Used Car of the Day: 2001 Jeep Wrangler SE

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we go back a couple of decades to feature a 2001 Jeep Wrangler SE.

This one has a rebuilt motor -- at 138,000 miles, the total mileage is just over 139K -- and a bunch of other new stuff. A new A/C compressor, new alternator and battery, new fuel pump, new Bosch fuel injectors, new ignition parts (plugs, coils, distributor cap, rotor), new brakes (calipers and rotors), new header, new ECM, new Toyo tires, and new fender flares.

Cosmetically, the seller mentions some "Bondo work" but otherwise there doesn't seem to be a lot to worry about. The seller says he or she had planned to put a new coat of paint on it and keep using it as a daily driver, but they have too many Jeeps so it must go. It apparently runs well, the HVAC works, and so does the 4WD system.

It does have a rear seat -- it's just covered by the tonneau.

It's a manual with the 2.5-liter four-banger. Check it out here. The ask is $6,000.

[Image: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Nov 14, 2023

    How are the engines in these? (the 4 cylinder)

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    • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Nov 15, 2023

      @kjhkjlh- There's currently only two mail trucks in widespread service, neither is based on a Jeep. The Ford Ranger based one (can't remember what the designation is for that one), and the one that's been ubiquitous for decades- the Grumman LLV, which is based on a Chevy S10 and powered by the 2.5 Iron Duke.

  • no hp, not much more torque, low revs.. if your a crawler versus a bogger it is a ok motor. but your wallet will hate the gas mileage.. mpg is so bad swapping a low CFM Ls block IMPROVES mpg's

  • Lou_BC In my town the dealers are bad for marking up products, even pickups. There were multiple "mega-projects" on the go in my region so money was flowing fast and loose both by corporations and employees. All of that is coming to an end plus we've seen a pulpmill close, one pulpmill line close and a few sawmill closures. Cash is getting tight.
  • Lou_BC Branding is very powerful and effective. I always get a kick out of hardcore Harley Davidson fans. The "Jap scrap" mentality exists even in Canada. I used to get derided for riding Japanese bikes. I confused a bunch of Harley guys once when I pointed out that in Canada, Harley is just as much as a foreign import as Yamaha. They tried to argue that a Harley made in USA was not a foreign made bike. The cognitive dissonance made me laugh.
  • Ajla It's weird how surveys come to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results as ridiculous.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
  • Ajla "and the $34K price doesn't seem too steep." Respectfully disagree. This would be okay at $29K. $34k clangs into way too much.