1997 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Review: Highly Reliable, Highly Fun!
ADVERTISEMENT

1997 Jeep Wrangler SUV - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

71 Total Reviews

All Models

Performance
Comfort
Fun-to-Drive
Interior
Exterior
Build Quality
Reliability Value
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Highly Reliable, Highly Fun!
By krakenbound on

Vehicle

1997 Jeep Wrangler SE 2dr SUV 4WD

Review

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!
Recommend (10) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.

Register

Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display
ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.