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2010 Jeep Liberty Sport - a reasonble priced tough little guy :) by Ponch on 01/13/2012. Trim: 2010 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Appearance: Great body lines & paint choices, well placed windows. Structure: Reinforced uniframe strong durable body panels, doors, hood and hatch Suspension: Resilent - carried about 3/4 max capacity very little sagging or sloppy handling Engine: 20K on the clock, reliable, runs smooth and quiet, inexpensive sparkplugs runs on reg gas.Sufficent power Transmission: Shifts smoothly and nice overdrive gear for quiet long hwy cruising - cruse control works awesome. Ride: Offroad capable, runs very smooth on the road, turn on/off tract cntrl, h.d.c and anti Lck brakes, tow rating :) Cost: Reasonible - rebates available Aftermarket: good aftermarket following plenty of options, clubs etc.
Cons: Engine: More options i.e.(4.7L v-8, 3.0 Diesel) current 6 would better if it was dohc and vvt with cylinder Deactvatio. 17 mpg average. Trans: More gears 5-6 instead of 4 fwd gears with a lower 1st gear ratio. Axles: Lower 4.10 instead of 3.73 converting them to limited slip instead of a standard differential. Suspension: 3-5 more inches of ground clearance longer shocks and stiffer springs Tires - They are ok in sand and snow and still have 3/4 life on them, but in the rain the slip and hydroplane. Needs 400 Watt DC converter since Jeep customers like to go out of bounds a little more than the average consumer.
Overall review: Everyday I drive it I enjoy it much more. I receive a lot of positive comments on it because of the paint and body lines. The headlights by themselves give out plenty of light and when turning on the fog lights there is very little you don't see. When loaded it up and driving off-road there are no issues on the beach, flooded roads, snow etc. You feel very safe on it because of the amount metal protecting you. The mpg is about the same as other suvs sharing it weight and tow ability excluding diesels. The aftermarket possibilites are pretty good if you wish to make any enhancements or customizations. I hope Jeep maintains makingthe Lib a very solid off-road worthy and good looking vehicle with some extra available options as stated above in the future.
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