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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,150 miles

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2012 Jeep Liberty steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 182015


  • 38,900 miles


I started off by driving down hill on highway 40. All vehicle lights lit up on dashboard, enging stalled, no brakes or steering. I shifted the vehicle to neutral and was able to come to a stop on the shoulder of the road when the vehicle started up the next hill. No turns, the road was straight. Turned the key off and restarted the vehicle, and the Jeep ran fine. Later that day in a parking lot, the same thing happened. Started the vehicle, started to pull out of the parking lot, all of the dashboard lights came on, the engine stalled and had no brakes or steering. Placed the vehicle in neutral until the Jeep came to a stop, turned the key off, then restarted the vehicle and the Jeep ran ok until we got home.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 182015

Liberty 4WD 6-cyl

  • 46,700 miles
I was pulling out of a parking lot when my steering wheel locked up and I couldn't turn the wheel anywhere causing to drive on the curb and hit a fire hydrant.

- Fairfield , CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 072014

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
It happened a few times but the last time she was turning at a light and when keys swung the ignition shut off causing her to lose power steering and she hit another vehicle. The ignition is very touchy - just by barely touching the keys it shuts off. I am afraid for my daughter's safety driving this vehicle.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 272012


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the power steering seized without warning. The contact was able to move the vehicle from the roadway and have the vehicle towed to an authorized dealer. The dealer stated that there was a leak on the seal of the rack and pinion. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 4,000.

- Winnemucca, NV, USA

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