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2008 Jeep Wrangler Sport Utility

RWD 4dr Unlimited X

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sport Utility

The 2008 Wrangler furthers Jeep's long-established reputation for exceptional off-road ability, and also features a surprising array of modern conveniences, along with very good interior comfort and safety features. The Wrangler may be worth its price for its unique looks and capabilities alone, which explains why it continues to occupy a place at the top of the list of best-selling SUVs on the market.

What's new for 2008?

Following a complete redesign in 2007, the Jeep Wrangler enters 2008 with few changes. Both Sahara and Rubicon come standard with a Sunrider soft top, and the black Freedom Top modular hard top is available on the Wrangler X. Remote start becomes a new option on Sahara and Rubicon.

Model Strengths

  • Rugged looks
  • go-anywhere off-road ability
  • wide range of configurations
  • excellent lifetime limited powertrain warranty.

Model Review

The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is yet another descendant of the legendary military Jeep that evolved into the CJ series built from the 1950s to the 1980s, and then the first Wrangler after that. These days, the tried and true two-door Wrangler is also available as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited model, with a back-seat designed to hold two adults or fold forward for increased cargo space.

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The rugged, two-door Jeep Wrangler looks like it just stepped off a modern battlefield, while the Wrangler Unlimited is the market's only available 4-door convertible. The Unlimited is the roomiest, most comfortable Wrangler ever, but lacks some of the tough appearance of the 2-door version. Regardless of the number of doors, either model could never be mistaken for anything but a Jeep, with crisp, traditional lines, round headlights and 7-slot grilles.

Trim Choices
The Wrangler is offered in 2-door, or 4-door Unlimited versions. Wranglers have a manual folding soft-top that can be difficult to operate, or an optional 3-piece removable hardtop. The three available trim levels are X, Sahara and Rubicon.

The base 2-door Wrangler X soft-top version has full-metal doors with roll-up windows, front bucket seats, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player and an outside-mounted spare tire. Options include air conditioning, front-seat side airbags, and power windows and door locks.

Move up to the Sahara trim level and items such as air conditioning and cruise control are standard, as are an Infinity sound system, power windows and door locks, with remote keyless entry for the Unlimited 4-door.

Under the Hood
Powering the Wrangler is a 3.8-liter V6 engine, which replaces an ancient inline 6-cylinder. It produces 202 horsepower and 237 lb-ft of torque for the 2-door trim level, and 205 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque for the 4-door version. On either model, 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels are available.

A 6-speed manual transmission comes standard, with an optional 4-speed automatic. Rivals such as the Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota FJ Cruiser have more modern 5-speed automatics. The 2-door model comes only with 4-wheel drive, while the 4-door Unlimited has rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.

Inner Space
The Wrangler 2-door has decent room up front, but a tight rear-seat area essentially makes it a 2-seater. The 4-door has more rear passenger room, but it's still rather cramped back there and the rear seat isn't very comfortable. Getting in calls for extra effort, and the Unlimited's rear doorways are narrow. The pushbutton door handles aren't for those with long fingernails.

There's little cargo room with the rear seats in their normal position, but these seats can be tumbled forward or removed for a decent amount of cargo room - although the back seats are heavy. The swing-out tailgate can be awkward to use.

Occupants sit high in a generally quiet interior, which becomes noisy during hard acceleration. Gauges should be larger, but aren't all that difficult to read. The dual front console cupholders are rather low. Headlights are average, but I had no problem locating key controls in the cockpit at night.

On the Road
The Wrangler is no fireball, but its V6 provides lively in-town acceleration and decent 65-75 mph passing on highways. Manual gearbox action is acceptable and the automatic transmission is responsive.

The Wrangler 2-door doesn't pretend to be a sports car, but it is fun to drive - within reasonable limits. The Wrangler adroitly handles sweeping curves. Steering is quick although rather heavy, and the brake pedal has a nice linear action.

The older 2-door Wrangler could really bounce occupants around on substandard roads. The new version is much improved, with lower spring rates, advanced shock absorber tuning and heavy-duty powertrain and body mounts that isolate the passenger compartment from vibrations.

The Wrangler 2-door is also more secure for those who drive it hard because its safety items now include a stability-control system with rollover sensors, a roll bar, and anti-lock brakes with a brake-assist feature.

The advanced 4-wheel-drive system, which isn't for use on dry pavement, helps a Wrangler cling to slippery roads and off-road terrain. The 2-door version especially shines off-road, but the 4-door version's longer wheelbase helps give it a more comfortable ride

EPA-estimated fuel economy is nothing to phone home about: 15-16 mpg in the city and 19-21 mpg on highways. At least only regular-grade gasoline is required.

Right for You?
For the most part the Wrangler is a little too unrefined for many SUV buyers. It is comfortable for laid-back, open-cockpit cruising on nice days, nearly unmatched for rugged off-road treks, while still being practical for daily driving in all sorts of weather. The Wrangler 2-door lists at $18,660-$27,220, while the 4-door costs $20,580-$29,535.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Jeep Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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