1997 Jeep Wrangler

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1997 Jeep Wrangler

NEW FOR 1997

Jeep has totally redesigned this American icon. A Quadra-coil suspension improves on- and off-road manners; while dual airbags and optional antilock brakes increase the Wrangler's ability to keep occupants safe. Round, retro-style headlights add a nostalgic touch to this venerable ground-pounder. Fortunately, none of these refinements soften the Wrangler's tough exterior. A restyled interior includes integrated air vents, a glovebox and carlike stereo controls and accessory switches.

PRO

Unmatched off-road capability, overflowing with character, dual airbags, optional ABS, fun to drive, speedy with manual transmission

CON

Soft top is improved, but still a pain in the $%!@#

72 Total User Reviews

Average Rating

By Doug Thompson on February 15 @ 1:16 am
Fun adn Reliable
Have owned the Wrangler 5 years no maintenance issues, replace the belt and rear brakes over 57,000 miles. Passing this one on to my son and buy a 01 Wrangler for me

By robert mcneil on December 14 @ 6:33 pm
dont buy it !!
jeep sells a ton of these cars and doesnt care that the transmission etc all die young...mine died at 59000...my honda has 270000 and is all original

By Jerry S on June 9 @ 6:13 pm
Not everyone gets it
I enjoy my Jeep. It has been in the family from the very beginning. My father bought it in '97 and I took it when he bought a Cherokee this year. There has been no major break down of any kind and it holds its own on the highway. The straight 6 provides enough power to pass and the raw design allows for a lot of fun!!!

By Brando on October 25 @ 3:00 am
GREAT VEHICLE
If you're an adventurous person, buy this vehicle. Sometimes I just take the back seat out and sleep in the back in my sleeping bag at a state park. It has been a great vehicle for 50,000 miles with only both strut connectors going. Jeep comradery is the best. I've gotten a flat tire twice, and both times a Wrangler pulled over to help me. As well as the Jeep wave that no one understands. It's been reliable so far, but I am worried about the typical Chrysler surprise, meaning when a Chrysler hits 100,000 miles like clockwork something goes wrong with it.

By muddyjeepbob on April 17 @ 3:00 am
A rockbashed/mud covered 97 Wrangler
My 97 Jeep Wrangler has been through the mill. In the past five years I have beaten this vehicle to death and it comes back for more. My Jeep has offroaded on many medium to high difficulty trails in the mountains and deserts near San Diego. It shows battle scars from many encounters with rocks and desert cactus. It has traveled to 44 states (3 cross-country runs). It has never broke down. The A/C works great even crawling on 120 degree offroad trails in the deserts. It has plenty of power and gets decent mileage (18-22 mpg) on highway (as long as I keep it at 60-65 mph.) It's it Jeep Thing.

By RAR on March 13 @ 11:00 am
Get Ready for Fun.
This is the most fun I have had in a car/truck. Great power from the 6cyl, millions of aftermarket parts for it, you can do anything to it. Its never left me stranded anywhere. I have had a few stupid things go wrong, nothing too expensive. Don't buy this expecting a cushy ride, your not getting it, its ment for what jeeps are made for, go anywhere, do anything. Love it, May sell it this summer for an audi (jeep not practial in traffic +clutch is real heavy) I have 79,500miles on it now, and it runs and drives like new.

By primo on September 11 @ 11:00 am
jasons wrangler
the vehicle runs great. I have taken it off roading several times with great fun and no problems. the transfer case has been replaced. I've added larger tires and recently replaced the front brakes. the front right fender was bent when I purchased the vehicle and started to rust, I removed the rust and touched up the paint. the top and doors come off easy and in just a few minutes. It is great for drivingin he summer and has a good sound system. rides smoother and quieter than the older jeeps.

By 4x4wrangler on July 24 @ 11:00 am
Wrangler Sport
I have had a tremendous amount of fun with my Wrangler. It's fun to drive and has had almost no mechanical problems in over 100K. Not the best for long road trips or noisy freeways, but for weekend fun or trips to the beach it is unbeatable.

By GotMach on June 19 @ 11:00 am
4.0L Yes 2.5L NO
I love my jeep. Its been a fun dependable car that I've took off roading many times and have never had a problem with it. It only has 70,000 but everything works and it still runs great after all the abuse I put it through. There are only 3 think I dislike and they are: 1. Soft tops are noisy on the Highway. 2. Gas Mileage stinks 3. 2.5L Has now power in 5th gear and stinks on long drives. I find myself downshifting alot on long highway trips.

By hinge1616 on July 31 @ 11:00 am
Excellent car
I can't say enough about my Wrangler. It the most fun car to drive that I've ever imagine. It's versatile, looks great and surprisingly practical. I will always own one, even if it is as a second car.

By mattman on April 9 @ 11:00 am
mattman
I purchased this vehicle two years ago from the original owner with 74,000 miles. It runs great and has given me no problems. I have all of the records since I purchased the vehicle regarding oil changes, etc. It is alot of fun to drive, especially with the top down. During the cold winter months, the heater works great!

By 4xfun on April 9 @ 11:00 am
NEVER BRAKE DOWN OR GET STUCK
if you want a car that will always get you where you want to go buy a wrangler. get a 4.0 it has a stronger engine. I have alittle over 96k miles and the engine is still going strong, Its never had engine problems.if you cant deal with a bumpy ride dont by an suv,because jeep is the grandfather of the suv's. Fun in the winter(4x4 in the snow) and fun in the summer top down and doors off buy hard top and an after market soft top (best top) because it comes with full metal doors

By jeepgeek2002 on November 27 @ 11:00 am
great all around suv
Great for city drives as well as long distance drives. I drove mine from NC to GA to FL then back to NC during period i had it. Its comfortable considering it has bigger tires and you cant expect performance with a vehicle with aerodynamics of a brick. Offroad: if it be going camping or the beach, you cant beat it. Shift on the fly 4wd hi or stop and shift 4Low for rocks or slippery terrain. I went places with my jeep that i wouldnt have tried with any other SUV.

By jstevep00 on June 27 @ 3:00 am
I'd always wanted one...
I always wanted a Jeep and finally I bought the 97 Wrangler used a few months ago. I'm happy so far. I love driving it and actually think the noise and discomfort aren't nearly as bad as I thought they'd be, even with my soft top. I love off-roading it (spins donuts really well due to the short wheelbase), but haven't done any hardcore stuff yet. Love driving in summer with the top down and the heat in the winter kicks butt. Fun, comfortable, and more versatile and unique than anything in it's price range. I agree, a little weak with the 2.5 and gas mileage still sucks.

By Jennafrito on November 30 @ 3:00 am
The Fun Money Pit
From my experience with my 1997 Wrangler, and through discussion with the dealers, and my dad (a certified master mechanic) I have learned that this vehicle is a disaster. Since I purchased the car 1 1/2 years ago, I have had four major problems that totaled over $1,500. The dealer said that since 1997 was the first year for the new model, it was riddled with design flaws as they were trying to still work the bugs out. Instead of minor repair, the company makes you replace the entire system that is defective, which results in a hefty fee, and the company will not pay for it.

By fun fun fun on October 7 @ 3:00 am
great buy
My Jeep is great. Most fun vehicle I've ever driven. 20 mpg. Great in snow, great in the summer too with top off. Awesome vehicle.

By mousmc on June 24 @ 3:00 am
AWESOME
Great vehicle! Gets good gas mileage. Comfortable ride. No maintenance problems. Easy to clean. Plenty of power.

By christopherh on August 23 @ 3:00 am
Crashed
I really enjoyed this jeep at 94,000 miles it was still going strong. I was hit in the passenger side by another car that went through a stop sign. At 55mph the jeep spun around went off the road and rolled 2 times due to a ravine. I walked away from the accident. The jeep really protected me.

By Sharkie on February 13 @ 3:00 am
Fun 2 Drive
I was impressed how smooth this Jeep drove after driving some of the older models with the leaf springs. Jeep has come a long way. This machine really knows how to handle rough terrain. The top still needs much work to make it easy to bring up and down.

By Richard the first on October 21 @ 3:00 am
Fun
I have my Jeep for six years now. It has over 110,000 miles but it's still running strong. Sure there were a few things went wrong, I had to replace the catalytic converter and the exhaust manifold. Overall, it's a great vehicle. I love the short wheel base that allows me to fit into the tightest parking space in the parking nightmare downtown Boston. I love the go-any-where that allows me to park on the most ridicules ice and snow covered spot no other car can get to, and best of all, I don't have to shovel for hours to dig out my Jeep after a big snow strom.

By runningman on February 8 @ 11:00 am
It's a Jeep...what else do you expect
I am always suprised by some of the critiques on this vehicle, like it's fuel consumption, loudness and hard ride. What do you expect from a kick- ass ultimate 4WD convertable. Mind you, it is loud as loud can be on a road trip, but if you plan on making multiple long distances car trips, then the jeep isn't your best bet. If I was concerned with fuel consumption, I would have got a Honda Civic. Overall, I plan on running the wrangler into the ground. It takes everything I give it. Finally, it is just plain fun. From the first time you drive with the top down to every time afterwards, you will understand why you bought the wrangler many years before.

By pmcca on April 27 @ 11:00 am
My 2nd one
I am coming up on the end of my lease of my jeep and will probably negotiate a buy. I have had no major mechanical problems at all in 5 years. It's great in the summer and really great in the winter, and here in Ohio, those are huge plusses. Two slight negatives: it's a bumpy ride unless you are the driver, and the gas milage isn't great, but those are both offset by the tremendous fun and practicality factors. This is my 2nd Wrangler (1991) and I'll probably get another one. This one was tons better!

By showell on July 14 @ 11:00 am
Love it!
fun to drive, love it, would buy another

By JULIUS on March 12 @ 11:00 am
GOOD OFF AND ON ROAD VEHICLE
I ALWAYS WANTED TO BUY A SUV THAT CAN HANDLE OFF-ROAD AND ON-ROAD. I HAD A INFINITY QX4 WHICH WAS VERY GOOD FOR ON- ROAD, BUT NOT GOOD IN A OFF-ROAD. AFTER THAT I DECIDED TO BUY SOMETHING FOR BOTH WAY. AND I HAD TWO CHOICES ONE IS HUMMER AND OTHER ONE IS JEEP WRANGLER. BUT THE PRICE WAYS JEEP WAS MUCH CHEAPER TO GET, AND IT HANDLES THE OFF- ROAD LIKE IT WAS BUILD FOR IT. IF YOU DARE TO TAKE IT TO THE OFF-ROAD, YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE SAME KIND OF FUN IN ON-R0AD. THE ONLY PROBLEM IT HAS IS, IF YOU HAVE SOFT TOP, IT MAKES A LOT OF NOISE ON THE FREEWAY DRIVING. BUT, IF YOU TAKE THE TOP OFF, THERE ARE LOTS OF FUN TOO. MOST OF ALL I'M VERY VERY HAPPY WITH IT.

By Tyler Kunde on February 1 @ 3:00 am
'97 Jeep
I've a full fledged jeep lover. I'm 17 and this is my second jeep, and it surely won't be the last.

By Capt Mike on December 7 @ 3:00 am
Reliable
Over 133,000 miles in six years. Got me to work everyday and six weeks vacations every year to Belize, New Mexico deserts and Texas hill country. I will drive nothing else, just Jeeps.

By Tommy C. on May 11 @ 3:00 am
Love my Jeep
I love my jeep it's a off road monster, the steet drivin isn't bad either

By pds on July 11 @ 3:00 am
local car
research what you need before buying this jeep. Not a highway or commuter car. Not good on wet roads. (other than deep snow)

By VEP on July 15 @ 3:00 am
I Love Jeeps!!!!!!!
This is my fourth jeep. I can't say aything more positive about them. The outdoor reputation..the jeep lives up to it. I have put 30,000 over the past year and have not had any major problems. I take it on the highway every week and it has started and run well everyday this winter. Currently has 115,000 miles. Clutch needed to be replaced when I bought it but it has held up for the last 30,000 miles, again, I think the car was abused before I got it on e-bay. No leaks of any type. Also it handles much better than you would think. I would and will buy again.

By T M Smith on October 1 @ 3:00 am
My Jeep
i love my jeep. that's it. i have always wanted one, and i finally talked my husband into getting one. in order to love a jeep, you have to be a jeep person. you have to love it for the pluses and minuses. it's a fun vehicle that lives up to the jeep name. i have a 4 cylinder, gutless wonder that it is, but put it in 4 low and there is no place you can't go. i have standard tires, and haven't modified any part of the jeep, and i am happy with it. It's red. that's the other thing, if you get a jeep, buy a bold color so people can see you coming. i also have a soft top, tan, because why else would you buy a jeep if not to bring the top down.

By CWalts on January 13 @ 11:00 am
1997 Dream
I can't say enough about my Sport. I have owned it since day one, and as I am approaching 100k, I have really only had one problem...the exhaust maniford, which I understand is quite common in the V6. $700 later and I am good to go. I LOVE THIS CAR...hope I never have to sell it. I drive it 40 miles/day, and what would otherwise be a miserable commute is changed with a few moves to get the top down. BUY ONE!!!

By Jeeppr on September 16 @ 11:00 am
Reliable and fun
Jeeps are not cars, so drivers shouldn't expect that. Love Jeeps for what they are: fun, great off-roads, convertible, and rugged.

By Jon Lance on April 8 @ 11:00 am
My first car
I bought this car myself in 97. I did a lot of it comparitive shopping and I found this to be a perfect fit for me. Great quality for the money, inside and out. Rugged and very good off road perfect for hard core drivers, even the whole carpet snaps out and plugs can be pulled to drain out water(in case you get stuck in the rain). The updated interior was new to this model in 97 and I liked it then and it is fine now. My biggest piece of advice is don't skimp on the AC you'll regret it. Overall a great reliable everyday use or offroad vehicle.

By Jim/PA on September 8 @ 7:46 pm
Mr. Reliability
I have 105,000 miles on the Jeep and it still runs well. The mileage is poor, but it starts up ever morning. I had both the hardtop and soft top until the soft top ripped off while driving on the highway. The driver seat is comfortable and the seatbelt holds you in your seat over all terrain. I planned on having the car til it dies [ or I die], but I'm getting sick of the water puddles. I have the hardtop and I had to remove all of the carpet and plugs so I do not have the musty smell. I definitely recommend the Jeep, it was well worth the money I paid in 97 -$18,000. Not to mention the resale value is great!!!

By natestj on October 15 @ 6:03 pm
Worth the Purchase
This vehicle is awesome! Fun to drive, especially in the summer with the top off. I bought it with 74K miles and now have over 98k. Every time I change the oil it looks exactly the same as when I put it in, clean! No problems with engine or transmission. Excellent capability in the snow, never stuck once. The 6 cylinder is a must, despite poor gas mileage. Comfort isn't too bad, but the ride is that of a Jeep, it's supposed to be a little rough. Right? The only minor problems I've had is replacing the sway bar brackets and bushings. Also the universal joints on the drive shaft seem to wear out quick. They make a very annoying clicking sound when you take off out of first gear.

By Aaron on April 25 @ 3:20 pm
My '97 Wrangler
I am very pleased with my purchase. It is a well put together machine and it is a ton of fun to drive. The only drawback is the fuel economy, but it's still worth it. I use it as my daily driver and on weekends take it off-road for a little fun.

By Paul on October 12 @ 8:23 am
1997 Wrangler Sport
I find it amazing, I've had it in water up to the air intake twice; in other words, almost everything was under water, including the alternator. This was in 1989 and it caused no problems. The shocks were still good last summer when I installed adjustable ones. I find the way I drive, the stiffer the better. I also added quick release sway bar joints, a high end winch, bumper and mount, remote starter and soft top. Then I saw the RUBICON and gave up before I bought lockers. I will find a RUBICON soon I hope with the features I want. I have ABS, it has saved me from crashing at least 6 times, pulling an overloaded trailer on two occasions. I will never drive anything but a Wrangler. Zero complaints

By Clayton on October 30 @ 4:03 am
Good for off-roading
SOOOO fun to drive off-road, can handle just about everything. We've gone up VERY steep hills that most likely not very many other Jeeps can handle like this one! My first time driving it off-road was hard since I'm only 15 and don't even have my permit yet. But it was fun, we even went over some pretty big rocks with it. Can handle the heat -- we tested it out in about 98 degree heat and the color is black. It's a dependable car.

By risard on March 1 @ 1:30 am
Black and Tan TJ
Latest of a long line of Land Rovers, Jeeps and F150's that have lived in my family. It is all that it has promised to be. Tough, rugged and charming. Handles all road conditions with ease. Noise off the freeway is limited to the sounds out of the rollbar speakers. Smooth shifting through all the gears, no surprise there. Braking is consistent. Enjoy taking it everywhere, its big brother Grand Cherokee is jealous of all the attention it's getting.

By Taylor Hurst on August 25 @ 10:16 am
Hurst
No power steering but very good off road. I think it is good for someone who likes to off road because it has a lift kit and spotlights.

By mpyusko on September 9 @ 8:10 pm
Gotta love a Jeep
The ride comfort will make your teeth chatter, but let's face it ... if you are looking to buy one of these, you are more likely concerned about being able to go anywhere than be comfortable. The 4 cylinder I have does about 21mpg highway and 17 city. I've had it for a year and a half and all I've replaced are the tires (when I bought it). It currently has 125,000 miles on it and runs like a top.

By Jeeper4Life on January 6 @ 1:13 am
Jeep - There's Only One
I have owned my Wrangler for about 4 years now. I must say it is my favorite vehicle i have ever owned. if you are looking for good gas mileage do not buy this vehicle. it is as aerodynamic as a brick. However if you want the go anywhere do anything capability this is the vehicle for you. I have a 4" lift kit and 33" tires on my 4 cylinder which do just fine but if I had to do it again I would have bought the 4.0 liter.

By dw on May 24 @ 8:26 am
Great Vehicle
I think the Sahara is great. Took a few times driving to get used to it and appreciate it. The inline 6 has plenty of power. Hard top is great for the winter, soft top fun in the summer, especially when down. Handles good, but you do have to be cautious in bad conditions, like any vehicle. Great in the snow. No mechanical problems.

By Mike on October 22 @ 3:23 pm
Best Car I ever owned
Other than a cracked manifold, I have not had major repairs. One single rust spot. I painted myself and covered with a cheap rocker panel. It actually improved the appearance and practically looks new. Hard to believe it's 10 years old.

By surrealistic_star@ya on October 19 @ 12:46 pm
I love my Jeep!
My Jeep is the best vehicle I have had. I have, unfortuatley, been rear-ended twice with absolutly no damage to the Jeep at all. It's stock but still a beast off-road, gas isn't too bad. It takes me 45(give or take) to fill up and I get about 250 to a tank around town. 100 miles on the freeway uses about 1/4 tank. The convienence of the soft top is great and fun! I definitely suggest anyone have one at some point in their life at the least!

By mozeby on January 19 @ 2:16 am
My Favourite Vehicle Ever
I bought this Jeep after graduating about 8 years ago. The TJ was only 2 years old with 20K on it. I had to get a few minor recalls taken car of first (water leak on passenger footwell) but since then it has been rock solid. It now has 95000K and still runs like the day I got it. Even the suspension has held up the same. My only complaint is the paint quality and rust problems. I live in Canada and snow and salt really are not it's friends. Have to undercoat it every year or it will rust. Will probably last me long enough to give to my kids, or if I break down to buy a new Wrangler.

By Ryan on January 31 @ 3:00 pm
This thing is built like a tank
Well I own a 97 TJ sport with the 4.0L I6 (aka bulletproof) with a 5-speed manual transmission. My Jeep just rolled over to 206,000 and the only thing I need to replace is the muffler. Engine starts as good as an 06 with 500 miles, I reccomend a deep cycle marine battery. Very powerful on the low end. Accelerates quickly. Unbelievably fun to drive. Will literally go anywhere.. I can blow FJ Cruisers away offroad.

By jeepfreak97 on June 8 @ 1:20 am
I love my Wrangler!
I love my Jeep. I am a teenage guy that loves the rough and rugged feel. It is just awesome to go where most vehicles have no hope of going.

By Jepper68 on August 26 @ 1:56 pm
Built Like a Tank.. Runs forever
I bought my Jeep from the original owner with 205,000. Mine is a sport 4.0 5-speed. It has a 4" dick cepek lift with 33's. Runs perfect i get between 13-16 mpg in town. Original engine, transmission, clutch, and differentials. Ive already put 10k on my wrangler and still keeps running like a tank. Taken it on some nasty trails, up in the high country, through the sand at the beach. Parts are cheap for jeeps and easy to install. Cant get a more reliable vehicle built today. The 4.0I6 is good for 3-450k serviced reguarly.

By JeeperTJ97 on April 26 @ 3:50 pm
Bulletproof! Best purchase ive ever made
I bought this 97 TJ Sport 4.0 in August of 07 with 205k on the odometer. It's my daily driver and weekend getaway vehicle. I have a 4" lift on 33" tires and average 15.2 mpg not bad. It fires up every morning, has all the power you need. Most capable stock vehicle ever produced. Solid front axle, strong drivetrain. Built to last. I now have nearly 215k and its perfect. does not leak or burn oil, very strong engine, trans, and tcase. Have been on some harsh trails, deep mud and snow and have not even come close to being stuck. This is my 2nd wrangler

By JeepOwner112 on April 19 @ 10:23 am
Amazing Jeep
Got it a year ago with 84,000 miles now have 94,000 miles on it, and love it. In Wisconsin theres nothing like putting the top down in the summer and throwing it in 4WD in the winter snow. I like how everyone looks at you b/c they all want one for themselves, and everyone should at some point in their life. But there have been a few reliability issues, but should live forever if I keep up on routine maintenance, I know a guy with 290,000 miles on his.

By Mark on April 30 @ 3:10 pm
Never Go Back
I had always wanted a Wrangler and when I got one I was more than pleased. I was a little nervous to get one with all the problems I had heard about with the Cherokees, but, now that I have a Wrangler, I will never go back to another vehicle. I live in Alaska and the Jeep works great on and off the road. Heat is great even at - 40F, fuel economy is alright, very fun to drive. No problems so far even after I got in an accident. The only damage I had was a dented bumper. Other vehicle could not say the same. The only things I could complain about would be a better stereo package (hard to hear with the top down) and the amount of rust on the underside. Overall, an awesome reliable vehicle

By my bear on December 20 @ 12:56 am
My big bear green Wrangler 97 cyl
Had my 97 4 cyl banger for 2 shy years only but it's the most fun car I've ever driven, at 31 it makes me feel, active, Young and adventurer in it like in my 20's. I gave it a 10 in performance not for fast because is not really but because of offroad, flooding and winter capabilities, the thing is extremely slow, the half doors suck, but a set of full doors can cure that, the a/c is amazingly cold and heat is extremely hot, gas mileage isn't good at all due to the boxy shape of the car, so don't buy this truck counting you will get good mpg. When the top is down and put on my baseball shades, it's like you have a total different car in the summer and fun factors is higher.

By BB on January 2 @ 4:16 am
Best vehicle ive ever owned
Always wanted one and finally got one with 98,000 miles on it and it runs like new. The 4.0 has a great amount of torque. It is the best vehicle i have owned, I love it. It drives my buddy crazy because his 93 ford ranger got stuck for 3 hours in this mud hole that i made it thorough effortlessly in 2 wheel drive, he was so mad. Then i drove it though the river when it was high from a month of rain the water came up over the hood and halfway up the door it scared the heck out of me i i thought i was for sure going to take in water but still i am never doing that again i like it to much to trash it. Thanks Jeep.. for such a great Vehicle.

By Frank on July 22 @ 5:26 am
Fun 2nd vehicle
Safer than a motorcycle, able to use more often than a boat. Excellent for farm tours and enjoying the great outdoors. A little more interior room would be nice.Adventure awaits!

By past wrangler fan on June 18 @ 5:50 am
so-so
This was my first car. It has an amazing turning radius and was extremely to maneuver and park. Never have to worry about getting stuck, and girls like it; it's a convertible!! But it's not perfect. The 4-banger couldn't beat a slug, and every bump is felt. Since I got my jeep 2 years ago I put new wheels, tires, stabilizer, shocks, radio system, side fenders, and some minor things. Jeep made this car for strict off roading. The 22 mpg isn't bad for a truck but the EXTREMELY bumpy ride on the road, feel every turn, and overheating at 80 mph can get annoying.

By Stephen "Slacker" on October 26 @ 3:33 am
There truely is only one Jeep
I bought my '97 TJ Jeep (her name is Jessie) with 86,000 miles in 2004. My ex-wife used to say I loved my Jeep more than her. Well, apparently she was right...I still have the Jeep! It now has 162,000 miles on it and runs stronger than ever. The 4.0 may not be fast, but it will pull trees out of the ground and get you out of the stickiest situations. There are very few vehicles out there that generate such a since of pride, excitement, and comradery as a Jeep. Hands down the best vehicle I've ever owned. For those who have a Jeep (wrangler) it is customary to waive at other wrangler's you pass on the road. I know you're checking out my Jeep so don't forget to waive, you are family now.

By 0llll0 on February 21 @ 3:30 pm
love it ? hell yeah !!!
I bought this used 1997 Jeep wrangler se with the little 2.5 and a five speed man. Trans.. A little over 3 years ago the money was well spent. And I say that with a smile. Have put about 5 grand into it for the suspension and wheels soft top 33" tires with a 4" lift .. Have to remind myself its not a sports car and the gas mileage is Rather good. Will I buy another Jeep. Hell yes.

By Mr. "D" on February 1 @ 8:43 pm
New owner
I just replaced my 2003 Jeep Liberty for a 97 Sahara and I don't regret it. I enjoy driving a little more and can't wait to find where to store its hardtop so that I can enjoy its soft top and go topless on weekends to enjoy Puerto Rico's year-around tropical weather. I am considering a 4" lift and some 33s, but I fear affecting the MPGs too much. I might just get some traction tires for the Rubicon 16" rims it has now add a header, a KN intake and call it Christmas. Other than that just some TLC a nice carpet and catch me if you can.

By wrangler4x4me2003 on July 15 @ 12:46 pm
great jeep
Always owned a Jeep, cj7, yj, and Cherokee. But never thought of owning a tj. Once bought I love it right away. Great performance, strong, comfortable, great in the snow, and smooth driving down the hwy, even great on the offroad. I would buy one again if anything Major happens.

By JEEP MAN on October 1 @ 10:23 pm
Its a JEEP thing(you wouldnt understand)
I LOVE my Jeep..got a kick out of the last review i read about a guys jeep with a bad tranny..mine has 198000 miles on it and have NEVER had a transmission problem. I live in Georgia and ole Blacky will go anywhere i want it to go.It is after all a hummer rescue vehicle..My jeep has had 2 problems in all the years and miles i've put on it.,I had to have brushes put in the alternator,and i replaced the seal in the steering box once.It dosen't have a lift kit on it and i run 1050s on it..When i first got it it was one of about 6 or 7 jeeps in my area of NW Georgia.Now Jeeps are EVERYWHERE.and mine still looks the best..LOL..want a great reliable FUN vehicle?? Buy a JEEP

By Jeremy on March 10 @ 1:50 pm
Good car
I've had it about a year now and I love it. Everyone in my high school is jealous because they can't do anything near what I can. Sitting on 35" tires and a 4 inch lift kit it's unstoppable.

By Jeff on November 16 @ 2:30 am
Best Ride Ever!
I bought my Jeep Wrangler as a demo in 1998. I've put 188,000 miles on it and have been more then happy with it since day 1. It goes everywhere, from the tropics to winter blizzards. I've owned many high end vehicles and get more enjoyment out of this Jeep then any of the others!

By bigfortdawg on March 1 @ 11:00 am
Been through hell and back
I have a 97 tj 2.5l 5 speed this was my first Jeep/car I have replaced the engine twice once at 27,000 and again at 93,000 it now has been converted to an off-road vehicle with 33-13.50 ltbs and a 5 inch lift oh yea I had to replace the computer at 140,000 that was fun to track down, so I still got it and it's running good at 156,000

By PAPA SMURF on May 29 @ 3:00 am
Frank the Tank
I bought this Jeep and it has a 4 cylinder engine in it and it has plenty of power, it can always use more, but really I dont see that big of a difference... This truck makes you feel like your driving a tank and is a great 2nd vehicle but could easily be a primary vehicle. WARNING: I heard that the hood vent gets clogged and lets water in, it didnt happen to me, but my new soft top window seals let water in 2 days after I bought it. I did some research and It happens a lot! To all years! That ok cause there are drain plugs and I use it for trailing so its no biggie for me, but I would have been mad if this was my primary vehicle. PS its not that hard to fix so dont worry...

By algobull on March 21 @ 9:29 am
Great Find
I got this wrangler with 68K Mi about 2 years ago. I know have over 90K and it feels like it could go on forever. It was only supposed to be a weekend car, but after I lost my job, it's my everyday driver, and I love it. I live in Florida and people always look at me with envy when driving it down the road. I got an automatic because I blew 3 clutches in in 4 years on my previous jeep... I found out later it's due to a minor and fixable repair in the master cylinder... I do miss the 5 speed though, better power and much better MPG's. Even young girls love it (not as much as my old mustang, but hey)... and I'm glad it's slow because fast cars are def not a good idea for me (i.e. 3 clutches)

By erik1493 on June 5 @ 2:24 am
Fun unless on the highway...
Jeeps are great, fun, and reliable cars. The ride is bumpy, but if you buy padded seat covers you will be VERY comfortable. Don't, and I repeat, do not, get a Jeep with 4 cylinder engine. My jeep has the v4 and honestly, I can barely pass cars on the highway at 60mph

By katiec3 on August 5 @ 5:22 pm
Great little tank
I have only had her about a month, and this is my first car. I always wanted a jeep and waited until I found a good deal, and I can honestly say it was well worth the money even though she's 15 years old. My boyfriend calls her "the tank" and makes fun of me for driving it, but he just doesn't get it! It's not the smoothest ride, it doesn't accelerate fast, and she has her quirks, but we'll see what he says when I'm pulling his brand new chevy cruze out of snowbanks all winter, offroading by myself all summer and mowing down zombies during the apocolypse. It runs like a top and so far, I am very pleased. I'm officially a Jeep Girl!

By timo88 on July 10 @ 8:28 pm
Overall worth every penny
Bought my 97 wrangler SE a couple weeks ago with 115k miles on it. it had a 4" lift and 33x 12.5 tires on it. over all it is a fun ride and even better when i drop the soft top. the only issue i have is a common one with jeeps. the infamous death wobble. every now and then i the jeep will go into a violent shake that is only stopped by slowing down. after plenty of research i have found that is a moderatly easy and cheap fix. about $375. kevinsoffroad has kits for this specific problem that are supposed to fix it completely. i will be installing mine tomorrow and im sure ill see an improvement. even with this problem i still can rely on it for a everyday driver.

By krakenbound on November 20 @ 10:19 am
Highly Reliable, Highly Fun!
I picked up a stock 97 TJ SE (2.5L, 5-speed, No A/C) with 140k for $4k. I then spent $8k and two years of hobby time on full lockers, gears, suspension, winch, rack, bumpers, etc, etc. It is highly reliable; starts fast and never hicups. The engine is easy to work on, and striping out the interior bits is also quite easy for upgrades and fixes. A Reman motor will only cost you $1500 and a weekend to swap it, or half that for a transmission, so long term cost to run it is dirt cheap, vs. the 6cyl w/auto at twice that price, or my 1/2 ton truck, which costs three times that to rebuild. It's not plush or fast, but it crawls up anything, gets lots of admiration and ride requests! FUN!

By Dave Bennett on November 28 @ 8:05 pm
It's not a car, it's a jeep
Its awkward getting in and out, leaves a lot to be desired in freeway driving, and gets poor milage, but getting behind the wheel changes your perspective. I've been driving mine for 19 years - they really do seem to last forever. The short wheelbase, wide track, and high center of gravity make for unsettled travel at 70mph, but it's a minimally compromised drive aimed at the off road. A turn off the pavement turns the just tolerable highway cruiser into the master of its environment. Even if you don't spend a lot of your time in the back country, it's alway there in the back of your mind.

By Jim Drake on July 30 @ 10:05 am
Fun Vehicle
It depends on what you are looking for. If you want a fun vehicle and you don't want all the bells and whistles then you will like this vehicle. It is fun to drive and easy to work on, which is important if you drive off-road in isolated areas and if something goes wrong you're on your own to fix it. This is a utility vehicle so you shouldn't expect it to a refined luxury vehicle. It may be a little difficult to get in and out of and have a pretty basic interior, but that simplicity is what makes it a great vehicle to drive in remote areas and allows for endless personal customization.

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