Used Jeep Wrangler 4x4 1997 - 2007 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2007 review
Used Jeep Wrangler 4x4 1997 - 2007
  • Used Jeep Wrangler 4x4 1997 - 2007
  • Used Jeep Wrangler 4x4 1997 - 2007
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Which used Jeep Wrangler 4x4 should I buy?

There's very little choice in terms of engines in the Wrangler. The mainstay of the range has always been the 4.0-litre engine, but there was also a 2.5-litre unit. However, that was dropped in mid-2001, leaving the larger engine as the only choice. Still, that's no bad thing, as the six-cylinder 4.0-litre was always our favourite, giving the Wrangler an impressive turn of speed without drastically consuming more fuel.

Likewise, there's not much choice in terms of trim level. The 2.5 only ever came in Sport trim, and the 4.0-litre offered a simple choice between Sport and the more lavish (well, it had air-con) Sahara. However, given the Wrangler's back-to-basics nature, we'd stick with the Sport.

Perhaps a bigger question is whether to go for the hard- or soft-top. Going for the soft top does give you a decent wind-in-the-hair experience, but it's ludicrously difficult to remove and refit.