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2006 Jeep Wrangler

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$5,263 — $23,687 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 2006 Jeep Wrangler
  • Quasi-military appearance
  • Four- or six-cylinder power
  • Available hardtop
  • Standard part-time 4WD
  • Low-range gearing

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2006 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.

After more than two decades’ absence, a Golden Eagle package can be installed on 2006 models. It includes a Dana 44 heavy-duty rear axle, 30-inch tires, gold-finished 15-inch aluminum wheels and two-tone premium seats.

DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division produces the two-door Wrangler in both short- and long-wheelbase Unlimited forms. A removable hardtop is optional.

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.

The folding soft-top is a four-ply design. The optional hardtop has full steel doors and roll-up side windows; it makes the driving experience more civilized. Short-wheelbase Wranglers are only 154.9 inches long overall, but Unlimited models stretch to 167 inches.

Interior
Two front high-back reclining bucket seats and a folding two-place bench in the rear are installed. Vinyl upholstery is standard in the SE, but other trims have cloth u...

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.

After more than two decades’ absence, a Golden Eagle package can be installed on 2006 models. It includes a Dana 44 heavy-duty rear axle, 30-inch tires, gold-finished 15-inch aluminum wheels and two-tone premium seats.

DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep division produces the two-door Wrangler in both short- and long-wheelbase Unlimited forms. A removable hardtop is optional.

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.

The folding soft-top is a four-ply design. The optional hardtop has full steel doors and roll-up side windows; it makes the driving experience more civilized. Short-wheelbase Wranglers are only 154.9 inches long overall, but Unlimited models stretch to 167 inches.

Interior
Two front high-back reclining bucket seats and a folding two-place bench in the rear are installed. Vinyl upholstery is standard in the SE, but other trims have cloth upholstery. A CD player is standard.

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower is standard in the SE. All other models come standard with a 190-hp, 4.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, which is optional in the SE. The four-cylinder teams with a six-speed-manual transmission, while the inline-six-cylinder drives either the manual gearbox or a 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 SUV 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
65 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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A wonderful vehicle, Virgin Jeep, Stunning!

by Last Toy from Ocean City, Maryland on October 19, 2019

Hard to believe it is a 2006 Jeep. The pristine appearance gives you the feeling that it has rarely been out of the garage, its is a real must see. This Jeep will not disappoint. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Jeep Wrangler currently has 3 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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