2.5 LITER INLINE FOUR, 4X4, 5-SPEED MANUAL, VINYL INTERIOR, SOFT TOP, 33-INCH BF
In 1997, Jeep fans were overjoyed to see the venerable YJ, and its accompanying square headlights, retired and the almost all-new TJ, complete with round headlights, was introduced. So if you're looking for a real Jeep, perhaps this 1997 Wrangler will appeal to you.
All the body panels save for the doors and tailgate were new on the TJ but there's no mistaking its DNA. And while all Wranglers are "Trail Rated," this one looks like it's had a pretty easy life on the street and not bashing around in the rough. Basic black sure looks good on the burly off-roader, giving it a no-nonsense look that probably looks as good covered in dirt as it does all polished up. Wide fender flares work with the TJ's increased wheel well clearance to provide more room for the big tires, plus a big, wide-shouldered look that makes it look rugged. The grille is chrome, which is a nice bit of contrast on the front end, and if you do plan on heading out into the wilderness, you'll be pleased to have the additional driving lights up front and a pair of windshield-mounted spotlights, as well as a rear-mounted spare tire carrier. The paint, given that it's nearly 15 years old, still looks great, more proof that it has been well-maintained and treated like something special.
Forget crude interiors, this Jeep is comfortable enough to drive every day. The stylish two-tone upholstery is in great condition, probably due to its unique fabric that's designed for the outdoors and wears like granite. Civilization arrived in the Jeep in the form of airbags, A/C, and a full array of legible instruments in a squared-off instrument panel. The center stack offers well-marked controls for the HVAC and AM/FM/cassette stereo, and the levers for the transmission and transfer case fall readily to hand. And look there, even carpets made it into the Jeep's interior, adding a plush feel that's much appreciated. A full roll cage has been part of the Jeep spec sheet for decades, and its reassuring presence off-road is very welcome. A folding top makes the Jeep the ultimate open-air off-road machine, and even when it's stowed there's plenty of storage space behind the back seat.
Powered by a 2.5 liter inline-four, the Jeep makes good work of its modest output thanks to smart gearing. Remember, the point isn't speed, but capability, and you'll be grateful for its reliability when you're miles from help. Aside from an Air Raid cold air intake, it's completely stock, preserving its OEM performance. It's been nicely maintained, and the clean engine bay is more proof that this Jeep has the look, but hasn't spent a lot of time in the dirt. A smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission is linked to a 2-speed transfer case with high and low ranges, so it's happy to climb over rough terrain barely off idle. The TJ also received a new coil spring suspension that both improved ride quality and wheel travel, and as I said, there's plenty of room in the fenders for the 33x12.5-15 BFGoodrich tires on flashy chrome wheels.
If your idea of fun involves dirt, rocks, and lonely stretches of wilderness, then this Wrangler is an ideal choice. Civilized and refined, it manages to be both comfortable and effective. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Driver Airbag
- Four Wheel Drive
- Front Disc Brakes
- Manual Convertible Top
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
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