2009 Jeep Wrangler User Reviews
- $17,239 - $21,872
- GREAT looks. Comfortable seats. AWESOME stereo/navigation. Best Wrangler yet!
- Mileage is not great.
Purchased As New
This is my second Wrnagler (had a 1997 Sahara - sold it seven years ago). Got the itch to get another Wrangler after having a new Wrangler as a rental car on a business trip. Bought my 2009 Sahara, with navigation, Sirius, 20 gig hard drive and "dual" top group. Have taken it on a highway roadtrip and while it doesn't handle like a sedan, it is not suppose to - it's a Jeep for goodness sake! Good enough gas mileage, although a Wrangler is never going to have great MPG. The dual top group allows to swap hard top for soft top, which, although not an easy thing to do (takes two people), still makes it worth it on a nice day.
This is our "second" car and it is just a "fun" vehicle to have. My kids (9 and 4) love it....read morehide
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- Fun to drive! Easy to use soft top.
- Not as much power as the older models.
Purchased As New
This is my 2nd wrangler. I love it! Engineers took all the problems with the old wrangler and fixed them. Great sound system. No more noisy soft top. I got the lifetime warrenty. The ultimate summer vehicle!
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Purchased As New
I BOUGHT MY 09 WRANGLER ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO...MAINLY USE IT FOR WORK, ABOUT 65 MILES A DAY.I RUN A FULL SYTHENTIC OIL IN THE ENGINE AND REAR END. THE FUEL MILEAGE IS SURPISING FOR A JEEP. MINE GETS 23-24 MPG WITH A SIX SPEED MANUAL TRANS...I HAVE ALMOST TEN THOUSAND MILES NOW, AND NO TROUBLE...
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- Huge improvements over past models!!! Open air feel!!! It's a Jeep!!!
- No problems yet!!!
Purchased As New
I recently purchased my Jeep Wrangler JK from a dealership in Arkansas and I love it. It has so many little things the Jeeps of the past were lacking. The newly designed interior places it in a class more with "cars" than past Jeeps. The Inifinity Sound System with the Sirius radio rocks. The ride and handling is also better. The Sunrider Top is also really nice, you can open it in like five seconds and close it in the same, all without actually removing anything. As far as the Trail Rating goes, I actually tested my stock Jeep at a off road park in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was amazed at what it could do and handle! As it sits up higher than previous models you can compete with some Jeeps that have been lifted and modified. I absolutely LOVE my new Jeep. The only complaints I would have would be the seats don't seem to fold up and forward as much as older models (thus making it harder to get in the backseat) and the water that pours inside when you open the doors after a good rain (some type of channel would have been a good idea)....read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- The Ultimate Car - A Four Wheel, High-Sitting Convertible
- Poor Fuel Economy, Poor Interior Control Placement
Purchased As New
Let?s start off by saying this: You usually either love or hate jeeps. My previous car was a 1998 Wrangler Sport with the 4.0 liter engine and my wife wouldn?t drive it to the auto crusher if I paid her. The 4.0 was loud and powerful and the ride was rough and forget having a conversation with the hard top removed. But as a Jeep owner I adored it.
Fast forward to modern times when I recently purchased a new 2009 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Edition (the four-door model) and the difference is really night and day. Gone is the beefy 4.0 (I read on another post that it was scrapped because Jeep could not meet emission requirements) but the newer 3.8 liter V-6 seems to be powerful enough for my needs as I don?t plan on dragging any Ferraris anytime soon. Vast improvements were made in the suspension resulting in a smoother ride. This is also attributed to a longer wheelbase that softens the bumps. I love the three-piece hard top. The front two panels are officially called the ?freedom top? but they remove easily like a set of T-tops on nice days. The rear part of the hard top generally takes two people to remove it although I am able to balance under it and lift to a set of nearby sawhorses by myself. You can actually have a normal conversation with someone in the back seat at 60mph on the interstate when the tops are removed and the windows are rolled up. You can also leave the freedom top on and remove the rear part of the hard top for trips to the beach or mountains when you don?t want to be blown all around. I test drove a model with an automatic transmission and was surprised how peppy it was but I think all Wranglers should have a stick-shift and purchased the 6-speed manual transmission. I like the nicer sound system but it could be a bit louder. (I?m 42 years old and still crank my music like a teen.)
Of course with most cars, there are some weaknesses and the 2009 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Edition has a few. Since the car is heavier you really need to give it some gas when accelerating from a standstill (with the manual transmission). The 6th gear makes finding reverse a little challenging. If you plan to pass someone on the road you better make sure the tachometer is in the 2,500 RPM range or it will be a disappointing and unsuccessful maneuver. The driver sits too close to the steering wheel for my taste so I have to recline the seat back, which makes me uncomfortable, as I like to sit upright. The wife and I frequently drive from DC to Hilton Head, SC and I?m not sure how comfortable it will be driving but the passenger seat is roomy and comfortable. The controls are ill-placed. Consider not adjusting the climate controls while driving as you have to almost lean down to see what setting is what.
As for fuel mileage, my worst was 14.5 mpg in the city and best was 18.8. I have not taken it on any lengthy trips as of yet.
Overall, I love this vehicle although I?ve only owned it for 4 weeks. And my wife really likes it although I?m not sure if that?s the best or worst part!...read morehide
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- Excellent off-road capability, tight turning radius, decent mileage, holds value, looks great
- should have come with more aggressive tires, could use more horsepower for on-road use
Purchased As Used
I bought this Jeep with 2454 miles on it around 1 year ago. I absolutely love my jeep. I can honestly say that it has been able to slosh through or crawl over any and every obstacle that I have thrown at it. I am able to go through things that my friend will not even attempt in his Fj Cruiser. I will admit that I would like a little more power on the interstate for passing, but that might come from owning too many fast vehicles in the past. If you want a vehicle that looks great and can go anywhere, get a Wrangler. If you want a comfortable vehicle with a rugged off-road look to drive around town get an FJ Cruiser....read morehide
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- Mileage, handling, fun to drive, more "trunk" space, It's a Jeep thing.
- Needs a way to hold the folded backseat up. Difficult to get into the back
Purchased As New
This is my 4th Wrangle over the past 15 years. At the present, I have 98 Sports 4.0 also. Each has their own personality, but I like each just as much. The 09 with the 6 speed get's good if not great mileage, 22-24 oveall.
While a Wrangler is not for everybody, that's a good thing. It just make be feel good that it's fits my lifestyle. If I want a "car", I'll get out my 06 Liberty with the 2.8 Diesel to go to town or church....read morehide
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- Goes anywhere off-road, great fun to drive on the beach, looks awesome!
- Interior plastic surfaces tend to scratch easily. Rear seat flops around when folded.
Most complaints that you hear about the new Wrangler are from people who bought them because they look cool/butch and to boost their image, only to find that they dont drive and handle like a regular sedan or soft-roader. The Jeep Wrangler is primarily designed as an open air, off-road vehicle to beat all others for goodness sake, so you can't expect it to handle like a Ferarri on the highway, just as you wouldn't try to take your Dodge minivan on the Rubicon trail!
There's also the idiots that complain that the two-door is too difficult to get child seats into the rear and has no room for 3 kids and a months shopping in the back at the same time; it's not a minivan to drive the kids to soccer in for gods sake, it's a short-wheelbase off road vehicle. If you really must have a Wrangler and have kids, get the 4-door; pleanty of room there.
I love the high driving position and choppy, twitchy on-road ride and roar from the tires; it keeps you on your toes and is heaps of fun to drive, & makes you feel alive. I took it off road recently, both on long, deserted beaches and up into the mountains on steep, potholed, rutted fire trails and it was even more fun; there's nothing like doing 60mph on a 10mile long beach with the top off and the wind in your hair!
People seem to go on about it's bad fuel milage compared to regular vehicles; maybe cars and engines are smaller and more fuel efficient in the States than here in Australia so this is seen to be an issue over there? My Jeep's a 6 speed manual and gets about the same mileage around town and just slightly less on the freeway (due to wind resistance and road clearance I'm sure) as my previous car, a Ford sedan with a 4 litre 6 cyl motor which was about 600 pounds lighter, so I can't see what the big deal is.
At the end of the day, you buy a Jeep Wrangler with your eyes open to the fact that it is what it is. Yes, it does have limitations as on on-road, daily driver in the same way that a roadgoing sedan has limitations as an off road vehicle. The only faults I can find are the rear seat needs a restraining clip that will stop it moving around when it's in the folded up position, and the plastic console and dash scratch too easily considering it's rugged heritage (had a few fishing poles in the back and they scratched the console lid where they rested on it).
Last word; before buying, take one on a good, long test drive and become familiar with the Jeeps handling and on-road performance If you can understand these differences and limitations and live with them, you'll really enjoy your Jeep, especially the first time you leave the paved roads!...read morehide
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- Fuctional and Fun to Drive
- Gas Miliage
I purchased a fully loaded 2008 4-door Rubicon. My family loves it. We take it from the beach to the mountains with no problems. My two kids (4yrs old) have so much fun when we are on trips that they do not need tvs/dvd players. I strongly recommend buying the myGig Multimedia system. You can store your favorite songs as well as your kids favorites and the sirius and Nav isn't bad either. Also buy the wheathertech mats. They have really helped keep it clean.
My wife and I also have a larger suv and we fight over who gets to drive the Jeep. If you want to have fun when you drive, buy the Jeep. If you want to be practical, buy a minivan....read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- looks hot
- all plastic
Checked out the 08 and did not like all the plastic, GPS, Sirius, I-pop and all the other geek plugs, smaller engine, got a 01 TJ for half the cash and used some of the saving for lookers and 33" tires, 4.0L also has more torque. A Jeep is not a commute car at 5mph mileage is not a problem.
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