Hi all, I am just about to buy my first wrangler. I come from the world of Toyota 4x4s, but as mine is currently smashed up I need to something to drive. I am torn between just buying any old $1000 rig and trying out a more permanent solution in a Wrangler. I have only a couple days to decide!
To get right to the point, I am looking at three different YJs. However, I don't know anything about the 4.2 engine. I've worked on the 4.0 I6 engine and I like it, but don't even know what to look for in a 4.2. I realize the following questions are super nooby but I don't have the time to find out everything I need this morning. Hopefully you all can serve up some hot summaries!
First question, what are the most important issues to look for in the 4.2?
Second question, in a nutshell, what are the top 5 problems I should look for in the YJ?
Third and tangential question, what about MPG? The stupid government sites say 20 mpg/highway for a manual and 15 mpg/highway for an auto? I would be getting a manual, but is the difference between those numbers really true? The 4.0 I've worked on is buttoned to a A/T and gets horrible gas mileage.