We get behind the wheel of a third generation Jeep Wrangler and see if it is as robust as it seems.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of those cars that are different from the rest, that have that special "something" that makes you love it... or hate it. That is why its many lovers continue to adore it to this day, even though this Jeep has its peculiarities, for example, that water leaks inside when it rains.
Today, a Jeep Wrangler III with a mileage of about 130,000 kilometers can be found for about 13,000 euros on the second-hand market. It may come with halogen headlights as usual, but you can upgrade with led lights for Jeep Wrangler JK which are DOT or Emark approved.
Durable motors, but...
A completely new common rail diesel generation from Fiat subsidiary VM Motori works in the Wrangler JK. And hard. Even if the previous owner has fallen behind on timing belt changes, he won't kneel down.
You just have to pay attention to the water temperature with this 2.8 CRD, especially when pulling a trailer. And it is that the Wrangler JK was not conceived as a towing vehicle by its American designers.
Otherwise, the Wrangler rarely causes mechanical problems. Of course, the first 3.6 V6 petrol engines (2012/2013) have vulnerable cylinder heads, and therefore should be avoided. And check that the front axle guides are not worn, if you want a minimum level of precision when driving in a straight line.
The plastic hardtop has removable parts. But the water gets inside through the many joints in the ceiling, and then it smells musty. Check it as follows: Is there rust on the veneer floor?
Bottom line: The third-generation Wrangler is as solid as it looks. But it needs good care to keep it from rusting, and its owner needs a good temper to withstand its many small shortcomings. For the rest, it is a robust car and a great companion to get off the asphalt... and have a blast.
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