1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L 6 cylinder (inline ) from North America


Fun, capable, versatile vehicle for a reasonable price


Aside from 'normal wear and tear'; the only things I have had go wrong in the last five years are:

* exhaust manifold cracked; fixing this this weekend, so no price estimate available yet

* leaky steering box; "fixed" by a bottle or three of power steering fluid with 'stop leak' additive.

* blew out a tie rod; that was probably my fault though :)

* the soft top is showing it's age and plastic windows are getting "hazy"; this is mostly due to how I treat them, but you shouldn't be too surprised if this happens to you (after ~3-5 years). Also - in the last ~6 months the zippers on the windows have started slipping, that will be fixed when I replace the top/windows :).

General Comments:

I love my Jeep; still handles excellently on and off road and looks almost as good as she did when I got her.

Suspension is, naturally, a little harder than a 'normal car' might have, but I prefer it that way.

Would not recommend it as a 'family car' :) ; but it has been a great work + weekend car for me (drive her 60+ miles every day and have gone on several 600+ mile road trips). In fact, I 'expired' my warranty by month 13 (36,000 miles)...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2002

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L I-6 from North America


I love my lemon


Paint chipping shortly after acquiring.

Water leak when running air conditioning, dealer can't fix.

Exhaust manifold broke in three places about 45,000.

Catalytic converter went shortly thereafter.

Having trouble with the transmission, but dealer says they can't find anything at about 53,000.

Both oxygen sensors went about 55,000. Had the transmission checked again and of course they couldn't find anything.

Throttle position sensor replaced about 65,000.

New slave cylinder and master cylinder at about 67,000 after dealer couldn't find anything and extended warranty had expired.

Transmission rebuild, on warranty, when dealer finally got tired of my complaining at about 69,500.

Transmission is still not acting right.

Zippers on windows completely worn out for as long as I can remember.

And right now at about 70,000 give or take it is sitting outside and will not start. (Unknown reason)

General Comments:

The Wrangler is a beautiful vehicle and is fun to drive.

Unfortunately it is cheapest to just look at it and not drive it.

Like many obviously when I got my baby I was fulfilling a dream and it has rapidly turned into a nightmare.

But all in all it is like the old horse. I probably should, but I just can't shoot her.

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

Review Date: 17th April, 2002

7th Apr 2004, 19:32

I agree with you 100%. Your situation sounds just like mine.

14th Nov 2007, 19:48

I also agree. I love my jeep... just can't bring myself to take it out back and shoot it.

Anyways, mine wasn't a lemon. it has just become sick in it's older age. or as I call it... "Possessed" it works fine, sounds good, and drives well. THEN... its bucking like a wild thing, in gear, out of gear... highway, back roads, or my driveway. but it's completely spontaneous.

No one can figure it out. it seems like it should be something fairly simple. But apparently not. its spent the past year sitting in my yard, or a mechanics lot. it does make a nice yard ornament, but it would be more fun to drive.

1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L TJ from North America


Very good vehicle



General Comments:

If you know about cars and like tinkering with your automobile, a Jeep (now Chrysler owned - not AMC like what I grew up with) is for you.

I bought my car used. After looking under the hood, I realized that this vehicle had been taken care of by its previous owner. After changing the oil (watch out for dealerships - they are lax on oil changes) and the sparkplugs, she is a humming. I got a great deal and have had NO problem. Honestly, I was a bit surprised being that I moved from a 'reliable' Honda Prelude to an American-made Jeep, that Chrysler did so well on this year (I heard 2000 and 1995 models are not worth the effort). Buy a 1997, 2 thumbs up!

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

Review Date: 4th April, 2002