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Jeep Liberty Diesel Off to a Solid Sales Start

8 June 2005

Chrysler’s 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (Common Rail Diesel), the first diesel-powered mid-size SUV in the U.S. market, has gotten off to a strong sales start, with some 3,000 units sold by the end of May.

The Liberty began phasing into showrooms in January; sales of 3,000 CRD units through May represents some 4.4% of the total 68,824 Liberty units sold in the first five months of the year.

Chrysler is pleased. The Liberty CRD was a test of the US market’s attitude toward diesel, and the company has shipped more than 6,000 units to dealers—a number higher than the company had expected to produce all year. Turn time on the Liberty CRD is an average 23 days—about one-third the typical time.

The 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD, equipped with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder, turbo common-rail diesel engine, offers 22% better fuel economy compared to comparable gasoline-powered Liberty (3.7-liter, V-6 engine).

VM Motori provides the engine, an enhanced version of the four-cylinder diesel engine currently offered on this vehicle in Europe. VM Motori is owned in part by Detroit Diesel, a DaimlerChrysler company. VM has been supplying the Chrysler Group diesel engines since 1992 for minivans and Jeep products sold in Europe.

The 2.8-liter CRD engine delivers 160 hp (120 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque at 1,800 rpm, with 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.

Chrysler Group is extending the warranty on diesel engines in all 2006 model year vehicles; the Diesel Engine Limited Warranty covers engine parts and components up to five years or 100,000 miles.

Each new Jeep Liberty CRD leaving the assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio is filled with B5 biodiesel (5% biodiesel blend).

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When will get a ribucon wrangler with a diesel engine ?

Would love to buy a 2006 Jeep Liberty diesel sport model (no moon roof), stick shift, with 9 inches of clearances (not 6.4 as in the 2005s). What are my chances?

Where to buy a CRD in California?

Much help appreciated

Is the US Tier 2 Bin 10 standard which the Jeep Liberty comes with, does it fall in the Category of Euro 3 or 4?

Help???

Thanks Gabriel

I have a Liberty CRD Diesel 2006 here in Canada. I run it on B5 Bio-Diesel (somtimes B10) from a new local station. It now has 6000 kms on it. Whats interesting is the Vehicle runs much better on Bio-Diesel than some of the regular diesel I have used. Canada now has Low-Sulphur diesel available and it works fine. (Husky & Petro-Canada Stations). However, Shell Diesel always makes my "Check Engine" light come on. As long as you run Low-Sulphur Diesel or Bio-Diesel, it runs great. Bio-diesel is better since it offers a higher cetane rating, lower pollution, more power and is cheaper by a few cents here. Also you get better lubricity to the engine so I am sticking with the Bio-Diesel and love my CRD Liberty.

what triggers the fuel injectors on the Liberty CRD?

I bought a 2006 Liberty Diesel for my wife and she loves it Heck I'll even stop driving my cummins in my Dodge once in awhile to take the little oil burner up town. It goes like a scared rabbit and maybe once it gets some miles on it the economy will inprove but I'm getting about 24 miles per gallon but that is mixed town and city driving.
Great little SUV its the only thing to give Mom to drive the kids around town. She wouldn't say she likes it but she doesn't like it when anyone else drives it either I guess that about the best acknowledgement I'm going to get that she likes it. Can't get her out of this thing to take a drive in it myself.
Best regards,
Buy a new Jeep Diesel.

Has anybody found out a way to get a liberty diesel in California? I love Jeep but if I can't get the CRD in CA, I might have to go with the Escape Hybrid...

I'm no expert on California laws but my understanding is you can buy a used one from out of state and legally register it there.

I own a Liberty CRD and it works great, delivering 20-23mpg in town and 24-28mpg highway. Not the mileage of a Civic Hybrid (which I had before), but far better than the gas version.

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