I wanted to buy a Liberty with the turbo-diesel. I want one of those BAD. But they weren't available so I bought a 2003 Ford Ranger instead. Now it looks like the turbo-diesel Libbys will be out in the U.S. by the end of the year. I am thinking about getting one when they come out. But I have a couple of questions:
1.) How does the 4x4 drivetrain work on the Jeeps? On my Ranger FX4, the front half-shafts are always locked in, and the front differential is always locked in. The only disconnect point is at the t-case. This makes for a virtually bulletproof design. I hear that the Jeeps do use a different 4x4 system. How does it work?
2.) If I buy a Liberty, I want the manual transmission. Are these dependable and strong? Anyone have any complaints with them?
Thanks in advance guys/girls.