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:
40,276 miles

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2012 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 012020

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 15 miles


When driving through town the dash lights up completely with all the warnings coming on and the wipers turn on and won't turn off. The warnings include the brakes and airbags. This has happened 3 times in a few days. We had it diagnosed and they said it's the tipm module. This Jeep doesn't even have 100K miles yet and there are tons of reports of this issue online.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 282018


  • 60,800 miles
While driving on the highway at 70 mph, straight, flat road and the cruise control was set and the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own and I was unable to de-activate the cruise control with the buttons and it took 2 attempts applying the brake before it disengaged. This has happened twice, approx a month apart when I decided to try and use the cc again. This is a very disheartening situatioin to be in and even worse when you have our child in the car as I did.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #5

May 282017


  • 85,000 miles
For the past few months I have had electric issues with my car; I.e power doors lock/unlock doesn't work at all, back windshield wiper doesn't work, windows will not roll up, and dimming/flickering of interior/exterior lights which are all due to a faulty tipm. Which I have been informed is a very expensive fix. As of today as I was driving with cruise control on my car had a mind of it's own and accelerated to a higher speed revving the car up to 4000 rpms on a flat straight road. I tried to turn off and cancel cruise control on the steering wheel with which did nothing. I then pressed the break several times and again nothing. After having a complete panic attack and trying everything I could to turn cruise off it eventual went off on it's own. I have been made aware but other individuals having similar electric problems all caused by a faulty tipm. This is a very dangerous issue and there needs to be a recall. Is it going to take someone dying for Chrysler to care?

- Butler, GA, USA

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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