minutes it started again. I took it to my local mechanic who cleaned corrosion around the battery. 2 weeks later, I was driving on a 3 lane highway, began to decelerate and at approximately 25mph, the Jeep's engine turned off. At the same time, all of the dashboard lights turned on in addition to the horn and windshield wipers. Thankfully I was able to coast to the shoulder without incident, where the Jeep continued the same behavior for about 10 minutes, and then abruptly stopped. The car would not start again until the battery was disconnected and then reconnected. I brought it to a Chrysler dealer that evening and detailed the issues. They monitored it for 3 days, but ultimately returned the car stating they could not find any issues but could replace module for almost $1000! May 2014: Replaced the battery and had minimal issues including windshield wipers randomly starting and stopping, but no horn or shut down issues, until... June 2014: A similar incident occurred that mirrored the April deceleration incident. At this point I disconnected my horn--a safety issue, but the blaring was becoming increasingly inconvenient. A week later the car turned off while pulling into a parking space. When I exited the the store and attempted to start the car, it started without incident. Since June, the Jeep has only exhibited minor issues such as the windshield wipers randomly starting, but it's only a matter of time.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 092013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 55,400 miles
Vehicle was making a whining noise when turning. I had the car checked and the power steering fluid was low. It was discovered that this car is leaking power steering fluid onto the rack and pinion. Along with this, the airbag light is coming on. I believe that this may be related to the latest recall concerning the heat shield. Jeep refuses to add my car to the recall list and I am sure this is directly related.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 132013


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving 55 mph the steering wheel became unresponsive and the vehicle crashed into a guard rail, flipped over twice and landed in an embankment. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact had to be cut out of the vehicle. She suffered a cut on her neck, several abrasions, bruises, and various other injuries to her back. Two days after the crash she received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 13V121000 (air bags, power train, structure). The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

May 102010


  • 48,819 miles
Vehicle feels loose in rear, sways at 40 mph and gets worst at higher speeds steering wheel shakes when braking grooves on roadways hard to handle.

- Tobyhanna, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 192008


  • 6,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Liberty. While driving 45 mph, the brakes, vehicle speed control, and steering locked up, but the vehicle maintained its speed. The vehicle did not stall. The contact shifted into park and skid off the road. The failure occurred at least three times on November 19, 2008. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but they could not find any failures. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure mileage was 6,500.

- Aurora, CO, USA

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