1987 Jeep Wrangler Reviews from North America

1987 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.2 Liter Inline 6

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.2 Liter Inline 6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles

Summary:

Not a good daily driver

Faults:

Clutch had to be replaced at 104,000 miles, very costly $900.

4 Wheel Drive Vacuum motors doesn't work.

Steering Wheel is very loose.

Key is very hard to turn/ get to work.

Left blinker does not shut off automatically.

High beams don't work.

Horn wiring is loose.

Needed new intake gasket.

Power Steering pump went.

Jeep is hard to start.

Choke does not work.

Heater core leaks.

Fuel Odor in car.

General Comments:

This car has been nothing but trouble for me. The only time I actually enjoy it is with the top off. I have put over $2500 into this car in the last year and a half. I hate it during the winter, but for some reason during the summer, I just love it.

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

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

22nd Mar 2004, 20:09

You have to keep in mind that you are not buying a new car. In time, things start to wear out. There aren't many 87 vehicles, Jeeps especially, that are "showroom" quality. Just be patient, spend a few bucks, give it some TLC and you'll have a great Jeep. I am also a fellow 87 Wrangler owner who purchased a used Jeep with problems. And I have to keep in mind that it is used.

1987 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2.5L

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

Rugged good looks and all season fun!

Faults:

Alternator died at 110000 miles, higher amperage replacement cost $75. Direct bolt in, took less than 10 minutes to fix.

Had to replace the steering shaft, due to the U-joint wearing excessively at the bottom joint. Happened at 115000 miles, was stock shaft. New shaft cost $115, did the installation in my driveway in 45 minutes.

Gauge lights died at 120000 miles, replaced in 30 minutes, cost $15 for all.

Breaks needed to be rebuilt at 124000 miles, new rotors, pads and drums. Cost $390, including labor.

General Comments:

This car is awesomely fun to drive! Has proven extremely reliable so far, and has plenty of life left in it yet. I feel completely comfortable driving this vehicle to and from school, 230 miles each way. I reccomend avoiding the 6 cylinder models from this year, as they use a (highly un-reliable) carburetor. Not a sports car by any means, but great for camping, going to the beach, or plowing through bad weather. I reccomend the hardtop and full steel doors for those living in areas which get snow in the winter, makes things much quieter, and scraping ice won't scratch your windows. Also, in my experience, it seems that these older AMC-design models tend to have less problems than the newer Daimer-Chrysler built ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2002

30th Jan 2006, 13:51

You are correct.

The AMC designed Jeeps appear to be vastly superior to the Chrysler designs.

Chrysler should've stuck to building mini-vans and Dodge Darts with slant-six engines!

1st Sep 2008, 19:22

Count me as another fan of the AMC designed Jeeps.

Especially those equipped with the 4.0 liter in-line six.

18th Oct 2008, 10:34

The CJ is capable. The YJ was more comfortable, and yet the TJ has better articulation, reliability and comfort as both of them.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews