1998 Jeep Wrangler Reviews - Page 8 of 14

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Poorly made vehicle that is NOT reliable

Faults:

Catalytic converter and serpentine belt had to be replaced at 45,000.

New brakes and one rotor at 55,000.

New Oxygen sensor a 55,000.

New radiator at 50,000.

Electrical problems with turn signal, will not turn off and the dealer said he cannot fix it??

Seats cracked at 45,000.

New exhaust at 45,000.

All hinges rusted at 50,000 and the car was meticulously maintained.

General Comments:

Essentially 98 Jeeps have numerous problems that simply relate to a poor product and poor craftmanship. This Jeep has consistently had problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th September, 2003

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 I-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 I-6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired3700 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

An attractive money pit

Faults:

Had to replace the clutch disk at 4,500 miles.

Front rotors and pads wore down and had to be replaced at 13,000 miles.

Bad vibrations at highway speeds turned out to be intake manifold gasket and an injector. Both had to be replaced at 22,000 miles at my cost shortly after the 3 year warranty expired.

The head gasket was replaced at 31,000 miles as well as the rear pinion seal.

Instrument cluster randomly shorts out. Normally, a bump causes it to either 'come on' or 'come back to life'.

Oil sender is being replaced in a few days.

Rear pinion seal is 'leaking' again, so further investigation will reveal if it is, in fact, the seal or something else in the rear diff.

General Comments:

This Jeep rides fine, but lacks power at highway speeds.

It's 4-wheel drive capabilities are hard to beat in the snow.

The convertible top, though a pain to lower and raise, is nice in the summertime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

23rd Jul 2004, 14:13

About the instrument cluster: There has been a recall on 1998 models. Dearlerships have to fix this problem for free. Policy of the manufacturer.

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Whose worse, Chrysler for building it or me for buying it? I cannot beleive the poor quality!

Faults:

O.K., where do I start?

Let's see, the radiator failed and had to be replaced the first year we had the vehicle.

The headlights only worked occaisionally.

The dash lights and gages failed.

The center pieces in the wheels rattle.

The taillights and turn signals just stopped functioning.

I'm sure the radio had problems.

I hear clicking in the front and the front end feels loose.

The rear shocks blew out (this vehicle has never been off-road and my wife drove it 10 highway miles back and forth to work).

The drivers seat is cracked.

The zippers in the top don't work correctly so it is nearly impossible to close the windows correctly.

The vehicle leaks every time it rains.

The brakes wore out prematurely.

The stereo sounds terrible, even with the sound bar.

The ac is making noise.

The fender flares have faded to a light grayish color that looks horrible.

I have to wave at every other low brow who bought one of these lemons.

You can't fit anything in it.

It sucks the gas.

The plugs foul easily.

The engine is un-refined.

The price is way too high for the poor quality.

No locking differential. Unbelievable!

General Comments:

Very competent off road. Tackles all terrain with gusto and can ascend or descend incredibly steep inclines. Oh, wait, that's my 4Runner.

This vehicle is a joke. I would like to join a class action suit against Chrysler for every advertisement they have showing this vehicle as a durable off-road machine. Jeeps are "part-time" four wheel drive vehicles only and they don't have a locking differential. I would put my 4Runner up against my Jeep any day. Even if the Jeep did outperform my 4Runner, it would just be a matter of time before the Jeep breaks down. The only thing the Jeep is good at is squirming its little body between boulders. Even then, if the top's down the Vultures will poop on your head as they circle this vehcile waiting for it to die.

The short wheel base makes is easy for my mechanic to guide it onto his rack.

The unreliability is a big joke. Everyone who has one of these things got ripped off. You would think Chrysler would try to make it a high quality, affordable car due to the fact that mostly younger people buy them. I won't buy another Daimler Chrysler product unless they start outsourcing design and production to Honda or Toyota. What an absolute piece of garbage they are selling. Who needs all these problems? At least when you drive with the top down you can grab parts as they fly off.

Chrysler Exec; "What do we do with all of these left over Dodge Ramcharger parts?"

Chrysler Lackey; "Why, let's use them to fleece young college grads. They're all stupid. They don't know lo-tech!"

Chrysler Exec; "Why, you're a genius. We'll double, no, TRIPLE our money on these things. Heh Heh Heh."

Chrysler Lacky; "Do you think we should use the Cordoba wiring harnesses?"

Chrysler Exec; "I would prefer to save those for the next generation TJ. Don't want to give them too much too soon. Dig out the old Dodge Aspen wiring harnesses. We should have a bunch of those left."

Chrysler Lacky; "We used those on the 98 TJ's, sir."

Chrysler Exec.; "Alright, Cordoba harnesses it is!"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2003

15th Aug 2003, 10:17

I like how you said that its never been off road then started complementing its off road capability.

15th Aug 2003, 14:45

HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! The conversation at the end is hillarious. But I think you're car was a lemon. Not all Wranglers are lemons. I know a bunch of people who have them years and its never failed them. I'd take it back to the dealer and see if you can swap it out for another wrangler if its not to late...

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 42 reviews