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2002 Jeep Wrangler

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$5,904 — $15,208 USED
Sport Utility
2-4 Seats
16-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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2002 Jeep Wrangler Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Nothing is more traditional than the smallest, entry-level Jeep model, which is a direct descendant of the military Jeep that assisted in the Allied victory during World War II. In fact, the Wrangler’s predecessors are considered by many to be the pioneers of the sport utility class, even though the term “SUV” didn’t come into existence until Jeeps had been around for decades.

A new, more affordable X model aimed at younger buyers joins the lineup for 2002 with a 4.0-liter engine and cloth seats. The Wrangler Sahara now features a standard 30-inch Tire and Wheel Group, hard doors with roll-up windows and Sentry Key, an engine-immobilizing theft-deterrent system. Sport models get a fresh look with standard full doors that contain roll-up windows, as well as fog lamps and tow hooks.

DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division produces the Wrangler in two forms: as a two-door convertible with either a folding soft-top or an optional removable hardtop. A redesigned Wrangler is thought to be nearing production, but DaimlerChrysler has made no announcement. If nothing else, major mechanical changes — possibly including a new suspension — are likely in the next year or so. The Wrangler was last redesigned for the 1997 model year.

Exterior
Even with a quick glance, there’s no mistaking the heritage or toughness of a Wrangler, starting with the upright vertical grille that echoes the World War II version. Both the windshield and soft convertible top fold down when the driving situa...

Vehicle Overview
Nothing is more traditional than the smallest, entry-level Jeep model, which is a direct descendant of the military Jeep that assisted in the Allied victory during World War II. In fact, the Wrangler’s predecessors are considered by many to be the pioneers of the sport utility class, even though the term “SUV” didn’t come into existence until Jeeps had been around for decades.

A new, more affordable X model aimed at younger buyers joins the lineup for 2002 with a 4.0-liter engine and cloth seats. The Wrangler Sahara now features a standard 30-inch Tire and Wheel Group, hard doors with roll-up windows and Sentry Key, an engine-immobilizing theft-deterrent system. Sport models get a fresh look with standard full doors that contain roll-up windows, as well as fog lamps and tow hooks.

DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division produces the Wrangler in two forms: as a two-door convertible with either a folding soft-top or an optional removable hardtop. A redesigned Wrangler is thought to be nearing production, but DaimlerChrysler has made no announcement. If nothing else, major mechanical changes — possibly including a new suspension — are likely in the next year or so. The Wrangler was last redesigned for the 1997 model year.

Exterior
Even with a quick glance, there’s no mistaking the heritage or toughness of a Wrangler, starting with the upright vertical grille that echoes the World War II version. Both the windshield and soft convertible top fold down when the driving situation permits. Half-steel doors contain zip-out plastic side windows, which adds to the vehicle’s paramilitary appearance. The folding soft-top is a four-ply design. A metal hardtop and roll-up side windows are optional, making the driving experience considerably more civilized.

Interior
Two front occupants have bucket seats. A folding two-place rear bench is standard on the Sport and Sahara models and optional on the base SE. An optional Add-A-Trunk feature provides a lockable storage compartment in the cargo area. It’s made of injection-molded compound and features thumbscrews that make it easier to remove or slide forward.

Under the Hood
Either a four- or six-cylinder engine is available, each with four-wheel drive. The Wrangler’s base engine is a trusty 120-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and the optional power plant is a 190-hp, 4.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Both team with either a three-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Part-time 4WD is intended for use only on slippery surfaces. Antilock brakes are available on selected models.

Driving Impressions
Modern-day Wranglers are a lot more civilized than their ancestors from the early 1990s and before. Whether motoring down the highway, whipping through urban byways or traversing the most demanding offroad terrain, they’re nimble, quick, precise and fun to drive. Wranglers can get noisy, but not nearly as much as they did in the past.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Great car - love it.

by Sportdricingfan from Nantucket on August 22, 2019

The car met all my needs. It is a great value for this $$$. Low mileage and no accidents guaranteed. In summer this car sends you to paradise. Convertible. Roof down and you are 👍 to go! Read full review

(5.0)

The last vehicle you’ll ever want

by JBS works from Murrieta ca on June 12, 2019

I had my jeep for 15 years and just recently sold it and now I’m going to buy a new or one because they last forever Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2002 Jeep Wrangler currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Wrangler received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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