AW Vehicle Review - 2005 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel

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  1. TriShield

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    Shake, Rattle and Wow: DaimlerChrysler adds a diesel to the Jeep Liberty lineup

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    TOM TRACE
    Published Date: 10/11/04

    It’s hard not to scratch at the imaginary scabs when word comes of another diesel-powered vehicle on the horizon. Will it be old school—loud, dog-slow and stinky; or will it be new and improved—shattering preconceived notions?

    The 2005 Jeep Liberty Diesel lands somewhere in between with the scales leaning more toward new and improved. The Liberty uses a 2.8-liter turbo common-rail diesel engine that makes 160 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; the key here is that maximum torque pours on at 1800 rpm. Only 5000 diesel-powered Liberty models are scheduled for production for the United States (Europe has its own version, slower and louder), but that number could climb if enough Jeepers warm up to this new power.

    This diesel engine is a version of the European four-banger, improved to meet U.S. demands (and fuel availability). Most will be concerned with the truck’s basic dynamics. Engine noise (not quite the marbles-in-a-coffee-can rattle) is apparent at idle but smooths out as you gather speed. To motivate the Liberty diesel is only a slight chore, with some noticeable lag while its turbo finds legs. The verdict: You definitely have a diesel.

    It’s neither too loud nor too pokey (or stinky)
    , which supports our "in-between"theory of the Liberty diesel. While an average driver would surely adapt easily to its personality, those who seek out a diesel embrace its difference. Add its respectable 5000-pound tow rating, and the Liberty is a more than credible midsize SUV.

    And then there is that whole fuel economy question. The diesel earns an estimated 22 city/27 highway fuel economy rating compared to 18/22 for the 3.7-liter V6. Like the man who stopped to pick up pennies on the side of the road, those numbers add up to savings.

    The diesel engine will be available in 2005 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition and Sport models, and will join a mildly freshened Jeep Liberty line that has remained relatively affordable. The diesel engine option does add nearly $8,000 ($8,000!) to the sticker. You’re going to have to find a whole bunch of pennies along the fuel-efficiency road to make that worth your while.

    2005 JEEP LIBERTY DIESEL

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    ON SALE: Fall
    BASE PRICE: $26,500 (est.)
    POWERTRAIN: 2.8-liter, 160-hp, 295-lb-ft turbodiesel I4; 4wd, five-speed automatic
    CURB WEIGHT: 4296 pounds
    0 to 60 MPH: 11.0 seconds (est.)

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  2. andrew

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    It's a Liberty, which means that no man would ever buy it, and no woman wants a TD.:hs:
     
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    Holy shit that's :cool: and :weak: all at once
     
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    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease Jeep, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease get rid of the Jeep Liberty and bring the Cherokee back! :wtc:
     
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    im about 90% sure that they have the price of the diesel wrong

    the rest of the price data is off too
     
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    hurry up soccer moms, wreck your new CRD liberties so i can steal the drivetrain :x:
     
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    $8000 extra?! :eek4: WTF mate?
     
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    Just get an XJ diesel :d
     
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    $8000 extra? that can't be right.

    that is a whole other car.
     
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    those are probably too hard to find and don't get as good of mileage :o
     
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    I wonder what kind of mod potential it has?
     
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    liberties start at 22 660



    how the base diesel is only 26 500 with an 8 thousand dollar increase, is something id like to see that editor explain

    they fucked up big time with that
     
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    They probably cost a bit less though :mamoru:
     
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    shit, buy that and a fuckin kia.. for the gas mileage. jesus..

    i cannot believe it costs that much more to produce a diesel engine.. i just can't..

    how can they expect to sell ANY?
     
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    I don't think it is.
     
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    i want a newer vehicle for my DD :hs:
     
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    i bet Banks would be all over it :big grin:
     
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    IB250hp..
    450ftlb torque :naughty:
     
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    i've heard good things about the TDI jetta when you chip them.. :)
     
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    how reliable are those? :dunno:
     

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