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1997 Jeep Wrangler

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1997 SE 2dr 4x4
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Price:   -  From $13,470
1997 Sport 2dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $17,140
1997 Sahara 2dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $19,210


Spring runoff had carved deep gullies in the muddy trail as we slogged past Buckhorn Canyon toward Fort Misery. Phoenix sprawled, forgotten, to the south, while Whiskey Springs rose 6700 feet above Horsethief Basin to the east. The primitive road wasn't even on the Arizona map, and for good reason. A car simply would not have made it up the muddy, rutted hill climbs. A big four-wheel drive sport-utility, such as a Jeep Grand Cherokee or even a two-door GMC Yukon might have gotten through, But very few sport-utilities would have tackled this primitive track as easily as the new Jeep Wrangler. Yet, when we left the trail and turned south onto I-17 toward Phoenix, we were grateful for its smooth, comfortable ride quality. That's the essence of the new Wrangler. It provides the ultimate in off-road capability without punishing its occupants on the long road back to civilization. It's the right choice for perilous off-road treks like California's Rubicon Trail. But it's also fun for just bopping around the neighborhood. And it makes a statement about your lifestyle--or at least what you'd like your lifestyle to be. Introduced in mid-'96 as a '97 model, the Wrangler has been completely redesigned and re-engineered. It's vastly improved over its predecessors in every respect. Yet it remains true to its gritty World War II heritage, when Jeeps served with distinction around the world. Since then, the little Jeep has become synonymous with off-road capability. When the ads say "There's Only One Jeep," this is the one. The last generation of the Wrangler--the YJ, distinguished by its square headlights--sacrificed off-road capability for improved road manners. This angered off-road enthusiasts who donned T-shirts that read, "Real Jeeps have round headlights." The people at Jeep didn't like those T-shirts. So they made a host of improvements without compromising the Wrangler's original purpose. They were successful. The 1997 Jeep Wrangler is the best it's ever been. It's quieter. It's more comfortable. It's roomier. It rides better. It handles better. It's more capable off road. It even has round headlights.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 120 HP / 140 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 3-spd auto
Drive Type
Part-time Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 19 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2 / 4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 120 HP / 140 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Part-time Four-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 19 / 18 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
15.0 Gal. / 19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
55.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
151.2 "
Exterior Width
66.7 "
Exterior Height
70.2 "
Front Headroom
42.3 "
Rear Headroom
40.6 "
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
34.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
51.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,073 Lbs.
Wheel Base
93 "
Turning Radius
16.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
15.0 " Silver Styled Steel / 15.0 " / 15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Monotone With Stripe / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual
Black / Front Black With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
2 / 4
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Removable Full Bench / Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan
2 / 4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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