hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,018 miles

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2009 Jeep Liberty engine problems

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2009 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 222014

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 81,152 miles


While driving 55 mph down a busy road, my Liberty's engine shut down without warning. No warning lights lit up on the dash, oil was full, and it was running great just before the failure. Upon inspection at a Chrysler dealer it was determined that the #5 valve failed causing the engine to seize immediately. Cost to replace the engine was $6971. Chrysler nor mopar will admit that there is a problem with these engines, yet there was nothing I could have done to prevent the engine from seizing at 81,152 miles. Luckily I was able to get it off the road and stopped before I was hit by another vehicle. Liberty was 1, 152 miles over the power train warranty.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 072014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while coming to a stop, smoke and flames emitted from the engine. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department extinguished the fire. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 152014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 54,903 miles
Engine suddenly started running extremely rough, and making loud noises. Immediately pulled over and turned engine off. Waited a few minutes and attempted to restart engine, but again it made loud noise and wouldn't turn over. Had it towed to our mechanic. He told us rocker arm jammed, lifter and camshaft toasted, and head blew, and more than one cylinder is involved. He also told us this is the third Liberty engine he's had to replace for customers in the past few years - and that's in a community of less than 250,000 people.when I googled the issue I found many Liberty engine failures reported on several blogs - edmunds, cartalk, allpar, topix, ask, etc., but not on the NHTSA site. Don't know why people don't lodge complaints here first! regardless, we're now looking at ~$4000 repair/replacement on a well-maintained vehicle with less than 55K miles on it. We went to our local Jeep dealer, who told us the Jeep lifetime power train warranty doesn't cover the damage as we're the second owner. This is ridiculous. There is obviously a design flaw in the 3.7L engines that causes them to blow, and Chrysler/Jeep must be aware of it, and should replace the failed engines. If the engine had blown at freeway speeds it could have easily caused a dangerous safety issue resulting in a crash. NHTSA needs to investigate these engine failures!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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