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Jeep Australia has announced today that it will launch an updated 2008 model Wrangler with a host of additions to the standard vehicle line-up. The biggest update is the much anticipated CRD off-road group which can be optioned to any turbo diesel model.

The Wrangler range starts from $30,990 for the two door and goes all the way to $45,990 for the 3.8-litre V6 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

2008 Jeep Wrangler

The petrol variant are powered by a 3.8-litre V6 with 146kW and 315Nm of torque while diesel lovers are satisfied with a 2.8-litre four cylinder turbodiesel with 130kW and a massive 400Nm of torque.

2008 Jeep Wrangler

Standard features for the 2008 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Standard tyre pressure warning lamp
  • Standard 17 inch alloy wheels across the entire range
  • 2.8L CRD with automatic transmission now has 460Nm of torque (2.8L CRD with manual transmission remains unchanged at 410Nm)
  • 3.73:1 axle ratio (replaces 4.10) on automatic models
  • Unlimited models now receive an 85L fuel tank
  • New colour added called Detonator Yellow
  • Dual Top Standard on Rubicon and Rubicon Unlimited (Rubicon axle ratio remains unchanged)

2008 Jeep Wrangler

The CRD off-road group pack is an optional extra ($3,000) on Diesel models and includes:

  • Rear axle differential locker
  • 3.73 Axle ratio (Manual and Automatic)
  • Electronic front sway-bar disconnect

2008 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M $30,990
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A $32,990
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 6M $35,490
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 5A $37,490
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M $39,990
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A $41,990

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited:

  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M $34,990
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A $36,990
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 6M $39,490
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 5A $41,490
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M $43,990
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A $45,990

OPTIONS PRICING – Recommended retail pricing listed below

2008 Jeep Wrangler (2/4-Door):

  • Premium paint (Sport and Rubicon) – $300
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags (Sport and Rubicon) – $600
  • MyGIG unit, DVD/20GB-HD and satellite navigation – $ 2,500
  • Renegade pack (Sport only) – $2,500/$3,000 for four door
  • CRD off-road group – $3,000



  • Mitch

    No free fire extinguisher???

  • Mmmmm

    Love the idea of the car, but not to sure how much plastic is in it!!

  • No Name

    WTF Mmmmm.

    I remember a few years back a local garage decided to present these at a Motocross meet. They tried to take them round the circuit, got stuck then got towed out by a Land Rover. Say no more.

    • Harry

      I bought one a month ago, and have already taken it off-road…this thing climbs like a spider and a couple of Nissan Patrols and Prados got stuck behind me, the best out of box 4×4…the rest are lady 4x4a to transport kids…
      The Wrangler might have stuck and pulled out by a rover, it could happen (inexperienced driver, maintainance etc), but rovers cant go where wranglers can, enough said..

  • Tomas79

    No Name,
    Another hearsay Anecdote,
    These wrangles weren’t sold a few years back…
    And the JK Rubicon is simply the best out of the box offroader you can buy in oz… The land rover with it’s lack of factory diff locks and sway bar disconnects, and its extremely underpowered engine doesn’t even compare!!

  • No Name

    Might have been a Renegade – same thing really – it was at the 42nd Patchwick Scramble, Newton Abbot South Devon,UK. Not a made up story, I was there watching Tony Hanes the Devon champ.

  • Tomas79

    No name,
    Renegade is just a cosmetic trim level, available on a number of different jeep models..

  • http://realcars realcars

    I love these things!

  • Jez

    Land Cruiser is the best for off roading.

    But who buys a jeep to go off-road?

  • Tomas79

    Jez, you have no idea what you are talking about!!

  • Kasparove

    I agree with Jez, I have a Cruiser myself, and have only seen one wrangler off road.
    But see numerous ones with surfboards strapped to the top at the beach.

  • Tomas79

    Kasparove,
    I myself have a land cruiser also, it’s great for Touring, and when you need to do some work out in the sticks!
    But none of the cruisers come close to a Jeep Rubicon for straight out of the box off-road ability (well maybe the 70 and 76 with their factory fitted diff locks)… The jeep Rubicon with it’s front and back diff locks, ground clearance, solid axles, sway bar disconnects, 4:1 transfer case is simply the best offroader in terms of capability you money can buy in australia. All the 4wd magazines in Australia state that!! Don’t get me wrong its a fun machine, like a sports car, but not a daily workhorse!!

  • Martin

    Not saying the Land Cruiser is bad for offroading, but its not the best.

  • Daniel

    theres no 4wd to date to have the features of the rubicon at the price they are sellin em mine is stock goes off road and is unstopable diff locks are great power is better and who doesnt like drivin with no roof and no doors these cars rock find a better out of the box 4wd with these capabilities and ill be damned ad lo ratio rock hopper gearing lift and 35\’s and u have 1 serious comp truck!!!

  • Zooter

    Hello,
    hoping someone can give me some advice,
    im buying a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Sport CRD Turbo Diesel all black hard top and the sales guy sadly doesnt know much about them at all so im doing all my research online, the main thing that troubles me is im really not sure if the “CRD” model has the following Standerd,
    Rear axle differential locker
    3.73 Axle ratio (Manual and Automatic)
    Electronic front sway-bar disconnect
    or do i have to buy them as :Optional extras:
    im getting the Renagade pack with it which is nice because of the 3 peice hard top and the fact that Darwin weather melts faces,
    ive put down a deposit and im taking delivery this week so any comments ??
    Cheers, Zooter

  • Poor Service

    Hey, I own one of these magnificient vehicles..gone 90000 km. They are a great car until the poor part availability takes you off the road..( not to be confused with off-road). I took the car in for a service, on a wednesday ( noting that the brakes squealled). Was told that the discs and pads need replacing, parts arrived on the Friday. Then when I was about to pick up the car was told that the caliper required replacing. Should this not of been discovered on the Wednesday when they worked out that I needed discs and pads. So, then I am told that the parts are ex-Singapore ..8 days (later 8 working days). I have been told by Chrysler Customer Service that the parts are not serviceble and that is why the dealer does not hold the parts. They may not be serviceable..but they are critical spares ( no brakes – unroadworthy).

    OK for the dealer but what about Chrysler Australia itself and customer satisfaction ( mine is nil at the moment and will not improve unless they understand how to improve their service to the dealer and ultimately the customer.) I just wait to discover what other non-serviceable parts are 8 working days ex-Singapore. Customer service cited the economic crisis as a problem. Through their poor efforts I am helping it along ( paying lease on a car that is off road, hiring a car to go to work). The request is not for a vintage car part which is no longer available,its a current model vehicle. I could fly to Singapore, eat singapore noodles, soft shell crab, pick up the part and come home within 2 days
    No wonder Chrysler has financial problems, they can’t even organise a part for a car

  • vaestanfors

    When ever a workshop says you need new disc rotors, calipers etc, just tell them to change the pads. Unless you’ve done more than 200,000km you wont need to replace other brake components. I have yet to replace a brake rotor or caliper in the last 20 years of driving.

  • nat

    owned a hilux for yrs and since owning a jeep jk wrangler 2007 4 door turbo diesle i wouldnt recomend this car to anyone and wish i never purchased one the roof leaked and they tried to fix it 11 times. including a new roof also paint peeled off all door hinges and the turbo has just gone not happy with this car at all.also the plastic on the whole car are loose and would rattle off in no time should i go 4×4 at any stage.poor design faults and expensive to fix and service this car .cant wait to get rid of it .dont not buy one .

    • nat

      also the built in sat nav is very old and cost more than 4times the price of the latest gps to update it .

  • http://Jeep Niki

    Car is NOTHING but TROUBLE!!!!!