1998 Jeep Wrangler Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 14

1998 Jeep Wrangler SE

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Faults:

Transmission oil leaked at around 60,000 miles.

Gas gauge doesn't work.

General Comments:

I love my Wrangler and am very happy with it. It has been very dependable, starts every time, and never behaves strangely, like my previous car (a Saab). I bought this Wrangler used, and the three years I've had the car, have only had to repair a transmission fluid leak. That's it!

The only truly negative feature is the gas mileage - It seems I'm always pumping gas. But it does do much better on the freeway.

It's definitely not a luxury car. It's loud and rough, but I like the ruggedness about it. And it's adorable.

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

Review Date: 20th December, 2005

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L/6 Cylinder

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L/6 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance133500 miles
Previous carMazda B2200

Summary:

If I crash and live, I will buy another Jeep Wrangler

Faults:

Intermittant dash problems which was a dealer recall in 1999. They fixed it for about a year then it started doing it again after hitting bumpy roads. I took the dash apart, applied dielectrical grease to the two large wire harness plugs and not a problem since.

Front and rear differential seals were replaced at 74,955 miles. I say this number with confidence because my warranty was just about to expire at 75,000.

Air conditioner is blowing a bit warmer air in the summer. Probably needs a recharge.

Engine sputters when fuel level is below 1/4 of a tank going around tight corners. On a long driving trip recently, engine would sputter when fuel level was just below 1/2 of a tank on straight highway driving. Doesn't do it anymore, but was real annoying on that trip.

Soft Top needs replacing - first time.

General Comments:

6 Cyl. Engine gets me 20 MPG highway.

New soft tops on market will make interior noise quieter.

Every car will have its problems and for a Jeep, this has held up very well in the ever-changing weather of Houston, Texas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4.0 liter six cylinder

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter six cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32 miles
Most recent distance119520 miles
Previous carToyota Landcruiser

Summary:

A fine vehicle, a proud tradition, a pleasure to own

Faults:

Typical problem with intermittent dash problems at about 36,000 miles. Repaired ground panel behind instruments and have had not electric / electronic problems since.

Cowling drain occasionally clogs (leaves, dirt, etc.) and has to be cleaned to avoid leakage onto front floorboard.

Rear seal on transmission started leaking at about 65,000 miles and cost about $600.00 to properly repair.

Rear zipper on soft top finally died about two weeks ago at about 119,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have to say, I love this vehicle.

I have had numerous jeeps and other four wheel drive vehicles over the years. This is my second Wrangler. I had a CJ7, two different CJ5s, a CJ3B, a Toyota Land cruiser FJ62, two Land cruiser FJ40s, a Dodge Power wagon, two Ford Broncos and an International Scout. It seem that I always come back to Jeep!

I have had this particular Wrangler coast to coast, and from the Yukon and Alaska, deep into Mexico. I tow a 21 foot boat, a large pop-up camper, an off-road excursion trailer and the occasional garden trailer with this vehicle.

The factory supplied tires wore out at about 36,000 miles, but the next set lasted until 100,000 miles and I am now running on my third set since new.

I still have the original clutch and exhaust system and replaced the original brakes at 100,000 miles. I live in Michigan, but wash the vehicle weekly and have had no rust problems whatsoever to date.

This vehicle is my daily driver, but is also used for travel and serious off road trips. I don't "baby" it, but I treat it right and perform regular maintenance. I know some folks seem to have money pits with Jeep labels on them, but in 35 years of ownership, my jeeps have never let me down. I wish I could say that for the other 4x4s I have owned!

My next vehicle will also be a Jeep, but I plan to build a CJ7 from the ground up, new frame, body and all. In the meantime, my soon to be 8 year old Wrangler will continue to run strong, and I look forward to several more years of service from it. These 4.0 engines are basically bullet proof and can easily go 300,000 miles if properly maintained.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st September, 2005

21st Sep 2005, 14:54

Hi, I am commenting on my own review! Somehow the button for no got clicked for the question of whether or not I would buy another vehicle from this manufacturer. That is in error. I will most certainly purchase another jeep, as that is what I intend to drive for as long as they are making a wrangler/cj type vehicle.

12th Oct 2006, 22:07

Would you please tell me more about intermittent dash problems. I own a 1998 Sahara and am experiencing the same problems.

Thanks.

17th Oct 2006, 15:32

I got the gauges to work... it was a 10A fuse under the hood that needed to be replaced.

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