This version of the Wrangler was introduced in 1997 and it became quite dated. Our Unlimited has a 10-inch wheelbase stretch over the standard model, resulting in more rear-seat room. Its strengths are solely off-road; it may be hard to live with every day. Its thirsty engine performs just adequately, handling is clumsy, and the ride is sloppy.
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I tow my Jeep with my motor home and it has been a pleasure and fun vehicle to drive. I love my Jeep!"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Jeep Wrangler)

"Not enough power at highway speeds"

DAVID Z., MD (2005 Jeep Wrangler)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The front Bucket seats are not comfortable for long distance driving."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Jeep Wrangler)

"Comfortable seats. Harsh, noisy ride."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Jeep Wrangler)

"Very noisy, especially with the windows down. Rough ride."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Jeep Wrangler)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Great tow vehicle"

CHERYL L., CA (2005 Jeep Wrangler)

"Good tough Jeep only repair that was needee was a timing chain had to be replaced at 100,ooo miles"

CHARLES M., FL (2005 Jeep Wrangler)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Looks like it can do what it was designed to do."

WILLIAM C., DE (2005 Jeep Wrangler)
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