– 2002 Jeep Liberty Review

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Earlier this year, we you the preview and lowdown on Jeep’s new Known internally to the Jeep as the KJ, the Liberty came at nearly the time as the final run of the beloved Though Jeep swears the KJ is not a for the XJ, the timing would surely say and the Liberty certainly fits in the niche of the market.

Note: the Liberty has actually taken the Cherokee name.

There has a lot of discussion in the four-wheeling community the Liberty and whether or not it deserves to the Jeep badge. The main for this banter is Jeep’s from a solid axle in Instead, the Jeep engineers chosen an all-new independent suspension (IFS), which not go over very well the … crowd because of its low amount of flex.

But just because the front end has IFS that mean it’s not of the Jeep badge? Does mean that the Liberty is not of taking you to the off-road destinations like to reach? If you ask anyone at they’ll surely tell you no.

Of they are tyring to sell you a new right?

Leave to us! We decided we to find out the answers for ourselves, so we up Jeep and had them send us a to play with. The timing was as we wanted to head up to Monteagle, for the Southern Four Wheel Association’s quarterly meeting and event.

All About the 2002 Liberty

we tell you about our experiences the Liberty, let’s talk the truck a little.


The comes standard with a lb.-ft torque, 2.4L motor, however, the optional Power Tech V6 is the only way to go, as far as concerned. The 3.7L is a brand new for Jeep – sort of. it is very much the same as the Grand Cherokee’s 4.7L two cylinders lopped off.

on the Sport and standard on the Limited, new motor churns out 210HP at rpm and 235 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 which gives the Liberty the ratings in its class. Of course, numbers come at the high end of the where most of us don’t most of our time, so don’t a speed demon.

Jeep tells us that the shares many features its big brother. Chain-driven overhead provide long-term durability and Premium gaskets and seals are throughout, which are said to in a completely dry motor on the outside.

No are expected, not only saving on wear but also helping to our environment, as well.

A gear-driven shaft is used to help engine vibrations and an active sensor system places on each cylinder bank to mid-range performance, even the recommended 87 octane fuel.

The on claims 16 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway. our week of testing, we averaged 19 or 20 combined.

Lastly, the 3.7L runs a 136 amp (124 amps in the 2.4L) and an tensioner is used on the serpentine belt, which eliminates the to adjust the belts.


The base model Liberty the 4 cylinder motor comes an NV1500 5-speed manual and no automatic is available. The next up, the Sport, comes with the manual and offers the Grand 45RFE Multi-speed Electronic

Four Wheel Drive

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The Liberty is offered with the NV231 Command Trac transfer case or the NV242 Trac part/full-time unit. options offer a 2.72:1 low A very interesting feature is a new which works in conjunction the transmissions.

On the automatic models, you shift into low range, the points are changed on the transmission for off-road operation.

In the manual … versions, the interlock is automatically bypassed in low-range to allow clutchless 4LO also recalibrates the motor for idling and compression.

Lastly, if with Anti-Lock Brakes, shifted into low-range, the ABS is set to a calibration, aiding off-road

Axles, Wheels, etc.

The axle uses a familiar 30 center section and the rear is an 8 1/4 Corporate model. Theoretically, differentials should easily current models of lockers and already on the market for other though we have not confirmed A Trac-Lok differential is optional on the and is part of the Off Road Group

Standard wheels on the base are 16 x 7 inch steel with tires. Aluminum Mesa are optional. The Sport and Limiteds get the All Terrains with optional Cast Aluminum Mechanica

The Liberty has a 104.3 inch and boasts a very impressive 38 approach angle and 32.3 departure angle. Weighing in at a wee bit 4,000 pounds, the 3.7L is said to have a 5,000 towing capacity, though we recommend towing much than half of that.

As far as goes, the Liberty’s lowest come in between 7.8 and 8 inches in the and rear. Interestingly enough, the downpipe from the motor to hang lower than else and was somewhat unprotected.

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