I'm a first-time owner of a new 2004 Jeep Liberty Sport with the Command trac part-time 4WD, and I'd like to know just how to use the part-time 4WD mode.
It says in the manual not to use it on dry roads (I assume this means extended use), or the drivetrain/transfer case may be worn.
How about using it on wet, slippery roads under sleet conditions,
or heavy rains with deep puddles, or dry roads containing patches of ice?
Just interested in what your experiences are out there.
I'm coming off a two-seater sports car, and bought the 4 cylinder/5 speed
base model after satisfying myself it had enough pep. It does if you know how to drive a stick and aren't towing anything heavy or going off-road
up a mountain (which I'm not). I'm just content to having some fun
driving around suburbia and the countryside, and taking some long trips
(which you can't do very well in a little convertible).
The first thing I did was to replace those narrow Wrangler ST 75 tires
with Goodyear Fortera HL 70s. What a world of difference in cornering and handling! I think 70 series tires are essential in a Liberty.
Superb performance, and super fun to drive. And the sound system is a heckuva lot better than in a two-seater.
Another thing. I see a lot of complaints in reviews about "poor gas mileage"
which refers mainly to the V6/automatic, which 90% of the Liberties come
equipped with (my local dealer had only one 4 cyl/5speed in stock).
What you get is what you'd expect from a V6 automatic. I'm getting
21-22 mpg in suburban driving--and that's as good as those 4 cyl Toyota and Honda SUVs. But then, those SUVs are mostly sold as automatics to women who don't drive stick shift. Funny, my wife has been driving stick shift for 30 years.