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2007 Jeep Wrangler

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2007 Jeep Wrangler Review

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The 65-year history of what has become America's definitive off-roader - and an icon on the level of national treasures such as Corvette and Mustang - began with a run of nearly 650,000 units built for use during the last world war. Distributed strictly for civilian enjoyment today, Jeep claims the percentage of Wrangler owners who take their vehicles off road is higher than that of any other brand. A short wheelbase, solid front and rear axles and renowned all-wheel-drive systems combine in a perennial favorite of rock crawlers, mudders and light off-roaders alike. The first all-new model in a decade, the 2007 Wrangler is both the most capable and the most livable ever.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're an off-road enthusiast, an occasional camper or just a city slicker with a back-country mindset, the more rugged, more refined Wrangler is sure to please.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For off-roading Wrangler enthusiasts, the new model's extra five inches in width may take some getting used to. Back in town, the more livable Wrangler still isn't as buttoned down as SUVs like the Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser.

What's New for 2007

In addition to being the most powerful, most capable iteration yet, the all-new Wrangler is infinitely more refined, with a significantly smoother, quieter ride and the availability of creature comforts like power windows and locks and even a navigation system. The new lineup also includes the first-ever four-door Wrangler.

Driving the Wrangler
Driving Impressions

That the 2007 Jeep Wrangler so effortlessly delivered us from our starting point in the middle of the notorious, boulder-strewn Rubicon Trail back to the striped...

... pavement of civilization did not surprise us. While the latest Wrangler is rich with new and improved hardware - and software - that render it even more capable than its predecessor, the previous generation was already one of the most accomplished off-roaders in the world. Still, we were impressed by the uncanny ease with which the Wrangler traversed massive rocks, and by the sheer solidity of its three skid plates. One of the new features we appreciated most is the electronic throttle, which allows for smoother throttle application in low range. Where the newest Wrangler made its strongest impression, however, was at the end of the trail, where a markedly smoother and quieter ride transform the Wrangler from something best suited as a weekend plaything into a viable seven-day vehicle.

Electronic-Disconnecting Sway Bar
When rocks on the trail turn into boulders, the Wrangler's front stabilizer bar disconnects at the push of a button for increased wheel travel.

Three-Piece Hardtop
The Wrangler's hardtop now features panels above the driver and front passenger that can be removed independently and stored in the vehicle, allowing for more spontaneous exposure.

2007 Jeep Wrangler Details
Interior

If the addition of niceties like power windows, power locks and a navigation system has you worried that the Wrangler has gotten soft in its sixty-fifth year, you'll be happy to know that the changes inside are as evolutionary as the changes outside. They're big improvements to be sure - with higher quality materials and more contemporary styling - but the rugged, purpose-built feel remains. Unlimited (four-door) models offer seating for five, which is a first for any Wrangler. Interior color options include gray or khaki and the exterior color carries into the cabin via the door panels. The additional five inches of width make for a noticeably roomier passenger cabin.

Exterior
2007 Jeep Wrangler photo

The doors (full-framed or half) are still removable, the windshield is still foldable and the hinges and latches are still exposed. Likewise, the signature seven-slot grille and round headlamps still present a face as distinctive and recognizable as any on the road. Still, while the new Wrangler's styling is instantly familiar and every bit as rugged as its decade-old predecessor's, it's also decidedly more contemporary. Wrangler veterans will appreciate the bigger tires and additional ground clearance, but may decry the extra five inches in width while negotiating tight trails - and the absence of easily replaceable bumper caps at the end of those trails. Roof options include two soft tops and a new three-piece hardtop. The first-ever four-door Wrangler rides on a wheelbase that's 20.6 inches longer than that of the traditional two-door.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The least expensive Jeep Wrangler comes with part-time four-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, soft top, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/ audio system with MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, vinyl seats, three skid plates, 16-inch steel wheels, front airbags and electronic stability and traction control systems including rollover mitigation. In addition to four doors, the base Wrangler Unlimited gets cloth upholstery and air conditioning.

Optional Equipment

Some of the Wrangler's more significant optional equipment includes a three-piece hardtop, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, MyGIG hard drive-based navigation and digital audio system, six-disc CD changer, front side-impact airbags and a variety of off-road hardware, the toughest of which come standard on Rubicon models.

Under the Hood

All 2007 Wranglers are powered by a new V6 engine mated with either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. From there, power is distributed through a two-wheel-drive system (available on four-door models only) or one of two part-time four-wheel-drive systems, both of which include a two-speed transfer case. The beefier Rock-Trac system features a 4.00:1 low-range gear ratio (versus 2.72:1 for Command-Trac) and is standard on Rubicon models, which also feature beefier axle sets and locking differentials front and rear. Electronic brake-lock differentials help get power to the loaded wheels by braking spinning wheels. A limited-slip rear differential is upgradeable to a locking rear differential. Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models can tow up to 2,000 and 3,500 pounds, respectively.

3.8-liter V6
202 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
237 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/22 (2WD manual), 17/21 (2WD automatic), 17/19 (4WD manual), 16/19 (4WD automatic)

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2007 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 777 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

A blast to drive offroad

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Best offroad vehicle, great to take top off,"

Cons: "Rattles, back seat too upright."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

The off road beast

"I have owned numerous cars and trucks. Toyota tacoma,Audi A3, VW Tiguan, Ford F-150 4x4, Honda CRV, nothing compares to the fun of driving this JEEP. When taken off road you just smile, Granted the gas mileage sucks and the handling isnt a sport car but it does get up and go and for an SUV it handles fairly well. I will probably never get rid of this car where as all the rest I have traded in before it even got close to 100k. Adding after market parts is addictive. the Jeep is an experience like no other. Truly a blast of a car to drive and explore.At almost 100k no major problems. starting to overheat a little going up steep grades when it is hot. but the heater woprks like a champ with top down in 40 degree weather.:)"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The off road beast

Might want to rethink your next Chrysler purchase

By on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "poor quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I own a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Since I've owned it, gas tank replaced because the stop valve was faulty. Filling up with fuel, when full fuel would spit out at you. U- joints replaced due to rusting out. and now my latest. My wrangler consumes oil. No leaks, no blue smoke. It consumes at a rate of about 1 quart/ 800 miles. I took my vehicle into a dealership and they did a "consumption test". After doing this test, they could see just after 2,000 miles, the dip stick read well below the "safe zone" on the stick. That's when they pulled up "Chrysler's Guidelines" per their "STAR" system. Per the guidelines, it is ACCEPTABLE (their words) for a Chrysler engine to burn up to 1 qt of oil/1,000 miles IMMEDIATELY and 1 qt / 750 miles after 50,000 miles!!!! Per my owner's manual, I should change the oil every 7,500 miles. I never wait that long, but let's do some math. If I change my oil at 5,000 miles, I will have burned 5.x qts of the 6 qts of oil in the engine. How is that acceptable? Assuming I never let the oil levels get that low, I will already have replaced 95% of the oil between oil changes due to burn off. Funny, the dipstick on my Ford shows right at the full mark at 5,000 miles??? Bottom line, dealership wont fix. Question: Do Chrysler sales staff state this when customer is thinking of buying a new vehicle? It's "Acceptable" so I am sure they do....... Oh wait, they didn't for me"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great vehicle until you have children

By on Saturday, May 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Sporty, eye-catching, fun to drive"

Cons: "Not family friendly, hard to fit carseats in"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I absolutely fell in love with this vehicle, then a year later I became pregnant with my first child. The back seat stays very hot as there are no vents for a/c to blow on kids in rear-facing carseats. Although this vehicle has 4 doors, it is not very spacious in the back. I occasionally will sit in the back seat with my 6 month old baby, and have a bit of difficulty getting into the vehicle without bumping knees, elbows, head, etc. I think this is a wonderful vehicle with many creature comforts and is absolutely a blast for a younger or older couple that has the time to take the doors and tops off, but for a small family of 3, it just isn't very practical."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

A Very Strange Dichotomy

By on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, will go anywhere - anytime"

Cons: "Poor gas mileage, rough ride, noisy, no power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned my 2 door Wrangler for 6 years now. As you can see from my review I gave it low marks for driving dynamics, comfort and convenience; however i gave it an overall rating of 10. It rides rough, it is loud, it gets poor gas mileage, the engine has no power, the interior is sparse, etc., etc.,etc. HOWEVER, we love our Jeep and have no intent to trade it for any other vehicle. I can't really explain it."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

My Wranglers my best friend

By on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "super fun to drive, powerful engine, rugged, jeep"

Cons: "build quality could be better, highway drving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Wrangler is a strange cat. It's sloppy on road but still fun when you want it to be, except on the highway. Taking it off road is an amazing experience, it will practically go anywhere. It's expensive as he!! for what you get, but sells like hotcakes, and usually without much of a discount. After the sale they hold their value unbelievably (in spite of average build quality). Many owners are city-dwellers, who proceed to max them out with large tires, lifts, winches and trail lights, but never take the truck farther than the suburbs. I've owned two, and will own another. Unbelievable."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love this Jeep Wrangler JKU

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Super fun to drie"

Cons: "awwww...you get tennis elbow from shifting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I never want another car....this is it...bury me in it! it does not have power windows, doors, locks, etc. FINE!! Give me the freedom to work with the machine....I LOVE IT!!If I get another car it will be a Jeep Wrangler JKU or Jeep pickup."

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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