• Apr 22, 2011
Does the Jeep Liberty have an addiction to rust? Back in 2003, approximately 326,000 2002-2003 Liberty SUVs were recalled because their lower control arm ball joints could corrode excessively. Just three years later in 2006, the issue popped up again, which prompted a recall of 826,000 potentially rust-happy 2002-2006 Jeep models. Another three years passed when, in 2009, Chrysler sent out a recall notice to 42,469 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty owners located in cold-weather states. This time, the problem was related to the upper ball joints.

Now it seems the Jeep Liberty is ready to jump the gun on its next every-three-years recall because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 370,000 vehicles... for the same issue. According to The Detroit News, NHTSA has opened up an investigation that involves 2002-2005 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles. It's still just an investigation at this point, but given the round-eyed CUV's track record, we'll be keeping an eye out for more on this situation.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Normally I'd make some snide remark about Jeep/Chrysler quality, but rust is just a pain in the ass. No one can be 100% certain where and when it will strike, and when you see it, you know your car is starting its long, inevitable slide towards the junkyard. I really hope more companies start getting calls from the NHTSA and other national boards when it comes to rust (especially body rust). It's depressing seeing an 8 year old car with rusted rear wheel wells and the like. Yes, there are things the consumer can do, but certain cars have clear and excessive problems with very specific corrosion issues. I'm looking at you '90s Hondas.
      Kara North
      • 3 Years Ago
      No one can be 100% certain where and when rust will strike, and when you see it, you know your car is starting its long, inevitable slide towards the junkyard.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      oxidation; its a bitch.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's the only way you'll ever get any thumbs up, so quit your bitchin.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Paulevalence
      • 3 Years Ago
      my 1992 240sx has rust... give me money.. lol
      toast4269
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the cousin of the Dodge Nitro, right? I distinctly remember a nearly-new Nitro in 2006 squeaking like a beast all around my apartment's parking lot. I guess that's no coincidence.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      LunarSnowStorm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler's track record with their Jeep and SUV lines are not that great at best. There have always been alot of technical issues with these vechiles