2002 Jeep Wrangler Apex 4.0 from North America
All in all, I have been thrilled to own this Jeep, and recommend a Wrangler to anyone
When I first saw the Wrangler at the dealer, the first thing I asked "Was there a fire? Was the interior changed?". It was the first time I'd seen the Apex addition. I didn't care much for the hood "Apex" stickers on the hood, but what really through me off was the light tan leather seats clashing with the gray and black everything else. Those seats and the awesome sound system is what makes up the Apex package, otherwise just an X model.
After a test drive I knew it was coming home with me. I purchased the Jeep in Prescott, AZ in 2008 with 42000 miles on it. As a Field Service Technician, I doubled that in just over a year. I change the oil regularly, and have gone through a battery and a set of tires, and bought a new top, but that is all. With no lift it will handle 31 inch tires and it goes where I point it. Slips into four wheel hi or low with no grinding. It came with the Dana 35 in the back, so I won't be adding much of a lift if I decide to install one.
The only problems I've had are as follows:
The check engine light will come on for no reason then disappear after a few starts. Sometimes the air will stop blowing out of the vents for a few minutes, but I understand this is a common problem. The lever for the wipers is heavy enough that when I drive some bumpy terrain, it will move and the wipers will start. Center console lid latch is broken and difficult to open.
I love the stereo, but it's time to upgrade to something that will play MP3 format. I might even replace the weak speakers up inside the dash. It came with the overhead sound bar and a sub woofer in the center console. I may just upgrade the speakers all around, come to think of it. It would have been nice if it had come with grab handles for the passenger and back seaters.
This style of Wrangler is the last of the 4.0's. I had a 1992 Cherokee that had been totaled in a accident, and this is the replacement.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th December, 2009