1998 Jeep Wrangler Reviews from North America

1998 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance163000 miles
Previous carGMC Envoy

Summary:

Fun, durable and reliable AMC powered beast

Faults:

Heat did not work, I flushed the coolant and the heater core, and it works way better, but I still feel it could be hotter. These Jeeps have issues with the blend doors or cables for the heat and A/C. I was lucky to not have mine be broken, as it is a 9 hour job to tear it down. I am careful switching the vent settings out of fear.

Seems like this is a stupid problem. That's the only issue I have had.

General Comments:

I love it. The 4 cylinder is slow, but is reliable and tough. These Wranglers were not built for speed. They're very fun to drive, and there are millions of aftermarket companies that make parts for them.

The 4 cylinder engine is still not "fuel efficient", but the truck is heavy for a 4 cylinder engine, and I did not buy a Jeep for fuel efficiency. I also have 31"s on it, so this is also costing me some mileage.

I do still wish I had the straight 6.

The most reliable Chrysler on the market is the Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2012

5th Dec 2012, 18:05

"AMC powered beast"?

By the time your Jeep was built, AMC was long gone!

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 I6

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 I6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Extremely fun and reliable, but not for everyone

Faults:

Carbon canister leaked once, resulting in a check engine light.

General Comments:

All vehicles have lemons. Every TJ lemon I've heard of has never had engine problems, it's usually everything else. However, it also depends on how people treat their vehicle, not many would come here to write a review and admit that they've really abused their vehicle with zero maintenance, then act surprised at its poor performance.

The Wrangler TJ is extremely reliable. If you're in the market for one, I would suggest you buy it. You won't have to worry about any maintenance issues except for routine work like oil changes etc. (given it's not a lemon, which most aren't). It will pay for itself by giving you thousands upon thousands of miles of driving.

It's extremely fun to drive, especially in the hot months when you can take the doors and top off.

The mileage is not great. If you put bigger tires on it then even more so. But for a 4x4 it's actually not bad, about average.

It's off-road capability is astounding. Out of the box, no other 4x4 comes close. Like they say: "Go anywhere, do anything"

That being said, the Wrangler is not for everyone. While it's a blast on-road and super capable off-road, everything else most people want out of a vehicle are not present in a Wrangler. It is NOT good at getting groceries, playing taxi or commuting. Depending on the model, it has either NO or FEW creature comforts. No power windows or locks. The ride is stiff and loud. Some have AC some don't. I don't need these things, I don't care about these things, but I acknowledge that most people do. In one sense, it is practical because it gets you from point A to point B with little maintenance and little regard for obstacles. On the other hand, it's not practical because that's all you can do with it... and at about 15mpg. With lots of low-end torque it CAN, however, tow very well.

However, the Wrangler (especially the TJ) has a HUGE aftermarket, allowing for some solutions to these problems (like sound proofing, storage etc.).

In the end, you have to ask yourself what kind of person you are. Like with most things, it's all personal preference. If all you care about is reliability, ease of maintenance (it's VERY easy to work on, simple design), on and off road capability, then this is the vehicle for you. If you want to haul people, go fast, or own an economical commuter, then look elsewhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2009

15th May 2009, 07:37

Having owned a number of Wranglers, both YJ's & TJ's.

I agree that the Wrangler is not for everyone. However I think that my Wrangler is a terrific grocery getter, as long as I'm not buying too many groceries, of course.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 41 reviews