Jeep Wrangler Sport
- Mileage: 92,893
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: TBC
- Exterior Colour: Black
- Interior Colour: Khaki Santana Cloth
- Top speed: 106
- 0-60mph: 12.7
- BHP: 190
- Transmission: Automatic with overdrive
- Engine Capacity: 3956cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The ‘TJ’ Wrangler was the second generation of Jeep Wrangler. Introduced at the 1996 Detroit Auto Show it succeeded the YJ Wrangler as a 1997 model, also reintroducing the circular headlights that classic Jeep models had been known for.
Instead of leaf springs, the TJ featured modern coil-spring suspension front and rear, based on that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, for better ride and handling. The engine was also the same 4-litre AMC straight-6 used in the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. A 2.5-litre AMC inline-4 engine was available on entry-level models until 2002 when it was replaced by the Chrysler 2.4-litre in 2003. The TJ version of the Wrangler is also notable for being the last production vehicle to use AMC-related parts.
The 4-litre AMC straight-6 was a perfect engine for the Wrangler. It was small and light enough to fit the Wrangler’s mountain-goat-like approach to off-roading. It also had enough torque to handle hills, rocks, and mud without feeling overpowered and unsafe for the road. The TJ Wrangler (and the YJ for that matter) also had an ideal wheelbase for nimble off-road driving while still being long enough to remain stable at higher speeds.
Solid black paintwork, Khaki Santana cloth upholstery, Automatic transmission with overdrive, 15-inch Pro Comp alloy wheels in matte black, 4-wheel-drive system, Power-assisted steering, Air conditioning, Fold-and-Tumble rear seats, Removable doors, Folding windscreen, Removable soft-top in black, Padded roll bars, Extended wheel arches, Rear-mounted spare wheel, Rear-mounted shovel.
Having resided on Japan’s unsalted roads since new, this handsome 4-litre Sport remains in excellent rust-free condition throughout, especially to the underside. Tastefully upgraded with larger wheels and tyres, raised suspension and flared arches, she really looks the part. The solid black paintwork presents to a great standard with a deep glossy shine following a machine polish by our in-house detailer. All the plastics remain in fantastic order and the bolt-on arches still appear very fresh indeed, the only real negatives to report being a dusting of light frontal stone chips and one or two carefully touched-in marks.
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The Khaki Santana cloth presents really well with no signs of heavy use, especially to the seat bolsters which remain entirely undamaged. The steering wheel is in excellent original condition, as are the door cards and centre console, with only some very light marking on the passenger-side dash fascia to report. The carpets throughout are free from any stains and the air conditioning is nice and cold. All in all, a very sound and highly original interior, the only upgrade over standard being an aftermarket touchscreen head unit.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Sport's 4-litre straight-six starts up first turn of the key and idles smoothly up to temperature. Lifting the bonnet the engine bay is very clean and tidy, not overly dressed but in excellent original condition with no signs of any rust, damage or previous poor repair.
The diff and 4x4 system all work as they should, although given the condition of the vehicle they have probably seen little use. The automatic gearbox operates well and handles the engine's power perfectly through the gears. Since arriving with us the car has been fully inspected and freshly serviced for the new keeper’s peace of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
At some point this Wrangler has been treated to a brand new set of Pro Comp alloys, which look fantastic in matte black; wrapped in a matching set of 265/70R15 tyres they set the car off beautifully. The brakes have just been checked and remain in fine operational condition, stopping the car quickly and in a straight line.
First registered in Japan in August 2003 this attractive TJ Wrangler Sport has now driven just 92k miles. It has only very recently landed in the UK with all taxes and duties paid on entry. Since arriving with us the car has been mechanically inspected and serviced accordingly, ready for its next adventure. A limited amount of paperwork is available with the car but the condition really speaks for itself. UK registration will be carried out prior to sale.
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