It has a stiff ride, offers about the same noise isolation as a motorcycle and has a soft top that's a nail-buster to operate. That said, the 2003 Jeep Wrangler also offers a visceral motoring experience like no other and the off-road ability of a mountain goat.
by rmazzio on Dec 26, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Jeep Wrangler SE 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
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 teflonjpr on Dec 23, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Jeep Wrangler SE 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
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
by doober on Jun 16, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Jeep Wrangler SE 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
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.
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.