2003 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews By Year:
2003 Jeep Wrangler

NEW FOR 2003

The 2003 Jeep Wrangler gets a new trim level: the Rubicon. All trims have been bestowed with an all-new 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission which is supposed to provide smoother-shifting, better highway fuel efficiency and quieter engine operation at highway speeds compared to the previous three-speed automatic transmission. The SE trim gets a new NV1500 five-speed heavy-duty tranny, which promises to improve shift quality in cold weather, along with a new, more potent 2.4-liter Power Tech inline-four. Available four-wheel disc brakes debut this year, along with a new fold-and-tumble rear seat that can be more easily removed. Finally, the Wrangler's interior has been refurbished for 2003; it gets new front and rear seats, a new electrochromatic rearview mirror with map lights, temperature and compass display (standard on Sahara, optional on Sport and Rubicon trims), and a new four-spoke steering wheel.


Cheap, fun to drive, classic styling, go-anywhere capability.


Soft top a handful to manipulate, difficult ingress-egress, slow steering.

110 Total User Reviews

Average Rating

By jroads323 on November 27 @ 11:00 am
Nice so far
Had this for several months - no problems, much smoother ride than my old '91 Jeep Wrangler!

By Banana on May 26 @ 11:00 am
A. Banana's veiw of a jeep
I think that this car is high quality and high perofrmance endurant. I would change however some of the interior designs, like the seats. My freinds who have Jeeps that are different colors and different years, have the same seat design as i do. I find that annoying cause now i think if i ever sell my old jeep, then I'm not going to buy another one cause it'll be exactly the same as my old one. you should change the seating in different cars. For example, if you make a red Jeep, make the interior black not brown. Thank You very much for your time. A. Banana

By Lee , Salisbury, MD on October 18 @ 3:00 am
Best Wrangler Yet!
This is my 4th Wrangler and it is a major improvement, in comfort and performance, without compromising the classic design.

By Memphis X on January 4 @ 3:00 am
From road racer to trail blazer.
OK, to be fair, I have to mention that I just got the Jeep yesterday. I have yet to drive with the top down, but I plan on doing so tonight after work. I gave up my '93 F-250 with a 460 and my '99 Mustang GT for this. I had this urge to get a Wrangler and I don't know why. After acquiring one, I'm glad I did! I'm anxious to try it out around my work in the dirt. (Our buildings are surrounded by dirt and up against the side of a hill.) I'm so glad that Jeep made the "X" trim for folks like me who want the bigger motor without gouging the wallet.

By Ba3k on September 30 @ 3:00 am
Time tested
Simply put, there is no vehicle as capable in stock form as the Jeep Wrangler. I've ridden them all (Hummers, Rovers, Cruisers) but nothing off roads as capable as a Jeep.

By d120 on June 9 @ 3:00 am
Pathetic build quality.
Vehicle had 8 separate mechanical problems (all under warranty, but each requiring a dealer workshop visit). Latest problem was clutch failure (pedal just flopped onto the floor, totally inoperable) just 2 weeks after its 10k service, which specifically included an inspection of the clutch system. This incident happened without any warning, and could have been fatal. This is by far the most unreliable and poorly built vehicle i have ever owned. Build quality and reliablity are truly pathetic, and I have requested a full refund from the dealer.

By YSIC jeff on August 26 @ 3:00 am
Nothing better to drive!
There truly is nothing better to drive than a Jeep Wrangler. I have a '02 Wrangler Sport 4.0L with 5-speed manual and you cannot beat the power and ability of this vehicle for its class. Interior / Exterior and everything about it sells me on the fact that I won't drive anything else. In fact my wife have one too if she wouldn't have already bought a Durango (Another Chrysler product of greatness)The only people that care that much about interior changes don't truly DRIVE a Jeep Wrangler. They just sit in it while it's rolling.

By Wynter on November 20 @ 3:00 am
3rd Car
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted a jeep. I had planned on selling my truck but at the last minute I changed my mind. That makes it hard for me to tell if I would like it as well if it were my only vehicle. As for a 3rd car we love to zipp around town on the weekends.

By Bodencak on August 16 @ 3:00 am
Not yo momma's station wagon. As an owner of a 2003 X and former owner of a 74 CJ 5, I love the better ride quality. Until you find a bump. Stock off-road ability is good. Good crisp, tight steering. All around fun to drive.

By asr1972 on November 2 @ 3:00 am
new jeep
ive always wanted a wrangler, but never purchased one because i didn't feel it was appropriate for a long work commute every day. now that i have a company car, i went and bought one. love it!

By 03RUBI on September 10 @ 3:00 am
Be able to go where you shouldn't
After owning a 2000 Wrangler I thought I knew what a Jeep could do. Boy was I wrong My Rubi preformed better straight off the lot than my modified 2000 ever could. If you have a go anywhere, stop at nothing attitiude this is the vehicle for you. Now, good luck finding one.

By Paiute on June 3 @ 3:00 am
2002 Wrangler Sport 4.0 Liter Engine
Only one time in shop for warranty repair of defective multi-switch on steering column. My Wrangler has 5000 miles on it now. It is a 2002 TJ Sport.

By Tim Pleasent on February 28 @ 3:00 am
Great Beach Maching
Dude - Girls in swimwear - in my jeep with the top down - 4wd at the NC outerbanks sand - under the moonlight - this is Heaven! No other SUV can give you this experience. I have to pull out other 4wd truck and small SUVs from the sand with my mighty jeep. I am the super dude on the beach with my jeep with tow hooks! I plan to live at the NC beach all summer!

By jeepnmandan on February 28 @ 3:00 am
Awsome Sahara
WOW! This is the best snow plowing, rock crawing, mud machine! NEVER been stuck with all the snow and ice. I am one of the first to show up at the office during snow storms. The Wrangler is NOT a huge SUV so it fits in my little garage, that my big old truck would not, so it's warm seats and no ice or snow to scrap off in the morning. Just open the garage door and plow thru! Keep-Jeep-n

By 03 Wrangler on March 8 @ 3:00 am
Nothing Like it
I have had this Jeep for a week now and I must say that it is the best Vehicle that I have owned. The 2.4l 4 cylinder is much more powerful then the 2.5l of older models. Ride is a little stiff, but what can you expect it is a Wrangler after all. I have taken it out on the trails once already and it rode nice. Can't wait for the lift kit and bigger tires.

By antandshell on December 2 @ 3:00 am
Can we ask for anything more?

By Aaron Davis on November 14 @ 3:00 am
Awsome Jeep Wrangler
I recently purchased my second Jeep Wrangler. My first was a 1995 Sahara. I loved it and had regretted selling it until I bought my new 2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport. It has the best motor I've ever seen, the 4.0L I-6, that has plenty of power. A great 4- wheel drive system that has never failed me in snow, rain, mud, etc. It is comfortable, attractive, functional and the perfect size. No land yahct for me, thank you very much. By far the best all-around vehicle I've ever had. Once you get one you will never want another SUV, or car for that matter.

By colorado1974 on January 31 @ 3:00 am
By far the most fun to drive car ever.
Every moment behind the wheel brings a smile to my face. Sure it's bouncy, noisy, windy and frumpy looking but nothing can match it's fun-to-drive factor.

By jeffonrubicon on January 31 @ 3:00 am
2003 Rubicon
1st Wrangler. As expected, the ride is truck like and corners and winding roads need to be taken slowly. However in snow and on poor roads, it is excellent. The fit and finish so far are very good. There are a few drill holes on the windshield and and roll bars that do not perfectly align, but work. The manual is sketchy in places. The dealer is very helpful here. The Cruise Control and Airbag Kill Switch are still on order. I replaced a 1988 Range Rover with it, and for what I have for the money I paid, I am thrilled.

By Medic3720 on July 24 @ 3:00 am
Rubicon Ownership
Best Jeep every, Need alittle more height for better performance offroad. I have been offroading on 5 ocasions with this Rubicon and have only been stuck 2 times and that was because of frozen ground...

By matthew parks on June 1 @ 3:00 am
Wrangler Rubicon
I love this Jeep, it is quiet possible the most capable "out of the box" trail vehicle you can buy, and there are many aftermarket accessories available to make it even better. I would recommend it to anyone who actually uses there Jeep off-road.

By Jeeper2 on April 26 @ 3:00 am
Great Jeep! I've had three other Jeeps, All CJs, and this one blows them all away. With the HT it's a quite ride...even with the MT/Rs. Yes, it's a stiff ride, but anyone who buys a Jeep should already except that. With that said, this Jeep is buy far the best on/off road drive/handle I've ever owned. This is not my primary means of transportation...strickly a pleasure vehicle for me and the family.

By BEnglish017 on July 14 @ 11:00 am
Jeep Lover
Growing up around Jeeps I have always loved them. I didn't care for the first models of Jeep Wranglers (square headlights) but the newer ones are awsome. Mine isn't for offroading so I can't say how well it does off road but every review says the do really well. I read one review where it hung with a Hummer. I probably will own a jeep for the rest of my life.

By Vinson on January 3 @ 11:00 am
1 Fine Jeep
My Rubicon was not purchased to be my primary form of transportation. But, it soon became my primary vehicle. The gas milage is crapy, but it was not made to be used for the highway. This is my third jeep.

By ldmpam on September 30 @ 11:00 am
Rubicon Great Start
As a limited purpase vehicle it is a excelent. The ride is firm and controlled. As a road vehicle there are better one's to choose. But the fuction this vehicle was designed for make it the best to come from a manufactor todate. Most single purpose offroad vehicle's are built not purchased, this is the first one that can be bought and do 90% of the built offroad vehicle job and still have a factory warrentee.

By McGoo on June 26 @ 11:00 am
My Jeep Rubicon
I have only put 2000 miles on my Rubicon, but it has exceeded my expectations. It's been 15 years since I owned my last Jeep which was a CJ-5 and engineering advancements have really come a long way.

By Read nichols on November 29 @ 11:00 am
i just bought a rubicon and i took it off road in south carolina and climbed some hills that only a unimog army vehicle could climb out ofus guys and the rubicon went right up it no problem. in the mud its great to it throws alot of mud (good). the lockers are a great thing to have stock. its a great jeep the best stock 4x4 ever.

By Nick Sarette on August 25 @ 11:00 am
The Best Jeep
Does good at everything in my book!

By SpitNine on January 11 @ 11:00 am
NV1500 Transmission
It's a Jeep thing all right. Mostly OK except for rough shifting, grinding and clanking NV1500 transmission. This gearbox is a crude throwback to the 1950s. The dealer says it is functioning normally. Any fun to drive experience is negated by the crappy transmission.

By Moneygoose on December 25 @ 11:00 am
The best vehicle ever!
Obviously, you buy a Jeep because there is no alternative. No other SUV can match the fun factor that comes with the Jeep Wrangler. Removing the top, part time 4WD, the cool headlights... Not to mention that it can go anywhere. AND, you get to wave at every other person on earth that knows what you know when you drive by them in their Jeep.

By rholmes on May 12 @ 11:00 am
great ride
The Rubicon is better than I ever expected it would be. A great off-road rig that handles just fine on the highway. If your looking for fun every time you get behind the wheel the rubicon is for you.

By Stevepilamb56 on July 29 @ 11:00 am
Best Jeep yet
It's hard to describe the feeling of owning my Jeep. I have owned my 2003 Inca Gold Wrangler since December and have been very pleased. The road noise,soft top,engine, and interior design are light years ahead of my old 1989 Wrangler. I love the design and color because it stands out and attracts a lot of attention.

By chas0037 on October 15 @ 11:00 am
Jeep Thing
Each day I love my Jeep more than the previous. In a word...Incredible. There is NOTHING like a wrangler...NOTHING

By rubicon8213 on April 6 @ 11:00 am
rubicon is worth it
the rubicon is for hard-core jeep fans only.the extra $5000 is worth it for people who use there jeep off-road but for those who just like the style a sahara will do.

By Nancyw on September 9 @ 11:00 am
It's A Jeep
I went from a Suburban to a Wrangler Rubicon, and I love it. It is much easier to park, and maneuver around town. Granted I don't have near as much hauling room, but that makes me think twice about buying somethings. I have both hard and soft top, which I would highly recomend. I love my JEEP.

By CofCortez on November 26 @ 11:00 am
Drivers would be surprised!
The new 2003 Jeep X is a great value and will surprise many people how smooth and comfortable the ride is. The X has excellent power and smooth shifting from the Automatic transmission. I have taken it across Baja and down the Pacific coast and have encountered more than a few 4- wheel drive opportunities; the X shines in the sand and dirt as well as driving the LA freeways! The interior layout is very functional and, so far, everything is working fine (air, lights, stereo, etc...) Get one!

By hjgfchj on February 13 @ 11:00 am
The Best Jeep Ever
The best wrangler ever. It is an incredible improvement over my '97 TJ. With the hard top the ride is nearly silent(once you get used to the tire rumble.) The brakes are a massive improvment over the old disc/drum setup, but ABS should be offered, especially with the MT/R's. Their wet road traction is not that great. The 4 wheel drive is incredible. I don't think i could walk that slow. The posi in the rear is great, and the lockers are even better. The new transmission is much better than the old one that was in my '97, but the throw is still quite long. The interior is classic jeep, simple, rugged, and functional.

By jp on February 13 @ 11:00 am
jeep wrangler
vehicle is fun to drive good visability because of height solid reliable vehicle(pulled out a few 9 inch tree stumps clearing yard) tires a little noisy when driving without radio on because of soft top top still tight enought after 1 year use to resist wind flap at high speeds

By Toozicon on January 26 @ 11:00 am
The Rubicon is the only way to go if you want a Wrangler. For a few bucks more it's well worth it! I have been driving sports cars all my life and this is my first SUV...It is a little bumpy at first but lots of fun to drive. The weather has been bad so I've had limited time with the top off...BUT IT IS AWESOME TO DRIVE when the top is off. Somewhat difficult to deal with the top but I feel that it can be taken down in less than 3 minutes and up in less than five...just takes a little practice.

By Rolinski on March 27 @ 11:00 am
I love my Jeep
This is my 2nd Sahara. Previosly I had a 1997. There are many noticeable improvements. The new interior with the high bucket seats, the sound system will blow you away! The interior lighting is a big improvement. So aside from being a little bumpy on the road and a noisey with the soft top on, its a fun to drive and easy to park. what else can I say? I love it!!

By Itlbfun on March 10 @ 11:00 am
Incredibly Fun
I have had several Jeeps, and this is by far the best one ever. Traded my Avalanche that I loved in on this, and don't regreat it for a minute. I have both hard and soft tops, but bought it for no tops. Absolutely fun to drive anytime anywhere, and it can go anywhere. Live at the beach, and I couldn't have a more appropriate vehicle. Thanks Jeep...

By rubicontj on August 13 @ 11:00 am
16 years of jeeping and 5 jeeps later
I've been driving jeeps for 16 years, I used to drive and race motorcycles. A Jeep with it's roof and doors off is the closest thing to the sense of freedom I had. In the winter I look forward to hellish snow storms. It's simply a blast to drive! Overall, you have to love jeeps or you'll hate the ride, interior space, roof hastle (hard and soft)lack of fuel economy and other little quirks!! I'm getting ready for my 2004 jeep, rubicon or sahara? still debating, waiting to see whats new for 2004.ps. I'll probably continue driving jeeps as long as ...

By Mr. FAT BOY on May 9 @ 11:00 am
You don't purchase a vehicle like this because you think its going to ride like a car, so don't compare it to a car. The (5) Speed Manual Transmission shifts like silk with no effort and the steering is highly responsive. This Jeep Wrangler looks great in Silver and I have received numerous complements. If you want a SISSY CAR with Heated Leather Seats and a high end suspension package then that's what you need to buy. I traded in a FULLY LOADED, VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT, (6) CYLINDER (5) SPEED for my Wrangler and I don't miss that car at all.

By Silverdawg on February 2 @ 11:00 am
Rubicon is good
After 12,500 miles with the Rubicon I am still amazed with where it will go and how much fun it is to drive. The Jeep Wrangler is the most fun vehicle to drive built today. The Rubicon Package makes it the most capable off highway vehicle on any dealer’s showroom floor. If you don't believe me just give it a try. Be careful though, you will get hooked.

By SKenyon45 on February 28 @ 11:00 am
This Vehicle is a Lot of Fun
This vehicle is really fun to drive and has a supringly great amount of comfort for a vehicle that is based on the premise that it will be used off road. The factory installed enhancements, normally installed after market, are engineered as a system, so this car doesn't misbehave, even at speeds up to 75 mph.

By Jimmy Z on August 21 @ 11:00 am
Rubicon Squishes the Competition
My fiance and I decided to spend the extra cash and go all out with our new Wrangler and get a Rubicon. I have always driven a Wrangler and when it was time for a new vehicle I wouldnt have chosen anything else. The Rubicon has everything I would want in off road capabilities and when it comes to traveling, it handles like a dream. Smooth riding and a turn radius that cant be beat is just the beginning of the Rubicons awesome features. Worry free off roading in any conditions keeps the fun in driving this Wrangler beast. Looking forward to some great snow storms this winter!

By Jeep23Girl on May 17 @ 11:00 am
Topless in Houston!
I currently have a '97 Wrangler Sport. I bought it January 98. I just recently went over 100k miles in it on 7/10/03 @ 5:32pm. Since the day I brought my Jeep home, I HAVE NOT had any problems with it. The body is built tough, to over- ome any obstacle. Actually, the tough- ness of my Jeep kinda saved my life! I was into a nasty hit and run accident in April '03, costing $8k in repairs. My Jeep was thrown about 20 feet onto the side walk and into the bushes. If I was to be in another vehicle, Thanks Jeep! -Kim H. Houston, TX

By Giuseppe A on April 29 @ 11:00 am
Its madd hott
The car's awesome its fun to drive the gas mileage isnt badd and it's more or less common sense to take apart, everything is just straight out there no questions. with out a doubt that is a madd fun car to chill in and i recieve compliments left and right. im pickin up girls here and there. its a standard pimp mobile.

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By lovemyjeepsofar on June 28 @ 11:00 am
The Best!
I have always wanted a Jeep Wrangler but, being in my late 40's, I thought it was a childish fantasy that I should finally put to bed. Then I came to my senses! It's fun, powerful, reliable (so far) and I can go anywhere in it. The 4WD-on-the-fly is easy and quite liberating. I'm short (4'11'') and to finally be able to see more than the back end of another car is one of the best features of this vehicle for me. Sturdiness and safety ratings are another huge plus. The awsome turning radius makes parking a complete breeze. And then there's the "Jeep Wave". It makes you feel at home wherever you are.

By El Chamuquin on February 17 @ 11:00 am
Fun, reliable and jugs down gas
The Jeep is definetly a fun filled vehicle. It says "I have no boundaries and nothing to tie me down". If you want a fun car to drive this is it. But keep in mind that this is a brute that will go through some gas quick. With all the technology today you think they could make it a little more gas efficient. Have no doubts, this vehicle isnt made for paved roads, but for the outback. Its only true use isnt in a concrete jungle but four wheeling out in the countryside. As a fun vehicle it has no match, as a city vehicle it could use some modifications.

By 03 Wrangler SE on August 10 @ 11:00 am
Just For Fun
After several months with my Jeep, I am very happy with my purchase. I only wish the weather would cooperate so I could leave my top off more often. For 2003, the seats were re- designed and they are much more comfortable than prior years. Total Fun in the Sun!

By yellowranglr on July 5 @ 11:00 am

By GVLVG on July 5 @ 11:00 am
What was I waiting for??
After lusting after one for years I finally got myself a Wrangler. It's a convertible, an SUV a pick-up, an off roader, it does it all. If you want a perfect 2nd car and a week end fun machine, you could not ask for more.

By Wulffan on December 26 @ 11:00 am
Me and my Jeep
I LOVE my Jeep. No other vehichle I've owned has given me such a good feeling to drive. The Jeep just feels so right in so many ways. I took her out "wheelin" right after break-in period. I only took her on what wheelers call "the doe run", (easy trails), after all, it is a brand new vehicle. Only modification is bigger tires. (I really don't understand why they even put small tires on at the factory, it just isn't right on a jeep.) I was absolutely amazed at the obstacles I went over easily. After the 2nd worst winter in NY's history with it, and now a hot summer, I can truly say this is a vehicle for all seasons.

By SCHWIES on September 4 @ 11:00 am
Jeep #4
Bought this jeep for my wife, she really wanted this color, trim, etc. I could not talk her into a Rubicon, for the same price, although I really love my dad's new one. She is more about sound systems, fun, and comfort than capability. Hendrick was easy to deal with and she loves her new jeep!

By Get1 on September 4 @ 11:00 am
Get One..you'll love it
Just bought a 2003 Inca Gold pearl coat X, I love it. Looks good, drives good. You'll overlook all of it's shortcomings when it puts a smile on your face!

By tbd2001 on October 16 @ 11:00 am
I owned my Jeep for 1 hour
I bought a white Sport Model, with a hard top. I was in heaven as I drove it home. I parked it on the driveway and got out. I then noticed a black rubber hose hanging from the back of the car, which God knows for how long I had been dragging. As I inspected the bottom of the Wrangler I noticed a loose piece of plastic, on the back of the passenger’s side back fender. This piece had flapped out because of a missing screw. In addition, what I believed to be the differential axle was completely covered in rust. I called the dealership and told them to have the car I had just traded in ready because I wanted it back. One hour later I was back in my old car.

By M Eastwood on October 16 @ 11:00 am
Rough it with confort Jeep Wrangler
This jeep wrangler is an upgrade from your son's california college vehicle that he bought to drive the girls around in. It has improved ride, easier top, and all the safety features of a "regular" sedan. It still goes through flooded roads, across fields with the ease of the bigger "monsters" we hear so much about. Fuel economy is decent. I love the fact that the back seat folds forward to make the mini truck I wanted when I removed the seat from my old wrangler. Now I have the best of both worlds as I approach my 60 birthday. Signed the Blonde Supercharged Outdoors Woman

By Jeep Thing on November 28 @ 11:00 am
What the Doctor Ordered
My week old Wrangler is the best move this over-worked man has ever made. 2.4L is adequate, better than other 4 cyl I have owned, 5 speed is easy to shift, the hyd clutch is a piece of cake to work, good for beginners. Wish I had the full doors with window, it would make cool mornings better. It is truly relaxing to drive. Soft top is not that bad, 10 mins tops to do it right. I will always own a Wrangler from this point on. It's a Jeep Thing!!

By Jamaica on January 27 @ 11:00 am
Eyago's Review
Great Vehicle...Gotta punch it on the highway for passing or else your not getting much of a response, engine is weakest between 1200 and 1900 RPM's ...

By Sami on April 16 @ 11:00 am
Samis review
I love this car!!!!!!!!!!

By firewind33 on October 31 @ 11:00 am
For off road the best!!!
For on road fun to drive, for off road I have not found a better 4x4!!!

By NPFiveAgainstOne on July 27 @ 11:00 am
'03 Wrangler X
I got rid of my SE because it didn't have enough power and purchased an X. As expected, the 6 has much more kick than the 4. The fuel economy sucks, but it's a Wrangler not a Civic. The rebates were great at this time of year and my dealer had a lot in stock. Black with a khaki soft top, sharp!

By audiofetish on January 17 @ 11:00 am
Jeep Quality
Hey all, ive had my jeep since 2000 its a beauty. they have turning capabilities that of no other! she handles better in the mountain turns than my jetta! JEEP OWNERS ROCK!!

By Jeepinspence on July 10 @ 11:00 am
They just keep getting better
The owner of two previous Wrangler models a 99 and 01 I was ready to price a brand new 2003 Wrangler. I truly enjoyed both of my previous Jeeps ,but, each lacked something that I needed to drive for a long time to come. Now in 2003 Jeep stuffed the venerable 2.4L and 42RLE 4spd auto. This combo gains a net of almost 30HP, and an extra OD gear for the tranny. This combo not only really bring the little "cheap Jeep" option to life ,but, seems to have helped considerably in the economy dept as well. 1200mi since purchase and I have managed 19MPG in mixed driving. My 2001 by comparison was lucky to break 14mpg.

By AEDe Los Rios on September 26 @ 11:00 am
Only a Jeep
The best vehicle I have ever owned!

By c.ramsey on September 22 @ 3:00 am
Fun in a Jeep!
Most fun you can have with your clothes on (well that is oppional).

By shobbs64 on September 22 @ 3:00 am
Great Jeep
I have had this Jeep for less than two months. It will make its own road in the snow (off road 12" deep up hill with ease), climbs hills with ease,it is awesome off road. It has all the extras that I wanted to put in my older Wrangler, Locking axles, great sound, Coil springs (awesome ride). Who needs an H2, When you could have this awesome Jeep Rubicon! It will go anywhere! With cash left over to buy a winch, trail rack etc.

By jasonjeep03 on November 4 @ 3:00 am
My first Jeep
I have been a life long fan of the Jeep since my father had one when I was a kid. I finally was able to purchase one this summer and I must say it is living upto my expectation. My friend took me up into the mountains this fall between the rocky climbs and the giant mudholes this vehicle is unstoppable. Most fun I ever had in a car. I used to drive small sports cars, I don't think I will ever go back. Anxiously awaiting our first snowfall so I can have some fun with my dad.

By boogie nights on November 4 @ 3:00 am
Boogie Night's Review
The 2003 Jeep Wrangler X is an excellent vehicle, perfect for mild to moderate off roading. Also with the 4.o 6 cyl. it has the power you need to perform well on or off road. The interior is limiting but well designed for the amount of space available. All the X's controls are easily within reach and head room is in abundance (even more when the top is off). Storage space is a definate downfall unless no one is in the folding back seat.

By Rev. Roger on May 22 @ 3:00 am
Love my Jeep
I have had my 2002 Jeep Wrangler now for almost two years. I absolutely love it! I wish the fuel economy was better due to the fact that I commute about 70 mile round trip every day. But, it has been a blast and great bonding tool for my whole family. We love to camp and go four wheeling off-road. My Wrangler has taken me everywhere I had had the guts and lack of common sense to go. A party on wheels...

By rubiconman on August 27 @ 3:00 am
My Jeep Rubicon
My experience with the Jeep Rubicon has been excellent. The vehicle is built to last and handle even the harshest of conditions. I live in Maine, and my Jeep will take me anyplace I need to go, in any weather conditions. It's a fun year round vehicle, with a hard top for the cold winter months, and a convertible soft top for those summer cruises to the beach!

By Frederic S. Gionet on October 9 @ 11:00 am
Nothing like a Jeep
This thing has a personality like no other, and makes Canadian snowstorms a really fun experience. The mechanical aspects are pretty rudimentary, as the inline 6 growls without putting much power, and has a drinking problem worse than some of my party buddies (from 11MPG in winter to 19mpg in a smooth highway drive). The 4.7 V8 or new Liberty Diesel would most likely be smoother, more powerful and probably better on gas. Both Hardtop and Soft top are fairly quiet and insulate from the elements. Heater and AC are powerful enough to counter the elements. .

By trtrudey16 on April 1 @ 11:00 am
tom'd used jeep purchase review
These cars are a "gas" to drive. You want to throw on aflannel shirt and your hiking boots and head for a field. The other people who drive them wave to you so you feel as if you are part of some "club". I'm not certain if its a vehicle or a "lifestyle". I love it so far.

By doober on May 11 @ 11:00 am
My New Jeep
The SE model with 2.4L I-4 engine is underpowered and uses a lot of gas for an I-4. The engine seems rev happy for an offroad engine. Gearing is awesome in the 5 speed transmission, although 3rd gear could stand to be a bit lower and closer to 2nd's ratio. Highway sppeds in excess of 65mph are hard to reach even on a flat surface during a calm dry day. Design, both interior and exterior, is classic bare basics Jeep. Overall a great car if you are into Jeeps.

By ABaker on April 5 @ 11:00 am
Best Decision I've Ever Made!
People tried to discourage me. My dad said it was unsafe, my mom worried, friends said it was not practical. I AM SO GLAD I did NOT listen! I have never had so much fun!!! It is VERY versatile and can haul a lot. It's been to the beach, camping & highway driving EVERY day. It really has been fun. It came with a hard top, but I bought a soft top and I cannot imagine putting the hard back on. The soft top is so versatile and fun. It stays off all weekend. AND it is NOT that hard to manage. I think the Editors' reviews were too harsh-- sound like a dad's review! ENJOY IT

By TBNNashua on October 4 @ 11:00 am
Definitely Glad I Bought One
After my SUV was totalled in an accident, I decided to get the vehicle that I wanted since I was 4 years old - a Jeep. I am so glad that I did. I cannot imagine getting anything else in the future. The Jeep does not have much pickup and not so great fuel economy (I do have the V6) compared to other vehicles, but that is fine by me. I can deal with that one item for all the other pluses.

By shinxie on December 3 @ 11:00 am
Dangerous on wet roads!!
I had my jeep for two months but had to trade it in because after SEVERAL close calls, I finally had an accident when it slid into the back of another car on wet roads. I have no doubt that had I'd been driving a car, it would have stopped - there was plenty of room. It's also very difficult to see what other vehicles are doing when you are trying to change lanes and merge into traffic. On the good side though, it was a fun car and the a/c was excellent and got cold very fast.

By DaytonConsumer on August 19 @ 11:00 am
LOVE my Jeep - can't believe I waited so long to get one. You get the same adventure as a motorcycle only safer!! I think I'm a Jeep Wrangler lifer!

By sammyk on April 10 @ 11:00 am
money wasted
The build quality of my new Jeep is simply horrific ! With less than 12,500 miles, it has been in the shop no less than 5 times !! The driving lights went out ( replaced whole harness ), the A/C quit working twice, the airbags quit working twice, engine stalled 4 times and the bumper-ette worked itself loose. The most annoying thing is the paint quality. With 3500 miles on it, bug juice removed 117 eraser sized chunks of paint on the grill !! The dealer ( 2 of them ) refused to declare it a warrenty item. Chrysler defered exclusively to the dealer. No other car I've ever had ( over 15, brand new ) ever had this prob.

By teflonjpr on February 9 @ 7:16 am
Gently Used
Purchased it gently used with 31x10.5 tires already installed. Rides a lot better than the '97 I had previously driven. 2.4L has better horsepower than older models. Transmission and clutch operate very smoothly. Can hear some clunking into gear, and very stiff in the single digit temps of Iowa winter. High back seats are comfortable for long drives, but don't expect to get much above 65mph with the 4 cyl. Looking forward to spring off-roading.

By rmazzio on August 20 @ 4:03 am
"Is not for you"!
This is my third wrangler and my fourth jeep vehicle and i've had no problems with any of them..If you get hung up about getting dirt,dog hair,lots of water,beach sand, or dirty kids than this vehicle is not for you.The ride is rough -deal with it!You can count on one hand the things you can do with other vehicles as opposed to a jeep wrangler-stop crying and go buy a honda.

By jeepfan on February 6 @ 4:23 pm
Just passed 30000 miles on my 03 Wrangler. Trouble free. Says alot because I have owned 2 Accords. It is lousy on gas but, it really makes up for it while your driving it. In 4WD snow is not even a minor inconvenience. Owning a Jeep puts you in your own class. No need to compete with someone else on what kind of car you drive. You drive a Jeep, enough said. Taking the rear seats out allows you to store enough for long trips or vacations. Summer is good with the top down, but, driving in the Fall is even better. On long drives its no Lexus but, if you wanted that ride you may want to get a Lexus. You'll be amazed how quick you get used to roll up windows!

By JohnBoy1248 on April 20 @ 4:10 pm
Although this is my second Jeep Wrangler I still can not believe how capable this Jeep is! No matter what the weather or where you are this Rubicon has no problem taken you where you want to go. Classic Jeep interior and exterior lets you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Interior comfort is not that of a BMW 7 series, but it it a Jeep it is built for functionality and fun. The most capable Jeep EVER built!

By Brian Smith on July 23 @ 1:20 am
Only in a Jeep
This is the first Jeep I have ever owned, and I can't believe I have never had one before now. The slogan, "only in a Jeep" is so true. I have been places in my factory Jeep that I would have never dreamed to take a vehicle. I love this thing. No issues with this at all.

By Frank on September 16 @ 8:56 am
Tomb Raider edition
Happy with everything except disappointed with the engine performance. It seems that the engine will backfire on a downshift once and a while. The Jeep dealer told me that someone else was complaining about it and that it was bad gas. So I've tried different gas stations and It's still a problem. I suspect it's a fuel management issue and is normal for very long straight inline six design.The horsepower is lacking for the size of the six and how much gas mileage you get out of it. I bought the Jeep for the power but 4 cylinder cars passed me in the Rockies. Technologically It seems behind the times, related to engine performance. Need some R&D for a factory installed supercharger.

By Tyler on April 28 @ 10:10 pm
I love my Jeep
I love my Jeep Wrangler. I love the feel of driving it along with just being in it. It gives you a sense of power because you can sit above the rest of the traffic. I have modified mine to fit 36" tires with 6.5 inches of lift. It works wonders offroad.

By Bob Nukis on January 6 @ 5:53 pm
Wanted one for a long time
For years I've wanted to own a Jeep Wrangler, before it became a Wrangler. When the CJ's were around I thought about purchasing one, but with a wife and growing family it was impossible. Once the kids were out of the house I worked very hard at finding the ideal Wrangler. I like the four wheel drive, the style of the body, the simple things about it. The Wrangler changes on occasion, but you'll alway remember a JEEP before the companies who want to be like them. JEEP Wrangler one of Americans best, and will be around for many years to come. Will the wannabes, probably not. Funny how a WWII JEEP turned into one of America's favorite recreation vehicle. Take that wannabes.

By SK on October 12 @ 10:36 am
Excellent truck, horrible on gas, easy to do work yourself, pulls large objects with ease (trees, vehicles stuck in mud). Eats gas though and be ready for frequent tire rotations. Also eats starters if you take it mudding.

By John on June 25 @ 7:43 pm
Jeep Rubicon: 3 Years Later & Loving It!
After 3 years of ownership and more than 35,000 miles of driving in every type of weather, terrain, on-and off-road condition, I have to say that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has impressed me as the best built and most capable Jeep that I've owned to date--this one makes Jeep #6. For a Jeep, the ride is comfortable and the seats allow greater adjustment over past models. The suspension is firm and well matched for both on road handling and off-road articulation. The hard top and soft top are both made well and equally quiet when driving at highway speeds. The sailcloth soft top is holding up much better than my previous soft tops from earlier TJ models. This one's a keeper!

By bitharvest on March 31 @ 12:03 am
love my Jeep but...
We have owned 3 Wranglers, and 15 other Jeeps. This one is great in the sunshine and the snow, and can be loads of fun. That said, I must say that the gas mileage is horrible (10-13mpg around town); that as soon as it rains it's all over the road; and that the paint quality is the worst I have ever seen on any vehicle, including late '80's GMs. My jeep is babied (hand washed, waxed, etc.), and the paint is still peeling off. Our two grand Cherokees purchased around the same time do not share this problem, so this is something exclusive to Wranglers. Yes, it's a lot of fun, but I wish that Chrysler would have made the Wrangler with more love!

By Jason on July 8 @ 5:06 pm
My first Jeep
When I was a kid in the 70's my dad had a couple of Jeeps and I have always been a fan. I finally had the opportunity to purchase a new Jeep in 2003. I have had absolutely no buyers remorse. It is my primary vehicle but when ever I have the chance, I take it off road. The first time I took it off road I knew I was getting exactly what I wanted. The first snow fall was the second time I knew I had made the correct purchase. The only problem I have with my Jeep is I have no excuse for missing work during our Pennsylvania winters.

By Laurie on September 13 @ 10:13 am
I love my Jeep - everything about it. Only thing that I have recently encountered is something called the "death wobble"... pretty scary, but I think we finally got it in order after replacing the track bar and steering stabilizer and found that there was 45 pounds of pressure in one tire and 36 in the other (was that way when I purchased it - unbeknownst to me). In any event, so far it is back to being "my baby".

By Ross on January 22 @ 12:03 pm
Most fun I've ever had!
I never thought I'd own a Wrangler. I was actually looking for a Cherokee when I stumbled across this perfect 2003 X model. I've never had a vehicle more fun than this. I drive with a smile everyday. It actually rides quite well, the seats are fantastic, and the CD player with the factory subwoofer sounds great. I added stainless bumpers front and rear, a Magnaflow exhaust, and the K&N intake kit. It sounds excellent, and has better pick up. Driving it last summer, on a clear warm night, with the top off, I looked up to see the stars going by, and all seemed right in the world, if only for a few minutes. This vehicle is amazing... especially off road.

By Trent Ford on March 11 @ 1:16 pm
All you need in a Jeep
Bought the Wrangler brand new in '03 and have never, ever changed anything on it. Seriously, since driving it off the lot, it has not been back to the dealer. Even still has original brakes. I did change out the tires for 38" last year. Great reliability!

By sailormom on August 22 @ 6:56 pm
Can't wait!
Posting this comment to those who might be shopping for a jeep also. Have wanted one since I was 16 and now I am 41--been driving and paying for a Honda Accord for the last 5 yrs and can't wait to trade for a loud, bumpy, "wind in my face" jeep! Might have to work a 2nd job to pay for the jeep's drinking problem, but you won't here me complaining when my husband, Aussie, and I go to N Ga camping and hiking. We are going to get dirty,have dog hair everywhere and a smile on our faces! Thanks for all the consumer reviews-helps a lot in my decision to trade the Honda to a whining jeep owner.

By raiderdave on July 10 @ 7:23 am
Best Jeep yet
I had a '83 CJ7 that was bulletproof, and was great to drive. My '03 Jeep, is just as reliable and great to drive, with more comforts of my '83. The fuel economy isn't great, but if I wanted that, I would've bought a Toyota.

By mattv on September 18 @ 4:53 pm
I bought the Jeep back in January of 2007. It was not to a few little dings and soft top. I got it in Georgia and I dorve it to North Carolina and latter to Colorado. The thing gets about 18 to 20 mpg on the highway and 15 in town. Right now it has about 90,000 miles on it. The only problem I have had is the trakbar on the front axle. I have had to replace it twice but it happened within 5000 miles of each time it went out and the dealer replaced it free of charge the second time. The stock front bumper is a piece of junk also. I got a tube bumper that looks great and I am going to drive it back to North Carolina when I get back from my deployment.

By adam on December 28 @ 1:30 pm
There is nothing like driving a Jeep! The Sport is amazing! There are countless clubs and everyone in a Jeep is part of the family. I will never be without a Wrangler in my driveway for the rest of my life, for those of you who don't have one yet, it's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand! ;)

By Nishbot on August 11 @ 3:56 pm
I'm in Love! <3
Just bought a used 2003 Jeep, one-owner. Bought it with 36,000 miles on it. LOVE THIS SUV! Everywhere I go, it's great to drive in. Great ground clearance, great handling. Fuel economy is a problem (15mpg mixed). But wouldn't drive anything else! Love it! Really easy to work on!

By JOHNNY on June 27 @ 8:30 am
You cant go wrong with a jeep
This is my second Jeep wrangler I had a 2001 sport and I loved it. Just when I thought Jeep couldn't get any better I bought the Jeep I've always wanted (well since 03) the Rubicon and I'm very impressed with its performance and capability.

By sandlizzard on March 27 @ 3:03 am
It's a Jeep Thing!!
In 1979 I purchased a '78 CJ5. I also purchased a 1944 willy that same year. I wish I still had both. My latest is a n '03 sport 4wd. I am still a jeepie at heart. I wish more of the jeepies' knew about the "jeep wave". Happy Jeeping!!

By Golf007 on October 28 @ 12:36 pm
Its a Jeep.
Purchased the car new, and have used it primarily as a toy. It has been very reliable and has not required anything but normal maintenance. This is a great car for weekends and vacations, but I would not recommend it for everyday use. It is also great in poor weather conditions. The ride is not super comfortable, but that is expected for the type of vehicle. The hard-top is difficult to negotiate, and it becomes an ordeal to remove each season. The exterior metal is thin and dents easily, and the car burns gas at an alarming rate. I replaced the air filter with K and N, and that improved mileage about 2 MPG. All that said, I still love my Jeep.

By John on August 28 @ 6:06 pm
Careful buying a Jeep they need to Fix!
I have wanted a Jeep Wrangler for a long time. Finally bought a used 2003 and after driving for approximately 20,000 miles I am now experiencing the "Death Wobble" If you haven't had this happen with your Jeep you will!!! No real cure from what I am reading. Have to say I would not recommend buying a Jeep to anyone. Trying to fix the” Death Wobble” in my Jeep so I can sale the rig.

By Krakenbound on June 27 @ 7:56 am
Great Year for a Wrangler!
If you are looking for a used Wrangler to use as both a daily driver and a weekend trail runner, the 2003 year is a very good choice. This year saw the intro of the new 4 speed automatic transmission, making freeway driving easier. It had already seen a engine upgrade in 2001, and also now has the option for rear disk brakes (faster stopping, better feel and much easier to repair). Aside from the later Unlimited body extension option and the Rubicon off road package that became available in 2004 (and together in 2005), there is no better Wrangler to consider than a 2003 (Unless you want a fat/wide 2007+, which can't get though some desert canyons I wheel in!)

By yepper on December 12 @ 3:46 pm
Jeep 2003 is an awesome 4x4 convertible
I'm living in Alaska. Life is good in a Jeep. This vehicle has a soft top which makes it the perfect Alaskan convertible. I have had it for about 4 years now and have great experiences. Never stuck in the snow, never miss the sun, and it even tows my little trailer.

By madmanstan on April 6 @ 2:01 am
Not for the faint of heart.
If you plan on driving on the road all the time and you are very young, maybe this vehicl will do, but it has average gas mileage to be expected from an american SUV and its a rough ride in town. That said if you have time to actually use your jeep for offroading and trail running the jeep wrangler is excellent. I cant imagine trying to take a scion up some of the places I have gone in this jeep, and the soft top and removeable doors are always off. Great to drive at night in the summer here and the improved coilspring suspension is a step up from the older leafspring. Still stiff though, so like I say, its not for the faint of heart.

By Craig Sicknick on April 6 @ 7:41 pm
Old Reliable
I bought this vehicle used, from a friend. It needed all of its basic service done for the mileage as it had been neglected in a salt water environment for four years. After new tires, brakes, tune up and fluid change, I used it for a daily driver. First the bad: It is a soft top and is very noisy at anything above 50mph. It has a harsh ride and has very little storage room inside of the interior. It also gets terrible fuel mileage. Next, the good: The vehicle has had rock solid reliability with very few unscheduled repairs, all of which were minor. The vehicle is also pretty much unstoppable in harsh weather and I have had the opportunity to use it in deep snow, flooding, and hurricane conditions during the time I have owned it. It is also very good in a crash as I was hit hard on the side at highway speeds and walked away with only a bruised shoulder. The vehicle was still operable after the crash and I drove it to the body shop for repairs. It is a niche vehicle and you will either love them or hate them. If you buy one for comfort or mileage, you will be sorely disappointed, If you buy them for tough as nails off roading or for the ultimate in bad weather mobility, you will love it. Update... I installed a factory hard top which has improved the comfort of the vehicle substantially as the highway noise level has been significantly reduced and the climate control now has no issue keeping up in extreme weather. I also installed the stock sized tires and rims which improved drivability and slightly increased fuel mileage. Repairs are starting to. Evonne more frequent, but the old girl now has 120,000 hard miles on the clock.

By Richard S on May 9 @ 10:13 am
Great overall vehicle.
I've owned my jeep for 10 years now and it has been as reliable as they come. Starts every time. It's also extremely safe. These things are built like tanks and include a factory roll cage. Anyone looking for a fun vehicle that you can count on should consider a wrangler.

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