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It's not a car, it's a jeep
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By Dave Bennett
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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2dr SUV 4WD


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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.


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Highly Reliable, Highly Fun!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By krakenbound
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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2dr SUV 4WD


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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!


Best Features

- Lots of elbow room in the engine compartment - Simple and durable interior - Lots of aftermarket support


Worst Features

It's a Jeep. Any "improvements" will just be pricey comfort and convenience items for city folks trying to look like they off-road. Keep it simple, Keep it Jeep!


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Overall worth every penny
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By timo88
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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

easy to drive, easy and cheap to fix, and its unstoppable offroad.


Worst Features

needs more lockable interior storage.


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Fun unless on the highway...
8 of 41 people found this review helpful
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By erik1493
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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2dr SUV 4WD


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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


Best Features

Totally customizable. Reminds me of Jurassic park, no joke, favorite movie :D. Fun and can go offroad.


Worst Features

Add a center console. Better mpg


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Frank the Tank
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By PAPA SMURF
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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2dr SUV 4WD


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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...


Best Features

Its like a tank and very reliable I highly recommend!


Worst Features

well I have a 97 so I guess they have made all the improvements they need...


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