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Unread 06-22-2007, 12:41 AM   #1
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Liberty CRD reliability?

I have wanted a KJ with a CRD ever since they were introduced here in '05. I even test drove the first one I found at a dealer. I didn't want to get a first model year until they had been well tested by others. I think I am now ready to buy one. I am planning a vacation to Washington state (I live in Missouri) in August or September and am in need of reliable and economical transportation. I would like to know if anyone has had any problems with that combo and what to look for on a used KJ.

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Unread 06-22-2007, 11:10 AM   #2
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Ours has been great except for all the recalls. But if the one you are looking at has had them done, I say go for it. They run really stroung and great fuel economy compared with the 3.7 gasser. We average around 29 mpg. Also get Bio-diesel whenever possibal it runs a lot smoother. I have run up to 30% and it is great stuff. Hope this helps you out. LPR
Also the 05's have a 7-70k warranty and the 06 have a 3year 36k. But you can also get an extended warranty on both up to 7-100k. Get it off the internet though through a Chrysler dealer, way cheaper than the selling dealer most times.
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Unread 06-23-2007, 01:36 PM   #3
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Love mine, and it's as reliable as a hammer so far. '05 33,000+ miles. Recalls were done is all, EGR was bad before it left the lot new, been fine since.
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Unread 06-23-2007, 05:44 PM   #4
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I've had my '06 now for a year and 28k. I have towed with it up in the Canadian mountians with no issues. As well I use it as a commuter and get about 29mpg. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one at all.

Go for it.
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Unread 06-24-2007, 04:54 PM   #5
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I love my CRD. It's a 2005 with 17,000 miles on it. Other than the two recalls and replacement of the EGR valve early on, I have only had the oil changed. It is very reliable and fun to drive. I wish I could find another one for my husband.
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Unread 06-24-2007, 08:20 PM   #6
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46K on ours and not 1 issue since the torque converter replacement. These things are selling nearly for as much now used as we paid new in 2005. If you can find one. Love it!
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Unread 06-27-2007, 09:33 AM   #7
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'06 Liberty with CRD... 17.3k miles.... I got the the mass airflow sensor which was defective from the factory replaced and it runs like a champ. It's still breaking in, so my MPG isn't where it COULD be just yet.... I average about 21, but that beats my '04 KJ!!!

Other than that, I have had no issues. Starts right up in the cold Michigan winter too. Scares the stray kitties who sleep under my Jeep while doing it though.
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Unread 07-01-2007, 03:46 PM   #8
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I bought one yesterday it is a '06 Limited it had 15,900 miles yesterday. Now almost 16,100 and I love it already. I haven't checked the MPG yet, I Just filled it up this afternoon. I drove it about 65 miles since and the guage is still at full. This one feels like it has more power than the one I tested in '05. But this one is broke in more. Or that could be because I think the Limited's had 4.10 gears & the Sport's had 3.90. Whatever the reason I Love my KJ.
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Unread 07-02-2007, 05:45 PM   #9
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'06 CRD with about 21K on it. Got it new and it has been great. No problems. Just the standard recalls. We average about 25-27mpg with it. Got 31.6 on a trip a month ago. We live in the country, the average mpg covers doing gravel roads, highway, off road on farm, and in town.

Pulls great. I regularly pull a 300 gallon fuel wagon with it. I even pulled an Interstate Battery truck out of a ditch with it last winter during an ice storm.

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Unread 07-02-2007, 09:58 PM   #10
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My wife drives the '05 CRD w/ 21,000 on it. I guess we got the only Lemon out of the group. One month after we got it, the transmission slipped, and wouldn't shift up on the highway. Got it fixed. The ABS light has come on twice now. They replaced all the rotors, pads, and sensors. The main problem is the dang check engine light. We've probably taken it in 10 - 15 times just for that.
Finally been problem free now for about 6 months, except for my wife's friend who hit our side mirror w/ her mirror. The best part about the 'ABS' light being on is that the odometer didn't work, which is great since its a lease. We racked up 500-800 miles before we got it in.
However, the engine has always ran great, and always started. I think there were just some bugs that had to be worked out w/ all the sensors.
(can you tell I'm not mech. inclined?)
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There's a CRD for sale near me with 113,000 on the clock. The guy says all the recalls have been done, and the water pump "looks" new, but doesn't have proof of that or the timing belt being done. He's asking $10k for it. I'm really wanting to jump on it. Any thoughts/opinions?
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:14 PM   #12
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If the seller or previous owner can't provide paperwork that the timing belt and all the small parts needed have absolutely been changed, then I would pass at that price. That bit of maintenance done properly is a bit over 1500. If a old belt brakes at speed, it could be a disaster on a VM 2.8 motor.
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If the seller or previous owner can't provide paperwork that the timing belt and all the small parts needed have absolutely been changed, then I would pass at that price. That bit of maintenance done properly is a bit over 1500. If a old belt brakes at speed, it could be a disaster on a VM 2.8 motor.
I agree here. If there isn't proof of a timing belt job you are going to want to do it immediately if the vehicle is past 100k. If the TB goes, go will most likely crush your rockers. The valves should be fine since the rockers were made to be a weakpoint. Then again, if you are going fast this may not be the case.

Ask me how I know about rockers being expensive to replace? I made the bad mistake of ignoring an obvious water pump failure for months. One day it seized up and the timing belt jumped. Goodbye rockers. The rest of the engine was fine, but damn the rocker job ain't cheap.

Edit: a few things I would like to add. You should always have the EGR valve disabled on this vehicle. Either by unplugging the MAF sensor, installing a SEGR kit, or getting the ECU tuned (highly recommended for engine longevity, turbo longevity, driveability, and fuel economy). Most of the guys with these have the check engine light on because they unplugged the MAF sensor, but you can get around this with an SEGR or a chip tune. The EGR on this thing is not good for the engine, or fuel economy, at all. Plus, the EGR commonly fails on this anyway. It's garbage. You should also ignore the Chrysler oil (0w40) and use proper 5w-40 as recommended by the maker of the engine, not the company that wants to squeeze better EPA mileage ratings with a lighter oil. Speaking of rocker arms, a lot of people are seeing premature rocker wear in these vehicles. Some people in higher mileages have broken rockers for no good reason. In a way, I'm glad mine are brand new.

Also, I hope this doesn't come off wrong since I'm a new forum member, I am thinking about selling my CRD if you want to drive up here and look at it haha. 84,xxx miles with timing belt and rockers already done.

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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:13 PM   #14
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Yes, if one of these are purchased - do a GDE tune and never think about the EGR issues.

The one that found it's way up to ND, is all the way up to 22 or 24K for miles now.
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Yes, if one of these are purchased - do a GDE tune and never think about the EGR issues.

The one that found it's way up to ND, is all the way up to 22 or 24K for miles now.

Dang. By the time you get 100k on your rig, you will be 93 years old.
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