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#119 of 186 Re: Who is Happy with their Jeep Liberty CRD? [cmtackett]
Oct 24, 2011 (2:11 pm)
I just read this post and had to chime in my thoughts. I purchased one of the first CRD's on the lot in 2005. I now have 98M on it and other than the EGR problems that I think every owner had when they first came out, I have had zero problems. I pull 3 different trailers with it on a regular basis and can say that this engine/vehicle combination has the previous truck I owned beat to pieces! I sincerely believe that having grown up with diesel engines on a farm have helped me know how to maintain and drive a diesel vehicle. Diesel's are a different beast from a gas engine and learning to "let the engine do the work" instead of constantly thrashing the throttle to floor when you need power, is something that many owners never learn. A short "warm up and cool down" period is also something that I do religiously. There isn't another vehicle on the market right now that I would trade for ...and possibly won't be until some maker comes out with another "smaller diesel".
#120 of 186 Re: Who is Happy with their Jeep Liberty CRD? [spete]
Oct 24, 2011 (6:52 pm)
I'm glad to hear you are happy with your CRD. Mine has been very reliable since purchased new. I am fortunate to have a five star dealer close by who sent his mechanic to school as soon as he learned the CRD was hitting the market. The guy knows his stuff. My first warranty issue was the EGR. Thankfully, I got a stainless one right away. It is still in service now at 116 K miles. There was a ball joint and torque converter recall which was only a minor inconvenience. the dealer had a rental car waiting for me. I suspect he added that cost into the warranty claim.
Other then that there have been no problems I can attribute to the Jeep itself. I had a fuel problem one time. Left the house in cold weather, got five miles away and........no power. It could run at about 35 mph. I suspect the filter was due for a change so it was partially clogged, but worse yet I think there was water in the fuel. I limped to a truck stop about 15 miles away and added a double helping of Howes diesel treatment. Tired of pulling off the road every time a car came from behind, I went inside with the engine idling, doors locked, and had a bowl of soup. I always keep a spare key in my pants pocket. By the time I came out the Howes had done its thing. I got in and the power was back. So now I add it at least every other tank even in summer and ALL fill ups in the winter.
I have good luck using 20% biodiesel IF I add the Howes every time. I like knowing the pump and injectors are getting proper lubrication that the missing sulfur USED to take care of. It runs great on it, I don't notice any great difference in mpg so I use it every chance I get. It can't be bad news if I have driven 116,000 miles using it.
I hope they can get this little dynamo cleared to pass emissions for more Jeep vehicles in the future. I have talked to a lot of Wrangler owners who would dearly love to have that engine in a Wrangler. That would be an awesome stump jumping, rock crawler with almost 300 pounds of torque at just 2000 rpm!
#121 of 186 106,000 and still going
Dec 22, 2011 (5:53 pm)
106,000 and it's still going strong! It just got the transmission fluid changed a couple of months ago and I installed the Fumoto oil drain valve P/N F102N : PF-3/8 http://www.oildrainvalve.net/f102n-pf-3-8/.
#122 of 186 101M with Zero problems!
Dec 22, 2011 (6:29 pm)
I have just under 101M on my 05 Liberty CRD and have never enjoyed a vehicle as much as I have this one! I've ran the recommended Mobil oil since day one ....have changed the tranny fluid 2X as I pull my Kawasaki Mule on a tandem trailer on a regular basis. Fuel economy has been great ....low 20's pulling my trailer and 25 -27 MPG average when not pulling my trailer. The only thing I have replaced is the alternator which went out at 98M miles ....I can't complain about that. I'd purchase this vehicle again if a small diesel were offered. I also have a '97 Wrangler that I wish had this engine. I'll only have a diesel in my next vehicle so until something else comes along, I'll have to keep this one running! I have a close friend that also had a CRD and just sold it a month ago so he could move to a larger vehicle ...he went to a 3/4 t. Dodge with the Cummins ....but only because he needed a larger truck ...he also loved his CRD and hated to see it go.
#123 of 186 Re: 101M with Zero problems! [spete]
Dec 22, 2011 (7:48 pm)
Glad to hear just past 90 k and all the problems of past ended. I have come to the conclusion that the mechanics at various dealers or the lack of, could have contributed to many of the previous problems. Since warranty ended I have found a diesel mechanic and use standyne diesel additive he suggested.
My only challenge is winter cold and living off the grid I cannot plug in the block warmer all night so I have to start the generator and run the block warmer off of it. Hey even the gasoline generator does not like to start in the cold. I have used gas treatment like heet but the engines just do not want too wake up and start in the early am cold. Happy holidays to all.
Dec 24, 2011 (3:33 pm)
I bought my 05 CRD in 2009! When i bought it it had 68k miles. I have driven this truck from south Mississippi to Homer Alaska and back pulling a 5k lb trailer. I have not had any major problems with my truck. My husband has replaced the timming belt, water pump, theromastat, fuel filter and serpentine belt. The only thing that sucks with the liberty is the hoses that connect to the turbo. I have to say this is one of the best vehicles i have owned!
Dec 24, 2011 (9:01 pm)
I am wondering what problems you are referring to regarding the hoses.
#126 of 186 Re: Maintenance is key [traveling_crd]
Dec 25, 2011 (7:48 am)
Thanks a mill and have a great New Year.
#127 of 186 Re: Who is Happy with their Jeep Liberty CRD? [cmtackett]
Jan 12, 2012 (9:27 am)
I have a 2005 CRD that I purchased new. This is the most amazing deisel I have owned and coming from a farm, I have had several. The one negative I have to say about this Jeep is really against the Jeep/Chrysler people themselves.
Not 1500k's after the warranty expired, my turbo charger died. I did everything by the book in the way of regular maintenance so I was very disappointed in Jeep/Chrysler for not stepping up to the plate and honoring the warranty. I would have been okay with them offering me 50%. The total cost of this repair was north of $3500. CDN.
Apart from this unfortunate incident, I have to say that this vehicle is top drawer. I also use the recommended Mobil One oil and have done so since day one.
I now have 185,000k's on this vehicle and am looking for a new battery. I had the original checked and its at half, only cranking out 350 amps. So I am in the market for a new one, just doing some due dillegence in which brand to get, although the original has worked out just fine, so I might look at a dealor item.
If anyone has a suggestion, I'm listening.
#128 of 186 Re: Who is Happy with their Jeep Liberty CRD? [paulknight1]
Jan 12, 2012 (10:27 am)
put on a provent or make your own to protect your turbo.