The Jeep Wrangler is one of the few, no-compromises, one-mission-in-life vehicles left on the market today. Like a two-seat sports car, the Wrangler makes a powerful "lifestyle" statement in essence that the person behind the wheel is a fun-loving and outdoors-living type who actually goes off-road with his 4WD vehicle. Still, there are quite a few Wrangler owners who don't need all-out trail-busting ability, and wouldn't mind extra cargo capacity along with a smoother and quieter ride.
Jeep tried to address this concern over two decades ago with the Scrambler, which was essentially a longer version of the old CJ-7 (the forerunner of the Wrangler) that had two seats and an open back, like that of a small pickup truck. Evidently, folks weren't ready for a stretched CJ, and as a result, that vehicle went over about as well as "Titanic" conversations on a cruise ship.
Now, however, people embrace automotive oddities a little more readily witness the success of the Cadillac Escalade EXT, a mutation of a crew cab pickup and an SUV. Although that first stretched Jeep wasn't a smash success, we were told by Jeep reps that the new Wrangler Unlimited was a response to current and potential Wrangler owners' requests for a bigger, yet not too different Wrangler.
The Unlimited is 15 inches longer than the standard Wrangler, which represents a 10-inch stretch in wheelbase with the remaining five inches being rear overhang. The majority of the expansion goes toward increasing cargo capacity. Compared to the standard Wrangler, the Unlimited has double the capacity behind the rear seat, for a total of 29.5 cubic feet and a few more inches of legroom for the rear passengers. Another advantage of the Unlimited is increased towing capacity, which moves up to 3,500 pounds (compared to just 2,000 pounds for the standard Wrangler).
Topping things off is a unique "Sunrider" three-way soft top. The Sunrider offers a choice of an open roof over the front compartment (similar to a targa top), along with the standard fully closed and fully open positions. Other standard features for the Unlimited include air conditioning, an automatic transmission, an AM/FM/CD stereo, foglamps, deep-tinted windows, massive Goodyear Wrangler (what else would you expect?) tires and disc brakes all around. Antilock brakes are not available, as the heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle won't accommodate that technology. The standard (and only) power plant for the Unlimited is the tried-and-true 4.0-liter straight six that puts 190 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque to the pavement. More sound insulation and a tip-and-slide feature for the driver seat were added as well.
We initially drove short-wheelbase Wranglers on a mix of city streets and open highways to get reacquainted with the standard vehicle's ride characteristics. This author was immediately reminded why he didn't care for the Wrangler in past test-drives: A choppy ride along with plenty of wind, engine and road noise makes me wonder why so many people choose to use these as everyday drivers. With such a short (93.4-inch) wheelbase and high center of gravity, the Wrangler wouldn't be our first choice for a long freeway cruise.
The next day, after a product briefing, we took the wheel of the Unlimited and set out for a few hours' drive (mostly freeways and two-lane highways) and immediately noticed the difference. Whereas the standard Wrangler felt almost jittery at higher speeds, the Unlimited was secure and planted. Through the turns and over the bumps, it was the same story the Unlimited was more composed and delivered a much better ride. We also noticed that the overall noise level was appreciably lower. Earlier in the day, the engineers had informed us that they fitted the Unlimited with revised springs and shocks as well as an additional cross member out back to ensure an improved ride and no loss of structural rigidity.
In terms of performance, with a weight increase of 200 pounds over the already pudgy Wrangler (for a total of 3,730 pounds), the Unlimited ran out of steam at higher speeds, particularly when merging into fast-moving freeway traffic. You wouldn't expect such a heavy, non-aerodynamic 4WD vehicle to be frugal with fuel, and with estimates of 14 city and 18 highway, this Wrangler is anything but.
Of course, nobody buys a Wrangler for economical commuting; it's all about off-road prowess. We got a chance to test the Unlimited's off-road skills and they are indeed amazing. Led by a seasoned team of off-road instructors, we popped the Unlimited in 4WD Low and scrabbled up rock-strewn hills and through narrow, muddy trails. Unlike your author, the Unlimited never broke a sweat and the steering that seemed a little slow on the street was perfect in this environment you don't want any sudden motions when maneuvering over dicey terrain.
Several times, while attempting to get up especially rough passes, we banged and scraped the underside of our Unlimited. Although the sounds made us cringe and gave us a quick adrenaline pump, they seemed to delight the Jeep reps and off-road gurus. They'd grin as they shouted out encouragement such as: "Don't worry about it, that's what the skid plates are for. C'mon, you're doing fine, don't let up and lose your momentum." After we were done playing on the 40,000-acre "Y.O." working ranch(located around 90 miles northwest of Antonio), we understood why there are so many off-road fanatics and why Jeep has such a strong reputation in this area. Not once did we get stuck, and it wasn't as if we didn't try. The off-road instructors informed us that some of the terrain we navigated was rated a 10, meaning most difficult.
With a list price of around $25,000 nicely equipped, the Unlimited presents a viable option for active folks who never would have considered a Wrangler before. Playing in the rough is all well and good, and the Unlimited upholds Jeep's reputation by taking anything you have the nerve to dish out. But in the real world, the one with freeways, potholes and work commutes, the Unlimited shines compared to its rough-around-the-edges little brother. This is a Wrangler we could easily live with, and that's something we never thought we'd say.
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What options are available on the 2004 Jeep Wrangler?
Available Jeep Wrangler 2004 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Jeep Wrangler 2004 Trims: Unlimited Sport, Unlimited Sahara, Unlimited Rubicon, Unlimited Sport S, Unlimited X, Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock, Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Smoky Mountain, Unlimited Winter, Unlimited Rubicon Recon, Unlimited Chief, Unlimited 75th Anniversary, Sport, 75th Anniversary, Unlimited Altitude Edition, X, Unlimited Black Bear, Rubicon, Unlimited Backcountry, Unlimited Freedom Edition, Freedom Edition, Unlimited 70th Anniversary, Unlimited Big Bear, Unlimited Freedom, Unlimited Sport RHD, Rubicon Hard Rock, S, 70th Anniversary, Base, Black Bear, Renegade, SE, Sahara, Unlimited
Exterior Colors: Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Firecracker Red Clear Coat, Anvil Clear Coat, Rhino Clear Coat, Hydro Blue Pearl Coat, Red Rock Crystal Pearlcoat, Bright White Clearcoat, Natural Green Pearlcoat, Chief Clear Coat, Tank Clear Coat, Steel Blue Metallic Clearcoat, Gobi Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Flame Red Clear Coat, Xtreme Purple Pear Coat, Jeep Green Metallic Clearcoat, Rescue Green Metallic Clearcoat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Baja Yellow Clear Coat, Commando Green, Cosmo Blue Paint, Hypergreen Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Black Forest Green Pearlcoat, Mango Tango Pearlcoat, Amp'd, Copperhead Pearl Coat, Rock Lobster Clear Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearlcoat, Dune Clear Coat, Moss Green Pearlcoat, Sunset Orange Pearl Coat, Crush Clearcoat, Dozer Clearcoat, Midnight Blue Pearlcoat, Sahara Tan Clearcoat, Copper Brown Pearl Coat, Detonator Yellow Clearcoat, Sunburst Orange Pearlcoat, Deep Beryl Green Pearlcoat, Mojave Sand Clear Coat, Surf Blue Pearlcoat, Black Clearcoat, Flame Red, Gecko Pearl Coat, Solar Yellow Clearcoat, Flame Red Clearcoat, Gecko Pearlcoat, Light Khaki Metallic Clearcoat, Rugged Brown Pearl Coat, Shale Green Metallic, Winter Chill Pearlcoat, Crush Clear Coat, Dark Charcoal Pearlcoat, Dozer Clear Coat, Lapis Blue, Light Graystone Pearlcoat, Patriot Blue Pearl Coat, Shale Green Metallic Clearcoat, Steel Blue Pearlcoat, Anvil Clear Coat (Late Availability), Chili Pepper Red Pearlcoat, Flame Red CC/Black ST, Inca Gold Pearl Coat, Sarge Green, Sienna Pearlcoat, Stone White Clearcoat, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Bright White, Colorado Red, Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat, Electric Lime Green Pearlcoat, Emerald Green Pearl Metallic, Forest Green PC/Dk Tan HT, Forest Green Pearlcoat, Impact Orange Clearcoat, Intense Blue Pearlcoat, Jewel Blue Pearl Metallic, Medium Blue Pearl Metallic, Medium Fern Green Pearlcoat, Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, Solar Yellow CC/Black HT, Steel Blue Pearlcoat/Black HT, Stone White, Stone White CC/Dk Tan HT, Stone White Metallic Clearcoat, Xtreme Purple Pearl Coat
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/Medium Slate Gray vinyl, Dark Slate Gray cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki cloth, Black/Dark Saddle cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki leather, Dark Slate Gray, Black, Agate, Khaki cloth, Black premium cloth, Khaki, Black/Heritage Tan leather, Freedom Edition leather/cloth, Black premium leather, Black/Heritage Tan cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki vinyl, Black/Dark Olive premium leather, Black/Red premium leather, Black Dark Saddle, Black/Dark Olive leather, Camel, Dark Saddle premium leather
Popular Features: Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Aux Audio Inputs, Post-collision safety system, Alarm, Bluetooth, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Soft Top, Hardtop, Towing Hitch, Navigation, Remote Start, Heated seats, Auto Climate Control, Upgraded Stereo, Leather Seats, Upgraded Engine, Back-up camera, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Parking sensors, Mobile Internet, AWD/4WD, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Engine/Mechanics: 6, 4 cylinders
Transmission: MANUAL, AUTOMATIC
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: four wheel drive, rear wheel drive
used 2004 Jeep Wrangler Overview
The used 2004 Jeep Wrangler is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include Sport 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M), Sport 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 4A), and X 4WD 2dr Convertible SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M). Pre-owned Wrangler models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 190 hp, depending on engine type. The used 2004 Wrangler comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.