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WranglerPress Quotes About the 2007 Wrangler
Posted by mike on 2006/1/12 6:46:57 (4321) reads

We've been checking out the various articles written about the 2007 Wrangler from around the web - here's some of the more interesting ones that we've found.


Most Automakers have one: An iconic model that historically, or currently embodies the spirit and essence of their brand. BMW has the 3-series, Porsche has the 911, and Jeep has the Wrangler. With so much symbolically riding on this single model, it was imperative for Jeep not to screw it up. Especially considering how much the introduction of the front-wheel-drive, unibody Compass cute-ute has irked the Jeep faithful.

But Jeep made it adamantly clear that the new Wrangler is no watered-down, sissified pretender. Whereas all the other current Jeep models have abandoned solid axles, the Wrangler still proudly rides on front and rear Dana axles, a Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear. The Rubicon model sports Dana 44s front and rear, as well as any models with the towing package.

From Autos (thanks XJameson):

How do you redesign Mount Rushmore?

OK, the Jeep Wrangler isn't exactly Mount Rushmore, but it's pretty darned close. Even when it was first introduced in 1986, replacing the Jeep CJ, the Wrangler was clearly recognizable as the son of the CJ. A little lower, a little wider, a little squarer but still the civilian descendent of the little off-roaders that helped whip the Axis more than forty years before.

"It's those boundaries that we zealously guard," said Mike Donoughe, vice president for the body on frame product team at DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group.

Without looking closely, it could be easy to miss that the 2007 Wrangler is a different machine from the outgoing version. Even some things you can't see have been kept the same just because Wrangler fans like them that way.

From JpMagazine:

This is probably the most rumored, criticized, and hated Jeep vehicle that we can think of in recent memory (besides the Patriot, the Compass, the Liberty, the Commander, and the Grand Cherokee SRT8) and that's before anyone even saw it. Will it have IFS?! Will it have four doors?! Will it have a diesel?! Will the windshield flip down anymore?!


First off, it's a JK Wrangler, not TK like some others have been reporting incorrectly for months. The 3.8L is not actually a new engine; it can be found in the Dodge minivan lineup. It has similar max horsepower and torque as the 4.0L but at a much higher rpm. Only a road test will tell if it's up to the task of hauling the now-heavier Wrangler and even heavier four-door Wrangler. Rumor is that the four-door could get the 5.7L Hemi V-8. The suspension is still a five-link, like the previous Wrangler, but with slightly longer arms. A current Wrangler lift kit will not fit on the new Jeep, so expect the typical aftermarket lag time for a lift. Check out the flexible front fenders ... we're thinking they could come off and be replaced with some trick steel-tube fenders (or removed completely for a real aggressive look). We'd toss the plastic bumpers too. Ahem, aftermarket, get to work!

The question is: Will Jeep purists think the brand has gone too soft?

"Everybody is worried that Jeep will lose their name," Joe Cefali, 40, who has owned 14 Jeep Wranglers and Grand Cherokees in his life said. "I would hate to see Jeep not being on the foreground of off-roading."

The 2007 Wrangler, the latest version in the classic Jeep's 65-year history, will be equipped with a number of firsts:

- Its first navigation system.

- Its first 3.8-liter V-6 engine.

- And its first powered windows and door locks.

The Compass, a compact crossover, is the first Jeep vehicle to come with a front-wheel drive version.

"It seems like they're coming out with some things that are not really off-road capable," said Cefali, vice president of the Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association.

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Posted: 2006/1/12 17:09  Updated: 2006/1/12 17:09
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 Re: Press Quotes About the 2007 Wrangler
As I have stated before I like the new wrangler alot. I don't know why they would use CV joints instead of universal joints in the drive shafts. vibration reduction?

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Posted: 2006/1/12 17:34  Updated: 2006/1/12 17:34
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I would think that vibration reduction is probably why they are using the CV joints. We will just have to wait and see how strong they are. I figure that Jeep did a fair amount of off-road testing before releasing this new wrangler so I would think that they will be plenty strong on a stock JK.

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Posted: 2006/1/12 16:00  Updated: 2006/1/12 16:00
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 Re: Press Quotes About the 2007 Wrangler
JK is the correct model code for the new Wrangler.

TK was made up early on because no one knew what the model code was, and since the WK replaced the WJ, it seemed logical that the next gen Wrangler code would follow suit and be the TK. But for whatever reason, the internal model code chosed was JK. Probably so that there was still a "J" in the model code I guess, since none of the other vehicles had a 'J' code any more.

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Posted: 2006/1/12 12:31  Updated: 2006/1/12 12:31
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 Re: Press Quotes About the 2007 Wrangler
I think Jp is right, aftermarket needs to get in gear and get this stuff in fast, because if anyone serious buys the new wrangler, the stock bumpers are gonna be long gone after its drivin off the lot.

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Posted: 2006/1/12 9:26  Updated: 2006/1/12 9:26
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 Re: Press Quotes About the 2007 Wrangler
In regards to the JP Magazine article... can we get someone (Miquel?? ) from Jeep to verify what the correct body name is. I have seen about 2000 refernces to it being TK and about 3 to it being JK.

In regards to the guy from Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive... just because the Wrangler has some creature comforts, doesn't mean it is giving up any off-road capablity.

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Posted: 2006/1/12 11:58  Updated: 2006/1/12 11:58
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 power windows and Doors
Haven't you heard RUBICON, (optional) power door locks and windows compleatly cancel out your lockers, 4:1 low range, 32" mudterrains, and electronic dissconnecting swaybar. I don't even want to think about how much it would suck off-road with power seats.

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Posted: 2006/1/13 10:34  Updated: 2006/1/13 10:34
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 Re: power windows and Doors
Ever since they went with fuel injection, the Wrangler lost its off-road ability.

Add in those damn disc brakes, engine management systems, and stiffer frames and you just have one sissy vehicle!

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