1997 Jeep Wrangler User Reviews

1997 Jeep Wrangler Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 53 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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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PROS
"ride" 31 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 16 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
"expressway" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews

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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE Review
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Great 4x4 performance, beats toyota pickups everytime

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Lake of power from the 4 cyl but not very expected

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Love My Wrangler — Jeep wrangler's are great vehicles, i love it and it is a blast to drive from the removable top, to the flip down windshield to the removable doors, driving this around will turn some heads. Fun to fit in with other wrangler owners.

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1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Review
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good stock offroad ability,cheaply modified

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poor gas mileage

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U Get This Stuck...you May Consider Your Life Complete! — The wrangler is unique. its like joinin fraternity when you by one. they're cheap to mod and you cant break em.

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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE Review
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Lifted, Looks good, Convertible, Removable doors, Manual Tranny

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Worthless 4 cyl motor, Possibly slowest car on earth,  No a/c, bad exhaust leak

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Good But Needs More Power And Options — 3" BDS Lift Kit 33x12.50 BFG A/Ts KC Slimlights K&N Filter Soon to be Replaced by 2000-2002 Wrangler Sport

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1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport Review
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Good Engine power and Torque.
Awesome styling.
Good drive train combos available.
Fun to drive.
Solid axles.
Coil spring suspension/linked suspension.
easy to work on.
One of a kind builders.

Cons

Weak drive train combos (get the stronger axles T-case)
Becomes a addiction.
Cheap paint.
Chrysler product so you get the typical downfalls.
Attracts Police to harass you.

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Obsession — The 4.0 inline 6 cylinder Jeep wrangler Is over all A well put together vehicle. The Tj or 1997-06 Wrangler would have to be the best offered to date it is much more well put together then the YJ. The power produced by the motor is impressive, its is very torquey and has decent overall HP and last many many miles depending on if you do the basic maintenence on it. The Axles offered on these Jeeps depending on what you get range from horrible to pretty solid and a performer. If you are looking to build you will want the Dana 44 Combo as opposed to the 30/35 They are just to small to handle tires much bigger than 33 inches. The stock automatic 3 speed transmission offered in the sport is solid and reliable. The NP231 transfer case is also a fairly stout unit and reliable if you keep clean oil in it. The coil spring suspension rides and handles very well and is leap years better than the previous models that offered leaf springs. The Jeep wrangler/CJ/MB/Jk as always are really good candidates for upgrading and are easy to work on and find parts for. The Jeep is a ride and experiance of its own, theres not many other vehicles that provide the same thrills that a Jeep does. The vehicle is one of a kind and Id recommend it to anyone looking to have fun and have a vehicle that will for many years to come will have a huge aftermarket following. I would buy a second and probably will in the future.

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1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport Review
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Not hard to fix, simple design, convertible easy to take on and off

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Top-heavy, soft top flaps loudly at higher speeds

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Decent, Classic Design, But American Engineering Can Only Go So Far. — Despite being top-heavy, it was a decent drive. Don't get it if you're looking for something with a comfortable, quiet ride. It excels offroad, obviously.

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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE Review
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Solid structure, sturdy, manual, convertible, looked cool

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Gas, slowness, lack of power

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Great For Offroading — This jeep was pretty fun, although only 4 cylinder the engine still moved those 33's and made offroading pretty nice, i could crawl and climb with the 4 inch lift and it was a blast

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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE Review
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Mud, Snow, Sun, lots and lots of fun

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fuel economy and acceleration

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Most Fun You Can Have With Clothes On — Whether its driving in the snow, mud or sun, this is by far the most fun you can have without getting an indecent exposure charge. The 2.5L I-4 is a dog, it could use a small turbo or something to help it along its way. If you are buying; spring for the trouble free 4.0L I-6. As for Cory's jeep it has a 3" suspension lift which is loads of fun. The looks that you get when driving can't be beat, ferrari drivers are envious of you. When you have it bring extra money, with the big tires and the lack of aerodynamics the fuel economy is very poor (12 mpg-ish) and you always want to buy something new for it. All in All the interior is lackluster but its really fun to drive, buy one if you can afford one.

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1997 Jeep Wrangler SE Review
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Nonstop summer fun.

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Terrible power and mileage from the 4 banger, flaky quality.

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Best As A 2nd Vehicle — Great fun ride, but the 4 bangers are best left to 2nd vehicles (like a motorcycle). Nothing beats top down summer time driving though. Everyone should own a Jeep at least once. I've owned 2, and loved the both.

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1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport Review
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Looked great, loved the mags.

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Windshield picked up anything and anything did not just bounce off.

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Rugged And Would Go Anywhere — Great vehicle pre kids. Nice to drive around town, easy to park, o.k on fuel.

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First jeep bought it for cheap

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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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