2002 Jeep TJ Reviews from North America

2002 Jeep TJ Sport 4.0

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles

Summary:

Good for the daily driver and the weekend warrior

Faults:

At around 75000 the rear wiper motor went out... mud. My bad. Eh, who needs it anyway?

80000: 2nd gear grinds a time or two, worried it's the synchros. Changed fluid, shifts fine and has since (do change about 15000 miles or so now just to be safe)

110000: Ring gear lost some teeth... my bad again. Should have washed better after playing, mud ate the axle seals. 150 bucks for a used third member drum to drum, not too bad I thought.

130000: Radiator needed to be replaced. They weren't thinking too clearly when they made the top and bottoms of them out of plastic. Found a used all metal one for $75.

150000: Factory CD player called it quits. Don't know how many 1000's upon 1000's of hours it did work though.

General Comments:

Good low end torque. A bit lacking in high end. But what do you expect out of a vehicle designed to go off road where the low end is more useful anyhow?

Handles really well on road with very little body roll.

Off road... duh.

It is a little cramped at times with passengers and gear.

Hard top is quiet. Easy on and off... Don't know if can say that when I'm 50+. I'm 27 now.

Paint has held up well despite the scratches in the clear coat. Fender flares and top have faded some.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th January, 2010

26th Jan 2010, 15:02

"Don't know if can say that when I'm 50+."

You make it sound like 50+ is the end of the world.

Let me say this - I am 50+ and I drive my 5 speed Wrangler everyday. I could take the hardtop off if I wanted to, but I guess at my age I might catch a really bad chill, huh? :)

2002 Jeep TJ SE 2.5L 4 inline

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L 4 inline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68400 kilometres
Most recent distance78400 kilometres
Previous carMazda B2200

Summary:

Best all terrain truck

Faults:

Change sway bar link passenger side - $60.

Change link kit for the transfer cases (being noisy) - $30.

Had to change one bolt on the manifold and the gasket (bolts break, but it sounded great like a V-8) was the rear bolt. Gasket - $12.

Power steering leaked a little bit. Just fill it from time to time.

Transfer case start to leak fluid at speedo sensor. O-ring for speedo sensor - $4.

Problem with the zipper of soft top, but it's a 2002, and we're 2008...

Before I owned it:

The starter was changed at 50000 KM, $170 (under warranty).

The rear window wiper motor at 60000 KM, $120 (under warranty).

Change sway bar link driver side side 65000 KM (under warranty).

General Comments:

I love my Jeep TJ. Even with a 2.5. I have a lot of power when it stays over 2500 rpm. Fun to drive in the snow.

I already know that my next car will be another Jeep! I also own a Suzuki Samurai. We can say that the Jeep is its big brother..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2008

24th Dec 2008, 08:28

Jeep should have changed the design of the sway bar links. They all pop out after a while. You may want to look into aftermarket links when these go bad. If the ball sits in the socket horizontally instead of vertically there is much less of a tendency to pop out.

Great vehicles overall with just a few well documented flaws. Best when used off-pavement.

2002 Jeep TJ Apex 2.0

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carJeep TJ

Summary:

Unfortunate declining quality workmanship

Faults:

Engine light, seat fell apart, rattles when clutch depressed, grinding noise when turning.

General Comments:

This is the 3rd jeep 4x4 I have owned (87,92,02) this truck is in the shop 2-3 times a year for different components braking down and the dealership mechanics don't have a clue with what's wrong with it, but quickly attach it to their computer and are ready to charge for the same repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th June, 2007

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 8 reviews