2003 Jeep Wrangler Overview


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Great Four Wheel Drive Sport Ut.. My Primary Drive.. Been Lot's Of Places In It, by mkl
 — My 03 TJ is a great ride! My wife and I go to the Rockies two, to three times a year and take trails to ghost towns, and old mines. Have not had any trouble with it as of yet. I have a 6" lift, winch ... Read More
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 — Capable to a fault. Reliable in a tight spot. I travel in remote, desolate places alone and I never worried that I might get stuck. Every challenge was met with ease. Not quick off the throttle, ... Read More
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 — This thing looks and runs great! It has been a great vehicle for me from day one. Never even needed to think about taking it to a repair shop. The aftermarket parts selection is unbelievable. My o... Read More

2003 Jeep Wrangler Overview

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2003 Jeep Wrangler

The Rubicon headlined the 2003 Jeep Wrangler lineup, boasting a sturdy off-road suspension, a powerful 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine, and a Dana rear end. A four-speed automatic transmission was available on all models. Four-wheel disc brakes improved the stopping ability of all models, and the base SE model got a big boost in performance with a new, more sophisticated, four-cylinder engine.

Six trims of the Jeep Wrangler were available for 2003: SE, X, Sport, Freedom, Sahara, and Rubicon. The SE came with a new 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower. The new engine delivered 25 percent more horsepower and 18 percent more torque than the previous engine (150 hp @ 5,200 rpm and 165 pounds-feet @ 4,000 rpm). It worked well with the standard five-speed gearbox, which was a new heavy-duty transmission with synchronized reverse gearing and improved shift quality in cold weather. An all-new four-speed automatic was also available.

Wrangler X, Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims came with a much more powerful 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine rated at 190 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. A heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission was standard; the new four-speed automatic was optional. The inline-6 gave up some fuel economy to the inline-4 around town, but the six-cylinder got 19 mpg on the highway. The Wrangler X came with cloth upholstery, upgraded front seats, a fold-down rear seat, full carpeting, AM/FM/cassette stereo, digital clock, padded roll bar, and P215/75R15 Goodyear Wrangler tires.

The Sport trim added full metal doors, wind-up windows, fog lights, a tilt steering column with leather-wrapped wheel, courtesy and underhood lights, and other features.

The Sahara came loaded with a high-zoot stereo, premium cloth, air conditioning, cruise control, gas shocks, monster tires, and premium fender flares, among other features.

The Rubicon came equipped with diamond plate sill guards, front and rear Dana axles, and driver-actuated locking differentials. Standard are 31-inch tall tires and 16-inch five-spoke wheels.

All models in the lineup include a fold-down windshield, removable doors and top, and a weatherproof interior. Drivers may choose between hard- and soft-top models.

Drivers complain about the lack of storage space in the 2003 Jeep Wrangler and its fair to poor gas mileage, but they love the Wrangler's looks and traction.


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Oil Pressure Drop And Engine Dies 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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I was doing research on jeeps in general ...and for my 2003 freedom edition ,i'm supposed to have an anti theft system,never new i had one, nothing ever goes off ...i'm confused ...pls help???!!!!

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Whistling Noise Coming From Engine Area

When I drive at approx. 30 - 35 mph and over I start to hear a whistling noise from the engine area, it'd driving me crazy a friend suggested it may be the front axle but not sure if he's correct?

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