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2008 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility

RWD 4dr Limited

Starting at | Starting at 16 MPG City - 22 MPG Highway

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  • $25,030 original MSRP
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2008 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility

Jeep has dropped prices on the Liberty for 2008, which, combined with the redesign and new features, makes it a much stronger value than last year's model. Among compact SUVs, the Liberty is one of the more rugged and trucklike choices, ideally suited toward light towing or more serious off-roading. The Sky Slider roof is also a good option for those who want the open-air feel of a soft top.

What's new for 2008?

The Jeep Liberty is all-new for 2008, with a more rugged appearance that borrows cues from the larger Commander and classic Wrangler models, along with a more comfortable and spacious interior design and a newly available Sky Slider full-length canvas roof. New suspension and steering systems also help improve ride and handling. The Liberty is still classified as a compact sport-utility vehicle, but front and rear seating space has been improved, and cargo length is also increased.

Model Strengths

  • New off-road-oriented features
  • towing ability
  • improved interior.

Model Review

While nearly everything else is new on the 2008 Jeep Liberty, a proven 3.7L V6 provides power for the Liberty line. It makes 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic.

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2008 Jeep Liberty sport

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Those two words best fit the 2008 Jeep Liberty.

When the Liberty was first introduced in 2002, it had a lot of roles to fill. Its styling was on the curvy (soft) side to attract women. It also had to serve those folks who didn't want a vehicle as big as the Grand Cherokee nor one as small as a Jeep Wrangler. And it needed to attract Jeep Cherokee buyers because that vehicle had been discontinued.

There were some squawks but the old Liberty managed to fill all those roles. Now that Jeep has more than doubled the number of vehicles in its product line from three to seven, the Liberty's mission is narrowly focused. That's not a bad thing.

More than half of Liberty buyers are women. Nothing wrong with that but Jeep wants to increase the number of men who purchase a Liberty while holding on to its current owners.

So the first thing Jeep did was man up the Liberty's styling. The new Liberty takes a lot of its design cues from the bigger Jeep Commander. Few curves, flat sides and a larger seven slot grille give the new Liberty a classic more rugged Jeep silhouette.

Interestingly, the vehicle looks like an evolved Jeep Cherokee which itself had a large female following. But the Liberty's new muscular frame is meant to make the Liberty more appealing to men.

Still, the new Liberty's on road manners have been greatly improved. We did a lot of driving on surface streets, two-lane highways and we spent a good bit of time on the Interstate. The Liberty had an all-new independent front suspension and a five-link set up in the rear that gave it a very civilized ride.

Steering was responsive and wind and road noise were minimal, especially for an SUV. The Liberty's high seating position certainly gave us a command view of the road.

Our only complaint was that the Liberty's 3.7 liter 210 horsepower V6 engine lacked enough oomph to smartly increase speed from 60 mph to 80 mph. The driver who is not aware of that can get into trouble on a congested yet fast flowing, metropolitan expressway. Another 20 to 40 horsepower would solve this shortcoming.

Our test vehicle was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission which was unobtrusive. A six speed manual was also available, although the concept of a shift it yourself gearbox in this vehicle didn't appeal to us at all.

We didn't get the chance to experience the off road course that had been set up. But for those who care, the Liberty has a choice of two four-wheel drive systems. The first is a full time system and the second is a part-time four -wheel-drive system which means it can be switched to two-wheel-drive. Either system can be used to take the Liberty seriously sloshing through the woods.

For those who have no need of four-wheel-drive, there is also a two-wheel-drive only version of the Liberty.

Jeep has come a long way. In terms of equipment, the 2008 Jeep Liberty had all that you'd expect. There was satellite radio, a CD player with MP3 capability, a navigation system with 2-D and 3-D viewing, a 20 gigabyte hard drive, a hands free communication and control system and an auxiliary jack for other media.

But what really was and will be special about the Jeep Liberty is the optional full length, fully automatic canvas roof. It will slide front to back or back to front and at its optimum, open a space that stretches over the front and back seats. Although it cost more than $1,000 extra, we think there will be plenty of takers.

Prices start at $20,990 for the 2008 midsize jeep Liberty.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

No consumer rating

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Jeep Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2016 With Less Than 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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