2009 Jeep Wrangler 3.8L V6 4x4 6-speed Manual Consumer Review - 2009 Jeep JK Wrangler Review
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2009 Jeep Wrangler - Consumer Review

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X Convertible SUV (3.8L V6 4x4 6-speed Manual)

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2009 Jeep JK Wrangler Review
By Brad on

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2009 Jeep Wrangler X 2dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M)

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This is my 3rd Wrangler: YJ, TJ and now the JK. The completely redesigned JK is noticeably larger with a better ride and more spacious interior. The straight-six 4L engine has given way to the venerable 3.8L minivan engine, which has more horsepower, but less torque. The gas tank has been moved forward to improve the angle of departure. The soft top can now open partially, and the 3-piece hard top option makes for easier removal. Sound system is improved with larger speakers and dash-mounted tweeters, with Sirius satellite as an option. Tow hooks and fog lamps are now standard equipment. Vehicle feels larger, and sits higher. Outstanding off-road.

Favorite Features

Great looks, much more comfortable to drive daily than the outgoing model. Gas mileage has improved also to about 20MPG on the highway. Wranglers are always fun, in winter or summer.

Suggested Improvements

The 3.8L engine has a torque curve very unlike the old 4.0L inline six. Also, there is a noticeable lack of torque between 1.5K and 2K RPM, making an automatic practically a necessity. Road feel is more vague than the TJ. 6- speed manual has a very poor feel; spring for the automatic on this one.
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