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Jeep Liberty vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Jeep Liberty or Nissan Xterra reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Jeep Liberty and the Nissan Xterra truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 45100 miles

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2008 Jeep Liberty   18 Libertys, 9.1 months of data per Liberty, average 72800 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 9.1 months of data per Xterra, average 79300 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 11.5 months of data per Xterra, average 95500 miles

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2002 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 10.2 months of data per Xterra, average 136500 miles

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2006 Jeep Liberty   11 Libertys, 9.0 months of data per Liberty, average 90000 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra   13 Xterras, 9.5 months of data per Xterra, average 123900 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty   19 Libertys, 9.5 months of data per Liberty, average 93900 miles

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2004 Jeep Liberty   24 Libertys, 9.0 months of data per Liberty, average 123900 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 8.9 months of data per Xterra, average 165000 miles

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2003 Jeep Liberty   12 Libertys, 8.5 months of data per Liberty, average 108500 miles

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2002 Jeep Liberty   11 Libertys, 7.3 months of data per Liberty, average 149600 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Jeep Liberty

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Jeep Liberty

Jeep Liberty Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Over 31,000 miles, and everything works, no squeeks, no broken parts, very reliable.
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 160hp 2.8L I4 Diesel
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
With the hot tune i have over 100 more TQ from stock and over 40HP and boy can you feel that TQ! Great for towing my small RV and it runs up the hills now! 100 more TQ make it feel like a whole new vehicle and 18mpg towing a 5k trailer! Beat that!
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
It has only needed 1 minor repair in 85,000 miles not including 2 recalls
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Its Ruggedness
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 160hp 2.8L I4 Diesel
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
I have only had two things go bad under warranty. the ball joints were recalled and the EGR valve had to be replaced.
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Jeeps are known for longevity.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
I have not had a single problem to this date.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
after 7 years and 158,000 miles the Liberty has proven to be dependable and trustworthy.
Jeep Liberty Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No significant problems yet, but just waiting to see what happens due to past brand experiences.
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
It has suffered several serious problems despite being just five years old and mostly driven on-road. Cracked radiator, broken driveshaft, now leaking power steering hoses. I have owned 10-year-old cars that never had so many problems.
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The front ball joints had to be replaced. Air conditioning went out. Front brakes have a short life.
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Catalytic converter failed after just 35k miles. Had a couple of transmission issues, although they were covered by the 7 years powertrain warranty.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
In spite of the fact that this car normally receives a reliability rating of 5/10, I have found that if you perform the required preventive maintenance, the car will provide outstanding reliability.
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bulletproof. Drive and enjoy. Wear and tear is the only things you will care about. Trust me, I owned 4 of them, and they all are still in the family. This vehicle withstands a real abuse. If you do minimal maintenance - it will serve you for 10 years at least.
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I've had my X for almost two years now and have had absolutely no problems. I get my scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and change my oil myself ever 3,500 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Body-on-frame construction offers better rigidity and durability for off road use than a unibody.
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have only had one issue with the vehicle in 4.5 years and nearly 60,000 miles and that is the serpentine belt tensioner need to be replaced under warranty. There is some black trim that has faded, but the structural integrity is the same as new.
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Same engine as 350Z has a good reputation as being reliable. Timing Chain and 100K tune ups.
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a good reputation
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
for the most part this truck has been very reliable, only minor things like power window issues after 60,000 miles but other then a couple of windows power not working completely its been great
Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Interior materials are not particularly durable for an SUV marketed to people who actually use them to go off road and to partake in outdoor activites. Have had a coolant hose and power sterring hose go bad for no apparent reason.