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1987 Jeep Wrangler User Reviews

1987 Jeep Wrangler Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 14 reviews

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews

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JL258 writes:
1987 Jeep Wrangler Review
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5

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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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blazer1a writes:
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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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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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bbailey056 writes:
1987 Jeep Wrangler STD Review
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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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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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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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5

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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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Josh writes:
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Manual drive

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its moms

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Great — I had to get this for my mom and step father, i Even tho the performance is awsome, handling amazing, not to bad on price, put a lot into to tho, havnt beatn it up to much, awsome rock limberr, (and house stairs)

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

2012 Wrangler Sport By enlread

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Overall I love driving this car especially in the summer with top and doors off. Handles great in the snow in the winter as well. Only thing for me is I would like to get the 4 door unlimited as carg... Read More

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2011 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

The Go Anywhere Family Wagon By KOVEN1981

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