Notes: On August 16th, 2012 Jeep stopped production of the the Jeep Liberty, marking the end of a troublesome journey for the SUV.

All in all, the 2012 Liberty actually excels off-road, but since 99% of drivers never take this thing off pavement, that becomes somewhat of a moot point. The Liberty suffers from the worst fuel economy in its class (16/22 MPG) and offers an uncomfortable ride with suspect braking ability.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,029 miles

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2012 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 162015


  • 99,000 miles


Electric start has not been connecting. This morning I went to drive the car. Cannot drive accelerator is stuck. Cannot drive vehicle.

- Millburn, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 032014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
On 3 different occasions, first one driving on 95 from New York on December 3, 2014, I put on cruise control and car accelerated out of my control, brakes didn't work and I had to cross over lanes and tried everything to stop car, drove in to a ditch and car died, wouldn't restart for hours. The second time was March 6 2015 in Florida, I was just driving along and the car just got out from under me at a very fast speed and I couldn't stop it, I threw it into park and the car died and the ignition just kept doing a clicking noise, left it over night because it wouldn't start, had to have it flatbed away, the car started the next day"? now on April 3rd 2015 it happened when I was going 3 miles an hour in my parking lot and the Jeep accelerated and I drove straight between 2 parked cars and over a handicap sign to stop, now it has been sitting since Friday in to a parking spot that my neighbors helped me push it in to, I could of been killed or hurt others. This car is in pristine condition, well maintained and low mileage...who can help me??"

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 182013

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, he accelerated and merged into another lane when the accelerator pedal would not disengage. The contact pulled the floor mat and removed it from the floor board and noticed that the accelerator pedal had dropped to the floor board. The RPM reading continued to increase as the failure occurred. The contact then kicked the pedal various times until the pedal disengaged. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to the three different dealers for diagnosis however, none of the technicians were able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 022012

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 115 miles
Vehicle has a eco-mode to reserve excessive fuel usage. When traveling at a speed to exceed 45 mph the vehicle reacts with a bad vibration and shake as if there is a flat tire or something. When coming to a complete stop the vehicle shakes as if there is a defect with the rotors or brakes. When taking off, there is a kick when attempting to first accelerate especially at a traffic stop/intersection. Vehicle has been serviced at the sport durst Chrysler Jeep in durham nc and it has been declared as "drone mode which is unknown cause of issue- unrepairable." Service department conferenced with Chrysler Corp. Customer service and has concluded that vehicle is recommended for buy back under lemon laws. No further action has yet been taken. Vehicle is currently unsafe and undriveable. Need another vehicle immediately.

- Durham, NC, USA

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