• (4.2) 55 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,770–$8,962
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-22
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2004 Jeep Liberty

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Jeep Liberty

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Moderate-size dimensions
  • Low-range 4WD gearing
  • Choice of models
  • Five-passenger capacity

2004 Jeep Liberty Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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


Average based on 55 reviews

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Worth well the price

by Haarlemx from Texas on November 15, 2017

Drives a family of 4 comfortably with equipment to ball games or camping trips. Looks and feels compact, parks anywhere and fits lots of stuff. Good mpg very sporty acceleration and great handling.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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