I don't know what kind of voodoo Fiat/Chrysler has up it's collective sleeve, but hot sales of the Jeep Liberty (and Wrangler) has the Toledo, OH factory where they are made skipping the usual year end shutdown. The Liberty and Wrangler factory will be the only domestic plant in the US still in production at the end of the year!
According to Automotive News, no other plant operated by an American automaker will be working during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The Toledo plants are the only facilities building the Jeep Wrangler and Liberty, both of which are selling like hot cakes in 2011. With one month left of the year, Jeep has sold 111,045 Wranglers, up 29 percent over 2010. The Liberty, meanwhile, is up 36 percent to 60,523 units sold.
Last edited by whitejeep1989; 12-12-2011 at 08:34 PM.
Owned a 2008 Liberty Limited ... and returned it to the dealer.after 6 months of using it (long story about how I returned a car I've purchased but.that's for another time)
Honesty the mileage is horrible, and mechanically wise there is plenty to improve. Ride is rough too. Out of all the vehicles I never owned or driven this one takes the cake. Donno why they sell so much...
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And lemons are lemons.
But yeah- they are quite crappy on road SUVs imho.
What are people buying- image? I guess the tough Jeep image still sells.
I wonder if most buyers even consider things like ride quality.
They just shop image and monthly payment.
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They sell because there is no other vehicle like them available. First off it's the only convertible for under $75k a guy can drive while still feeling somewhat manly, it has incredible off-road prowess, the largest aftermarket of ANY vehicle, and girls love them too. The roof comes off, the doors come off, it's easy to maintain, yada yada. I had two YJ's I had to sell when I moved to the city and I miss them all the time.
Yeah they get piss poor mileage and they handle like doo-doo but they're awesome vehicles
I'm sure they're at capacity thanks moreso to the Wrangler and less the Liberty... with the 2012 model updates they're probably selling to all those people who passed up a 2011 to wait, on top of normal buyers.
I never understood the need for this manner of descriptor. You people act as if these cars are Yugos or 80s Hyundais. Or any number of 70s-80s domestics.
I've driven about 3 rental Liberties and...
1) Interior - Designed fine to my eyes. The lines/forms are cohesive. It's nothing to write home about nor will it win any art school awards, but it is far from the atrocities of 80s GM or Ford. It's inoffensive and durable.
2) Ride - It's an SUV and one from a brand that is touted to be all terrain! If you wanted smooth and not rough... get a Buick! Or better yet... stop being a cheap ass and get a GC!
3) Mileage - You have to be kidding. It is no worse than other SUVs with similar powertrain/chassis/body formats. Get a Prius if you want mileage. Or better yet... get any number of Cute crossovers.
I swear... anymore... it's as if people want to exaggerate complaints because that somehow is supposed to help impress upon everyone else their grand techniques of critique or something?
Anymore... there are is no such thing as Auto Enthusiasts... just Auto Whiners.
It's not a bad car at all. I think the most valid criticisms are really of its space and packaging; it's a cramped little thing. But it's really just kind of an old-school SUV - transfer case, RWD, truck motor, built for the fire roads. It's not really appropriate for the market anymore, but I think there's so much goodwill for the Jeep name and image that people tend to forgive it its rough bits.
And there's three grand on the hood. I just priced one out pretty nicely for under $25k. Find me an Xterra that well equipped at that price.
Last edited by Turbio!; 12-13-2011 at 10:05 AM.
I can report with real world experience that the Liberty gets awful MPG even for what it is.
You can blame 80% of that on the 4 speed auto.
Regardless I still like them a lot. My only complaint is the non Limited models do not have enough lower back support.