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2004 Jeep Liberty

$1,568 — $8,064 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
19-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Steering and handling
  • Ride comfort
  • Seat comfort and support
  • Reasonably quiet running
  • Crash-test rating

The Bad

  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Resale value
  • 4-cyl. performance

What to Know

about the 2004 Jeep Liberty
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Moderate-size dimensions
  • Low-range 4WD gearing
  • Choice of models
  • Five-passenger capacity

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Two seasons back, the Jeep division of DaimlerChrysler replaced the old Cherokee with a slightly larger sport utility vehicle called the Liberty. Built at a new plant in Toledo, Ohio, the Liberty was claimed to be the stiffest Jeep ever and the first with rack-and-pinion steering.

Three Liberty trim levels are available: Sport, Limited Edition and Renegade. The Limited Edition and Renegade are powered by a V-6 engine, while the Sport comes standard with a four-cylinder; the V-6 is optional.

Safety features are the big news for 2004, as the Liberty gains a tire-pressure monitor and a BeltAlert reminder. A new Enhanced Accident Response System automatically unlocks the doors and then illuminates the courtesy lights 5 seconds after the deployment of an airbag, and the fuel pump shuts off immediately. All models add a passenger-side dashboard-mounted grab handle. The Renegade gains Rock Rail Protection and black bodyside moldings.


Exterior
Pronounced trapezoidal wheel flares are integrated into the body, and a traditional seven-slot Jeep grille highlights the front. Making the vehicle lower in front and higher at the rear aimed to impart a sense of forward motion. Short front and rear overhangs allow 36-degree approach and 31.5-degree departure angles for effective off-roading.

The Liberty rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase, measures 174.4 inches long overall and stands just over 70 inches tall. The spare tire is mounted externally on an innovative swing-out tailgate that fe...
Vehicle Overview
Two seasons back, the Jeep division of DaimlerChrysler replaced the old Cherokee with a slightly larger sport utility vehicle called the Liberty. Built at a new plant in Toledo, Ohio, the Liberty was claimed to be the stiffest Jeep ever and the first with rack-and-pinion steering.

Three Liberty trim levels are available: Sport, Limited Edition and Renegade. The Limited Edition and Renegade are powered by a V-6 engine, while the Sport comes standard with a four-cylinder; the V-6 is optional.

Safety features are the big news for 2004, as the Liberty gains a tire-pressure monitor and a BeltAlert reminder. A new Enhanced Accident Response System automatically unlocks the doors and then illuminates the courtesy lights 5 seconds after the deployment of an airbag, and the fuel pump shuts off immediately. All models add a passenger-side dashboard-mounted grab handle. The Renegade gains Rock Rail Protection and black bodyside moldings.


Exterior
Pronounced trapezoidal wheel flares are integrated into the body, and a traditional seven-slot Jeep grille highlights the front. Making the vehicle lower in front and higher at the rear aimed to impart a sense of forward motion. Short front and rear overhangs allow 36-degree approach and 31.5-degree departure angles for effective off-roading.

The Liberty rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase, measures 174.4 inches long overall and stands just over 70 inches tall. The spare tire is mounted externally on an innovative swing-out tailgate that features “flipper” glass. The tires measure 16 inches in diameter. Available skid plates cover the fuel tank and transfer case, and an optional Trailer-Towing Package yields a 5,000-pound capacity.


Interior
The Liberty seats five people. A 65/35-split rear seat can be folded down with one hand, and door panels consist of a series of arcs. Round-dialed instruments with black-on-beige graphics sit in a cluster. All models now have a CD player, and the Limited Edition gets air conditioning, cruise control, a cargo-area cover, and power windows and locks.

Under the Hood
A 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard in the Sport model. A 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 235 pounds-feet of torque is standard in the Limited Edition and Renegade models and optional in the Sport. Each engine teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission and with one of two four-wheel-drive systems: standard part-time Command-Trac or optional full-time Selec-Trac.

Safety
Dual front airbags are standard. Antilock brakes and side curtain-type airbags are offered as optional equipment.

Driving Impressions
Jeep took a big leap forward by developing the Liberty, without losing the character and proficiency of its predecessor. The Liberty is solidly constructed, offers quick, precise steering with moderate effort and features a pleasant feel. The ride is lovely on smooth roads, and it doesn’t deteriorate much when the pavement gets rough.

Offroad runs are utterly amazing. Gnarled gravel paths seem almost like a Sunday drive on a paved parkway, but undulations are more noticeable in the backseat.

Performance is more than adequate, but not exceptional, with the V-6 engine and automatic transmission. At low highway speeds, the Liberty exhibits occasionally awkward downshifting. Firm yet comfortable seats offer excellent support and ample headroom and legroom. In addition to emitting only modest engine noise, this SUV is nearly devoid of four-wheel-drive drone in Low range.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
71 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

I've never owned a vehicle this long.

by R Crawford from Halifax, NS on November 9, 2018

I bought it new, have put 257,000 km on it and still love it. I don't expect to ever sell it. It still looks new because it's waxed every year, lives in a garage and all wear areas inside and out are ... Read full review

(5.0)

Loved My First Car

by College Life from Spartanburg, SC on October 16, 2018

This car met all my needs. Smooth ride. Comfortable. I needed a car more conducive to transporting children. This is the only reason I got rid of it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Jeep Liberty currently has 13 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Jeep Liberty has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Liberty received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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