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2008 Jeep Wrangler

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2008 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 the 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. Fresh from a complete overhaul in 2007, the 2008 Jeep 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 rugged yet refined 2008 Jeep Wrangler is sure to please.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For off-roading Wrangler enthusiasts, the 2008 model's extra five inches in width over the previous generation 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 2008

New features include a standard tire pressure monitor and an optional remote start. A right-hand drive Wrangler X is now available for the U.S and Canada.

Driving the Wrangler

Driving Impressions That the 2008 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. The latest Wrangler is rich with new and improved hardware---and software---that renders it even more capable than its predecessor; and that's saying something, considering 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 feature we appreciated most is the electronic throttle, which allows for smooth throttle application in low range. Owners of previous Wrangler models will notice a markedly smoother and quieter ride which, once off trail, transforms the Wrangler from a weekend plaything into a viable everyday 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.

2008 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, 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 than previous Wranglers---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
2008 Jeep Wrangler photo

In proper Jeep fashion, the 2008 Wrangler's doors (full-framed or half) are still removable, its windshield is still foldable and the hinges and latches are still exposed. The familiar signature seven-slot grille and round headlamps present a face as distinctive and recognizable as any on the road. Still, while the newest 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 ends of those trails. Roof options include two soft tops and a nifty 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 Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly 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, full metal doors with roll up windows, front airbags and electronic stability and traction control systems including rollover mitigation. In addition to four doors, the base Wrangler Unlimited gets cloth seats with height-adjustable driver's seat 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, remote start, 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 2008 Jeep Wranglers are powered by a 3.8-liter 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
205 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD, manual), 15/20 (2WD, automatic), 15/19 (4WD, manual), 15/19 (4WD, automatic)

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 746 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Love my Jeep Rubicon

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Jeep fan through and through. Awesome vehicle, often berated for uncomfortable ride---my thought is that you don't buy a Jeep for a Cadillac-type ride or experience. It's a Jeep; you either love them for what they are or you shouldn't buy one. That being said, the ride is still very comfortable, and noise levels are the very quiet compared to earlier models I've owned. I've not had any issues whatsoever with my 2014 Rubicon 2-dr. I have taken it on several long distance trips (+700 miles/trip)...I am always very comfortable in my Jeep. Only minor complaint I had was that the stock headlights were very weak, and I had trouble seeing at night. This was easily corrected that problem by installing LEDs headlight bulbs."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

My 2nd Jeep Rubicon

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

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
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I don't understand the reviews stating that this vehicle is unreliable. Both of my Rubicon's have been used as intended on some of the roughest off-road trails in the states of Colorado and Utah. I have never had a single issue,mechanical breakdown, anything. It is an extremely capable off-road beast and a joy to fly down the highway in as well. Speak with owners of this type of vehicle and ignore the reviews you read on the internet such as MSN article putting it in a group of top ten least reliable, whatever!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very fun driving and unique Oscar Mike vehicle

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "This is a happy and fun Jeep to drive anywhere."

Cons: "Sometimes the seatbelt retraction device is a pain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Our cherry red Oscar Mike edition has been very good to us. It never burns or uses any extra oil. The Targa Top roof panels have never ever leaked any rain, and winter driving has been smooth and fun. Oh the power of the engine is great for passing most everyone on the highway. Cruising at 70 mph, I have been getting up to 23.2 mpg, which is great for a Jeep. Fellow jeepers like our special edition model, and many people walking by, admire it. All in all, we never plan to sell this Jeep."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love my jeep

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "People love this jeep I get stopped all the time"

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

"I am 60 years old and just purchased my first wrangler sport. I am sorry I did not purchase a jeep early in my life. I love my jeep. Its a ruff ride that said it handles the road with ease. My neighbors are jealous of me and that all have told me so."

11 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Its a Wrangler; love it or hate it

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Convertible. Awesome"

Cons: "Utilitarian. Getting the top up/down is an ordeal"

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

"I bought my first Wrangler in '08 and fell in love. Living in the desert I wanted the opposite of a convertible; I didn't want the Nevada sun beating down on my head, but I wanted the openness of a convertible. The Wrangler lets you take off the doors and the sides while leaving the top on. Perfect! On those 100° days I don't get into an oven that's sitting at 150° or higher. On a 80-95° day it's pure joy. Of course, then you get to take it off road and have it perform like a champ. The downsides are the creature comforts; at least on the Sport. I have manual windows and locks, for example. But since the doors are off for half the year it's not like I'm missing anything. However, I just moved to San Francisco and I'm not sure how it's going to fit into my life here. Getting the top up or down is a 20 minute ordeal so it's not like I'm going to do one or the other on a whim. We'll see. At least the 2-door is short so it fits in small parking spaces."

12 people out of 27 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY JEEP

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "removable top"

Cons: "little under powered"

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

"At 70,000 Miles the front brake pads and all brake rotors are original including the 4 tires, the only thing replaced at 70,000 miles was the rear brake pads, everything else is Factory, The only complaint is it is a little under powered."

18 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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