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Unread 10-20-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
_Kyle_
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Looking at a 2002 Liberty

Greetings.

One of my friends back home has asked for my input on a Liberty he is looking at buying. I however have never dealt with them, only ZJs, WJs, WKs, XJs, JKs, TJs, YJs, and CJs, lol.

He said it is a 2002 for $5500 with 120k miles or so on it. He said it's a limited as well. Now he isn't the most gear head person so this is all I know about it. I am going home though in a week and a half and will try to personally look at it and drive it for him to make sure he won't end up in over his head, or aka it wont end up permanently parked in my garage.

With that being said, what are some of the common problems or issues with the 02's - or at least things to look our for?

Anything specific to check other than the normal items you'd look at on a used vehicle?

How does the price seem for the age and miles?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
-Kyle

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Unread 10-20-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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just make sure its as stock as possible, carfax helps tons. and 5500 sounds high since its already over the 100k mile mark. did the blue book say over 5k price? hopes this helps =)
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Unread 10-20-2010, 08:26 PM   #3
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I haven't checked KBB myself. I know for say a WJ, $5500 is pretty good for that year and mileage.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 12:25 AM   #4
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2002 Liberty

Before I bought my 2005 Liberty I did alot research and found that that the 2002 year was a huge mistake for Jeep. Many problems and working at an auto parts store I see alot of people looking for parts.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 04:46 AM   #5
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Before I bought my 2005 Liberty I did alot research and found that that the 2002 year was a huge mistake for Jeep. Many problems and working at an auto parts store I see alot of people looking for parts.
Acvtually '02 KJ's have the least amount of issues compared to any other model year of KJ.

The '02 is the best year,reason you see so many '02 owners getting parts is it's 9 years old now,it's older and more miles so naturally your going to see more '02 owners then say a '05 or '06 owner.

'02 has the better auto trans and far less likelyhood of a broken window regulator over newer KJ's.A '02 built before April 12th of '02 sits higher then newer KJ's(3/4" higher) and all '02's(4wd) came standard with the front skid which became a option on later years.The only bad thing is they have 2 LBJ recalls('03 and some '04's have 2 LBJ recalls also).
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Unread 10-21-2010, 05:59 AM   #6
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Acvtually '02 KJ's have the least amount of issues compared to any other model year of KJ.

The '02 is the best year,reason you see so many '02 owners getting parts is it's 9 years old now,it's older and more miles so naturally your going to see more '02 owners then say a '05 or '06 owner.

'02 has the better auto trans and far less likelyhood of a broken window regulator over newer KJ's.A '02 built before April 12th of '02 sits higher then newer KJ's(3/4" higher) and all '02's(4wd) came standard with the front skid which became a option on later years.The only bad thing is they have 2 LBJ recalls('03 and some '04's have 2 LBJ recalls also).
So all in all, it'd be a pretty good buy?

I know i'm always nervous about buying new model years so I got a 96 ZJ, which was the big update for the ZJ, and I want an 02 WJ, which was the big update for them.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 09:52 AM   #7
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02 was the best with the heavier duty trans and will sit an inch higher from the factory. Better leather seats. The only thing I can think of other than the usual checking over of a used vehicle is there was a LBJ recall. Go to any jeep dealer and give them the vin# to check or go to jeep.com under "owners services" where it says "recalls" and put in the vin# and it will tell you. Don't know for sure about the price.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 04:57 PM   #8
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Haven't had any major issues with my 02 Limited. Check to make sure the LBJ recall was done.

The one issue I did have was with the neutral safety switch, located inside the transmission. It was an expensive fix.

I've also had the ignition cylinder replaced, the cylinder where you insert the key, a common problem on the Liberty.

I replaced the rad recently, but I have a high mileage Lib.

I don't think that's too bad overall. Then engine runs strong, don't have any leaks or smokey exhaust...if you are looking for any kind of good gas mileage then this is not the vehicle you want. I quite like my Liberty actually, and it performs terrific in the winter with a good set of snow tires on it. I have a long commute to work and I'm happy I have the Liberty to drive through some pretty bad weather.
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