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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!
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.
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.
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 YOUI 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 .
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.
Pros: High view of the road
Cons: obstructive view when backing up/decreased cargo space
Advice: Test drive the 2001 Cherokee and run with the incentivesIt drives like a truck, bouncy and stiff. View of the road is similar to the Ram, a higher view to look at traffic ahead. Backing up is difficult due to the high seat backs that prevent a clear view behind. Overall look reminds me of the old Isuzu Trooper with a shorter body. It is a far cry from the sleek appearance of the Cherokee. Cargo space is limited, and the high floor decreases the height of space. The steering wheel is tight and obstructs view of the control panel. The dealer representative commented that she is doubtful that this model will ever match the Cherokee, that it is a poor replacement. Operating the rear hatch door is a joke, having to open the swing out door first and then having the top window section sail up into the air high above. The fun starts with the closing process. Allow room when parking back to front of other cars in the parking lot. As you open the gate door with the full size spare sitting on it, you will need to get out of its path to avoid getting dirty. We opted for a left over 2001 new Cherokee to replace our 1998 model. We did change the color to Silverstone, but love the Cherokee and could not help enjoying the dealer and manufacturer incentives to stay with the Cherokee.
Pros: The fact that it remains a Jeep - worth the value. Good appearance.
Cons: Seems to be tough on gas milage.
Advice: Watch for incentivesAfter owning an all new designed Jeep Wrangler, and a Jeep Cherokee Sport, which I was very fond of, I was skeptical that the new Liberty could do better than that long lived Cherokee. I found myself reconsidering that though. The Liberty has a very smooth, quiet interior ride, and handles much like a sporty sports sedan would handle. The interior is large and roomy, but would like to see more cargo space in the rear. The Bose 6-speaker sound system in the one I test drove was nice, and enjoyed the on-wheel radio controls. The insturment panel is easy to read, and you can see Jeep is going for a luxury SUV approach with the design. The exterior was surprising, but grew on me more and more as I drove the vehicle around town, getting many many looks and ganders. I wish Jeep would come with the 5-speed a little sooner, I want to compare the 5-speed with the auto. The O/D auto is quick, and responds nicely when going up a steep hill. I think the Lberty is going to be my next vehicle purchase .