Jeep TJ Model Changes By Year (The Original and Most Complete Listing)

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Jeep Wrangler TJ (1997-2006)


2006

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Midnight Blue
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Electric Lime Green
    • Patriot Blue
    • Moss Green
    • Shale Green
  • Jeep's compact SUV revives the Golden Eagle moniker as an option package for 2006. This package includes Tire and Wheel Group AAS plus spare-tire cover, unique interior and exterior trim, and badging.

2005

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Impact Orange
    • Deep Beryl Green
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Sienna
    • Inca Gold

  • 6-Speed NSG370 manual transmission replaces the 5-speed NV3550 & NV1500 transmissions in all models
    • 6 forward 1 reverse
    • Max torque input 272 ft/lb
    • 1- 5.014:1
    • 2- 2.831:1
    • 3- 1.789:1
    • 4- 1.256:1
    • 5- 1.000:1
    • 6- 0.828:1
    • Reverse 4.569:1
    • Weight 40.5 kg
  • SE gets 3.73 axle gears in place of 4.11's/4.56's
  • Sahara Edition Discontinued
  • Second soft top on Unlimited, called "Easy-Folding Soft Top" now an option. (Dual tops still not an option on the Unlimited.)
  • New Premium H-Package on the Unlimited model features unique 2-tone cloth seats, silver painted center stack and instrument cluster bezels, bright grille and body color fender flares.
  • Optional six-disc in-dash CD changer system that arrives later in the model year.

2004

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Solar Yellow
    • Lime Green
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Intense Blue

  • Trail Rated badges
  • The Canyon wheels in the 30" package are now "Ravine" wheels.
  • Can be purchased in the U.S. with right-hand steering
  • The standard AM/FM Tape is now a CD.
  • There is a standard spare tire cover that comes with the 30" wheel/tire package now.
  • There is a new "cubby bin" in the center "stack".
  • Willys Edition:
    • Exclusive Moss Green exterior color
    • Camo and black seats
    • Unique "WILLYS" decal at cowl side
    • Diamond-plate sill guards painted Dark Green
    • Body-color fender flares
    • AM/FM stereo radio with CD player and seven speakers (includes subwoofer in center console) - no extra charge
    • 4.0L Power Tech I-6 engine
    • Tow hooks
    • Fog lamps
    • Full-size spare tire with matching wheel
  • Columbia Edition:
    • 4.0L I-6 Engine
    • 15-inch graphite painted aluminum wheels
    • Unique graphite fender flares
    • Fog lamps
    • Columbia badging
    • Dark Slate Interior
    • Khaki two-tone seats with the Columbia logo
    • Silver painted instrument panel accents
    • Available in Black, Bright Silver, Flame Red, Solar Yellow and Patriot Blue
    • Complimentary Columbia Bugaboo parka featuring a zip-in Chehalis or Shoshone fleece vest
  • Rocky Mountain Edition: (Nearly Identical as Columbia Edition Except:)
    • 4.0L I-6 Engine
    • 30 Goodyear GS/A Tires on 15x8-Inch Alcoa Cast Aluminum wheels w/ full size spare
    • Unique graphite fender flares
    • Fog lamps
    • Rocky Mountain Edition badging
    • Dark Slate Interior
    • Idential two-tone seats as Columbia Edition, but with Jeep embroidery replacing Columbia logo
    • Silver painted instrument panel accents
    • Available in Black, Bright Silver, Flame Red, Solar Yellow and Patriot Blue
    • Diamond sill plates
    • Tow hooks
    • Dana 44 rear
  • Introduction of Unlimited Model (2004 1/2):
    • 10" longer wheelbase
    • 5" extra rear overhang
    • Additional 13 inches behind the second row of seats (doubling rear cargo capacity to 29.5 cubic ft.)
    • Passengers in the rear seats pick up an additional two inches of leg room, and can now access the area with tip and slide seats.
    • 3500 lbs. towing capacity (Extra 1500 lbs.)
    • New Sunrider soft-top, which lets drivers open a sunroof or take the entire top down
    • More sound insulation
    • Revised springs/shocks as well as an additional cross member out back to ensure an improved ride and no loss of structural rigidity

2003

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Bright Silver Metallic
    • Light Khaki Metallic
    • Inca Gold Pearl Coat
    • Intense Blue Pearl Coat
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Silverstone Metallic
    • Solar Yellow
    • Steel Blue Pearl Coat
    • Amber Fire Pearl Coat
  • Exterior Labeling:
    • On Sports, the word "Sport" now appears at the top of the fender where the word "Wrangler" used to appear.
    • On Saharas there's a brand new Sahara logo (much more discrete) that appears about where the "4.0L" used to
    • appear on early TJs, roughly where the "Sport" label appears on 2002s
    • Rubicon has RUBICON label on hood.
  • New Interior Colors:
    • Dark Slate replaces Agate
    • Khaki replaces Camel
    • Khaki color for Saharas instead of green trail cloth
  • Soft Top Colors:
    • Dark Khaki replaces Tan

  • Seat Changes:
    • Additional 20 millimeters of rearward travel
    • Taller seat backs
    • Softer seats
    • Seats are lower sitting (more like a car)
    • Lever on the side of the front passenger seat for easier access to the rear.
    • Rear seats are equipped with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and upper Tethers for CHildren)
    • New fold-and-tumble rear seat -- release now on the top center of the rear seat and a new spring mechanism helps it fold and tumble easier than ever before
  • New 3-ply Soft Top that is as quiet as the previous 4-ply
    • NOTE: Change in driver's side window: male zipper is now on window, female zipper on the top, previous years was vice-versa
  • Plastic windshield trim (Interior Upper Head Impact Protection to meet 2003 federal standard?)
  • Trim on back of hardtop and vents removed (vents added to tailgate)
  • New interior electrochromic rearview mirror with map lights, temperature and compass display
  • A new exterior mirror design reduces vibration, while increasing stability and durability. Shorter, fatter, and all plastic Now "ratchet" out from the body rather than swing out in a smooth motion.
  • Doors - the key cylinder is now chrome instead of black
  • Dashboard redesigned, openings for the radio and HVAC controls are now oval rather than rectangular
  • New 4-spoke vinyl steering wheel for SE and X models
  • New 4-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel for Sport, Sahara and Rubicon models
  • Smokers Package optional on all models
  • On-Board Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR)
  • Additional power outlet on the dash
  • New flush-mounted AM/FM cassette radio with CD changer control
  • New flush-mounted AM/FM compact disc radio with CD changer control
  • Replacing the optional sound bar, new standard corner pods located just behind the b-pillar on both sides of the vehicle house interior lamps, providing theater lighting and optional speakers
  • Energy-absorbing foam is added to the sport bar
  • 4-wheel disc brakes optional on Sport and Sahara
  • 42RLE 4-speed automatic option
  • New transfer case skid to work with new 4-spd auto (lower ground clearance)
  • Jeep Wrangler SE Changes:
    • NV1500 five-speed heavy-duty transmission. Also used on Jeep Liberty, this transmission gives Wrangler a synchronized reverse gear and improved shift quality in cold weather. 4.56 gears available with SE and 4-speed auto.
    • Jeep Libertys 2.4-liter Power Tech I-4 replaces the 2.5-liter I-4 as the standard engine on 2003 Jeep Wrangler SE models. This 2.4-liter engine provides an estimated 150 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 165 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, representing a 25-percent increase in horsepower and an 18-percent increase in torque. This increased power and torque is achieved through the use of aluminum cross-flow cylinder heads, dual overhead cams and a four-valve-per-cylinder design. The new 2.4-liter engine is quieter, more fuel-efficient and engineered for longer life and ease of maintenance.
  • Introduction of Rubicon Model:
    • Tru-lok selectable pneumatic lockers, activate in 4-lo and under 10mph, engaged until out of 4-lo or deselected
    • Limited slip in rear when not locked
    • NV241 Rock-Trac 4:1 transfer case -- fixed yoke
    • Heavy-duty driveshafts with 1330 universal joints
    • Dana 44 Front (Dana 30 outers)
    • 4.10 gears
    • Goodyear Wrangler MT/R LT245/75R16 (31") Tires
    • 16-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels
    • Diamond plate rock rails
    • Rubicon Lettering on Hood
    • 4-wheel Disc Brakes
  • Apex Edition:
    • Special hood emblem
    • Special seats
  • Freedom Edition:
    • Body colored fender flares
    • Special side badges
    • Outlined white letter P225/75R15 Goodyear all-terrain tires mount on 15-inch chrome wheels.
    • Standard soft-top with full metal doors, fog lamps and tow hooks.
    • Standard air conditioning, Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, easy access Fold-and-Tumble(TM) rear seat and a choice of Dark Slate Gray vinyl or cloth seating.
    • Available in red, silver, blue and black exterior colors.
  • Tomb Raider Edition Rubicon:
    • 16-inch Alcoa forged aluminum wheels
    • Tomb Raider badging with serial number
    • Light bar
    • Riveted fender flares in graphite
    • Black Tubular grille guard
    • Diamond plate bumper guard
    • Rock rails
    • Fog & Taillamp brush guards
    • Aluminum diamond plate bumper guard in black
    • Dark Slate fabric seats with red accent stitching down the center
    • Silver surround instrument panel bezel
    • Red seat belts
    • Available in Bright Silver.

2002

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Shale Green Metallic

  • New Ecco Wheel and Tire Group with P225/75R15 OWL Tire replaces the Grizzly Wheel and Tire Group
  • New appearance for the Full Face Wheel
  • 30" Tire and Wheel Group, speed control, full doors with roll-up windows and sentry key are now standard on the Wrangler Sahara
  • Full doors with roll-up windows, fog lamps and tow hooks are now standard on the Wrangler Sport
  • Fog lamps and tow hooks become separate options
  • New HVAC System with overall improvements in performance and quietness
  • New Fuel Tank Skid Plate with Added Reinforcement
  • Premium sound system that includes 2 new tweeters in addition to the existing subwoofer
  • 7 year/70,000 Mile Warranty Offered (Not on early 2002's however)
  • Introduction of X Model:
    • 4.0L engine and cloth seats, standard, less options than Sport (no Dana 44)

2001

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Sienna Pearl Coat
    • Steel Blue Pearl Coat
    • Amber Fire Pearl Coat
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Medium Fern Green
    • Desert Sand

  • New 4-ply Soft Top that is more durable and quieter
  • Quarter-Turn Fuel Filler Cap
  • New Anti-Lock Brake System
  • Long Life 100,000-Mile Engine Coolant that is more Environmentally-friendly
  • Quick-Removal Side Steps
  • All-New steering wheel tilt mechanism provides reduced effort and an increased range of adjustment
  • Optional molded plastic Add-a-Trunk for reduced weight
  • Optional Amplified Sub-woofer
  • Re-designed Stereos
  • Mini Console with dual cup holders
  • Re-designed Full Console with rear seat cup holders
  • Sutton Vinyl Seat Material - Standard on SE and Sport Nomad Cloth Seat Material - Optional on SE and Sport
  • New wider inside rear-view mirror
  • New Multi-function Steering Column switch combines headlamp, fog lamp, turn signal and windshield wiper functions
  • Intermittent windshield wipers made standard
  • New Instrument cluster includes a fog lamp tell-tale light and provides Parade-Mode lighting, battery saver control of interior lighting and odometer display with door open
  • User-Ready Child Seat Anchorage System
  • The pull switch for the headlights moved from the dash to the blinker
  • Late Model:
    • New Fuel Tank Skid Plate with Added Reinforcement
  • 60th Anniversary Edition
    • Available only in Black or Silverstone Metallic
    • Body-color wheel flares and rocker sills
    • Specially embroidered floor mats
    • Full Metal Doors
    • Canyon 30-inch Tire and Wheel Group
    • Fog Lamp and Tow Hook Group
    • Air Conditioning
    • AM/FM stereo readio with CD player, five speakers and subwoofer
    • Options: Speed control & Dual-Top

2000

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Solar Yellow
    • Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
    • Silver Stone
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Chilli Pepper Red,
    • Gunmetal Blue
    • Intense Blue
    • Deep Amethyst.

  • Alternator moved higher up
  • Ultra Star 16" alloy wheel now standard on Sahara models.
  • 4.0L engine now gets distributorless direct-ignition system, re-designed cylinder head, new exhaust manifold and dual-catalyst system (2.25" exhaust)
  • New NVG-3550 manual transmission replaces the Aisin transmission on the models with the 4.0L engine (includes synchromesh on reverse gear).
  • Sound Bar now standard on Sport models.
  • Tow hook option now includes one rear tow hook.
  • Sport's standard AM/FM radio adds a cassette player, Sahara exchanges a cassette player for CD player.
  • Optional tilt steering wheel in SE and Sport is now the same leather-covered unit that was standard in Sahara.
  • Child-seat tethers added to the rear seat,

1999

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Medium Fern Green Pearlcoat
    • Forest Green Pearlcoat
    • Desert Sand Pearlcoat
    • Intense Blue Pearlcoat
  • Discontinued Exterior Colors:
    • Jade
    • Lapis Blue
    • Emerald
    • Moss Green
    • Gunmetal Pearlcoat
  • New Interior Colors:
    • Agate
    • Camel
  • New Top Colors:
    • Dark Tan replaces Spice.

  • Hood cowl changed from a "3 section" wide cowl with alot of plastic around it to a smaller cowl...
  • Removed annoying useless vent that leaks water
  • Cruise control controls on steering wheel
  • Rotary climate controls with bi-level air
  • Defeat switch for passenger-side air bag
  • Improved ECM
  • Re-designed catalytic converter
  • New "JTEC+" engine controller with new engine-function sensors
  • Lighter frame - 16 lbs (8kg) lighter
  • Nineteen gallon fuel tank now standard.
  • 30" tire package came with the "Canyon" style wheels (15x8).

1998

  • Chrylser becomes Daimler/Chrylser

  • New Exterior Colors:
    • Chili Pepper Red Pearlcoat
    • Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat

  • Smart Key Immobilizer replaces previous Lock/Unlock keyfob system.
  • Cruise control Available
  • Ez-Entry Driver's seat now available
  • Revised torsion bar for improved steering response
  • Revised steering gear ratio that varies from 15:1 on centre to 13:1 at the extremes of travel for more responsive steering
  • New steering wheel
  • Next generation airbags
  • Revised stereo range
  • Hood latch changes
  • 3.73 ratio rears and Dana 44 Rear
  • New engine managment system wiring
  • Dual Tops Option
  • Added pads to front bumper -- front license plate moved to the center of the bumper
  • 30" tire package came with the "Gambler" style wheels (15x8).
  • Late Model:
    • Defeat switch for passenger-side air bag

1997

  • Introduction of TJ Model:
    • All-new, refined exterior body panels and hardware
    • Quadra-Coil Suspension
    • Contemporary interior appearance and dash
    • New frame with outstanding torsional and bending stiffness
    • Driver and passenger air bags
    • Optional ABS
    • Improved soft top (quieter and easier to put up/down)
    • Round headlights return
    • Lockable glovebox

  • Available exterior colors:
    • Black
    • Bright Jade Satin Glow
    • Citron Pearlcoat
    • Dark Blue Pearlcoat
    • Emerald Green Pearlcoat
    • Flame Red
    • Gunmetal Pearlcoat
    • Lapis Blue
    • Moss Green Pearlcoat
    • Stone White

  • AX-15 5-spd Transmission
  • Annoying useless extra vent behind the hood that leaks water
  • No screen to in cowl vent
  • Cambolts for the front control arms
  • Knock-outs for the rear control arm cam bolts
  • Ability to display the diagnostic codes on odometer with key on,off,on,off,on
  • You have to switch a plug to disable the clutch/starter interlock
  • AX15 for the Manual Tranny or a Chrysler 999 for the auto if it is a 6 cylinder
  • AX5 for the Manual Tranny or a Chrysler 904 for the auto if it is a 4 cylinder
  • Optional dana 44 with 3.55's gears
  • Front License plate on the passenger side of the bumper.
  • Late Models:
    • 3.73 ratio rears and Dana 44 Rear ?
    • Hood latch changes
    • Ez-Entry Driver's seat now available

1996

NO WRANGLERS PRODUCED FOR THIS MODEL YEAR


Jeep Wrangler YJ (1987-1995)


1995

  • Last year of YJ Production

1994

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

1993

  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes available

1991

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

1988

  • Sahara model introduced

1987

  • Initial YJ introduction, square headlights, leaf springs

This list was compiled by Travis J. Cossairt (jeepboy49028/tcossair), and is Copyright © 2003-2010
Last updated on July 28th, 2010
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