1987 Jeep Wrangler User Reviews

1987 Jeep Wrangler Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
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"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
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DanDiCienzo writes:
1987 Jeep Wrangler Sport Review
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5

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Awesome

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Oil Leaks

DanDiCienzo
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Its Awesome — I have had the car for a while now. It is old, and I have never taken the time to get it completely fixed. But it drives and its a jeep and it is super fun. The engine leaks oil, but the 4.2L In-line 6 will never die.

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bbailey056 writes:
1987 Jeep Wrangler STD Review
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4

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Great for it's purpose. Bought it new with hard top and AC. Worked good in Florida's heat and humidity.

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None

bbailey056
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Good Solid Second Vehicle And Now Dedicated Off-road Vehicle. — 1987 Wrangler, NP231, Peugeot 5spd, 258ci, originally had Carter 2bbl. Over 200K miles. Installed Mopar Performance Fuel Injection late 90's. Best money I have spent so far. Increased mileage,drivability,easier starting and great performance off camber as well as inclines. Now 5" spring lift,1" body lift, 35" BFG MT's,SYE,4.56 gears,ARB locker up front and Detroit Locker in the rear. Alloy 30 spline axle shafts front and rear. Used now for trail riding mostly in East Tennessee.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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blazer1a writes:
1987 Jeep Wrangler Review
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FUN!, reliable,agile, will go anywhere.
It's a Jeep.

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getting OEM parts can get expensive, learn to mechanic
not a family vehicle, they can fit, but not great for long drives.

blazer1a
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My Jeep Wrangler, It's A Jeep Thing — 3 star rating = ok, not terrible, short wheel base in snow she's a bit squirrely My 1987 jeep wrangler is:4.2l inline six cylinder ,5 spd all standard, nothing fancy, weber carb. tires: p235 75r15, mpg: 18.5 highway at 55mph This jeep is fun I have a great time, since it's an 87 maintenance is a must, and you either pay to have it done or do it yourself. Take care of them and they will take care of you. my jeep is a great basic jeep unlifted and standard stuff, so I don't rock crawl or mud jump. I can roam logging roads and woods all day long,go camping,etc. Whatever I need or want to do, she does. She's a jeep,and she aint left me stranded. When choosing your jeep make sure you get what your looking for, take your time, and get what your looking for, thats the beauty of jeeps you can make them yours, hook up with a jeep webgroup and local jeepers, we all share the same passion, some of us are the extreme crawlers and mudders, some are like me love the standard jeep, and there's always the in between.but regardless we all like to help our fellow jeepers no matter what we like cause we all share the same addiction. get your jeep and go out in the woods and what it's all about. Live the Adventure

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Babycat writes:
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the Fun Factor

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will keep needing expensive repairs ...maintanince and upgrades

Babycat
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I Love My Hobby Vehicle And Drive It As Much As Possible — I love that it's a Jeep... My second Wrangler... my first was a 94. Lot's of repairs since I bought it about a year ago... everything from fuel pump to engine mounts, transmission, throttle motor ...too many to list and more still needed... definitely worth it... The freedom of a wrangler is priceless

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brian writes:
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love it

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stock jeeps are begging to be modified

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Buy One, Keep The Body And Frame And Replace Everything Else And Rockcrawl The Crap Out Of It — this vehicle is pretty much useless stock. approach and departure angles are neglegible, fuel milage is a joke, and interior room is non existent.......but on a good note if you gut it and put a ford 302, c6,np208,3\4 ton dana axles and well you get the picture, its an extremely fun and capable vehicle and really pisses off prius owners

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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JL258 writes:
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It's a Jeep, need i say more???

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Gas mileage could be better, but no major problems

JL258
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It Is A Beast That Will Run Forever, And Can Never Be Replaced — I have the 1987 AMC 4.2 I6 Jeep, it has the unfortunate BA/10 Transmission, but it hasnt failed me yet at 132,000 miles, and it has the 231 transfer case, yes its 1987, and has the 231, I said that right, even though that case wasnt introduced untill 1988, I still have it. I have a K&N intake on it, and have had the clutch replaced at 127,000 miles. This Jeep sat in a barn for 10 years before i pulled it out of retirement. it is now my everyday driver....and occasional off-roader and i love it. It has all the power i could ever want and i can pull anything that i need too. This Jeep has a 4" suspension lift with 31" tires, with that it gets about 15-16 miles to the gallon in town and about 17-19 highway, so not too bad. I love when I put it in 1st and just put that hammer down how that little 4.2 just throws you back in your seat, and you just watch all the other cars behind you crawl past the light, it just makes me feel like I am part of owning something special. It's really a good time when i do that because it is straight piped, no cat, nothing, just 2" pipe out the back. For a 6 cylinder, its pretty loud. One more thing that i love about this Jeep, is that it has the Laredo package, and that black leather interior and chrome LAREDO on the hood will make anyones jaw drop. I LIVE, I RIDE, I AM, JEEP

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Thomas writes:
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Goes almost anywhere, confy bucket seats

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rough ride

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Yj Islander — Performance is moderate but no extraordinary. Brakes work well, but require monthly maintnance. Handles the way I like, it does have some road feedback in the steering, but not a lot. I find it hard to bottom out off road. It's yellow, black and chrome in and out. 32" 11.50 mud trac's, which humm louder than the motor, but the bite everything. Not winter tires. 4.2L fuek injected straight 6cyl, is average on gas, windy days 300km per 40 dollar fill up, or 600 km stop and go city driving. on a full tank. if you like to feel the road fight back off road it's a 10 for fun factor.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Luc writes:
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it's more fun then any other car

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it feels like your riding the axle directly, you feel the road, alot

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Had One, And Going To Get Another One — Ok try imagining yourself on a raging bull, going 100 km h and kicking at you not to get you off but to get you to do some off-roading, so easy to modify but stay away from the electronic carburated model it's a bunch of trouble.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mitch writes:
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off road and fun

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power and reliability

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Jeep Wrangler — I loved the off road ability if you wantgo muddin crawl on rocks ro cruise the river you cant beat a JEEP. and when its time to hit the strip you will get all the attention you need and then some even better if you leave the mud on a little under powerd and the carb will get loose and start a fire but all around the most fun ive had in a car in a long time

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Steve writes:
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Loads of character, torquey six (210 ft lbs @ 2000 rpm), open-air feel, dependable all-weather traction, It's A Jeep Thing - You Wouldn't Understand

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(Lack of) fuel economy, not so great on the highway, I miss it

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Perfect High School Car — Wow. Totally unexpected. That's what I thought when my cousin said that he was going to Switzerland with his family and asked whether or not I would look after his wife's 1987 Jeep. Of course, I said, who would pass up the opportunity for a free car? The car arrived before I was finished with my 2-week stint at the University of Notre Dame's Intro to Engineering program, but needless to say when I got back I immediately went out for my first drive in the Jeep. Nothing can explain the first time you pilot a convertible, especially a Jeep. I've driven tons of convertibles at Enterprise since then, but I can't get past the feeling of driving a Wrangler - it's truly a unique experience. Modern NVH engineering must go out the window to appreciate this car. There was only one top - the soft top. It rattled, flapped about, and took eons to put up and take down. But it was the CHARACTER that kept the smile on my face day in and day out, plus you get a badass feeling when you leave the windows off during a rain storm. You're only young once. The Jeep came with all the right options - leather wheel (rare in a non-Laredo Wrangler), factory A/C (although it didn't work but I didn't mind), wide-tired steelies (which I painted) with an aluminum spare, and the 4.2L straight-six with the 5-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy was, um, predictably bad, especially since the six came with a computer-controlled carburetor (while the 4-cylinder model came with fuel injection, interestingly). The best I got was 15 mpg in the summer, and about 11-12 mpg in the winter - mostly suburban driving. The driving experience was unique, again filled with a lot of character. The steering wheel wasn't on quite straight, but the handling was predictable, and as long as you didn't try anything stupid, the Jeep was surprisingly nimble. Foul-weather handling is this Jeep's forte, and has few competitors in that realm - I rarely had to use 4WD even on the worst of snowy roads. The best thing is that Low Range coupled with first gear produced a great "Jeep Crawl" that could allow me to navigate down my steep driveway without having to apply the brakes - pretty cool. I drove this car all throughout my senior year, and even though my cousin's wife offered to give me the car, at $2k/year in insurance, coupled with the addition of a brand-new 2005 Mini Cooper S to the family stable (which bumped my mom's 1998 A4 down to me) forced me to give up my high school ride. It's a shame I never got to turn a wrench on it (it was EXTREMELY reliable) or modify it, but it has moved on to serve another person's needs, just as it had served mine.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

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The look of the Jeep Wrangler is just incredible out of most modern cars which usually don't appeal to me. It has a rugged look as well as feel, but has the reliability of modern cars. It's a ton of f... Read More

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Great Fun Car By Joellepat

Love the car, glad I had the opportunity to drive one. Just a real feel good car :-) Up high and easy to drive, it can snow, rain, sun shine, the car is ready and so the driver. The top can be down in... Read More

Smooth Ride By gmarcz

Black paint Doors 2 Soft top convertible Passenger seats 4 City economy17 (Est) mpg Highway economy21 (Est) mpg I am amazed at how solid and smooth the ride is- This vehicle is easy to drive, has a t... Read More

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Fun And Tough By chrisjodoherty

I have driven this jeep, all through the winter, during storms and snow, and never even came close to being stuck or having any problems with all types of surfaces. I drove on the beach, and in the ci... Read More

Amazing By Brett

I love everything about this car. I'm still in the process of building it, but it'll be about another 10 grand before I'm close to the finished look. In the mean time it'll be garaged while I save mon... Read More

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Largest Convertible You Can Buy By britishpaul

Lots of space and fun in the sun. 4 wheel drive for the snow or 2 wheel drive for the road. Fuel economy is not like a Prius but it's a Jeep... and it's the biggest convertible you can buy. Great valu... Read More

It Makes People Stare, You Will Be Noticed! By Strifler

I like everything except for the fact it has a V6. Jeep needs to make a Wrangler with a V8! It is completely loaded, but they still remained to keep it simple in a good way. I would recommend this ... Read More

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2011 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Go Anywhere Escape Plan. By CnoteJK

I wish there was a few more inches behind the front seats. The overall vehicle has improved greatly over the previous body style but the 3.8 is the worst motor ever. The ride and handling is amazing... Read More

It's A Jeep By dssjwood

Compared to the older jeeps, the 2011 is much smoother and has more power and speed. The 2011 allows you to set your speed at 65 on highways the jeep is able to maintain the speed without driving up t... Read More

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