15th Feb 2006, 15:46
Nope, it's not just a 1997 issue. I have a 2000 and it is in the shop every couple months and they want me to sink a few hundred dollars into it. It has 40,000 miles on it. It barely made it through the warranty period. I have followed the maintenance specifically.
I don't call sinking hundreds of dollars into a fairly new car just outside of warranty "fun". Maybe breakdowns are a Jeep thing. Seems like all Chrysler makes is crap that breaks down.
I wouldn't buy one again. They're garbage.
15th Aug 2006, 15:32
I just bought a 2006 Wrangler. Sport model with solid rear Dana axles upgrade, Automatic, Both tops, A/C, Everything the Rubicon has except the lockers and off-road tires, which wear out if your on the road anyway. Brakes are crap, in shop now for rotors, loud in third gear, poor on gas, etc...
28th Dec 2007, 20:08
I have a 1997 TJ Sport, as to be expected with a ten year old vehicle there are and have been problems. I have replaced the rear end twice, the radiator due to crack in the plastic top (got an all aluminum one to replace), water pump, full soft top, tires of course from stock all the way to 33's on the stock height. It has been wrecked twice, once a fender bender and once a city cop plowed it pretty good.
I love my Jeep, I will bend time and space to keep it, I wish I still had my 79 CJ5. Face it people, a Jeep is a lifestyle not a status symbol. Your gonna get a little dirty and if you are worthy of the name that vehicle wears then you had better get to know the inner workings of that icon. It is not a car and it is not a truck... for the love of god it's a Jeep. If you want to understand what that means then read up on it and watch a few films on the subject. Jeep is the word derived from GP which stood for General Purpose... not super comfortable never breakdown mobile.
Love your Jeep!
26th Dec 2008, 10:57
Just a tip for the soft top windows.
Try taking a pair of pliers to the zipper part that the moves and squeeze the "wings" just a bit. Try it and see if it helps, if not, give it a bit more.
13th Sep 2009, 05:07
Thank you to all you great people out there who have just informed me of making the wrong decision about buying a Jeep... I've had a Sierra all my life, and it's annoying. I just love the look of the Jeep, but won't go near one now!!!
13th Sep 2009, 15:46
I've got a '95 Wrangler with the 4.0 liter 6.
141,000 miles, one of the most reliable vehicles I've ever owned.
14th Sep 2009, 18:24
"I've got a '95 Wrangler with the 4.0 liter 6.
141,000 miles, one of the most reliable vehicles I've ever owned."
Jeeps are a labor of love. They are very fun vehicles to own, when they are working. But in the reliability department, they don't fair so well. When it comes to off-roading, Jeeps are king, followed by Toyota's original 4 Runner. I'm not a huge SUV fan, nor am I a big fan of domestic vehicles. 141,000 miles isn't that much in my book. My first car was a Honda Civic that had 400,000 miles on it when I bought it. Sold it with 515,000 miles and it still ran perfect. Had the original engine and transmission by the way.
15th Sep 2009, 10:00
18:24 says - "141,000 miles isn't that much in my book" and that "Jeeps don't fare so well" (in reliability).
Good for you, that you had a great experience with a Honda, but don't tell me how reliable Jeep Wranglers are.
I've owned a number of them and in my opinion the AMC designed YJ Wrangler when equipped with the 4.0 liter inline six, is one of the most reliable SUVs ever.
I'm not talking about the newer ones that Chrysler ruined, I'm talking about the old YJ Wrangler.
And as far as 141,000 miles not being very much, well we also owned a Lexus RX300, and over the past 3 years, I spent exactly zero on repairs the my Wrangler, while we spent over $3,000 on repairs to the Lexus during that same time.
Again, good for you that you had an excellent Honda, but don't tell me that my Jeep is not reliable dude!
8th Jan 2010, 12:35
If you think the YJ Wrangler equipped with the 4.0 liter inline six is one of the most reliable SUVs ever, apparently you didn't have one with a Peugeot transmission.
8th Jan 2010, 20:47
The 4.0 liter didn't have the Peugeot transmission - that would be the early versions, that were equipped with the 4.2 liter engine (with a carburetor rather than fuel injection). The 4.0 liter manual Wranglers were equipped with the excellent Aisin AX5 transmission.
11th Jan 2011, 01:07
1997 Wrangler with 125k miles on it for 4400 bucks... It looks to be in decent to good shape. Every forum I run into has a huge laundry list of things that go wrong with this car.
I've been searching for a car within my price range and would really like a Jeep considering that I live near the beach and the mountains, but the whole reliability thing? Also it's the SE 2.5 liter 5 speed. Any input guys?
Please don't say buy a bloody Toyota 4 Runner or Nissan Pathfinder either.
Are all Jeep Wrangler's prone to breaking down? Chime in guys.