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LibertyNew Jeep Assembly Plant Dedication, Liberty Available in May, Did I say brand new?
Posted by mike on 2001/4/24 0:00:00 (756) reads



Have any plans this weekend? How about a quick trip to Toledo, Ohio, for the dedication of the brand new $1.2 billion Jeep assembly plant? Here's the lowdown from The Toledo Blade:

DaimlerChrysler AG’s U.S. unit will officially dedicate Toledo North Assembly Plant - the $750 million home of Jeep’s newest offering, the Liberty - at a ceremony April 30.

Dieter Zetsche, the Chrysler group’s president and chief executive, and other automaker executives are to be present to acknowledge the Toledo community’s support for the new plant. Local and state economic-development officials put together a $280 million incentive package nearly four years ago in return for a $1.2 billion investment in the new and existing Jeep factories.

Production of sellable Libertys began last month at the Chrysler Drive factory, which adjoins the Toledo Jeep Assembly plant on Stickney Avenue. The all-new compact sport-utility vehicle is replacing the long-lived Cherokee and is expected on some dealership lots as early as this month.

For those of you who can't wait to get their hands on the all-new Jeep Liberty (I'm pretty sure Griff won't be first in line, based upon his relently postings in the Reader Reactions), word on the street (and in The Toledo Blade) is that they'll start showing up in dealer lots in early May. Here's a snippet:

Sellable Jeep Libertys have been rolling off their new Toledo assembly line for weeks and are expected to start arriving on dealership lots across the country this month or early next, sources say.

Although DaimlerChrysler AG’s official position has been that the Chrysler Drive factory next to I-75 is still making prototypes, a top union official at the plant said yesterday sellable Libertys are being built. When the factory is at full, two-shift production, it is to produce about 800 of the vehicles a day.

The Chrysler unit of the German automaker reported to Automotive News, a Detroit trade publication, that it had 858 sellable Libertys in inventory by the end of March. And dealers expect to start getting models from a growing stockpile within weeks.

"We are making sellable vehicles," said Joe Depowski, United Auto Workers Local 12’s Jeep unit chairman. "We were ahead of target, which is very good."
Finally, how about this nomination for "Jeep Saleman of the Year" - it seems that Clifford Chrysler of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, sold an Illinois consumer a "brand-new" Jeep Cherokee that had actually been vandalized in the dealer's lot so much that it had to go to a body shop for repairs. Don't cry for the anonymous Illinois consumer, a jury recently awarded him $81,000 for his troubles. Check out the entire story at Yahoo! News.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CrazyJeep
For what its worth, I think the recent posts here are disgusting and pathetic! You all throw in your 2-cents in such a faceless environment and think you are the “cool experts!” Logical banter is one thing…but this is embarrassing! That’s right, you all make me embarrassed to be a Jeep owner! (1995 YJ)

I can see what you will be doing; you all will be in your XJ’s waving your middle finger at a proud Liberty owner who passes by! THAT IS SICK! THAT IS NOT IN PROUD JEEP TRADITION! Think about that the next time you want to post your pointless insults here!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: a jeep liberty
Woohoo! A bunch of idiots can't
agree over my ground clearance!
How fascinating!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MargieCJ7
Actually, according to the Jeep website, ground clearance for the 2WD Liberty is 10.2", but the 4WD is 9.6"

http://www.jeepunpaved.com/liberty/specs/feature2.html

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: steve
Look what a jackass you are.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKen
I am pumped, I am looking forward to seeing one of these in person. I want
to sit in one, walk around one and yes even drive one. I for one am tired of
rumors and unsubstantiated opinions. I want to see if it compares in size to
the Cherokee or the X-Terra. After all these things are done, then and only
then can I make an intelligent decision as to whether or not this things deserves
the Jeep badge and the 7-slot grill. Don't get me wrong. I am not going to
give up my Cherokee for one of these ( maybe a TJ in a couple of years ). I
just want to be able to be a fair judge on the Liberty.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: PH
I have seen many of these "sellable Liberty's" on the road here in Detroit (no manufacturer's plates) Today I saw someone driving a vehicle with a Liberty body but with name badges on the sides that said "Cherokee Limited" It also had a "CDR" badge on the back hatch. What gives??

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jerry C.
Blithering idiot: I can assure you that the majority of Libert owners won't be little old ladies. Yuppies and young families, probably. DC knows who to market to in order to get the money! How stupid of you to fall into the mentality (along with 75% of everyone else) that IFS is somehow inferior. Like anything else , it is all in the design. Toyota makes one of the toughest IFS systems that exist in a light truck. You never hear of them breaking, do you? Why do you care anyway? You're probably a 16-year-old suburban mall rat who cruises for girlies in the Wrangler that Daddy bought him. Aren't you? I'll bet I'm not too far off the mark, judging by your spelling and general lack of knowlege and facts to back up your point. Again your opinion is fine with me, but I'll tell you what the best Jeeps were (in my view.) The Willy-Overland wagons,pickup and the CJs of those same years, CJ2A, CJ3B. Those were the granddaddy of your Wrngler , and they were the real deal!! P.S. The last name is Counts, as in counts inches in diference in ground clearance, 'o Mister originality!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: bob l
The cherokee has great off-road ability that the liberty will never have with that IFS SHIT.You will never see this thing off road. The only person you will see driving this 4x4 car is little OLD LADYS on there way to BINGO...Maybe thats you JERRY C what does the C stand for CUNT???? By the way i own a 1999 tj sahara the best of all the jeeps .sorry cherokee owners.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jerry Counts
You're insulting me? With a name like Mike Hunt!!!!ha ha ha!! "MY CUNT!!" Get it, you ball licker? But you were so articulate, and assailed me with the charge of being a "lier", that I couldn't resist. You must be a glutton for punishment! Tell me , My Cunt, have you actually seen the Liberty? It's not quite as good as the Cherokee in ability off-road, but only by a hair. A few modifications could make it into a (I'm going to catch hell for this) near-Cherokee equal. The main thing is that the build quality is much, much better, the engine's smoother and powerful, and it blows all the other small and midsize SUVs away (even the real 4wd ones, Blazer, Explorer, 4Runner, Pathfinder. Now for some reason, the Hyundai Santa FE( PUKE!) is being compared to the Liberty when its mechanical layout has little in common with the Jeep. What's next, comparing the Mazda Miata with a 'Vette? They're both convertibles, right? But anyway, most of these limp-pig-sticker-fools that buy four-wheel drives never( or are afraid to) use them as they were intended. So, My Cunt, quit whining about my measurements and go do it yourself-- no one's stopping you. And if you hate the Liberty, it's a free country -- buy a Cherokee while you still can! I have a Cherokee, and I'm qualified to express the opinion that the liberty is better!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Patrick
Jerry may be insulted if anyone knew what a "lier" is

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike Hunt
Jerry C you are a suck ass lier. Go to hell. Liberty will suck and you can't even operate a tape measure.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jerry C.
well, buddy, if it makes you feel any better, I measured the damn Liberty itself. My tape meaure doesn't lie. Yes, I measured it at the lowest point. Why would the 2WD sit lower than the 4wd anyway? The Jeep I measured was a 4WD Limited. Hell, if you don't believe me, go measure it for yourself. Margie's getting her info off Jeep's site. Go to Edmund's site. They'll back me up.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jerry C.
this is to ALL THE NAYSAYERS: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!I SAW the Liberty today!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And you "experts who claim that it's smaller and lacks ground clearance, better start eating your words now, hombres!!! Read it and weep, boys: Ground clearance: Liberty 10.1 inches, Cherokee, 10.6. This is the only area where the Cherokee is superior, and by only .5 inch!The up- Country package makes up the difference , however with 16" wheels and tires, 2.5 (by my measurement)suspension increase , etc. Continuing.....
Front headroom:Liberty, 40.5 inches, Cherokee 38.0 Rear headroom: Liberty 42.0, Cherokee, 38.0, Front leg room is unchanged, rear, increased by about an inch. Damn it, I can't afford to but one for about a year. Oh well, that'll save me any trouble with recalls, minor quirks, etc. (These measurement are as accurate as I could get them). I didn't rely on a brochure, either. Yes I know one test remains: drivability and off-road ability. So what do you guys have to say now about this "wussmobile?". I love the Cherokee, but its time has come. Let's not be like the French and Italians and leave stuff untouched for decades under the guise of "it's better that way" or other such nonsense. I'm going to give this new Jeep a try, and see if I can buy one after the first of the year. So , I guess Chrysler didn't have some conspiracy to trick (some of you), after all, eh?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: A Gay Man
Woowy woo, I'm so happy to own my sparkling
new Jeep Liberty. I can't wait to park it next to
my Porsche Boxster. Oh hey Steve, missed
you at the bar last weekend!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: A Jeep Liberty
Look everyone, look at what a soccer mom,
poser, wussity wuss mobile I am!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bob
My understanding is that Chrysler/Jeep employess
were allowed to purchase the Liberty one - two
months before it was released to the general
public.

As to the vehicles with "Cherokee" badges, those
are probably export models. The name Liberty is
used only in North America. The other badge could
possibly refer to diesel models?
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