So far, so good
By CCJ on
2008 Jeep Wrangler X 2dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M)
My third Wrangler. This one is best by leaps and bounds. Power is adequate for highway use, but another 40 hp would be welcome. Handling is much better than earlier iterations. I bought an X with the 24S option package. Adding the Limited Slip rear axle, rock rails, extra skid plates and the Freedom Top. To date, I've had no issues of consequence. A minor, but annoying rattle in the driver's side. A pillar was traced to an over-tightened screw in the plastic trim that stripped out the plastic. Going up one size fixed that. A minor rain leak between the halves of the top was corrected by cleaning the sealing area and silicon treating the seals. 18/25 mileage so far. I love this beast.
No other vehicle offers as much customization and after-market hardware. It's easy and inexpensive to personalize or configure for insane off-road adventures. You can leave it absolutely stock and know that you still own one of the most capable factory built off-road vehicles on the market.
More power. Improve the hard top design (too many reports of leaks). Add a front skid plate to protect the steering damper and sway bar disco electronics. A Dana 44 front axle should be optional on the X model. Hood hold down rubbers: they get weak with age and the hood can flutter at speed.