1997 Jeep Wrangler Reviews - Page 16 of 16

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 6cyl. from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4.0 6cyl.
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10

Faults:

Cracked exhaust manifold (warranty), hard door latching mechanism replaced twice, clutch and pressure plate totally gone at 28,000 miles (not under warranty), never been off road, engine light stays on and seems to be misfiring.

General Comments:

Not worth the money. Cheap little things all over.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

30th Dec 2000, 20:50

I too have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport. Bought it new. I am a 37 year old single mother of 2. Never go offroading and have always taken great care. Exhaust manifold is cracked and several other minor problems. This is my second Jeep. My first was a 1987 Cherokee Limited. I am very disappointed in Jeep and will not buy another Jeep product.

1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5L from France

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5L
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Injection.

Dealer installed alarm.

Bolt broke down on exhaust pipe.

General Comments:

Fun to drive.

2.5 L is too small for the weight, unfortunately you have to be Bill Gates to pay french Tax on the 4.0 L engine (Around $1700 per year!!!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10

Faults:

Blew transfer case when pulling a Chevy S10 4x2 out of ditch - warranty would not cover this.

General Comments:

Cheap is the word of the day!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

2nd Dec 2000, 14:55

Jeep hasn't offered a V6 in years.

26th Dec 2000, 21:01

Thank you. It is an inline 6, and the very same design that has served Jeep's for the last 30 years. My Wrangler has 29*9.50 street tires, and I have towed some of the biggest 4*4's out of mud, snow, ditches etc... I have completely submerged it on occasion, but have never gotten it stuck, had a problem with the engine, replaced only one seal in the transfer case (occured at 170,000 miles), and I left the top off and let it rain in the interior for 6 out of the 10 years I had it (not one rust spot).

Replaced miscellaneous wearable hardware on occasion; alternator, water pump, lifters & valves (180,000 miles), and leaf springs. The springs were not covered under warranty, I jumped over a 3 foot highway divider.

4th Aug 2001, 14:01

During recent flooding where I live, I used my Jeep to tow heavy, water-saturated logs out from under a bridge during high water conditions. It performed well.

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4.0L
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Dealer installed Audiovox cruise control stopped working after 5 months. It has been replaced 4 times and still doesn't work. I gave up on trying to get it repaired.

General Comments:

Other than the cruise control problem, I love my Jeep. I've put 25K miles on it. I have a hard top which is great for highway driving - reasonably quiet. Great stock stereo/cassette. I get 22 mpg if I drive 55mph or lower, 16 mpg if I drive 70 mph or higher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1997 Jeep Wrangler V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission V6
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

RECALLS:

OBD II misfire monitor (Jan 98)

Body mount (Dec 97)

Airbag control module (Jul 97)

Fuel gauge (Jul 97)

Passenger airbag safety (April 97)

Emissions (Sept 96)

Airbag elec. control module (May 96)

General Comments:

C H E A P ! ! !

Got tired of all the recalls (7 so far).

They are now duds.

Does not run right, never has & never will.

Not worth the money.

Get a real 4x4 truck.

I miss the old V8s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4.0
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Not yet.

General Comments:

Only has 8,000 miles. Rides like a truck. Cheap built but expensive price (did not get what I paid for), should have gotten an older one (CJ5 or CJ7). This 4.0L is still nothing like the V8s they had in them years ago. Back-end scrapes too easy when 4-wheeling.

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

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 6-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4.0 6-cylinder
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Dealer installed Cruise Control - never works & went to them about it several times.

General Comments:

Does okay.

Comes stock with 30" Goodyear Wrangler tires.

Won't do much in 4-wheel high, must use 4-wheel low.

Cheap plastic interior.

Could use a turbo or V8. Sure don't get much for $22,000. Should have bought a 4WD pickup.

Manual says to change oil & filter every 7,500 miles (that's their way of making the running costs lower on the window sticker) but if you want it to last I would do it every 3,000 miles tops (ecspecially when you 4-wheel a lot).

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

Review Date: 18th October, 1998

26th Dec 2000, 20:24

I read your post and only have one point of contention. The curb weight of a Jeep Wrangler is around 3200lbs for the decked out model. The only other 4 wheel drive vehicle in its class that even gets close to that are the Toyota Tacoma's (3600lbs). I test drove a Toyota Tacoma and it's a 190 hp V6 engine. It doesn't even get close to producing the same torque at the same RPM. Considering the V6 should be able to "rev" faster to its desired RPM, it does not.

A full size truck like you suggested would put it well into the 4500lb weight classes. Try "off-roading" with one of these vehicles just one time, and you will quickly realize why they are for "dog and pony shows only". The only thing that keeps the 190 horse Wranglers from being a street rod is the gearing. They put out an incredible amount of torque and horsepower for such a light frame.

6th Jan 2001, 17:14

The Jeep was designed to be simple, rugged military hardware, not a freeway cruiser. If you want the best of creature comforts, don't buy a Jeep, if you want a serious designed for off pavement driving machine, then buy a Jeep.

1997 Jeep Wrangler 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10

Faults:

Have had no problems with this vehicle.

General Comments:

Have loved every minute of owning this vehicle. Other than general maintenance (oil changes, wiper blade replacement, etc.), this vehicle costs almost next to nothing to own and operate! Will definitely buy another Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5L
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

After 31K miles:

1. Exhaust manifold replaced

2. Hood repainted due to pockmarking

3. A couple of small cosmetic things

General Comments:

This is a great, fun car, but I would recommend the 4.0 L Sport for more power. This is not a comfortable or practical around-town car, but it is so fun it's worth it. I am very pleased with my dealer (a 5-Star dealership) and Jeep's warranty service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1997 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L gas from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5L gas
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10

Faults:

Rear wiper switch light burned out. Dealer replaced for free.

General Comments:

My jeep has been through Everything. Has gone on trips from coast to coast(USA) and I have never had a problem. Maybe a little under powered. Built well. I also own a 1985 cherokee with 280,000 miles and I have no complaints. Maintenance is the key! Tread Lightly!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 1998

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 58 reviews