There are few cars that lend themselves as magnificently to wholesale modifications as well as the Jeep Wrangler. In fact, armed just with a screw driver and some will you could manually alter its looks quite noticeably yourself. The doors and the roof panels, for instance, can easily be removed. However, since we’re generally rubbish at DIY stuff our Wrangler got a professional cosmetic treatment at the dealership with genuine Mopar accessories.

It’s got aggressive new Rubicon 10th Anniversary bumpers front and back, LED headlights, LED spot lights and a 2.0in Mopar lift kit. And admittedly all that added sparkle has made a pretty dramatic difference to the exterior — my friends who had seen our long-termer before immediately noticed the modifications. So it’s a job well done.

But all that’s well and good, and here’s the all-important bit — monies. And there’s no way to soften the blow so I’ll get straight to it. The whole lot cost a whopping Dh19,000 including labour charges.

The front bumper is the most pricey addition at a hefty Dh6,900, plus Dh420 for the installation fees. The rear bumper, meanwhile, will set you back Dh4,240 and an added Dh350.

The LED headlights aren’t exactly cheap either at Dh4,575, but the LED spot lights are a relative bargain at Dh1,660 plus an extra Dh570 for labour charges for the two additions. The final mod is the 2.0in Mopar lift kit, which will relieve you of a total Dh5,200. However, cost apart the entire job took merely two days to finish, so that was definitely a positive.

That said, Dh19,000 is not a sum of cash that many would describe as pocket change, so we’d recommend researching your options before making a decision. However, since the work has been undertaken at the dealership there are no issues with the warranty of the vehicle. This is even more pertinent in the second phase of modifications, which will tackle the performance aspect of the Wrangler. More next week.


The progress:

Week 4
Group motoring editor Amit hops into the Jeep after having driven the Cadillac CTS-V and immediately talks about how exceedingly utilitarian it is compared to most modern cars. Still finds it very characterful though.

Highs: A very likeable car

Lows: The absence of grab handles make ingress a bit of an awkward procedure

Week 5
Almost everyone at wheels HQ has succumbed to the Wrangler’s Old-World charm, which means it’s sorely missed as it heads to the dealership for the first phase of modifications.

Highs: Loads of character

Lows: Fuel efficiency is dreadful, hovering around the 20 litre per 100km mark