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Old 03-31-2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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New, First Jeep. So excited!! 4cyl or V6?

Hi,

I've been reading and I just wanted to get some answers tailored to my particular situation. I live in Los Angeles and am looking to buy my first jeep. I'm so excited I've always wanted one and I am finally hoping to get into the jeep lifestyle. So here is my situation:

1. It will be my daily driver to and from work and around town. I will be doing highway/city driving.
2. I cannot drive stick so I definately need an automatic
3. I want A/C, though I may not use it often as the top will be down in the summer but I want it just in case I need it.
4. I can only spend 8,500 and that is the top of my budget.

So my main problem is that I am seeing only 4cyl for a decent jeep around my price range. I am wondering if that will be ok for me. I test drove a 4cyl the other day but I'm pretty sure it was a really crappy car because I stepped fully in the engine and the car barely accelerated. I have yet to test another 4 to compare it to but I need a real answer. Is a 4 cylinder really a bad engine? Can I drive 70 on the freeway easily? Will I regret not waiting for a 6?

Thanks all!!

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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The 4 poppers are slow. I own one of each. They will do the same OFF ROAD as the 6 but if your doing highway driving or you want to use your A/C just get a 6 especially with an automatic.

Keep in mind that ALL Wranglers are dogs but the I6 is less of one.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:31 PM   #4
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From one "newb" to another: I test-drove more YJs than I care to remember over the last month and a bit and knew pretty early on that the I6 was the way to go. Like you, mine is a DD, and the 4 cylinder was just lousy on the highway. I'm totally impressed with the I6 — it's a gas guzzler, true, but my mechanic here (who specializes in Jeeps) was pretty adamant that the 4's milage is just about as bad as the 6, due largely to the fact that the YJ has the aerodynamics of a warthog.

On the issue of standard vs. automatic: The standard is a bear in bumper-to-bumper traffic, but it's a hell of a lot of fun to drive. I hadn't touched one in 20 years (I learned on one, but have had autos since), but it took no more than a day to get used to it.

Good luck with your search!
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I'v had both you would be more happy with a 6 trust me
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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Good luck on ur search !... I recently got mine and loving it !! I'm in the LA area as well, and I think for that price you can find a good deal !! .... I got a I6 and love it , and if you are planning on going big on tires like I did .... here on the CA freeways... an I6 is a must !! ....
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