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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: Easy to read control panel/remote control for the back window

    Cons: Reaching over the tire to get into the back.

    Advice: Drive one, it's worth it.

    My husband and I wanted a new vehicle. What we wanted was a 4x4, with towing ability and a comfortable ride. That was a challenge. My husband and I searched out everything from A to Z, test drove them as well. somethings were too mushy, others were too truck like. While on our search and distroy mission my husband looked at a Liberty, then he asked if I liked the way it looked. I was taken by the look. We went on a test drive and we were sold. It has a smooth ride, not too mushy and not too truck like. It responds well to stepping on it in traffic conditions. We towed a trailer with it and it was just great, the ride didn't change at all, still smooth. Can't wait for a good snow, then we can play with the 4 wheel drive!

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x4

    Pros: remote opening rear door.

    Cons: That the head lights do not have day light running lights and you have to remember to turn them off when you park.

    Advice: Get the V-6 engine.

    I have driven this vehicle in all kinds of freeway and city driving and it has been wonderful. It has plenty of power for merging onto freeways. I have towed a small trailer and the tow package worked great. The fit and finish of the vehicle is excellent. I have truly enjoyed the Liberty and am looking forward to the first snow, so I can try out the four wheel drive.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (400A) 4x4

    Pros: Mid-sized truck and power

    Cons: Sickening drivetrain quality

    Advice: Dodge the Dodge! Don't buy it!

    Initially, the truck was great. It's a mid-sized truck which means it's a narrow version of a full-sized truck. This is good in city conditions. Power is great, which was also a deciding factor. The rear differential had to be rebuilt (under warranty) at about 8,000 miles. The transferred case had to be rebuilt (not under warranty) at about 36,000 miles. The transmission gave out at 53,000. One might think that the drive train fell apart under abuse, but I've had GM vehicles go 200,000 to 300,000 miles with only expected maintenance. Unfortunately, Dodge has all the modern quality assurance practices of 1935. I will never again buy another Chrysler product!

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x2

    Pros: Power/acceleration, and the raised view.

    Cons: Not being able to find the options I want in my area.

    Advice: If you want rugged, w/power and comfort, this is it.

    Although everything on the Internet says that both engines are available in the 5-speed manual, the dealer (just north of Philadelphia) said that they won't be avaliable until the end of the year. Having driven sticks for the last eight years, I was leery of what kind of power and acceleration differences the automatic transmission would have. Now that I've test-driven 3.7L V6, I'm not worried at all. The acceleration from standing-still and the passing power were the same as my current car (3.1L V6 5-speed manual Chevy Cavalier), if not better. And the ride was nice and smooth, especially over all the potholes in my area. The only negatives - the view out of the rear-view mirror is tiny (get used to looking over your shoulder), and, if you're used to anti-lock brakes, you definitely want to get them as an option with the Liberty. Other than that, it's a GREAT vehicle.

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x2

    Pros: I like the good view of the road and the cup holders in the back doors.

    Cons: The tire in the center of the back door.

    Advice: Test drive other vehicles and you'll appreciate the Liberty design.

    I really like the way the Liberty looks and feels. It is a sporty vehicle. CUDOS to the Jeep designers.

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2

    Pros: THE RADIO CONTROLS ON THE BACK OF THE STEERING WHEEL

    Cons: THEY DON'T COME WITH STEPS

    Advice: IF YOU WANT TO BE NOTICED THIS IS THE TRUCK FOR YOU

    I LOVE MY NEW LIBERTY THE HANDLING IS GREAT THE RIDE IS COMFY AND THE LOOK IS VERY DIFFERENT . ALTHOUGH I DID NOT GET A GREAT DEAL ON THE LIBERTY IT IS WELL WORTH THE MONEY I'M ONLY DISSAPOINTED THEY DIDN'T OFFER THE SUNROOF THIS EARLY .

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2

    Pros: Door locks at 15mph

    Cons: Ride was a little bouncy, but it is a truck after all. I was just used to the feel of my Honda Accord. I have since gotten used to the ride and find it to be comparable to my Chevy Blazer.

    Advice: Drive the Cherokee first then the Liberty. This will give you an appreciation of how much jeep has improved the ride of the vehicle.

    Drives as good as the Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4, and the engine has more guts.