The Jeep Liberty, Commander and Patriot have a loyal following. We bought the first year KJ Liberty model introduced in 2002 and were impressed with its content. Familiar with the XJ Cherokee, I knew immediately that the Liberty offered substance and way more technology than its predecessor.
Each of these three Jeep 4WD models have more technology than a TJ or YJ Wrangler or the XJ Cherokee. The service needs are also greater and should follow OEM guidelines...If you have a need for answers and want to dialogue with other owners, this is the place! Better yet, I'll throw my professional card into the mix and offer researched, technical answers to your concerns.
There are many Liberty vehicles now available in the used marketplace, and that number will swell. There is an aftermarket for upgrades and off-pavement modifications...The Liberty, in particular, has an off-road propensity, as many have discovered. Built properly, a Liberty can negotiate—and survive—rougher off-pavement use.
As the price of admission to Jeep KJ Liberty ownership continues to drop, buyer interest and aftermarket support for off-pavement use will increase—just as it did with the XJ Cherokee. When many speculated that the XJ Cherokee's doors would likely bind from twisting the uni-body in off-pavement use, owners defied that challenge and did it anyway.
And guess what? Few XJ Cherokee doors ever did bind, it takes a huge amount of abuse to tweak a uni-body chassis. This will be even more true with the Liberty—and Commander.
Find out how your Liberty or Commander can survive off-pavement punishment—join this forum and post your topics and replies!