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San Francisco:  What happens when you drop a diesel engine into a normal Jeep Liberty? Not very much, and that's a good thing. Compared to a regular Jeep Liberty, the 2006 diesel powered version offers a slightly stronger kick when you step on the gas while adding only a tiny bit of noise. It's an incredible machine for that reason alone.

I remember sometime in the 1980s when my neighbor across the street drove a Volkswagen Jetta with a diesel engine. He was a teacher who drove a school bus in the mornings, so each day around 5 a.m. he'd fire up the

Jetta and drive off to the bus barn - and wake up the whole neighborhood in the process. Boy, that thing was really noisy.

This new 2006 Jeep Liberty Diesel is almost as quiet as a regular gas engine. Of course there's that distinctive diesel chatter under the hood, but it's not that bad. You can go through the drive thru lane at McDonald's without having to shut off the engine to place your order. It's pretty much exactly like a normal Jeep Liberty, only with more truck like power and better fuel economy.

The only downside to this SUV is the same as with any Liberty - its bouncy, off road suspension. I know Jeep makes vehicles specifically for off roading, but I see a lot more Liberty’s in parking lots than I do in mud pits.

Instead of using a smoother independent suspension that would suit most Liberty owners just fine, every Liberty is fitted with an off road suspension that isn't nearly as refined as most other small SUVs. It's not a comfortable ride. Then again, if it had a comfortable ride it wouldn't feel like a Jeep.

The diesel engine gives a slightly stronger kick compared with an ordinary Jeep Liberty. The diesel engine is a good alternative to the gas engines because it's more fuel efficient and has truck like power without adding much noise.

I'm just glad to see a diesel option on the Liberty, and I suspect it's something we'll see much more frequently on other small cars and SUVs in the very near future.

What was tested? The 2006 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition with a base MSRP price of $24,410. Options: Diesel engine ($1,360), customer preferred package ($1,575), Sirius satellite radio ($195). Price as tested: $27,540.

Why buy it? Its strong diesel engine is amazingly quiet. It has plenty of power and lots of off road capability to go with its classic Army styling.

Why avoid it? The off road suspension is bouncy and unrefined for on road driving.  By Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

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Topic: The 2006 Jeep Liberty Diesel
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