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post #1 of 15 Old 02-16-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on 2010 Liberty?

So I've finally convinced my wife to give up the minivan. She doesn't realy like my 2008 Wrangler (too "rough"), but is open to a Liberty. While this may be a slightly biased audience, what say you?

I'm interested in opinions on pros & cons, options to get or stay away from, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-16-2010, 10:51 PM
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I have a 2010 Liberty as my company work vehicle. It was definately the best choice we had. I like it, I have the Limited package (sun-roof, leather, heated seats, and sat. radio). If you can afford it, get the upgraded package. It has ample pep and actually fits me at 6'4". Not to hate on the earlier model, but the new design is infinately better than the 1st gen. I used to bust my co-workers chops if they got stuck with the older model and here I am driving a 2010 Liberty by choice. No kids here, so its a no brainer for me...Liberty. Let me know if you ahve any other specific questions.

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post #3 of 15 Old 02-17-2010, 07:59 AM
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Me too...

I'm in exactly the same boat, planetlarsen. I was pretty much set to get a wrangler 4-door. My wife said she was "fine" with it, which of course means she intends to complain about it every time we use for the next 10 years. Same reason as your spouse - to rough, not comfy enough - although it is infintely more comfortable than our current soft-top TJ, which is an atrocious highway car.

So, like you, looking at the KK. I really like the interior layout - good storage, and the reclining and fold FLAT rear seats...plus the fold flat front passeneger seat which would let one carry 2x4s in the thing. Wonderful. Also like the full time AWD option (Selec Trac?) and the great safety ratings.

Not crazy about the oh-so-90s motor, nor the fact that only a 4-speed auto is available. If they still offered the stick it would be a slam dunk for me.

Love the huge tow rating (5000 lbs), and apparently the ride is quite improved over the older model. Have yet to test drive.

I guess the one other thing holding me back is that it seems pretty likely that the 2011 will have the new pentastar engine, which supposedly will give more power and higher fuel efficiency. Who knows -they might even give it a 6-speed auto as well.

Just my thoughts.

Edit: Actually, maybe I need to take back that prediction. This site implies no major changes to Liberty until 2013.


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post #4 of 15 Old 02-18-2010, 09:39 PM
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Your wife will like it. Mine does. The driver sits more upright and a little higher, more like a mini-van, but it feels like a much tougher vehicle than a mini-van. Very nice, quiet ride. Can be bumpy on certain roads, but not bad in my opinion. The storage is great. The interior is well thought out. It's a good size - plenty of room without the bulk of some bigger suvs. Plus, I think it looks distinctive. In a world of spacey, aerodynamic looking vehicles it is hard to take your eyes off of it. Looks good off-road and in the city!

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-19-2010, 11:09 AM
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I see you live in Minnesota like me. Definitely spend the few extra bucks and get the Select-trac 4 wheel drive. It is a full time type and can be used on all types of road conditions not just fully snow covered. I flip it on and sometimes forget about it for a week. It make your wife more confident about using it if she doesn't have to worry about breaking it.


PS the remote start and heated seats are nice comfy items

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by planetlarson View Post
So I've finally convinced my wife to give up the minivan. She doesn't realy like my 2008 Wrangler (too "rough"), but is open to a Liberty. While this may be a slightly biased audience, what say you?

I'm interested in opinions on pros & cons, options to get or stay away from, etc.

Thanks in advance!
You will get many opinions, here is mine.

I've owned CJs, Wranglers, a 09 Liberty and a 2000 Grand Cherokee. The 08-09-10 Liberties are pretty much identical.

These are all more trucks than cars, focusing more on off road capability than the highway. The Liberty is not going to have the quality of materials and on road manners as the Cherokee (or your minivan) but its better on the highway and much more civilized than a wrangler. If you are doing a lot of highway traveling or are used to creature comforts, you may be happier with the Cherokee, especially if the incentives are right. It is available with perhaps better motors and transmissions but at a price. These Jeeps are about the same size, Liberty being a bit taller, Grand Cherokee a bit longer.

If your spouse is anything like mine, she buys cars on the basis of color. Liberty has a blue the girls seem to love, one that is hard to keep looking clean by the way.

When I bought my 09, the rocky mountain package with select track was the optimum value for us. The spouse loved the touch screen radio and better seat materials and two toned seat color that came with that package. I loved the fog lights, which is a mandatory option in my mind. That package also had better wheels and tires, although the OEM tires are not that good. The roof rails and luggage cover was thrown in but are nice touches. She like sun roofs, which is part of the package. It was thousands less than a Limited. IMHO, if you want the creature comforts of a Liberty limited, go for the Cherokee. The base cherokee model is less money and probably a better "car".

You can go to the jeep.com site, build your own vehicle, and search the dealers inventory. May save you some time when you want to look at certain options.

The V6 is no performance machine, but is reliable, torquey and used in many Chrysler products. The 4 speed auto seems to be reliable enough.

So, when buying a car that the SPOUSE drives, I would consider the select track (automatic 4WD) and fog lights to be mandatory options. Other options are more preference. Upgraded seat materials, sunroof, roof rails, touch screen (MyGig), upgraded wheels and tires are nice and good additions for creature comfort.

Moving from the Cherokee to the Liberty, she misses the always on DC power outlet the most.

Oh, something to think about is that the Nitro is about the same car, but has more engine options.

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-20-2010, 10:38 AM
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The Liberty is a good choice and much more spacious than the patriot.

My wife and kids like it - she even realizes that the jeep is not an escape or a sante fe - it's a real 4wd vehicle and it's curb weight and seating position will give confidence and safety.

The sky slider gave/gives us some issues, but ours is an '08 and they seem to have figured out the countermeasure for it (wind noise)

The premium stereo package is very adequate, and our Limited with the chrome looks top notch.

Fuel economy is typical for a 4200lb vehicle, but still in the low/mid 20's on the highway with cruise control around 70.

The interior feels very spacious with good head clearance, however this is enhanced by the sky sliders fabric roof.
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 06:07 PM
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The Dodge Nitro offers the 4.0L V6 with 260 hp, while all Libertys use the 3.7L 210hp engine.

BUT...Nitro does NOT offer Selec-Trac Fulltime 4wd.

I have a 2010 Liberty, bought for my wife, and she loves it! Selec-Trac, leave it in "4wd Auto" and it just goes!

Definitely a nice, mid-sized SUV. Lots of room inside for stuff, not so big that you can't get thru a drive-thru, and can park it easily.

I would recommend it. We like ours.


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post #9 of 15 Old 02-22-2010, 06:32 PM
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x2 on getting the Selec-Trac full-time 4x4. I went with the command trac figuring I could get my wife used to the idea of only using 4x4 on loose, slippery surfaces and we could save a few bucks on the new car. A few weeks ago I had to take her to the airport so I drove her KK and as we were cruising down the bone dry highway at 65 mph I noticed the steering was a little tighter than normal. I took a look at the dash and that tiny little yellow 4wd light was on. Holy smoke did I panic. Suffice to say I tried to be as nice as possible about reminding her that she needed to only use it when necessary, not all the time. Yeesh!

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-23-2010, 05:55 PM
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Get one, I love mine, no complains except I can't get my wife out of it long enough to drive it.
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I have an '08 liberty and quite enjoy it. It's been a reliable & versatile SUV. I've taken it on many highway trips, and also had the skid-plates bouncing off rocks & I'm happy with both.
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I recently traded my 99 Cherokee Sport 4x4 with 152k miles in for a 2010 Liberty Sport 4x4 and so far...so good. I'm the main driver with the wife driving it occasionally.

I went with the Command Trac...same/similar as my 99 and am fine with it.

I got the Charcoal Grey Pearl and like it a lot.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-13-2010, 01:50 AM
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we call these beasts KK Cherokee in Australia - seriously looking at a limited to replace our 2007 crd patriot

I have the option of getting the 2.8 l Crd with a 5 speed auto here in OZ

Any advise for propestive KK owner?
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-14-2010, 05:43 AM
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The liberty would be a good choice for anyone looking for a capable cuv. If yor are considering a Liberty limited version, you might want to see if there are any '09 available. In 2010, the rear 110V aux outlet is gone, as well as the automatic wiper, and the back up assist indicator that was at the back of the headliner is gone (its now right below the tac). Other than that, its the same vehicle.
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-07-2010, 06:28 PM
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Get the the trail rated package and media entertainment package

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