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2005 Jeep Wrangler

2005 Jeep Wrangler

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$4,494 — $23,102 USED
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Sport Utility
4 Seats
16-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Military-style ruggedness
  • Superior offroad capability
  • Heritage
  • Maneuverability

The Bad

  • Ride comfort
  • Interior noise
  • Fuel economy
  • Crude by modern standards

What to Know

about the 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • Quasi-military appearance
  • Four- or six-cylinder power
  • Available hardtop
  • Standard part-time 4WD
  • Low-range gearing

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Nothing is more traditional in the world of sport utility vehicles than the smallest, entry-level Jeep model. Today’s Wrangler is a direct descendant of the World War II-era military Jeep. In fact, many consider the Wrangler to have pioneered the SUV category, even though the term “SUV” didn’t emerge until after Jeeps had been around for decades.

In the 2003 model year, a super-duty Rubicon model debuted with locking front and rear differentials and all-disc brakes. In 2004, an extended-length Wrangler Unlimited emerged that used a wheelbase 10 inches longer than that of its mates. A Rubicon edition of the Unlimited goes on sale during the 2005 model year and is aimed at hard-core offroad enthusiasts.

A six-speed-manual gearbox replaces the five-speed unit in 2005 Wranglers, and an in-dash six-CD changer is available. A new Premium Package for the Wrangler Unlimited includes a bright grille and body-colored fender flares.

DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division produces the two-door Wrangler convertible in two forms: with a folding soft-top or an optional removable hardtop. The Wrangler was last redesigned for 1997.

Exterior
Even at a glance, there’s no mistaking the heritage of the Wrangler. Its upright vertical grille echoes the World War II version. The windshield and soft convertible top can be folded down when driving conditions permit. Half-steel doors contain zip-out plastic side windows, which adds to the vehicle’s rugg...

Vehicle Overview
Nothing is more traditional in the world of sport utility vehicles than the smallest, entry-level Jeep model. Today’s Wrangler is a direct descendant of the World War II-era military Jeep. In fact, many consider the Wrangler to have pioneered the SUV category, even though the term “SUV” didn’t emerge until after Jeeps had been around for decades.

In the 2003 model year, a super-duty Rubicon model debuted with locking front and rear differentials and all-disc brakes. In 2004, an extended-length Wrangler Unlimited emerged that used a wheelbase 10 inches longer than that of its mates. A Rubicon edition of the Unlimited goes on sale during the 2005 model year and is aimed at hard-core offroad enthusiasts.

A six-speed-manual gearbox replaces the five-speed unit in 2005 Wranglers, and an in-dash six-CD changer is available. A new Premium Package for the Wrangler Unlimited includes a bright grille and body-colored fender flares.

DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division produces the two-door Wrangler convertible in two forms: with a folding soft-top or an optional removable hardtop. The Wrangler was last redesigned for 1997.

Exterior
Even at a glance, there’s no mistaking the heritage of the Wrangler. Its upright vertical grille echoes the World War II version. The windshield and soft convertible top can be folded down when driving conditions permit. Half-steel doors contain zip-out plastic side windows, which adds to the vehicle’s rugged appearance.

The folding soft-top is a four-ply design. A metal hardtop with full steel doors and roll-up side windows is optional, which makes the driving experience considerably more civilized. Regular-size Wranglers are only 154.9 inches long overall, measure 68.3 inches wide and ride on a 93.4-inch wheelbase. Unlimited models are 15 inches longer. With its soft-top in place, the Wrangler is 71.2 inches tall.

Interior
Two front bucket seats and a folding two-place bench in the rear are installed. An optional Add-A-Trunk feature provides a lockable storage compartment in the cargo area. It features thumbscrews for easy removal or sliding forward.

Under the Hood
Installed in the SE model, the Wrangler’s base power plant is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower. All others models get a 190-hp, 4.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, which is optional in the SE. Both engines team with either a six-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. Part-time four-wheel drive is intended for use only on slippery or loose surfaces.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional only on Sport models. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Modern-day Wranglers are a lot more civilized than their ancestors from the early 1990s and before. Whether the Wrangler is motoring down the highway, whipping through urban byways or traversing the most demanding offroad obstacle, this vehicle is nimble, quick, precise and fun to drive. Wranglers can get noisy, but not nearly as much as previous-generation models. The Wrangler Unlimited adds welcome extra space for rear passengers.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
45 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Everyone ❤️ my car when I show up! Gonna miss it!

by Justmetoday. from Dallas, Tx on March 19, 2020

This car was so much fun. I joined a Jeep club and they’re always so supportive! And when I need help their there. Super awesome car. Read full review

(5.0)

Love this TJ

by ScotteNoble from Sacramento, CA on March 15, 2020

I give my Wrangler five stars in every category except comfort for obvious reasons...we don't consider comfort when buying one. This rig meets or exceeds my expectations where it counts and that is ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Jeep Wrangler currently has 2 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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