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LibertyReview of Jeep Liberty Diesel
Posted by mike on 2004/8/13 0:00:00 (1585) reads

Check out the latest Liberty variant


The Jeep's 2.8-liter, four-cylinder, DOHC, sixteen-valve, direct-injection, common-rail turbo-diesel clatters at idle and lacks some refinement, but it provides mighty torque to make up for its modest power output. The Liberty makes 148 horsepower in Europe, an alarmingly small number for such a comely vehicle, but it also has 266 pound-feet of torque on hand, which turns the vehicle into a really good hauler. We know, as we used it to tow an old racing car at unseemly speeds. The engine's characteristics are as well matched to the five-speed automatic transmission as Michael Moore is to hip shots. U.S. diesels are rated at 160 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and have a tow rating of 5000 pounds.


Just before we drove the Liberty, we were testing a Kia Sorento, which proved that the U.S. industry needs to pay attention to the Koreans-and also that the Koreans will never really conquer world markets unless they wake up to what consumers demand. The Liberty scores over the Kia dynamically, because it has pretty nice steering allied to a firm, well-controlled ride, although it can get choppy on the poorest country lanes. It is actually wieldy and can be entertaining on the twisties.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
I think the biggest issue I have with the Kia interior is that it looks like the stereo was an afterthought:

The Liberty on the other hand has a much smoother flowing dash:

It is just a matter of taste though.

I would have preferred to see a comparison of how the Liberty's new engine faired against other diesel powered engines of similar displacement.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Douglas
Very..........Interesting...................Now if they would only drop this diesel..let's say; In the Wrangler...and maybe try to figure out WHY diesel fuel STILL IS over $1.50/gallon....Jeep just might sell alot of these...

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: LGK
What a moron this reviewer is. Why do all these auto press mags exist? They never give you real info.

If the reviewer wrote about the difference between the new disel and the V6 he would have done the article justice but what he wrote about is the Euro version with different specs and he had to throw in several remarks about the wastfulness of Americans. He than goes on to trash the interior. I don't know about the Euro version the "Cherokee," but my 2003 KJ is extremly nice and clean inside. Now if we can just get an unbiased review of the soon to be availble US diesel. Did I say "unbiased"? Ha!
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