2001 Jeep Wrangler Reviews - Page 3 of 7

2001 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

This is a fun and exciting vehicle

Faults:

I have not had any mechanical incidents with this vehicle. I change the oil every three thousand miles. The interior has held up well.

General Comments:

This is a nice running vehicle. I have pulled a cargo trailer over nine hundred miles with no problems. I have thirty inch tires and I average twenty two miles on the highway. City driving is around fourteen to seventeen. It is a little noisy on the highway, but I did not purchase it for comfort. Off road ability is great! It will get you in and out of most places.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2005

2001 Jeep Wrangler from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance29000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

Jeep is as Jeep does

Faults:

Air conditioning relay failed. Replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

I bought my Wrangler new in 2001 for several reasons. First of all it was a genuine off road short wheel base four wheel drive with selectable low range, a powerful engine, excellent approach and departure angles, simple engineering with a emphasis on strength rather than looks and genuine manufacturer four wheel drive heritage. At this time in Australia, the closest competitor's are the Ssangyong Korando (about $28000.00) and the Landrover short wheel base model (a whopping $40,000.00 plus due to one high end specification only).

The Wrangler is in between these two in price, but is on a par with the Landrover for ability and is far beyond the Ssangyong in durability. The engine is thirsty at roughly 15 litres per hundred kilometers and the fuel tank is too small for comfortable long range expeditions in Australia. Engine performance is a delight with excellent acceleration and more torque than you will ever need, and this old world brute force more than compensates for the heavy drinking habit.

Off road ability is top notch and will take you far beyond the point where a Toyota or Ford soft-roader will bite the dust. Accomodation is what you expect from a Jeep. Its really a two seater with an emergency bench seat in the back, which I removed as it's a death trap held to the body by two lousy cir-clips. The suspension has been set up to cater to the tastes of urban drivers and for genuine off roading an aftermarket upgrade would be necessary.

As a city drivers convertible, it's a classic 'Barbie' mobile, but in the bush it's a tough little worker with short legs and some other shortcomings. These are as follows.

Cargo space, which is insufficient for both supplies, camping gear and all those extra jerry cans you'll need.

Towing capability. 750 kilograms unbraked isn't enough for a vehicle this powerful.

Lack of a diesel option.

Poor side impact protection in models with half doors. Even the full doors don't inspire much confidence.

On the plus side, there is a massive after market supply community which can replace almost every component on a Jeep with a better custom made upgrade. Every panel on the vehicle can be replaced with an aftermarket metal, fibreglass or plastic copy of high quality.

Summing up, I would buy another one, but I would want the extended 'unlimited' body now on sale in the US with a 80 to 90 litre tank capacity at least and a diesel engine. So far Jeep hasn't provided such a vehicle so I'll hang on to my current Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2004

2001 Jeep Wrangler 4 Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Best darn vehicle ever

Faults:

I have yet to have any major problems with my Jeep. Routine maintenance seems to be the key. Change the oil, clean the fuel system, etc.

General Comments:

When I initially purchased my Jeep (TJ) it had 31" tires and low miles. It still had the factory top, but also tinted windows. It also had the factory sub-woofer in the center console.

The ride can be noisy at higher speeds, solution: turn up the music. The ride is pretty rough and rugged, but it's a Jeep. It is designed for hard work.

Since Jeep came out back in the day of the Willy's, there have been some changes, but most are for performance and not comfort.

If you want a nice roomy SUV and the comfort of these new SUVs that "handle like a car" do not get a Jeep.

As for power, the 4-cylinder is not bad. For off-road, it is more effective than the 6-cylinder because of the 4:10 gearing vs. the 3:78 (I believe). It's not the fastest, but it will get you where you are going. I run 33" tires with a 4.5" lift on my 4-banger with no problems.

Also, if there was ever a car/truck/SUV to customize, Jeeps are it. There are hundreds of companies that specialize in Jeeps with thousands of parts to make it YOUR Jeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2004

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 20 reviews