1998 Jeep Wrangler Review
Even better than last year.
Jeep Wrangler was completely redesigned and re-engineered last year and the result was a vast improvement over its predecessors in every respect. And this year's Wrangler is even better than last year's all-new model.
Steering responsiveness is improved with a new steering gear ratio that varies from 15:1 on center to 13:1 at the extremes of travel. The lower on-center ratio improves steering feel, while the higher ratio at the extremes of travel maintains overall maneuverability. Power steering is now standard on all Wranglers.
For the first time, cruise control is available on the Wrangler, along with the Smart Key Immobilizer theft deterrent system and a tilting driver's seat that improves access to the back. The clutch-starter interlock jumper wire has been replaced with a fuse to make it easier to use the starter without the use of the clutch for key starts in four-wheel-drive low situations.
Next-generation airbags and self-adjusting low tension three-point seatbelts with height-adjustable shoulder belts have been added.
But the newest generation Wrangler remains true to its gritty heritage, which dates back to World War II when Jeeps served with distinction around the globe. But now it's quieter, roomier and more comfortable. It rides better. It handles better. It's more capable off road.
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