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2004 Jeep® Wrangler Information

2004 Jeep Wrangler SportNo vehicle illustrates the legendary Jeep 4x4 capability more than the Wrangler, the heart and soul of the Jeep brand. Wrangler is the “icon” of the brand, offering open-air fun and freedom with award-winning off-road capability to young buyers, seasoned off-road enthusiasts, and those who are young at heart.

“Jeep Wrangler appeals to a broad spectrum of people, who no matter what their age, possess an ageless spirit and appreciate the amazing capability,” said Jeff Bell, Vice President — Jeep, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. “Wrangler’s youthful image and freedom to travel anywhere, delivers a one-of-a-kind adventure as only an authentic Jeep vehicle can.”

WRANGLER RUBICON ADDS A NEW CHAPTER

Adding a new chapter to the Wrangler legacy, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model made its debut in 2003 as a Jeep-engineered extreme off-road model that continues into the 2004 model year in limited production.

The Rubicon model builds on the award-winning capability of Wrangler with an off-road system that includes locking front and rear differentials, front and rear Dana model 44 axles, four-wheel disc brakes and a 4:1 low-range transfer case. Not only is this premier off-road package fully synthesized by Jeep engineers, it’s an exceptional value to customers.

“Wrangler Rubicon owners get a rig that is ready for serious off-road trails at a significant savings, compared to the costs of modifying the vehicle with aftermarket hardware,” said Craig Love, Vice President — Jeep Product Team. “This vehicle allows serious off-road enthusiasts the opportunity to drive over some of the most extreme trails in the country, and then drive it home, not load it on a trailer.”

The Rock-Trac™ transfer case with 4:1 low range slows vehicle speed to give the driver more control and increases the amount of torque available at the wheels. The Wrangler Rubicon also features Goodyear Wrangler “Maximum Traction/Reinforced” 31-inch tall tires with a beefy tread pattern that wraps around the sidewall to help grab ledges along the trail. This state-of-the-art off-road tire includes a three-ply sidewall and advanced silica compound for excellent durability and puncture resistance. These LT245/75R16 tires add an extra half-inch of ground clearance to the Rubicon model.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon features unique exterior design cues that include heavy gauge diamond-plate sill guards, 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels and a “Rubicon” graphic placed prominently on each side of the hood.

OPEN-AIR FUN COMBINED WITH 4X4 CAPABILITY

Jeep Wrangler continues as the only open-air sport-utility vehicle with legendary Jeep 4x4 capability.

“We continue to sell Wranglers to off-road enthusiasts, the opinion leaders who recognize there is no substitute for the original, younger buyers and those who want a specialty vehicle as their second or third vehicle,” said Bell. “Wrangler stands out as a specialty vehicle with no competitors that can match the emotional connection with the outdoors and the excitement of driving with the top down, doors off and, if desired, the windshield down on the trails.

The Jeep Wrangler lineup for 2004 includes X, SE, Sport, Rubicon and Sahara soft top models. A hard top with full steel doors, roll-up windows and tinted glass is available on all models. Also optional is a dual-top package that includes both a hard top and soft top in matching colors. For 2004, a new Ravine aluminum wheel design is standard on Sahara models and optional on Sport models. Additionally, Wranglers are now available in right-hand versions for North American markets for purposes such as rural postal delivery.

For 2004, a new spare tire cover for the 30” tire is available on Sahara, the AM/FM/CD is the standard radio configuration, tilt steering wheel is now standard on the X and SE, and the leather wrapped steering wheel is packaged with speed control.

The Jeep Wrangler X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon models feature as standard equipment the 4.0-liter Power Tech™ I-6 mated to a five-speed manual transmission or available 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission. The 4.0-liter engine is rated at 190 horsepower (142 kW) at 4,600 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque at 3,200 rpm.

The Jeep Wrangler SE is equipped with the 2.4-liter Power Tech I-4 engine, which is the same engine that powers the Jeep Liberty. The 2.4-liter engine provides 150 horsepower (112 kW) at 5,200 rpm and 165 lb.-ft. (224 N•m) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Wrangler SE also includes the five-speed manual transmission or the available four-speed automatic transmission. Jeep Wrangler X, Sport and Sahara models include a Quadra-Coil suspension and a Command-Trac® four-wheel drive transfer case.

Safety features standard on all Jeep Wranglers include next-generation air bags, a driver’s side constant force retractor, self-adjusting low-tension three-point belts, height-adjustable shoulder belts and energy-absorbing foam in the sport bar and trim around the windshield and back of the hard top.

For 2004, the Jeep Wrangler’s new exterior color is Electric Lime Green and Solar Yellow.

Sold in 100 countries around the world, Jeep Wrangler is available in right- and left-hand drive versions. Wrangler is built at DaimlerChrysler’s Toledo (Ohio) Stickney Avenue assembly plant.

2004 FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

CHASSIS

• New Ravine wheel
• Right-hand-drive model available for U.S. retail market

BODY

• New exterior color: Electric Lime Green and Solar Yellow
• New 30-inch spare tire cover with Sahara logo
• Optional locking fuel cap

INTERIOR

• CD player now standard on X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon
• Tilt steering standard on all models

 

PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY

2003 MODEL YEAR

• Wrangler Rubicon model added
• 2.4-liter Power Tech™ DOHC, 16-valve I-4 engine replaces 2.5-liter engine
• 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission with skid plate is optional with 2.4-liter and 4.0-liter engines
• Optional four-wheel disc brakes
• Sideview mirror redesign
• New front and rear seats
• Interior Upper Head Impact Protection to meet 2003 federal standard
• LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
• On-Board Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR)

2002 MODEL YEAR

• Wrangler X model added
• All-new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system
• Premium audio system adds front tweeters

2001 MODEL YEAR

• Four-ply soft top
• Amplified subwoofer — Optional with all radios
• New anti-lock brake system
• Long-life 100,000-mile engine coolant
• New steering column tilt mechanism
• User-ready child seat anchorage system
• Plastic Add-a-Trunk

2000 MODEL YEAR

• NV3550 five-speed manual transmission with synchronized Reverse — 4.0-liter engine
• 4.0-liter engine modifications for lower emissions and improved durability
• Child seat tether anchorages included with rear seat
• 4.0-liter engine meets Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) requirements in CA, ME, MA, NY, VT and the Northeast Trading Region states

1999 MODEL YEAR

• Rotary air conditioning controls with bi-level mode
• Optional AM/FM stereo radio with CD player (mid-year introduction)
• 2.5-liter engine meets Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) standards where required
• Next-generation driver and front passenger air bags (a)
• Passenger air bag cutoff switch (May 1998 introduction) (b)

(a) Certified to federal regulations that allow less forceful air bags. Always use seat belts. Remember, a back seat is the safest place for children.

(b) Important — Always remove key and replace cover. Rearward-facing child seats may be used in the front seat only with the passenger air bag turned off.

1998 MODEL YEAR

• Sentry Key® theft-deterrent system available (November 1997 introduction)
• 4.0-liter Power Tech engine meets Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) standards where required
• Dual Top Group (spring 1997 introduction)

1997 MODEL YEAR

• All-new, refined exterior body panels and hardware
• Quadra-Coil Suspension
• Contemporary interior appearance
• New frame with outstanding torsional and bending stiffness
• Driver and passenger air bags

1994 MODEL YEAR

• Three-speed automatic transmission available with 2.5-liter engine

1993 MODEL YEAR

• Four-wheel anti-lock brakes available

1991 MODEL YEAR

• 4.0-liter Power Tech, OHV, 12-valve SMPI I-6 “Power-Tech Six” engine replaces 4.2-liter engine

1988 MODEL YEAR

• Sahara model introduced

1987 MODEL YEAR

• Initial introduction

 

MARKET POSITION


Jeep® Wrangler is the original 4x4, with a one-of-a-kind, open-air design that delivers unmatched fun, freedom and excitement. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, a limited production model, continues for 2004 with extreme off-road capability previously reserved for highly modified vehicles. Wrangler Rubicon’s integrated off-road system, which includes some of the most extreme off-road equipment available, is an industry first from an OEM.

MARKET ADVANTAGES

As the four-wheel drive leader, the Jeep Wrangler is not only fully capable off-road, but is as fun to drive on-road. The spirit of Wrangler is “ageless” with a youthful image able to appeal to a demographic including millennials, enthusiasts and buyers looking for a second vehicle. Jeep Wrangler is the only “true” 4x4 open-air SUV that complements active and adventurous lifestyles, and continues to offer a “hose-out” interior.

The unique and distinctive, “go-anywhere, do-anything” design of Wrangler allows it to be both personalized and customized to fit a broad yet distinct range of buyers. In addition, Jeep Wrangler is backed by Chrysler Group’s seven-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Wrangler is a multipurpose vehicle with an exceptional four-wheel drive system and Quadra-Coil suspension that provides the opportunity to escape the rigors of city life and tackle the most demanding off-road excursions with ease. As the legendary Jeep vehicle, Wrangler continues to deliver a one-of-a-kind feeling of fun, freedom and adventure. It is the heart and soul of the Jeep brand.