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2006 Jeep Wrangler Sahara


  • High spec 4.0-litre Auto Wrangler
  • ULEZ compliant
  • New soft-top and removable hard top
  • Recent extensive detailing


When it made its debut at the 1996 Detroit Motor Show, the new “TJ” JEEP Wrangler was a huge hit with fans of the marque. 

Replacing the previous “YJ” generation, the new model was a return to a much more traditional form for the utility JEEP and was just what fans of the marque were asking for. The Wrangler was, after all, the US equivalent of the classic Land Rover, and by adding square headlamps and other Eighties accoutrements, JEEP had managed to lose some of the utility model’s “properness” and heritage along the way.

But with the TJ, it was a case of right first-time. It got the round headlights and seven-slot grille that typified the original Willys JEEP and had stayed with the model right up until the YJ’s debut in 1986. It was traditional enough to cut the mustard not only as a leisure vehicle but also as a working one, with notable volume customers being the US Military and Postal Service, the latter of which ordered right-hand-drive models as it meant the postie could alight kerbside.

We have the mailman to thank for the UK Wranglers, for without the US Mail volume the business case may not have been there to justify RHD production. There was demand from Japan and South Africa as well as the UK, but without the US Mail the volumes might never have been enough to justify the engineering cost. You learn something new every day…

The one offered for sale here is a 2006 Renegade ‘Sahara’ edition, one of the final edition TJs, which benefits from the last-of-the-line facelift. It saw improved trim, ride and handling as well as some new colours and bold special editions, the Sahara being the more off-road oriented of them. 

TJ Wranglers are already becoming collectable. Later JK versions were still brilliant off-road, but were more advanced mechanically whereas the TJ still features the old AMC-derived 4.0-litre straight six – an engine that’s tough as anything and easy to maintain. To JEEP enthusiasts, the TJ will always be the Wrangler’s high watermark.

This one’s a cracker – in the best colour scheme


  • UK V5C 
  • New MOT on sale
  • RHD Import to the UK in 2017 – originally supplied to Japan
  • Partial service history
  • ULEZ compliant
  • Japanese service book and original owners manual
  • Two sets of keys
  • Original shipping documents and export certificate


  • Hard-wearing two-tone grey cloth upholstery in good order
  • Matching two-tone black and grey dash, also in excellent condition
  • Hard plastic wipe clean door trims and manual windows – full off-road utility specification!
  • Pioneer aftermarket USB stereo
  • Air conditioning
  • Twin power outlets including separate USB charging port
  • Rock-and-roll foldaway rear seat
  • Internal roll cage


  • Smart solid black paint – recently fully detailed
  • New soft-top roof
  • Factory option detachable hard top
  • Plastic wheel arches recently repainted 
  • Chrome modular wheels with chunky Bridgestone Dueller A/T tyres
  • Very solid underneath with only minor surface corrosion to chassis


  • 4.0-litre AMC-derived straight six
  • Automatic transmission
  • Drives very well according to the vendor – no known or declared issues
  • Will be supplied with new MOT


This is a great example of the best of the Wranglers – true the spirit of the Willys Jeep but at the same time modern enough to use as everyday transport, with good performance, ABS, airbags and other features that the original could only dream of. 

As an example of a cult modern classic, it’s a brilliant choice, with the added advantage of being a soft-top in the summer and a hardtop for those winter months. Plus, it’s exempt from the London ULEZ and similar emissions schemes, unlike most diesel SUVs of its era. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2006
  • Make Jeep
  • Model Wrangler
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 180,100 Kilometres
  • Engine size 3956
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Roehampton
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom

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