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2005-07 Jeep Liberty - Diesel and Gas - Buyers Guide

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The first refresh of the Jeep Liberty took place for model-year 2005, three years after its debut. The market responded, with the Liberty beating the Ford Escape to be the best-selling compact SUV in the United States for 2005.

The major addition to the line was a diesel engine option, provided by long-time Chrysler supplier (in Europe) VM. Jeep Liberty was the first diesel-powered mid-size
sport-utility in the US, using a VM 2.8
liter common-rail turbodiesel engine rated at 160
horsepower (120 kW) at 3800 rpm, with an enormous 295 lb.-ft. (400 N.m)
at 1800 rpm. The diesel provided class-leading torque and towing
capability, with fuel economy around 25% better than the V6. It was coupled to a Chrysler 545RFE five-speed automatic. Diesel Liberty review.

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The 2.4 and 3.7 liter engines continued, hooked up to a
new NVG 370 six-speed manual transmission (available on RWD models, and 4x4 Sport and Renegade). Due to low customer demand, the 2.4 was dropped after a single year; in 2006 buyers could choose V6 or diesel, in 2007 there was only the V6.

For full coverage of the basic Jeep Liberty, see our 2002-04 Liberty page.

The 2005s had many visible changes, with a new front fascia, grille, fog lamps, fender flares, and body
side moldings. Inside, the company moved the power
window switches, added new instrument panel cluster graphics and trim bezels,
and upgraded the seats.

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Also new for 2005 was the Jeep Liberty Renegade model (pictured above), which sported a flatter hood, taller
grille, off-road foglamps, taillamp guards, fender flares,
higher ground clearance, rock rails, skid
plates, and optional P235/70R16 all-terrain tires.

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All Jeep Liberty four-wheel-drive models were Trail
Rated, and used a coil spring independent front
suspension and link-coil rear suspension. With four wheel
drive and V6 or diesel engines, Jeep Liberty boasted 5000 pounds of trailer-towing capability.

This was the first year for Trail Rating, and the press release claimed the method was created "by
the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) and Jeep Engineering to
objectively measure and consistently predict off-road performance." They used both field tests and computer

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Year by year changes

For 2006, the four-cylinder was dropped, making the V6 standard and diesel optional. The stability control system became standard, and the mini overhead console became optional on Sport C (it had been optional on Renegade and Limited). For 2007, the diesel was dropped, Sport and Limited were available in both RWD and 4x4, and a green metallic color was added; Renegade was dropped.

The Dodge Nitro was built starting August 2006; the
redesigned Jeep Liberty, on August 2007. Toledo North, whose first product was the original Liberty, was expected to produce 300,000 vehicles per year (225,250
Libertys were sold in 2006). The diesel option only lasted to the end of 2006. See the Jeep Liberty being built (2011 factory tour)

Jeep Liberty problems and repairs

Diesel issues involving idle quality, glow plug operation, and high idle speeds after a warm restart can be fixed with a software upgrade (models made before May 15, 2005).

An engineer wrote, "The [ball joint] specifications were changed, the durability cycles were changed, as well as the loading factors, all downwards ... to reduce cost of SUV parts, because, SUVs aren't used offroad generally. The joints have a full lifetime as designed and predicted. The issue is not with the parts being poorly made, the issue is the wrong spec was used."


All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted. Allpar does not trust the weight figures since they are exactly the
same as in 2004.


Four wheel drive

Two wheel drive

2.4-Liter Engine

GVWR (lbs.)52004950
GCWR (lbs.)70006750
GAWR Front/Rear (lbs.)2750/31502750/3150
Curb Weight, est.(a) (lbs.)38263648
Max. Tongue Weight(b) (lbs.)300300
Max. Trailer Weight(b) (lbs.)20002000
Max. Payload(c) (lbs.)11501150
Max. Cargo(d) (lbs.)400400

3.7-Liter Engine - Manual
GVWR (lbs.)56005350
GCWR (lbs.)87508500
GAWR Front/Rear (lbs.)2750/31502750/3150
Curb Weight, est.(a) (lbs.)40443846
Max. Tongue Weight(b) (lbs.)525525
Max. Trailer Weight(b) (lbs.)35003500
Max. Payload(c) (lbs.)11501150
Max. Cargo(d) (lbs.)400400

3.7-Liter Engine - Automatic

GVWR (lbs.)56005350
GCWR (lbs.)74007150
GAWR Front/Rear (lbs.)2750/31502750/3150
Curb Weight, est.(a) (lbs.)41153898
Max. Tongue Weight(b) (lbs.)750750
Max. Trailer Weight(b) (lbs.)50005000
Max. Payload(c) (lbs.)11501150
Max. Cargo(d) (lbs.)400400

2.8-Liter Engine

GVWR (lbs.)5600
GCWR (lbs.)10,150
GAWR Front/Rear (lbs.)2750/3150
Curb Weight, est.(a) (lbs.)4296
Max. Tongue Weight(b) (lbs.)750
Max. Trailer Weight(b) (lbs.)5000
Max. Payload(c) (lbs.)1150
Max. Cargo(d) (lbs.)400

ENGINE: 2.4-LITER, DOHC, 16-VALVE POWER TECH™ I-4 (2005 only)

AvailabilityStandard - Sport
Displacement148.2 cu. in. (2429 cu. cm)
Valve SystemBelt drive, DOHC, 16 valves, stamped-steel followers, hydraulic lash adjustment
Fuel InjectionSequential, multi-port electronic
ConstructionCast-iron block and bedplate, aluminum head and balance shafts
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Power (SAE net)150 hp (112 kW) @ 5200 rpm
Torque (SAE net)165 lb.-ft. (224 N•m) @ 4000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed6240 rpm, electronically limited
Fuel RequirementRegular unleaded, 87 octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity5 qt. (5.3-Liter)
Coolant Capacity10.1 qt. (9.6-Liter)
EPA Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)20/24

AvailabilityStandard - Renegade and Limited Edition, Optional - Sport
Displacement225 cu. in. (3701 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke3.66 x 3.57 (93 x 91)
Valve SystemChain drive, SOHC, 12 valves, roller followers with hydraulic lash adjustment
Fuel InjectionMulti-point fuel injection with returnless fuel rail
ConstructionCast-iron block, compacted graphite bedplate, aluminum heads
Compression Ratio9.1:1
Power (SAE net)210 hp (157 kW) @ 5200 rpm
Torque (SAE net)235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) @ 4000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed6000 RPM, electronically limited
Fuel RequirementRegular unleaded, 87 octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity5 qt. (4.7-Liter)
Coolant Capacity14 qt. (13-Liter)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight (lbs.)Automatic with trailer tow package 5000 lbs. (2250 kg)
Manual transmission 3500 lbs. (1600 kg)
EPA Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)Automatic 17/21 / Manual 16/22
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AvailabilityOptional - Limited Edition and Sport, 2005-06
Type and DescriptionFour-cylinder, inline, liquid-cooled
Displacement171 cu. in. (2768 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke3.70 x 3.94 (94 x 100)
Valve SystemBelt drive, DOHC, 16 valve
Fuel InjectionDirect injection, common rail 23,000 PSI (1600 bar)
ConstructionCast-iron block, aluminum cylinder head
Compression Ratio17.5:1
Power (SAE net)160 hp (120 kW) @ 3800 rpm
Torque (SAE net)295 lb.-ft. (400 N•m) @ 1800 rpm
Max. Engine Speed4300 RPM, electronically governed
Fuel Requirement#2-diesel
Oil Capacity6.3 qt. (6.0-Liter)
Coolant Capacity13.2 qt. (12.5-Liter)
Emission ControlsEGR, catalytic converters
Max. Gross Trailer WeightAutomatic with trailer tow package 5000 lbs. (2250 kg)
EPA mpg (City/Hwy)Automatic 21/27
Transmissions, axles, and transfer ratios


Operating Modes2-WD; 4-WD High, part-time; Neutral; 4-WD Low, part-time
Low Range Ratio2.72:1
Center Differential TypeNone

Operating Modes2-WD; 4-WD High part-time; 4-WD full-time; Neutral; 4-WD Low
Low Range Ratio2.72
Center Differential TypeDual sun differential with high-range and low-range lock


2.4-liter I-44.1
3.7-liter V-6 Auto3.73
3.7-liter V-6 Manual3.55
2.8-liter Diesel Auto3.73
2.8-liter Diesel Manual3.55

Alternator136-amp, Sport and Limited Edition, 160-amp Renegade
More Jeep Liberty specifications

Rear Wheel Drive

Four Wheel Drive
Wheelbase104.3 (2649)104.3 (2649)
Track, Front60.0 (1524)60.0 (1524)
Track, Rear59.7 (1516)59.7 (1516)
Length (to spare tire)174.4 (4430)174.4 (4430)
Overall Width71.6 (1819)71.6 (1819)
Overall Height70.3 (1784.7)70.2 (1784.1)
Overall Height (to roof rack)71.9 (1822.9)71.1 (1822.2)
Ground Clearance:
Front Axle (to skid plate) 6.4 (162.8)
Rear Axle8.0 (201)
7.9 (200.4)
Running9.5 (240.6)9.4 (239.3)
Approach Angle36.236
Departure Angle31.531.5
Curb Weight
2.4-liter with Manual3648 (1655)3851 (1747)
3.7-liter with Manual3846 (1745)4011 (1819)
3.7-liter with Automatic3898 (1768)4033 (1829)
2.8-liter Turbo Diesel AutomaticN/A4306 (1953)
Payload - includes occupants and cargo(b)1150 (522)
Weight Distribution, F/R(b)53/47
Frontal Area29.74 sq. ft. (2.76 sq. m)
Drag Coefficient0.421
Fuel Tank Capacity19.5 gal. (74-Liter)
Cargo Volume29 cubic feet / .821 cubic meters
69 cubic feet / 1.95 cm with rear seat folded


Seating Capacity - F/R2/3
Head Room40.7 (1034)
Leg Room40.8 (1036)
Shoulder Room56.5 (1435)
Hip Room57.0 (1448)
Seat Travel8.5 (216) horizontal, 1.5 (38) vertical w/ optional power height adjuster
Recliner Range (degrees)53
SAE Volume54.4 cu. ft. (1.54 cu. m)
Head Room42.1 (1069)
Leg Room37.2 (945)
Knee Clearance1.4 (36)
Shoulder Room56.5 (1435)
Hip Room47.4 (1204)
SAE Volume49.3 cu. ft. (1.4 cu. m)
Load Capacity400 lbs. (181 kg)

LayoutLongitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, part-time or full-time

FrontUpper and lower A-arms, coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
RearLive axle, trailing upper A-arm, dual trailing lower arms, coil springs gas-charged shock absorbers and stabilizer bar

TypePower rack-and-pinion
Overall Ratio18.2:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb)35.9 ft. (12 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)3.6
Standard - Sport
Size and TypeP215/75R16 all-terrain
Mfr. and ModelGoodyear Wrangler ST
Revs per Mile732
Standard - Renegade, Optional Sport and Limited Edition
Size and TypeP225/75R16
Mfr. and ModelGoodyear Wrangler ST
Revs per Mile715
Standard - Limited Edition
Size and TypeP235/65R17
Mfr. and ModelWrangler HP
Revs per Mile723
  • Also see "Tires" under Feature Availability.
Standard - Sport
Type and MaterialStamped-steel
Size16 x 7
Standard - Renegade
Type and MaterialCast-aluminum
Size16 x 7
Standard - Limited Edition
Type and MaterialCast-aluminum
Size17 x 7.5

Size and Type11.3 x 1.1 (288 x 28) vented disc with 2.6 (66) single-piston caliper
Swept Area228 sq. in. (1471 sq. cm)
Size and Type11.2 x 0.47 (284 x 12) solid disc with 1.89 (48) single-piston caliper
Swept Area109 sq. in. (703 sq. cm)
Power-Assist TypeTandem diaphragm, vacuum assist
ABS (optional) TypeThree-Channel ABS: Features Electronically Variable Brake Proportioning, 4 Low Mode Calibration

For full coverage of the basic Jeep Liberty, see our 2002-04 Liberty page.

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  2. 2002-2004 Jeep Liberty
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