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2005 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

4.3
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Wrangler X- My First New Car

by from Toledo, OH on March 17, 2008

This was my first new car- 4.0L, I6, manual transmission, soft top. I had wanted a Jeep since I was 13 and finally bought one! This Jeep is fun to drive in the winter or summer. It is a convertible in...
This was my first new car- 4.0L, I6, manual transmission, soft top. I had wanted a Jeep since I was 13 and finally bought one! This Jeep is fun to drive in the winter or summer. It is a convertible in the summer and a 4x4 in the winter. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than taking the doors off, putting the top down, and driving on a warm summer day! The six speed manual is a nice surprise, except for the defect of it popping out of gear while in reverse. The engine is solid with years of Jeep experience behind this powerplant. There is plenty of head room and the speaker pods mounted to the roll bars are a great idea. Gas mileage is OK to Good for a 4x4 suv (which it is not, it's a Jeep). The turning radius is amazing. It has an OBD II code reader built into the digital odometer guage- I love this feature! The heater is amazing, you will not be cold in the front seats! I own a Liberty, Commanche, and Wrangler. Unfortunately, the Wrangler is the worst of the three in the snow. However, my Wrangler is better in mud than the Commanche. It is OK in sand. My suspension is getting rougher the older it gets. I had to have my top replaced and front axle seals replaced under warranty. The back seat is cramped. It takes a solid 3-5 minutes to get the soft top on and off. We looked at the hard top models, but they looked unfinished in the inside and we figured we would never take the top off! I have also noticed some bad welds on my vehicle. It has the aerodynamics of a McDonald's Happy Meal on windy days...which can be a bit shaky. This is not a family car, you need to come up with creative ways to pack things into this vehicle. A major plus for me is the Jeep community. This vehicle has a cult following. The aftermarket segment for this vehicle is huge, whether it is lift kits or fog lights, you have hundreds of choices. The resale value of these vehicles usually remains pretty high. Overall, I do not plan to ever get rid of this vehicle. When I pull it out of my daily driver rotation, it will eventually become a project! As I mentioned above, my wife and I refer to "her" as our Happy Meal. There is a prize inside every box, but not everything inside is a luxury item!
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I love my Jeep

by from Lanoka Harbor, NJ on September 21, 2012

I purchased a 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ with 23,940 mi. on her. At first I thought that there must be something wrong! It was very clean, it did not look 7 years old. I took it for a drive and it drove li...
I purchased a 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ with 23,940 mi. on her. At first I thought that there must be something wrong! It was very clean, it did not look 7 years old. I took it for a drive and it drove like new. As hard as I tried I could not find a problem. I waited about 3 months to write this review as I wanted some time to pass to let out any pimples that I did not notice right away. After the time has passed I have found one or two points of contention with my Jeep. If I had a choice I would have gotten a 6cyl as there is a lack of power in 5th and 6th gears. There is plenty of torque in the lower gears though. If you are looking for good gas mileage ( even with 4cyl) don't buy a Jeep. I am averaging 18 mpg so far. I bought this car because I wanted a Jeep. Only change would be to get 6cyl, otherwise no qualms with this purchase. It's a Great Jeep.
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Most fun vehicle I could possibly own

by from Michigan on July 10, 2012

Jeeps are fun, reliable, and good-looking. With a Jeep, you can go just about anywhere, considering the short wheelbase and good offroad capability. That being said, it is also a good daily driver. Th...
Jeeps are fun, reliable, and good-looking. With a Jeep, you can go just about anywhere, considering the short wheelbase and good offroad capability. That being said, it is also a good daily driver. The gas mileage isn't great but, that should be expected when buying a vehicle like this. Overall, I am in love with the Jeep, and I don't think I'll ever own a different brand of vehicle.
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fun car

by from florida on April 20, 2012

great for back road driving. i have had for 5 years and have had very few problems. top down in cool weather is a blast. ac is cold on the hot days
great for back road driving. i have had for 5 years and have had very few problems. top down in cool weather is a blast. ac is cold on the hot days
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Niche Car

by from Lemoyne, PA on July 19, 2016

The Wrangler is an interesting breed. It's not comfortable, it doesn't handle well, it's not safe, nor is it efficient. But we still LOVE it. It's far from perfect, which is why it gets 4/5. It...
The Wrangler is an interesting breed. It's not comfortable, it doesn't handle well, it's not safe, nor is it efficient. But we still LOVE it. It's far from perfect, which is why it gets 4/5. It's comfort rating is based on the fact that it has nice seats. We all know a bare bones, mostly waterpoof convertible won't be comfortable. Exterior Styling is great, but the gray plastics on the bumper and fenders are just a bad choice. The interior honestly sucks. My knees hit the roll up window handles, it uses hard plastics that hurt my elbows, the steering wheel is ugly, the upgraded sound system sucks. I could go on all day. The 4.0 is a great performer, and with basic mods can have some pep. This car wasn't designed to handle well on pavement, and it doesnt. Value is interesting. It's hard to say that an overpriced, tiny, uncomfortable, relatively unsafe vehicle with few options is a good value. I love my Jeep, but it's totally not for everyone. It's only a great buy if you want a cool, reliable, convertible 4x4, or an offroad capable vehicle.
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FUN and FREE

by from Fort Myers, FL on November 30, 2013

Beach Buggies in Fort Myers FL For a SPECIAL Christmas gift to my Mrs., last week I purchased a 2005 Jeep Wrangler X. The team at Beach Buggies made you feel part of the family within seconds! No pres...
Beach Buggies in Fort Myers FL For a SPECIAL Christmas gift to my Mrs., last week I purchased a 2005 Jeep Wrangler X. The team at Beach Buggies made you feel part of the family within seconds! No pressure, NO BS! If you want a FUN weekend ride, I strongly recommend the gang at Beach Buggies! Pgashawn
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Pretty decent vehicle

by from Elkton, MD on August 9, 2013

I bought this used vehicle from Cooks Volkswagen in Fallston, MD and its a pretty nice Jeep! Customer service was nice. Only thing was I had to get the jeep looked at 2 times after I brought it home d...
I bought this used vehicle from Cooks Volkswagen in Fallston, MD and its a pretty nice Jeep! Customer service was nice. Only thing was I had to get the jeep looked at 2 times after I brought it home due to the check engine lights coming on twice and then the KC fog lights not working. Cook had fixed the problem for free. All in all I had a great experience.
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4 Cylinder Jeep is a waste of money!

by from Gulf Shores, Al on July 31, 2013

If you want a jeep, do not waste your money on a 4 cylinder, spend a little more and get a 6! Enough said...
If you want a jeep, do not waste your money on a 4 cylinder, spend a little more and get a 6! Enough said...
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Uses car for Having fun

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Best vehicle I ever owned

by from Gainesville, Florida on September 5, 2015

I bought my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport I6 242 4.0L High Output back in April 2008. It had about 21k miles on it. Now it's September 2015. I still have it and still LOVE IT! Every time I drive it, she br...
I bought my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport I6 242 4.0L High Output back in April 2008. It had about 21k miles on it. Now it's September 2015. I still have it and still LOVE IT! Every time I drive it, she brings me joy. I have about 117k miles on it now, and for the most part, it has been VERY reliable. One of the main reasons I bought it was because I live off about 3 miles of dirt roads (in Florida where it rains almost everyday). I didn't want to drive a sports car through that again. So, I consider it my sports car, in a Jeep body. I bought a Volant CAI for it and that really did the trick as far as a few extra horses and some better low end torque. If you are looking at buying a 2005 Jeep, do your homework, get a carfax (I've seen people abuse these and they still work) so you get some more input. Have fun and continue the Jeep WAVE and always get the inline 6. That's one of Jeeps best ever Motor's.
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2005 Wrangler Unlimited -now go anywhere with more

by from Chicago IL on May 19, 2006

In 1997 Jeep introduced the latest version of the Wrangler referred to as Model TJ. This model first received much criticism for being too refined and not very rugged. The reason for this design was t...
In 1997 Jeep introduced the latest version of the Wrangler referred to as Model TJ. This model first received much criticism for being too refined and not very rugged. The reason for this design was to create a new Jeep model for the everyday person. After record breaking sales of the new model, the folks at Chrysler have proven their design to be successful, while staying true to the Jeep heritage. The new TJ model has been designed to have a more everyday use and have consumer friendly features. These features help make the Wrangler an everyday vehicle rather than just an off-road recreational toy. One of the most noticeable changes to the TJ model is the change from square to round headlights. This gives the vehicle a vintage appearance of the previous models of the 60's - 80's. Some of the more subtle changes include a more sophisticated interior which give subtle creature comforts than from previous models. Other changes include a new manual convertible top. This top is designed to be the simplest to date, yet still some what difficult to lower and raise. Allow about 5 minutes to completely lower the convertible top. You must plan ahead if you are ever see dark clouds in the horizon. It?s never fun to be stuck in the rain while zipping up windows. The removal of the awkward and heavy hard top has never been so simple. It will require at least 2 people to remove and you need ample room to store. Installation time = 30 minutes. While the engineers at Jeep have designed an improved model of the Wrangler in 1997, they didn't stop there. While it is difficult to change such an authentic vehicle year over year, the latest version seems to have changed all of the rules. The 2005 model of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gives the "go anywhere, do anything" mentality. However, it also adds the "take anything" factor into the equation. With the vehicle stretched a full 13 inches longer, you are provided with more leg room for passengers as well as more trunk space to pack any additional cargo. The Extension of this model helps make everyday trips to the grocery store that much more enjoyable. While I use my Wrangler Unlimited as an everyday commuter, others may take their Jeep on back country trails. It is a great feeling to know that you have the option to leave the paved roads of the real world, and decide to take a detour to the roads less traveled.
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