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Pros: sun roof
Cons: brake wearI have used this vehicle in 5 winters and has done excellent.
Cons: interior finishing
Advice: When you test drive never do it in the city, go off road and enjoy it.The drive is very confortable in highway, the mileage per gallon is not the best but I am happy with that. It has a really tough construction that allows you to ride off road without any disturbance and very silent operation. I think you will feel good even if you want it ONLY for the city.
Cons: Glove Box
Advice: Get at least the V 6 engine. Dont trade in or put money down. Check out EVERYTHING.Handles well. Solid built. Nice overall feel. Air conditioner blows strong and frezing cold. Drivers seat is very comfortable. Glove box is tiny. Have had no problems yet. Gas mileage is not the greatest nor the worst.
Pros: Quality feel
Cons: Gas mileage and the world's smallest glove compartment
Advice: Make sure this vehicle is on your list if you are looking at small SUV's.This is the first SUV I've ever owned. I've always been a car guy. I do like the tall commanding view of the Liberty. It's taller than other small SUV's and as tall, if not taller than most mid-size or full-size SUV's. The Liberty has a solid feel. It's smooth driving and very comfortable for my 6'1' 210 lb. body. I got the leather seats, CD changer and Sirius radio. I'm really enjoying driving it. I could do with some more storage space and the glove compartment is a joke. I've been getting about 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. I wish that was a little higher but overall, I highly recommend the Liberty. I also test drove a Mazda Tribute. It didn't feel as well built and I could feel the body sway in hard turns. I also test drove a Toyota Rav4. I liked it a lot but the price was too high and it didn't seem like it was a better vehicle than the Liberty
Cons: Gas mileage.
Advice: Be prepared to pay for gasNice size cockpit. All controls are well placed. Cargo space is a bit small, but I love the overall smal size of the vehicle. There is plnty of cargo space with rear seats down. The ride is solid without being too stiff. The front bucket seats absorb the bumps well, but are a bit too narrow. I'm only 5'8'' and weigh 160 lbs. Anyone larger would have a hard time with the narrow seats. The highway ride has a lot of wind noise over 60 mph. The EPA sticker boasts 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. After 6 months and 8000 miles (primarily highway) I can't get over 16 mpg (3.7 ltr automatic).
Pros: drop down back seats for cargo
Cons: factory tires are bad
Advice: upgrade tireschrome interior. You sit up higher than a car, the comfort level is good, you can put three bikes in the back, tow a small boat, and the gas millage is better than a larger SUV or truck. I really enjoy owning this vehicle.
Pros: Looks and power
Advice: Look at something else. don't let its cute 'jeepish' looks suck you in.900 bucks for a new transmission computer on my 2002 at the Stealership! Only 70 k miles. Piss-poor mileage on the 3.7. Did well in a crash though to its credit. Tranny acting up again, holding my breath. Would not buy again.