1987 Jeep Wrangler User Reviews

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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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Joseph writes:
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Bullet proof engine and drive-train so long as you don't start modifying stuff.

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A little lacking in power at highway speeds, and not the most fuel efficient.

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It's A Jeep. They Aren't Fast On The Highway, But They Are Great Off-road — It owns the trails, and even beats some built vehicles. If you want a reliable off road vehicle this is it. A jeep is usually willing to go more places than it's owner is willing to drive it. The inline six cylinder doesn't have lots of horsepower at the top end so it is not the best on the highways, but it has loads of torque and loves to crawl up rocks and fly down the less technical trails.

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blazer1a writes:
1987 Jeep Wrangler Review
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4

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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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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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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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Sean writes:
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4WD, ability to take off the top and doors, great handling, fun ride.

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The '87-'89 Wranglers had the Puegot BA-10 transmission.  This French-made trans was the weak point in the design and specs of the early Wranglers.  It is faulty.

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Great Vehicle — The 4.2ltr I6 engine is top-notch, with the exception of the Carter 2barrel carbeurators.

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Mark writes:
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everything is a positive for my jeep and it was a learning experiance on rebuilding it.

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Still running a ford carborator

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Rebuild Whole Jeep — No longer stock....Soa lift, 4.2 litre mc 2150 carb, hei distributor, horrible on gas your driving a box. Build quality is horrible. I needed one of everything....Fun factor this jeep is more fun then an amusement park. Maintance fix everything as it breaks. But I love my jeep more then anything.

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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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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

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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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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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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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1988 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Great By harolds931

Loved it from the start especially when we pull it with our motor home no need for dolys not hard to pull since it is light weight , and sporty when we travel or explore off road, grear for older peo... Read More

A Good First Convertable Car By blanzo22

This Jeep is a nice ride however it needs alot of work. the inside is in pretty good shape and the outside condition is about average. needs a new fuel system and the 4wd doesnt work. other than that ... Read More

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1989 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Awesome By Miles

This is the funnest vehicle to own in my opinion. A must have for the outdoorsy type! I love taking the Jeep camping, off roading, or even just for a joy ride. I enjoy working on mechanical work nearl... Read More

Fun Toy By oldguy2

I bought it as a fixer upper toy and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love the way it looks now and the feeling of freedom driving it with the top down/off. I wish it had a litle more power and got ... Read More

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1990 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

Jeep Lover By Dillon

amazing car!!! i would recomend this car to anyone, there is nothing u cant love about a jeep. it cvan go anywhere and do anything and it looks amazing. cheap for the amount of fun u will have in th... Read More

One Of My Favorite Convertibles By Christopher

love my jeep, great off road, not too bad on road. blast to drive in the summer and somtimes winter, if there ia snow. has a 4.5 inch lft 35" tires. never had a problem off road. it is very thisty. Read More

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1991 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

It's A Jeep Thing By soupy6914

i love her wouldn't trade her for anything handels mud snow hills take the top off and cruse in the summer nothing better she gets about 15mpg but almost never gets stuck without it being my fault h... Read More

Best Vehicle In The World For Recreational Use Not So Much For Driving Every Day. By Brent

Well what to say about it, the goods plenty of power out of the six cylinder even turning 33 inch tires, handles good and turns on a dime, built like a tank i don't baby it at all and it just begs for... Read More

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1992 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

1992 Jeep Wrangler 5 Speed Straight 6 Cyl By Frank

Favorite car I've ever been in. Handles like a champ and is the easiest car to drive even tho its a stick. The bass has almost blown out my back windows so I've put fatmat across the whole interior al... Read More

Fun And Frustration All In One Till You Invest Alot Of Time, Money And Sweat In It! By Mike

Dont buy an old Jeep unless you love rust! 2007 or newer unless you are handy! Great agility and surprising what the little 4 cylinder will crawl through, 4 foot snow drifts were no problem except f... Read More

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