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Built on the successful, original Jeep® formula of body-on-frame chassis, solid front and rear axles, removable doors, fold-down windshield and the most capable drivetrains on the planet, the 2008 Jeep Wrangler remains without peer as a vehicle that can blaze its own trail – on a mountain or to the mall.

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Offered in three models – Wrangler X, Sahara and Rubicon® – the 2008 Jeep Wrangler is tough, versatile and simple, achieving best-in-class off-road capability while delivering a true open-air driving experience. Jeep Wrangler does not wander from the brand’s coveted core values of freedom, adventure, mastery and authenticity.

While legendary for its off-road prowess, the 2008 Jeep Wrangler doesn’t demand sacrifices in the name of capability, providing safety and convenience features, interior space and comfort, refinement, power and open-air fun.

The 2008 Jeep Wrangler lives up to its more than 65 years of heritage and accomplishment by offering benchmark off-road capability, versatility, power, on-road refinement, comfort and space.


Jeep Wrangler has a devoted following that demands adherence to traditional Jeep styling cues no matter what model year. The 2008 Jeep Wrangler does not disappoint. While staying true to its design roots, the 2008 Jeep Wrangler’s appearance holds true to tradition yet is contemporary, with clean, crisp lines and improved fit and finish.

Wrangler’s signature features all remain hallmarks for 2008, including classic round headlamps, a seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield, sport bar, removable tops and doors, available full-framed or half doors, and hard and soft tops.

Introduced in 2007, the new Jeep Wrangler is 5.5 inches wider than the previous-generation Wrangler, assuming a more square-shouldered, brawnier appearance. The sheet metal combines angular elements with rounded corners to impart a robust appearance with subtle refinement.


Capability has always been a watchword of the Jeep Wrangler, starting with the basics. While improving its legendary 4x4 Jeep capability, the 2008 Jeep Wrangler benefits from a frame that is 100 percent stiffer than its predecessor, and a body structure 50 percent stiffer. The 2008 Jeep Wrangler’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer, and its track is 3.5 inches wider.

Suspension is a refined five-link coil setup with tuned shock absorbers. This setup works with Dana 30 front and next-generation heavy duty Dana 44 rear axles. The 2008 Wrangler Rubicon model uses heavy-duty front and rear Dana 44 axles.

Jeep Wrangler also offers an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar, called the Active Sway Bar System, which delivers additional wheel travel for challenging terrain. It is standard on the 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and available on X and Sahara models.

With high ground clearance combined with short front and rear overhangs, the 2008 Jeep Wrangler is able to conquer incredibly challenging off-road obstacles, especially severe inclines. Off-road aficionados recognize the key numbers: for the Rubicon model, an approach angle of 44.3 degrees, breakover angle of 25.4 degrees and departure angle of 40.4 degrees. Underbody protection is provided by three skid plates – protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan.

The powerplant for all 2008 Jeep Wranglers is a 3.8-liter V-6 engine producing 202 horsepower (151 kW) and 237 lb.-ft. (321 N•m) of torque, backed by a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an available four-speed automatic transmission.

2008 Jeep Wrangler X and Sahara models are equipped with the second-generation Command-Trac® NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. A Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip during slippery, low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.

The 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model is equipped with an Off-Road Rock-Trac® NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers, an electronic sway-bar disconnect and 32-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires.

On-road ride in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler lineup is balanced, with minimal body lean when cornering and braking. Suspension geometry provides precise ride-and-handling characteristics, while lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride. An Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface, is standard on the 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The ESP system features three modes – “full on,” “full off” and “partial on.”

The 2008 Jeep Wrangler’s exterior is notable not only for its styling, but also for its open-air options. An easy-folding soft top is standard, while Jeep’s Freedom Top™, a three-piece modular hard top, is available. This system features three panels – left and right front-passenger panels and a rear panel – providing more options for open-air driving. Also available is the innovative Sunrider® soft top, which includes a “sun roof” in addition to the full top-down option.

Interior volume provides a front-seat area with 54.6 cu. ft. of space. Rear seats comfortably accommodate two adults with 48.3 cubic feet of space, and a fold-and-tumble feature allows rear seats to be conveniently stowed for additional storage capacity. Space behind the rear seat provides room for a new lockable, under-floor storage area, which secures small items out of sight in the rear cargo area.

Product Highlights

Elevating the ultimate Jeep
• 65 years later, Jeep continues to offer legendary capability

Benchmark Jeep characteristics
• Off-road capability
o Dana front and rear solid axles, available next-generation Command-Trac® and Rock-Trac® transfer cases and electric axle lockers
o Electronic-disconnecting sway bar – Active Sway Bar System
o Equipped with skid plates, tow hooks and available 32-inch BF Goodrich tires
• Power
o A standard 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 202 horsepower and 237 lb.-ft. of torque includes a standard six-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic
o Achieves more horsepower and torque with improved fuel economy than the previous six-cylinder engine
• Interior space and comfort
o Front-seat area provides 54.8 cubic feet of volume, for comfortable shoulder and hip room, while rear-seat volume is 48.3 cubic feet of space
o Space behind rear seat provides more comfort, ergonomics and storage capacity
o 56.5 cu. ft. of cargo volume behind front seats – an increase of 13 cu. ft.
o 17.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume behind rear seats – an increase of 8 cu. ft.
• On-road refinement
o Torsionally stiff frame resists bending
o Wheelbase at 95.4 inches, which contributes to a smooth ride and quiet cabin
o Lower spring rates, advanced shock tuning and heavy-duty powertrain and body mounts isolate the passenger compartment from vibrations
• Open-air fun
o Only true 4x4 convertible
o Three-piece Freedom Top™ system provides more options for open-air driving, while a Sunrider® soft top provides a second, easy open-air option
o Dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations
• Safety features
o Advanced multi-stage air bags
o Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
o Brake Assist
o LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
o Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
o Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
o Energy-absorbing steering column
o Occupant Classification System (OCS)
o Seat belt pretensioners
o Seat-mounted side air bags
o Side-impact door beams

True to Jeep heritage
• Stays true to the Jeep Wrangler recipe but features a precise appearance with clean, crisp lines and improved fit and finish
• Classic round headlamps, signature seven-slot grille, wide wheel flares, exposed forged hinges, fold-down windshield, sport bar, removable tops and doors and washable interior

Rugged Jeep character with new conveniences and features
• Available MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System with navigation system, six-disc stereo, MP3 player and SIRIUS Satellite Radio provides the latest interior conveniences
• Available power windows and door locks are designed so that doors may be easily removed

Model Lineup

2008 Wrangler X
Standard Features
• 3.8-liter V-6 engine
• Standard soft top
• Four-wheel-disc brakes
• Folding rear seat
• Fuel-tank skid plate
• Transfer case skid plate
• Command-Trac® shift-on-the-fly transfer case
• 3.21 axle ratio
• Full metal doors with roll-up windows
• Sentry Key® engine immobilizer
• Full-size spare tire
• 16-inch steel wheels
• AM-FM CD MP3 radio with six speakers
• Tilt steering wheel
• Full-size matching spare tire
• Next-generation heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle
Optional Equipment
• Air conditioning
• Power windows and door locks
• Half-metal doors
• 3.73 rear axle ratio (packaged with automatic transmission)
• Electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar and electronic rear locker
• Sunrider® soft top
• Freedom Top™
• Dual top group
• Tow hooks
• Fog lamps
• Trac-Lok® anti-spin rear differential
• Trailer tow group
• 17-inch aluminum wheels
• Six-disc CD player
• Seat-mounted side air bags
• SIRIUS Satellite Radio
• Tubular side steps

2008 Wrangler Sahara
In addition to Wrangler X standard features:
Standard Features
• Premium cloth seats with YES Essentials® stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric
• Driver seat-height adjuster
• Full-length floor console
• Air conditioning
• Temperature and compass gauge
• Speed control
• Fog lamps
• Tow hooks
• 18-inch aluminum wheels
• Side steps
• 368-watt, seven-speaker Infinity® sound system with subwoofer
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Body-color fender flares
Optional Equipment
• 3.73 rear axle ratio
• Electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar and electronic rear locker
• Power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and security alarm
• Sunrider™ soft top
• Freedom Top™
• Trac-Lok® anti-spin rear differential
• Trailer tow group
• Seat-mounted side air bags
• Spare tire cover
• Dual-top group
• 18-inch aluminum wheels
• SIRIUS Satellite Radio
• Six-disc CD player
• MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with navigation
• Remote start

2008 Wrangler Rubicon
In addition to Wrangler Sahara standard features:
Standard Features
• Electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar – Active Sway Bar System
• Rock-Trac® heavy duty transfer case with 4:1 low range
• Next-generation, heavy duty Dana 44 front axle
• Tru-Lok® electronic locking front and rear differentials
• 4.10 axle ratio
• 17-inch machined aluminum wheels
• 32-inch BFGoodrich tires
• Rock rails
Optional Equipment
• Power windows and door locks
• Half-metal doors with locks
• Sunrider® soft top
• Freedom Top™
• Dual-top group
• Six-disc CD player
• Trailer tow group
• Front seat-mounted side air bags
• SIRIUS Satellite Radio
• MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with navigation
• Remote start
• Deep-tint sunscreen glass

Safety and Security Features
Please refer to the Safety Glossary for descriptions of the following features:
• Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags
• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• All-speed Traction Control
• BeltAlert
• Brake Assist
• Brake/Park Interlock
• Brake Traction Control System (BTCS)
• Constant Force Retractors (CFR)
• Crumple Zones
• Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Energy-absorbing Steering Column
• Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
• Height-adjustable Seat Belts
• HomeLink® Universal Home Security System Transceiver
• Interior Head-impact Protection
• Knee Bolsters
• LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
• Remote Keyless Entry
• Seat Belt Pretensioners
• Seat-mounted Side Air Bags
• Security Alarm
• Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer
• Side Occupant Protection System
• Side-impact Door Beams
• Supplemental Side Air Bags
• Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) System
• UConnect® Hands-free Communication System

Color Availability
• Detonator Yellow (Wrangler X and Rubicon)
• Black
• Bright Silver
• Flame Red (Wrangler X and Rubicon)
• Jeep Green
• Red Rock
• Rescue Green
• Steel Blue
• Bright White (Wrangler X and Rubicon)

Manufacturing Information
• 2008 model year production start: July 2007
• Production location: Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio
• 3.8-liter V-6 engine: Trenton Engine Plant in Trenton, Mich.
• Four-speed automatic transmission: Kokomo Transmission Plant in Kokomo, Ind.
• Six-speed manual transmission: Sao Bernardo do Campo plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Market Position
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler remains true to its heritage as the original, “go anywhere, do anything” extreme-fun and freedom machine. It delivers a new level of open-air, purpose-built, extreme off-road capability for independent-minded adventurers.

• Gender: 75 percent male/25 percent female
• Median Age: 42
• Median Annual Household Income: $65,000
• Household: 50 percent married
• Education: College

Market Advantages
• Benchmark off-road capability, interior space and comfort, on-road refinement, power, open-air options, safety systems, convenience features
• True to Jeep heritage with traditional functional attributes and refined yet not-afraid-to-get-dirty appearance (top off, doors off, solid axles, folding windshield and washable interior with drain plugs)
• Rugged Jeep character with a new level of convenience and features


All-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler comes in three two-door model offerings: Wrangler X, Wrangler Sahara and Wrangler Rubicon®
5.5-inch increase in overall width delivers brawnier appearance than predecessor
Multiple door, top and windshield combinations; new three-piece modular hardtop and innovative Sunrider® soft top
Increased ground clearance
Larger wheels and tires (16-, 17-, or 18-inch)
4.6 inches more hip room than predecessor
5.1 inches more shoulder room
One-inch increase in rear seat leg room
Two-inch increase behind rear seat
Available power windows and door locks, full-screen navigation system, 368-watt Alpine® stereo with MP3 capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Sahara and Rubicon models feature cloth seats with YES Essentials® seat fabric, an easy-care, soil-repellant and anti-microbial textile
Fold-and-Tumble™ feature allows rear seats to be stowed for additional storage capacity
New 3.8-liter V-6 engine delivers 202 horsepower and 237 lb.-ft. of torque
Available with six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions
Increased horsepower, torque, and enhanced suspension, results in a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.
Optional towing package includes a rear Dana 44 axle with a 4.10 axle ratio and trailer hitch
Available with 16- (standard) 17- (Sahara and Rubicon) or 18-inch (optional first-time offering on Wrangler) wheels and tires
Four-wheel-disc ABS standard on all models with off-road Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) feature enabling sustained wheel lockup for improved performance on plowable surfaces, including gravel, sand and mud
All-new 100 percent more rigid frame in bending stiffness
Two-inch longer wheelbase than predecessor
3.5-inch wider track than predecessor
Lower spring rates, advanced shock tuning, increased jounce and rebound travel
Enhanced Dana front and rear solid axles
Available next-generation Command-Trac® and Rock-Trac® transfer cases
New electric axle lockers and electronic-disconnecting front sway bar
Advanced multi-stage air bag system inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of an impact and includes the Occupant Classification System (OCS)
Brake Assist senses a panic brake condition and applies maximum braking power
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) aids driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behavior on various road surfaces
Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) observes and monitors the vehicle roll attitude and lateral force to estimate the potential for a rollover situation

Paint: Solar Yellow replaces Electric Lime Green
Paint: Midnight Blue replaces Patriot Blue
Golden Eagle package offering includes specific logo/script applications on fender and spare tire cover; two-tone premium seat with specific logo treatment; painted center stack bezel; Dana 44 HD rear axle; 15-inch gold aluminum wheels; and 30-inch tires
Sirius Satellite Radio available on all models except SE

New six-speed manual transmission replaces five-speed manual
Two new exterior colors added: Impact Orange and Deep Beryl Green
Jeep® Wrangler Sahara model no longer offered
New Premium Audio Group optional on X model
New Security Group optional on Sport and Rubicon models
New Brake and Traction Group optional on Sport models
New Neutral Density fender flares for Rubicon
Air conditioning made standard on Sport and Rubicon models
Full-size spare tire made standard on all models
Full-face steel wheel made standard on SE, X and Sport
Convenience Group made standard on X model
Seven-speaker system made standard on Sport and Rubicon models
Six-disc, in-dash CD changer an option on all models except SE

Wrangler Unlimited introduced (mid-year introduction)
Right-hand-drive model available for U.S. retail market
New 30-inch spare tire cover with Sahara logo
Optional locking fuel cap
CD player now standard on X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon
Tilt-steering standard on all models

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 Tether for CHildren)
On-board Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR)

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

Four-ply soft top
Amplified subwoofer—Optional with all radios
New Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Long-life 100,000-mile engine coolant
New steering column tilt mechanism
User-ready child seat anchorage system
Plastic Add-a-trunk

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

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)

Sentry Key® engine immobilizer 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)

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

Three-speed automatic transmission available with 2.5-liter engine

Four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) available

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

Sahara model introduced

Initial introduction

(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.

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