2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport 6 cylinder, 4.0 Liter from North America


A very fun and versatile vehicle


The transmission does not shift smoothly. The gears stick between 4th and 5th. I brought it to the dealer three times and they finally rebuilt the transmission. Now the transmission has a whine/howl in 1st-3rd and 5th gears and vibrates at 2000 RPM with neutral load on it while driving.

The front windshield hinges are rusting. The rear windshield hinges are loosing their powder coat. The rear bumper is starting to scale rust.

The HVAC controls stopped working at speed 2. Slow changeover from floor to console settings. Sometimes takes a minute.

Sway bar links in front are clicking when I drive over a pothole.

Tilt steering column has loosened up so when I drive over a pothole and it rattles the tilt lever drops and the steering wheel moves. The steering wheel also moves from side to side about a quarter of an inch.

General Comments:

I used to own a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport and I traded it in for a new 2002. I should have kept it. It had 100,000 miles on it and the only thing wrong with it was a leaky radiator. I had replaced the sway bars links and had to replace the exhaust header at 80,000 miles. These two problems were very common to this model of JEEP. I am a diehard fan of JEEP, but am very worried where the line is going. I agree with the general party line that Chrysler in ruining the line and they do not seem to be concerned about it. When I went to the dealer (repeatedly for over 30 service days) they argued with me about repairs because they said Chrysler limited what they could do. Also Chrysler has repeatedly questioned my problems with my vehicle and refused to fix other problems. The only word of advice I can give is find a great dealer and get everything they promise in writing. If they won't give it in writing walk out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2004

1st Feb 2005, 17:27

Your transmission should not vibrate in neutral. Take your Jeep back to the dealer and have them check their work. They might have left a bolt or something loose.

2002 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 2.5L from North America




Head gasket blew dealership fixed problem no charge, brake lines ripped (my fault), bent the drive shaft (my fault), busted the bumper off and replaced with custom made one.

General Comments:

This is an excellent off road machine, very light and hard to get stuck. This machine can pull 3500's out of mud! I would recommend this jeep to anyone. Kind of sucks on gas mileage, but what can I do about that?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

2002 Jeep Wrangler Appex inline 6 from North America


Could have been built stronger


The rear axle broke and took the spider gears and misc. brake components with it. The dealer would not cover the axle under warranty.

Fuel pump actuator replaced under warranty.

Fuel injectors replaced under warranty.

Seat adjustment knob replaced under warranty.

Cd player skips, and Cd's often get stuck in the CD player.

Oil pressure jumps to 80 sporadicly.

Leaks when it rains.

General Comments:

I have beaten the snot out of this jeep for the short time I've owned it. It has treated me very well, although I wish I new as much about the jeep TJ as I do now. I would spent the extra bucks for a Dana 44 rear axle. I also think the bumper to bumper warranty should go up to 70,000 miles. I think the all the components of the TJ are weak and designed to be cheap and somewhat effective instead of strong and reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2003

1st Jan 2004, 19:40

I have a 2001 Jeep Wrangler that I love. However, I have experienced very similar problems with my oil pressure. Sometimes at high sustained RPM the pressure goes straight to 80 lbs. While at other times will drop to zero. Have you had any luck in fixing you issue? I can be contacted at davecounselman@trinitywoodbridge.org. Thank you.