'06 Liberty Renegade
Why I as a guy bought a Liberty over a Wrangler.
by Drew T
(Inman, SC, USA )
In 2006 a 4dr Jeep was a Liberty or Grand Cherokee with no 4-door Wranglers yet. The Grand Cherokee was out of my price range. The Liberty Renegade had more hp from a V6, twice the towing capacity, skid plates, A/C, more cargo room than a Wrangler, back glass pops up without having to open the tailgate, same rear end and I think same transfer case, plus a little more mpg.
Tires were even bigger than standard Wranglers. I think Wranglers were 205 and mine were 235. However, the big reason was 4 doors. The kids could get in or out without the hassle of a 2dr, plus power windows, door locks and a big reason was the hardtop with benefit was the strongest roof Jeep had put on a vehicle to date.
I live in the southeast and this Jeep has done everything I ask it, from towing a boat to mud holes deer hunting. My only issues have been the window regulators are junk. Here I am still driving it over 10 years later. I still don't think I did wrong in getting it and in comparison to the new Wranglers I still like the Liberty for the same reasons I bought it then, plus 5,000 lb towing that the newest Wranglers still can't do.
Yes a solid front axle would be nice with locking differentials but I'm okay since I don't do rock climbing out west.