Forget Daddy's T-Bird, this is the car that had our editors shouting "Fun! Fun! Fun!" until Chrysler took it away. The word was like a rash all over our evaluation sheets. "This vehicle would be so much fun to drive to the beach with the top-off, full of friends!" and "Has a carefree, fun feel to it, similar to a Miata," are two representative comments drivers used to describe the Jeep Wrangler Sport. After spending a week with the Jeep, in both on- and off-road situations, it became apparent that this is the Wrangler's primary purpose-nothing more, nothing less.
Jeeps have been around for over 60 years in one form or another. Long before the Explorer and Blazer arrived on the scene, Jeeps were hauling American troops through some of the ugliest places on the planet. While they've softened a bit in the past few decades to more effectively accommodate today's mainstream buyers (and simultaneously increase mass market appeal), modern Jeeps haven't lost their utilitarian character. With its seven-slat vertical front grille, framed by round headlights, and its rubber, steel and plastic lined interior, the Wrangler Sport 4WD (painted in a shimmering Desert Sand Pearl Coat) that we drove for a week had our editors humming the "MASH" theme wherever they went.
Of course it wasn't always easy to hear that "MASH" theme when riding in the Wrangler. Despite a reengineered 4.0-liter Power Tech inline six-cylinder engine, life inside the Jeep was pretty noisy. This engine makes 181 horsepower and a respectable 222 maximum foot-pounds of torque at a low 3000 rpm. It also makes plenty of noise and because cabin isolation, even in a modern Jeep, is something of a misnomer, it often seemed like we could hear each piston firing under that flat hood. But we doubt the average Wrangler buyer is looking for cabin isolation. Instead they're probably after a go-anywhere, do-anything funmobile (there's that word again) with attitude.
The Wrangler Sport handles this duty with ease. Our test vehicle's standard 4.0-liter engine was mated to Jeep's optional three-speed automatic transmission. This setup sapped a bit of our Sport's "sport," but the Power Tech's broad torque band would not be denied and the Wrangler never felt lethargic or unresponsive. A few times the transmission seemed confused about what gear to use, and with only three forward cogs to choose from the engine was hitting over 3000 rpm at 70 mph. Certainly the Wrangler has many strengths, but extended freeway travel is not one of them.
In addition to engine, road, and wind noise, the Jeep's boxy shape and light weight make it particularly susceptible to strong head- and crosswinds at high speeds. This not only affected freeway driving, but also fuel efficiency. Rated at 15-mpg city and 18-mpg highway, our mixed driving loops generated a paltry 14.5 mpg and had us running on fumes in just over 200 miles after a fill-up.
When placed in its element, however, the Wrangler blossoms like Thora Birch in a bathtub. The excruciatingly slow steering, stiff suspension and low gearing transform from liabilities into assets once the Jeep hits terra (in)firma. Our test vehicle, for instance, made quick work of a steep and rut-covered hillside that had local mountain bikers hoisting their Treks over their shoulders. Though one editor would have appreciated a seat height adjuster to improve outward visibility (and for $24,000, Jeep should include one), most drivers found the Wrangler easy to place when navigating rough terrain. The engine's monster torque kept us from needing 4Low when ascending sharp inclines-even with the automatic transmission. 4Low did come in handy when it was time to creep back down the steep hillside. Engaging low gear and placing the shifter in first allowed us to concentrate on keeping the Wrangler pointed in the right direction while engine braking kept our speed below 10 mph. It's not as sophisticated as Land Rover's and BMW's Hill Descent Control, but it works almost as well.
Jeep's Quadra Coil suspension uses simple coil springs, gas shocks and antiroll bars at both ends of the vehicle. Although primitive in nature, this system allows for an additional 7 inches of articulation over the old leaf-spring design. We applaud Jeep's engineers for coming up with a suspension that can tackle the meanest driving conditions planet Earth has to offer without beating up passengers when traveling on tax-funded roads. Highway travel can be a bit bouncy, but nothing the average truck buyer hasn't already experienced. Around-town travel is even more enjoyable because wind and road noise aren't a problem and because those 222 foot-pounds of torque make the Wrangler feel quite peppy (though that slow steering can get old if you have to navigate through a tight parking lot).
The Jeep's interior blends nicely with its exterior in terms of function and ruggedness. The HVAC/stereo controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and clear gauge cluster all appear quite contemporary. At the same time, the Wrangler's metal roof, rubber door handles and plastic dash quash any possibility of confusing this Jeep with its larger, more expensive sibling, the Grand Cherokee. You're not going to find any soft-touch plastic or supple leather, but the optional high-back bucket front seats offer substantial support and even a fair amount of side bolstering. Our test vehicle was outfitted with a full-length center console that provided little in terms of storage, but made for a great armrest.
Rear seat accommodations aren't quite so lavish. The rear bench's seat bottom and seat back are narrow and hard, offering little in the way of back or leg support. Legroom itself is better than we expected, but getting in or out of the rear area is a major undertaking-even with the flip forward front seats. Front seat entry/egress isn't much better, with a high step-in height and substantial "lip" to challenge even the most agile of passengers.
Of course, our Wrangler was outfitted with the Dual Top group, meaning a metal roof and full metal doors were in place to block easy passage. Yank the top and the doors, (a doable, if somewhat daunting, task) and you're ready for that beach run with full access to both the front and rear seats. This brings us to one of the Jeep's most attractive features: a seemingly endless list of possible configurations. After watching a 30-minute video included with our Jeep Wrangler, we knew how to: remove the hard top, install the soft top, remove the metal doors, install the canvas doors, fold-down the rear seat, remove the rear seat, fold the windshield forward and secure it to the hood.
None of these tasks is a simple matter, involving much more work then simply dropping the top on your typical modern convertible. But as a multipurpose toy that individual owners can configure to match their own personality, the Wrangler has few peers. Whether stationed in Guam or serving duty in Greenland, the Wrangler, like a well-trained marine, can conquer any terrain while being quickly setup to make the most of its surroundings.
One of our editors called the Wrangler a "four-wheel-drive Miata." From storage capacity to sticker price this label didn't seem too far off. But many would question the validity of a $25,000 vehicle that doesn't even have a four-speed automatic or independent suspension. Our test vehicle did have air-conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with CD, and even a tilt steering column. But trying to turn a Wrangler into a luxury vehicle misses the point. Better to get the standard issue five-speed manual transmission, low quality radio (you can't hear it at freeway speeds anyway) and soft-top. We'd probably stick with the larger six-cylinder engine and optional antilock brakes, but the rest of the Wrangler Sport, in standard form, is perfectly capable of accomplishing this Jeep's primary purpose: Go-anywhere F-U-N!
What's a good price on a used 2000 Jeep Wrangler ?
Save up to $0 on one of 20 used 2000 Jeep Wranglers for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, Virginia with prices as low as $5000 as of Feb 19, 2018, based on data from 18 dealers and 1 consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1 to 1 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for used 2000 Jeep Wrangler trim styles:
The used 2000 Jeep Wrangler SE is priced around $7480 with average odometer reading of 123798 miles.
The used 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara is priced around $9177 with average odometer reading of 126261 miles.
The used 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport is priced around $6830 with average odometer reading of 155138 miles.
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What options are available on the 2000 Jeep Wrangler?
Available Jeep Wrangler 2000 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Jeep Wrangler 2000 Trims: Unlimited Sahara, Unlimited Sport, Unlimited Rubicon, Unlimited Sport S, X, Rubicon, Unlimited X, Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock, Unlimited, Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Smoky Mountain, Unlimited 75th Anniversary, Unlimited Rubicon Recon, Unlimited Winter, Unlimited Altitude Edition, Unlimited Black Bear, Unlimited Chief, SE, Sport, Unlimited Sport RHD, 75th Anniversary, Freedom Edition, Sahara, Unlimited Freedom, S, Unlimited 70th Anniversary, Unlimited Freedom Edition, Rubicon Hard Rock, Unlimited Backcountry, Backcountry, Black Bear, Unlimited Big Bear, 70th Anniversary, Base
Exterior Colors: Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Firecracker Red Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Anvil Clear Coat, Hydro Blue Pearl Coat, Red Rock Crystal Pearlcoat, Rhino Clear Coat, Steel Blue Metallic Clearcoat, Bright White Clearcoat, Natural Green Pearlcoat, Flame Red Clear Coat, Tank Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Rescue Green Metallic Clearcoat, Jeep Green Metallic Clearcoat, Gobi Clear Coat, Chief Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Baja Yellow Clear Coat, Commando Green, Light Khaki Metallic Clearcoat, Mango Tango Pearlcoat, Sunset Orange Pearl Coat, Black Forest Green Pearlcoat, Deep Water Blue Pearlcoat, Xtreme Purple Pear Coat, Cosmo Blue Paint, Dozer Clearcoat, Hypergreen Clear Coat, Moss Green Pearlcoat, Amp'd, Copperhead Pearl Coat, Sahara Tan Clearcoat, Crush Clearcoat, Dune Clear Coat, Copper Brown Pearl Coat, Detonator Yellow Clearcoat, Midnight Blue Pearlcoat, Sunburst Orange Pearlcoat, Black Clearcoat, Rock Lobster Clear Coat, Deep Beryl Green Pearlcoat, Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, Gecko Pearlcoat, Mojave Sand Clear Coat, Rugged Brown Pearl Coat, Flame Red, Gecko Pearl Coat, Patriot Blue Pearl Coat, Solar Yellow Clearcoat, Surf Blue Pearlcoat, Light Graystone Pearlcoat, Winter Chill Pearlcoat, Dark Charcoal Pearlcoat, Electric Lime Green Pearlcoat, Shale Green Metallic, Shale Green Metallic Clearcoat, Sienna Pearlcoat, Chili Pepper Red Pearlcoat, Crush Clear Coat, Dozer Clear Coat, Flame Red Clearcoat, Anvil Clear Coat (Late Availability), Black, Flame Red CC/Black ST, Impact Orange Clearcoat, Inca Gold Pearl Coat, Intense Blue Pearlcoat, Lapis Blue, Medium Fern Green Pearlcoat, Sarge Green, Solar Yellow CC/Black HT, Steel Blue Pearlcoat, Stone White, Stone White Metallic Clearcoat, Amber Fire Pearlcoat/Black HT, Black CC/Black HT, Bright White, Colorado Red, Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat, Emerald Green Pearl Metallic, Forest Green PC/Dk Tan HT, Forest Green Pearlcoat, Jewel Blue Pearl Metallic, Medium Blue Pearl Metallic, Steel Blue Pearlcoat/Black HT, Stone White CC/Dk Tan HT, Stone White Clearcoat, True Blue Pearlcoat
Interior Colors: Black cloth, Black leather, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray cloth, Black leather/cloth, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray leather, Black/Dark Saddle leather, Dark Slate Gray, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray vinyl, Black premium cloth, Dark Slate Gray cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki cloth, Black/Heritage Tan leather, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki leather, Khaki, Black/Heritage Tan cloth, Black, Khaki cloth, Black/Dark Saddle cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki vinyl, Freedom Edition leather/cloth, Agate, Black premium leather, Black/Dark Olive premium leather, Black/Red premium leather, Black/Dark Olive leather, Camel/Dark Green, Black Dark Saddle, Black Dark Saddle leather/cloth, Camel, Dark Saddle premium leather
Popular Features: Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Aux Audio Inputs, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Post-collision safety system, Alarm, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Bluetooth, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Soft Top, Hardtop, Towing Hitch, Remote Start, Auto Climate Control, Navigation, Heated seats, Upgraded Stereo, Back-up camera, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Leather Seats, Upgraded Engine, Blind Spot Monitoring, Parking sensors, Mobile Internet, AWD/4WD
Engine/Mechanics: 6, 4 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: four wheel drive, rear wheel drive
used 2000 Jeep Wrangler Overview
The used 2000 Jeep Wrangler is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include Sahara 2dr SUV 4WD, SE 2dr SUV 4WD, and Sport 2dr SUV 4WD. Pre-owned Wrangler models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The used 2000 Wrangler comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.