Everyone Loves––or Loved––the 2006 Jeep Wrangler

There have definitely been some low reliability ratings for new Jeep Wrangler models. However, if you go back in the model years, there are some old trusties that still do the job. Whether you’re in a used one now that serves you well or you remember rolling around in this SUV back in the day, people love––or loved––the 2006 Jeep Wrangler SUV.

The 2006 Jeep Wrangler is displayed 09 January 2006 during the press days at the North American International Auto Show
The 2006 Jeep Wrangler | JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images

If you check out spots like Edmunds or Cars.com, you’ll see comments flooding in about the 2006 Jeep Wrangler. Apparently, this model is rock solid. It’s made a lot of people happy over the years.

Consumer reviews for the 2006 Jeep Wrangler

Obviously you won’t find any praise for its peaceful quiet ride or cushy interior. But these Jeep lovers are serious. Both Edmunds and Cars.com consumer reviews give the 2006 Jeep Wrangler 4.4/5 and 4.5/5 stars respectively.

a 2006 model year example of this hardy off-road SUV parked in the desert with the top down. These are generally reliable used vehicles.
2006 Jeep Wrangler | Cars.com

“Every vehicle has limitations and the Jeep is no exception. But it excels at what it was designed to do and I love it. I would buy another without hesitation.”

2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner | Edmunds

On Edmunds, over half of nearly 100 reviews give this used Jeep Wrangler model year 5 stars. High praise like “Recently traded in my 98 Cherokee for an 06 Wrangler Sport. In short, I LOVE IT!” is common. Most people who have bought either a new or used 2006 Jeep Wrangler love it.

Judging by the comments on Edmunds, whether you’re the person who bought it new or you’re the third loving owner, odds are you’ve been pretty happy with the 2006 Jeep Wrangler. It’s largely the same over at Cars.com. Owner data is positive there as well.

a yellow 2006 wrangler going off-road in the forest
2006 Jeep Wrangler | Cars.com

“I can’t see owning any other vehicle. It has everything you need, and it’s fun.”

2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner | Cars.com

Does it stand the test of time?

OK, so people love their new or used 2006 Jeep Wrangler SUV. But do they last? Are there still a lot on the road today? If you search ‘2006 Wrangler’ on Carfax, the search yields over 500 results. That’s a lot of used models for sale when you consider this Wrangler is 14 years old. There’s also something to be said about the fact that it’s difficult to find a good one priced under $10 grand.

a red 2006 Jeep Wrangler with the top down parked against a mountainous backdrop. Some say older models like this one have fewer reliability issues.
2006 Jeep Wrangler | Cars.com

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Plus, there some reviews that have been entered quite recently. For example, there’s one that was posted in 2019 that raves about the 2006 Jeep Wrangler. The owner presumable bought it some time ago and it’s been trusty and capable for the duration of ownership. This is what this owner said about their 2006 Wrangler:

“This car did everything I needed and more always reliable never had any issues best vehicle around. I loved every second of driving this vehicle and I will always love it.”

2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner | Cars.com

Is the 2006 Jeep Wrangler reliable?

This little off-road SUV is a tank. Many people out there claim that the older inline 6––like the one found in the 2006 model year––is more reliable than the newer V6 engine. The data collected by Vehicle History certainly shows us that this vehicle is one that many people have trusted for many years and miles. Most owners say they’ve done nothing but regular maintenance and the 2006 Jeep Wrangler runs like a champ year after year.

My jeep has been very reliable. Outside of normal maintenance, I have had no major problems. The vehicle goes anywhere I need it to, on or off the trail.

2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner | Vehicle History