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Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

AandA2VI
May 27, 2018 09:15AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,233

We need a new car, with 4x4 for a couple reasons. Kinda narrowed down to a Jeep Liberty - fiancé wants a Jeep for a couple reasons also.

Can’t seem to find one here that’s not a total disaster for 6+k. Do you all think it’s worth it to fly to MIA and buy one and have shipped? I see so many for 3-4K so adding 2k for flight hotel and import... are my figures off?

Just trying to decide if it’s worth it. If anyone knows of one for sale that’s not hurricane damaged lmk also wink He’d consider other cars but it just seems to be the perfect size and ruggedness.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

vicanuck
May 29, 2018 08:03AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,285

A Jeep Liberty described as "rugged"?

You're kidding...right?

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Beeski
May 29, 2018 09:28AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 641

We have a Jeep Liberty in our fleet. It has had a ton of electrical issues.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Moinstx
May 29, 2018 11:21AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 20

Can't help you with one for sale but I am on my third Jeep Liberty and I love it. It's a 2012 Jet Edition. Never had any issues with them, all three have been driven on St. Croix, and I think it is a great vehicle for the islands. Maybe try Centerline Rentals STX as they do sell them from time to time.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

speee1dy
May 29, 2018 11:44AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,553

there is a jeep dealership on stx. but it still would be cheaper to get one in the states and ship down

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Gumbo
May 29, 2018 01:29PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 487

I just brought a Tacoma from Ft. Lauderdale with Blue Ocean transport. If you buy a vehicle that size, your looking at about 2500.00 in costs before you get it on the road here. (Shipping, road tax, Registration). Just keep that in mind. Too me it was worth it because the truck wasn't beat all to @#$$ and overpriced. I don't know how good of a vehicle a jeep liberty is but I see a lot of them. I think there is at least 10 dark blue ones with the hood faded out on STT.big grin

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

vicanuck
May 29, 2018 01:37PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,285

I would NEVER buy another Chrysler product no matter how long I live.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Gumbo
May 29, 2018 02:28PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 487

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vicanuck
I would NEVER buy another Chrysler product no matter how long I live.

Hard to go wrong with a Toyota, If I lived on STX I would drive an F150.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Alana33
May 29, 2018 03:41PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,872

I've got a 1997 Toyota Tacoma.
Runs great! Doesn't have all the computer crap under the hood, either.
Looks pretty darned good, too!

Be sure to ask if the vehicle you buy has ever been submerged or in a flood.

Check prices add shipping, customs duty if any, road tax, certificate of ownership, inspection and registration fees.

Good Luck.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

AandA2VI
May 29, 2018 09:35PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,233

Can’t and don’t want a truck. A liberty was never in our minds as I know they have issues but they seem to fit the bill. And yes it’s more rugged than his current Kia Sportage 4cl lol. We can’t use that for our STJ job we need 4wd. My commander isn’t 4wd and won’t make Carolina turns and hills without the rear sliding around and it’s way too big to make tight turns way up in coral bay.

Since we’re STILL in court over our stolen CRV he doesn’t want another CRV which is my suggestion but can’t get him to go for it. We also don’t want another V8. Love my commander but the gas mileage is not great which is also why we don’t want a wrangler - plus I could never drive the wrangler as I’m too short lol. Tons of parts and mechanics to work on jeeps also. In fact I usually do most of my own mechanics on my commander, it’s pretty easy. I know they don’t have the best rap but what car that lives here does?

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Alana33
May 29, 2018 11:20PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,872

A little added weight in the rear such as a 60 lb. bag of concrete. (or 2) does wonders for light rear ends in vehicles without auto 4WD especially on steep hills and corners where traffic has stopped on wet, slick roads, with running water, muddy or not and an idiot is in front of you spinning his wheels, trying to get traction.

How about a Subaru Explorer or Outback? I purchased an 2011 Outback for use in FL. It's been a great car. Too many bells and whistles for an used to be island truck driving girl but it been a good vehicle.

I'm not a car person.
Been lucky to get what suits me, has been dependable and cost very little money for repairs over the years.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

stjohnjulie
May 30, 2018 03:26AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 754

Good point about the flood/water damage. I bought a F150 and a Impreza from FL and had them shipped. All in with shipping, road tax, registration, it was about $2,400 for each of them. Had friends check out the cars I found and lots of them had total rusted undercarriages. I love my Impreza. I don't go a lot of places with really bad roads so clearance isn't an issue for me. I have never had a problem getting up steep wet switchbacks. Easy to park the thing too since its really small. I'm really short too, so I get ya on not wanting to have to sit on a bunch of pillows to see over the dash the way you should.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Ptopta
May 30, 2018 09:44AM

Registered: 2 months ago
Posts: 14

Liberty has had many issues. I would buy something else. Hard to beat a toyota.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

lescooper
May 30, 2018 04:25PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 140

I searched on Craigslist Miami until I found a good deal on a Toyota Rav 4. Contacted a mobile car inspection company to completely check it out. Made arrangements to get it to one of the cargo boat's that brought it to St Croix. Everything worked out without issues.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

AandA2VI
May 31, 2018 09:14AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,233

I know Liberty has issues but he REALLY wants a Jeep.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Ptopta
May 31, 2018 10:03AM

Registered: 2 months ago
Posts: 14

Buy a jeep but not a liberty. EDIT. I feel now if a liberty is what you want then thats what you should get. We have 2009 grand cherokee. It has issues but it still keeps on going. There are still many on the road. Jeeps do have more rugged chassis but the flaws are the body. I say go for it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/31/2018 10:26AM by Ptopta.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

caribstx
May 31, 2018 11:31AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 434

Jeep = Chrysler = Poorly Built

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Bombi
May 31, 2018 01:32PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 2,104

The Fiat connection (Fix It Again Tony) has seriously degraded the quality and reliability of the Jeep Brand. Look to Car Fax and Kelly Bluebook for more info. Also try Consumer Reports.

optimist with low expectations on STX

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

dougtamjj
May 31, 2018 10:44PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 2,573

I have a 95 jeep wrangler that has been through 5 teens and getting ready for the 6th teen. We have had to replace the computer and right now it needs some brakes, exhaust system, new top and some floorboard rust work. Great project car for my almost 15 year old son. I'm getting excited about working on it with him. Of course that didn't answer your question. excited

Tammy

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

AandA2VI
June 01, 2018 01:47AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,233

What was the shipping total including road tax etc. was it a US made rav?

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

caribstx
June 01, 2018 08:28AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 434

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AandA2VI
What was the shipping total including road tax etc. was it a US made rav?

The Toyota Rav line is made in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada so its under NAFTA.

But, NAFTA is not applicable in the USVI.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Wolverine888
June 01, 2018 08:59AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Speee1dy, I noticed you mentioned that local Jeep dealer on STT (I’m assuming that’s the one over by Tutu Mall), have you or anyone heard anything about their service dept? I’m shipping my 2017 Jeep Rubicon, which will be under warranty for a couple more years and just wondered?

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Gumbo
June 01, 2018 05:29PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 487

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Wolverine888
Speee1dy, I noticed you mentioned that local Jeep dealer on STT (I’m assuming that’s the one over by Tutu Mall), have you or anyone heard anything about their service dept? I’m shipping my 2017 Jeep Rubicon, which will be under warranty for a couple more years and just wondered?

Try at all costs to stay away from Caribbean Auto Mart,
Just my 2 cents.

Re: Looking for Jeep Liberty? Or should we go to the states?

Wolverine888
June 02, 2018 05:52AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 201

Good to know, Gumbo, thx

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