1997 Jeep Wrangler Reviews - Page 3 of 16

1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0 from Finland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 924

Summary:

I'm sold!

Faults:

Rear differential started making noise. -> Upon opening found out that spider gear pressure plate had split in two! Propably due to material defect? Easy and cheap to repair.

General Comments:

Not the most comfortable car around, but one of the most fun to drive. Although the spring suspension makes a world of difference, when compared to previous model's (YJ) leaf suspension.

For winter a hard-top is a must, as well as a soft-top for the summer. Without both, you will either suffer the winter, or loose out on all the fun on summer.

Does reasonable well off the road, even as standard. But awesome with modifications that are widely available.

Cabin has plenty of room for two+luggage, but only with back seat taken out. Wouldn't recommend it as a family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2005

13th May 2006, 03:29

Now a year later commenting my own review:

Had to sell it, as I moved out of Finland, but I still miss my little Jeep. No problems with the car except the one mentioned. Finally had 135000km on it, when I sold it.

Someone here complained about the brakes being too aggressive in wet weather, and this I agree. Very bad design! But you learn to live with it, but applying break twice just after "take off". It only does the hard breaking once or twice, after that its back to normal. Funny how Chrysler engineers couldn't get this right. I've had tens of cars, even russian design, and none of them had problems with breaks!

But other than that, it was absolutely reliable car.

I'd buy another one, but I now need a car better suited on the highway. The Wrangler is not the choice for daily long highway drives.

1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5 Litre 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Litre 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Great vehicle for VT, some problems

Faults:

Major Exhaust problems. Front pipe kept separating.

Major rust/rot problem on the passengerside where the floor pan connects to the body.

General Comments:

Great vehicle, pretty rugged! Inside is cramped and somewhat uncomfortable for long trips. Some body problems that started before my warranty ran out that they would not fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2005

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 Liter 6 Cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Liter 6 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles

Summary:

Top down, doors off... Jeeps are fun!

Faults:

Replaced oxygen sensor a few months after I bought it.

Alternator went out around 100,000 miles.

Transmission started leaking around 110,000 miles. Started to shift rough.

Unexplained engine stalling at low speeds. Replacing spark plugs and distributor didn't fix the problem.

Catalytic converter rattles.

Hole in exhaust manifold.

Fenders discolored.

Paint cracked and fell off the mirror brackets.

General Comments:

I bought this Jeep after dreaming of owning one for a long time. I drove it for about 2.5 years and had a great time. Driving with the top down and doors off in the summer was a blast.

A few minor things went wrong, as listed above, but I never had to make a major repair. My Jeep was my daily driver, and it never left me stranded anywhere.

If you like to customize your vehicle, then you would love a Jeep. I was really able to personalize the looks of my Jeep for very little cost.

Overall, I had a great time in my Jeep. It was no luxury car, but the lack of comfort was part of the charm. I had to let mine go recently because I wanted something that gets better gas mileage. When I get to the point where I can afford to have a second car, I'll most likely buy another Jeep as a toy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2004

4th Oct 2005, 20:02

Did this guy sell me my jeep!!! Exactly the same problems. I have 130,000 on mine. Distributor bearings squeak. New battery fixed the stalling issue after replacing plugs, cables, distributor and rotor. transmision leaks too. I still love it though. This pup can go anywhere.

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4.0L 6-Cylinder from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L 6-Cylinder Manual
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Wranglers are fun, timeless, and the best looking SUV on the road!

Faults:

Vent door stopped working for top vents. Cost nearly $400 to fix.

Exhaust Manifold is cracked.

General Comments:

I love my Jeep! Considering the miles, I think it has held up really well. I love the manual transmission, although it takes awhile to get used to it. I had a 1994 Jeep Cherokee Country before and I liked it too, but I like my Wrangler better. I have a hard top for it and had an aftermarket soft top that I am going to sell. If you are going to get a soft top get a factory one. Don't waste the time with the crappy aftermarket ones. I am so sad that the Sahara name wasn't continued to 2005. I am still not sold on the Unlimited. If I buy another one, (which I will), I will get a either a black Rubicon or another used Sahara. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone. I drive about 70 miles a day and I still love it. Definitely go with a hard top for winter driving. The rear wiper and defroster are great too. When the Jeep is all waxed and shined up it is one of the most timeless, gorgeous vehicles on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2004

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