Jeep Wrangler remains an icon, a symbol of ‘go anywhere’ adventure. It’s been that way for a long time. Although it has been re-engineered at least a half-dozen times in the intervening 60 years, the Wrangler is still as close as you can get to a direct descendent of the World War II-era Jeep.
That said, if you haven’t driven a Jeep since your Army days, you might be surprised by how civilized this ‘general-purpose utility vehicle’ has become. All but the most basic model now come with a six-cylinder engine. A four-speed automatic transmission is available on all models, eliminating the notoriously outdated three-speed automatic that Jeep buyers suffered with for years. You can order four-wheel disc brakes for much better stopping ability. The side mirrors have been massaged for less wind noise and a better view over your shoulder. And many convenience features are available.
This isn’t the most practical everyday vehicle, however, and may not be the best choice for someone who likes it simply because it’s cute. (And it is cute.) Getting in and out is awkward due to its ground clearance. The interior is spartan. The ride quality is rough by today’s standards, though many young people won’t mind that. And it doesn’t handle very well, so care should be excercised, particularly in the rain.
The Wrangler is designed primarily for performance off the road. For extreme off-roading, Jeep offers the Wrangler Rubicon. Jeep looked at the aftermarket modifications off-road enthusiasts were making to their Jeeps, and engineered those same features into a turn-key vehicle you can buy (and finance) right off the showroom floor. Built along Jeep’s ‘Go anywhere, do anything’ design philosophy, the Rubicon is a 4×4 gem. We found it performed admirably on Hell’s Revenge, Cliff Hanger, and other challenging trails around Moab, Utah. Front and rear Dana Model 44 axles with locking differentials, and a transfer case with a stump-pulling 4:1 low-range give the ‘Ruby’ trail capabilities far beyond those of the average SUV.
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- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (aut. 4) , model year 2004, version for North America U.S.
- manufactured by Jeep in USA
- 2-door soft-top body type
- 4x4 part-time (Command-Trac NV231, rear permanent, front engaged manually in off-road conditions, shift-on-the-fly), automatic 4-speed gearbox
- gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 3956 cm3 / 240.7 cui, advertised power: 142 kW / 190 hp / 193 PS ( SAE net ), torque: 319 Nm / 235 lb-ft, more data: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (aut. 4) Horsepower/Torque Curve
- characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4242 mm / 167 in, width: 1693 mm / 66.7 in, wheelbase: 2626 mm / 103.4 in
- reference weights: base curb weight: 1689 kg / 3723 lbs, gross weight GVWR: 2087 kg / 4601 lbs
- how fast is this car ? top speed: 175 km/h (109 mph) (©theoretical);
- accelerations: 0- 60 mph 9.2© s; 0- 100 km/h 9.8© s (simulation ©automobile-catalog.com); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 16.8© s (simulation ©automobile-catalog.com) 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (aut. 4) Detailed Performance Review
- fuel consumption and mileage: 17 mpg (U.S.), 13.8 l/100km, 20.4 mpg (imp.), 7.2 km/l EPA combined ratings; average estimated by a-c©: 13.2 l/100km / 21.5 mpg (imp.) / 17.9 mpg (U.S.) / 7.6 km/l, more data: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (aut. 4) Specifications Review