3rd Generation Jeep Wrangler Maintenance and Cost
Jeep has roughly 2,500 dealers scattered across the USA. You'll have no problem finding an independent service center that will take care of your car, or modify it for that matter. Speaking of, it's something worth keeping in mind when shopping for a Wrangler: We looked at hundreds of used examples, and it's extremely difficult to find a standard model. The vast majority of vehicles have larger tires and an aftermarket bumper. This will have an effect on fuel economy, and the price of replacement tires. Larger tires also put extra strain on the gearbox, which was not designed with that in mind. With the fourth-generation Wrangler, Jeep moved over to an eight-speed automatic, tuned perfectly for 35-inch rubber.
The Wrangler is affordable to service, however. You can expect to pay roughly $650 for a full annual service, while a basic oil and oil filter replacement costs around $150. As the mileage increases, so do the service costs. From the 120,000-mile mark, you can expect to pay $2,000 for a service. That's when the car requires a new ignition cable, a transmission fluid service, and a cooling-system flush, to name just a few. With these cars, preventative maintenance is as important as scheduled maintenance. It's worth noting that these cars have a bad reputation for high repair bills because they're subjected to hardcore off-roading. Simply put, the chances of something going wrong are much higher when the engine, gearbox, and suspension are put under severe stress more often than not.