I purchased a 2001 Sport with the 4.0L and automatic and I LOVE IT!!! I do all my own maintenance and have not had a major problem yet. I have taken my Jeep off road many times and have not been disappointed. I also drive my Jeep to work everyday and it runs like it did when it was new.
I drive a 2000 Wrangler with the Sahara package. When I bought it (used) it had about 22k miles on it, and now it has 65k (that's about 15 months of driving.) This area is high desert, with some high temps in June through August, but mostly low to way too dang low temps the rest of the year. Such as in 30 below zero and snow best measured in feet (I live in SE Idaho). The weather, the sanding and salting of the roads is hard on vehicles. The rural roads around here (some places I go to regularly have only dirt roads, if you can call them roads at all) get rutted and rocky. On top of that, I love to drive off-road through the desert at high speed, running down sage brush and over lava flow rocks that chew up my tires. Other times I crawl on granite boulders and other collections of igneous rock. This Jeep really earns its keep.
In that time I've only done the lube, oil, & filter thing. Two tires were replaced, but the wear was normal. The windshield has taken some big rock hits, but it bears only stars and not cracks. I think that's because the window is flat as a bread slice - the compound curves in other windshields must impart some unusual stresses on the glass. The folks at Sears Automotive told me I'm due for a coolant purge and change because the pH is too low. It doesn't drip oil or coolant. The brakes are smooth and fast. The engine idles nicely.
Couldn't ask for a better cheap convertible, you know? It's my first one, but now I think I'll be a Jeep man forever.
Just checked in to see if others had problems with the Wrangler 2000. I still have mine. Great vehicle... I thought. I always had it serviced at the dealer on regular intervals. Oil changes, coolant, inspection, etc. At 38k, the radiator had to be replaced because of leaking at a cost to me. At 67k, the cylinder head cracked and again, cost out of my pocket. Just short of 90k, the AC won't work. Need to have that charged each year or pay 800 bucks to have it repaired. I'll pay the 30 bucks to have it charged. I will keep the Jeep for around town here in the Eastern U.S, but I just purchased a Toyota Tacoma for long trips.
My wife's rig is a 2000 Wrangler Sport 4.0L ac, cc and 5 speed. 177k mostly a grocery getter have taken it hunting a few times. Problem in June of 2007 was going through antifreeze. no leaks never overheated. Did a pressure test on system found a radiator hose needed a little tightening. 2 weeks later oil pressure dropped to near zero when warmed up and idling at a stop, light on dash "Check engine soon". Step on the gas pedal a little pressure goes up to about 30. Runs great no clicking or clatter. Hooked up a manual pressure gage to the block found 10 lbs at idle 32 when up from idle. Had compression test done all good. No water in oil, changed oil and filter. Service center said run it there is nothing wrong with any readings. 2 weeks later wife started up jeep and clatter, clatter clatter and shuts off engine. Just got enough time and money to get the engine pulled out and into a shop for a rebuild. Found lots of thick oil like molasses when I pulled off the pan. Cause not known yet, oil has been changed every 3,000 miles since new with 4x4 oil. Engine re-builder called and said Cylinder head has a problem cracked at # 3 and # 4 looked like other jeep heads he has rebuilt 1999-2002 4.0L. Well at least we will start off with another fresh motor, clutch hoses in a few days. So don't think just cause you loose coolant and oil pressure goes down like mine you are in the clear for long. The motors are good and strong. Jeep owners see you on and off the road keep on waving. "It's a Jeep Thing"
I drive a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport with the 4.0 and it's stick. I am only 16, but I LOVE MY JEEP. I didn't think girls would like it, but they always want a ride with the top down. I took it up state this year, and it performed great in over a foot of snow. A good firm ride, and I haven't had any problems yet.
The only thing that I didn't like was the stock speakers, so I bought 2 speakers for the dash and 2 for the sound bar. well worth the 300 bucks. I also lifted mine 2 inches and have 31 inch tires.
I'M NOW A JEEP MAN 4 LIFE!!!