2022 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
There are plenty of similarities between the FJ Cruiser and Wrangler. Again, we have overt retro styling, circular headlamps and chunky mudguards and bumpers. Later models have LED daytime running lights added for good measure. The interior is a pleasing mix of new and old-style controls incorporating round vents and classy buttons inherited from the days of the Daimler-Chrysler merger.
The design philosophy was to make the Jeep customisable to suit any lifestyle, so fibreglass panels were used for the doors, bonnet and roof with sturdy catches for relatively simple removal. The upright windscreen even folds forward resting on rubber bonnet stops for a real wind-in-the-face experience, should you so wish. Looking at the colour options of used cars in the classifieds, the whites and silvers always top the charts, but in the Jeep’s case there were a number of unusual bright green examples that really stand out. Another reason for the Jeep’s popularity was the choice of three- or five-door models and the option of the well-known 2,8-litre CRD turbodiesel model. This one can reduce fuel consumption from around 14,00 L/100 km in the petrol to 10,00 L/100 km, a significant saving in the long run.
Re-circulating ball steering was somewhat vague on smooth roads but competent on poor roads and rocky tracks. As with the FJ Cruiser, low range is selected by a mechanical lever. Rubicon models, when compared with the Sahara, add locking differentials to the package plus a lower low-range ratio for ultimate off-road capability.
Issues to inspect before buying include suspension components like tie rods, ball joints, steering knuckles and the steering stabiliser cylinder. The latter is easily damaged on rough terrain. If the check engine light comes on, suspect a faulty throttle position sensor. Also make sure you can handle the compromised interior space. The transmission tunnel is large so foot room is not great. A full maintenance plan lasts for three years or 100 000 km so chances are it will have expired.
R550 000 SUVS.
With our Land Rover Defender and Jeep Wrangler Sahara comparative test on page 60 as a jumping-off point, we track down two used off-roaders with a mix of modernity and heritage
0-100 km/h: 10,70 seconds Top speed: 180 km/h Power: 209 kW Torque: 347 N.m
CO2: 273 g/km Fuel consumption: 14,00 L/100 km (fuel index)
5 seats, 392/1 472 L
2 airbags, ESC R10 800
May 2014 (Wrangler 3,6L Sahara)
They might not still be available when you read this, but here are some examples of what is available
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon AT, 2016, white, 71 000 km, many extras fitted, R529 900 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, 2014, yellow, 54 000 km, R379 999