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2000 Jeep Wrangler Review
Mountain goat disguised as a rugged SUV.
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The 2000 Jeep Wrangler traces its roots to the Jeep that became popular during World War II. It remains the father of all sport utility vehicles. The Wrangler evolves from the 1940s military Jeep, which morphed into the CJ series after the war. The first Wrangler rolled out in 1987 and got refreshed in 1997.
The 2000 Jeep Wrangler aims to attract young drivers who want to enjoy the fresh breeze of the top-down ride without having to burn a big hole on their bank accounts.
Engines: 2.5-liter four cylinder, 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Wrangler SE, Jeep Wrangler Sport, Jeep Wrangler Sahara
The 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Sport feature the re-engineered, PowerTech, four-liter, inline six-cylinder. The quality of shifting also goes up a notch with a new five-speed manual gearbox.
The Jeep Wrangler marks one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world. This remains true for the 2000 model despite the refresh in 1997 to give it a gentler and softer look. The 2000 Jeep Wrangler retains its rugged look though, as it retains its open fenders, big grille, collapsible windshield, and exposed fasteners and hinges.
Fans of the Wrangler go for the soft top that can be opened to enjoy the sun and the breeze. This also proves true for the windshield that easily can be flipped down using a screwdriver. However, the side curtains cause a bit of a hassle for everyday use.
The manufacturer offers a hardtop for buyers who worry about practicality. The hardtop gives occupants better protection against harsh weather conditions. The rearward visibility remains good with the help of a rear window washer, wiper, and defroster.
A package allows buyers to get a combo of a soft top and hardtop of the same color. The tops today seem easier to install compared to the ones used in previous releases of the Wrangler.
The Jeep Wrangler comes with a very simple, neat, and elegant interior. The instrument panel and climate system of the vehicle improve dramatically from the last generation Wrangler with square headlamps. The controls for the air-conditioning, ventilation, and rotary heating operate easily while wearing gloves unlike the old slider controls.
The seats feel very comfortable with high back rests and sufficient lateral support. The interior cleans up easily in case the owner loves bringing pets or driving on muddy roads. The carpets are removable and the seat fabrics water-resistant. Drain holes on the floor let you hose down the dirt if needed.
The interior offers enough space for four adults or at least two individuals plus their gears. The rear seat flips forward for more cargo space. The 2000 Jeep Wrangler provides enough space for your camping or fishing gear. The rear seat also comes out to make room for more equipment. Overall, it lives up to its SUV classification.
Performance & Handling
The power of Wrangler’s engine proves good enough to pull a snowmobile or watercraft.
The Wrangler Sport makes the best choice for power and better equipment. This ride handles the muddiest trails imaginable where cars falter and where the most powerful SUVs might struggle.
It has a brute and raw look, but the ride quality feels pretty smooth and comfortable. This provides the essence of the 2000 Jeep Wrangler. Consumers get the best off-road capabilities on the market without sacrificing the comfort of its occupants. It makes the best choice if you love teasing the most dangerous trails. The Wrangler also gives a good ride around town.
The 2000 model differs from its penalty box predecessors but it lacks luxury. It handles corners better and runs a lot smoother on paved surfaces. The 2000 Jeep Wrangler Step handles well, even when you step on the throttle and go 80 mph. The vehicle also behaves well on wet pavement.
The Jeep Wrangler receives a coil-spring suspension in place of the leaf-spring suspension. The suspension system mounts on the new chassis that acts as a stable platform. The new set of suspension gives the Wrangler better handling than its older siblings.
Drivers must remember that the overall design of the Wrangler compares to that of a truck, so fast cornering causes problems.
The manufacturer offers options for gas shock absorbers, a heavy-duty battery, tow hooks, different tire sizes, and anti-lock brakes.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gives the 2000 Jeep Wrangler four stars for driver front-impact and passenger front-impact collisions. It comes standard with front airbags for both the driver and passenger.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great off-road capability
- Fun to drive
You Won't Like
- Hassles of a soft top
- Cabin noise
Mountain goat disguised as a rugged SUV.
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