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Great overall vehicle.
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By Richard S
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2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I've owned my jeep for 10 years now and it has been as reliable as they come. Starts every time. It's also extremely safe. These things are built like tanks and include a factory roll cage. Anyone looking for a fun vehicle that you can count on should consider a wrangler.


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Old Reliable
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Craig Sicknick
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2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought this vehicle used, from a friend. It needed all of its basic service done for the mileage as it had been neglected in a salt water environment for four years. After new tires, brakes, tune up and fluid change, I used it for a daily driver. First the bad: It is a soft top and is very noisy at anything above 50mph. It has a harsh ride and has very little storage room inside of the interior. It also gets terrible fuel mileage. Next, the good: The vehicle has had rock solid reliability with very few unscheduled repairs, all of which were minor. The vehicle is also pretty much unstoppable in harsh weather and I have had the opportunity to use it in deep snow, flooding, and hurricane conditions during the time I have owned it. It is also very good in a crash as I was hit hard on the side at highway speeds and walked away with only a bruised shoulder. The vehicle was still operable after the crash and I drove it to the body shop for repairs. It is a niche vehicle and you will either love them or hate them. If you buy one for comfort or mileage, you will be sorely disappointed, If you buy them for tough as nails off roading or for the ultimate in bad weather mobility, you will love it. Update... I installed a factory hard top which has improved the comfort of the vehicle substantially as the highway noise level has been significantly reduced and the climate control now has no issue keeping up in extreme weather. I also installed the stock sized tires and rims which improved drivability and slightly increased fuel mileage. Repairs are starting to. Evonne more frequent, but the old girl now has 120,000 hard miles on the clock.


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Not for the faint of heart.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By madmanstan
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2003 Jeep Wrangler X 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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If you plan on driving on the road all the time and you are very young, maybe this vehicl will do, but it has average gas mileage to be expected from an american SUV and its a rough ride in town. That said if you have time to actually use your jeep for offroading and trail running the jeep wrangler is excellent. I cant imagine trying to take a scion up some of the places I have gone in this jeep, and the soft top and removeable doors are always off. Great to drive at night in the summer here and the improved coilspring suspension is a step up from the older leafspring. Still stiff though, so like I say, its not for the faint of heart.


Best Features

Bulletproof 4.0 Inline 6. Soft top classic round headlights ( square ones suck )


Worst Features

Could have had the X come with a dana 44 axle option. Just because i'm not rock crawling yet doesnt mean I dont need some more durability. Would have liked to have had a little head start on my modifications, but I have to find new axles for it because I already push this jeep to its limits. But for the price it was all I could afford, rubicon was just out of my budget range in up front cost.


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Jeep 2003 is an awesome 4x4 convertible
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By yepper
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2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I'm living in Alaska. Life is good in a Jeep. This vehicle has a soft top which makes it the perfect Alaskan convertible. I have had it for about 4 years now and have great experiences. Never stuck in the snow, never miss the sun, and it even tows my little trailer.


Best Features

soft top, handling, durability, ease of care, maneuverability, reasonably priced, I love how it will granny itself out of a slick spot without needing to feather the clutch


Worst Features

fuel economy, not a fast car of the light but sure footed leaving a stop sign on an icy hill


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Great Year for a Wrangler!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Krakenbound
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2003 Jeep Wrangler X 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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If you are looking for a used Wrangler to use as both a daily driver and a weekend trail runner, the 2003 year is a very good choice. This year saw the intro of the new 4 speed automatic transmission, making freeway driving easier. It had already seen a engine upgrade in 2001, and also now has the option for rear disk brakes (faster stopping, better feel and much easier to repair). Aside from the later Unlimited body extension option and the Rubicon off road package that became available in 2004 (and together in 2005), there is no better Wrangler to consider than a 2003 (Unless you want a fat/wide 2007+, which can't get though some desert canyons I wheel in!)


Best Features

190hp 6 Cyl Engine, 42RLE Auto Transmission, refined aftermarket options.


Worst Features

Should come with a full, frame mounted roll bar instead of the sport rail-into-window frame design, which will not withstand a roll.


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