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Old 11-21-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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4cyl vs. 6cyl

Hey Gang,

I am a newbie, and looking for my first (used) Jeep Wrangler....

Zeroing in on the 1990-1999 years, basic is best for me....

Mission is simple, trails, forest roads, lite 4-wheeling....

NO rock climbing, hill climbs, crawling or mud bogs (this is AZ)...

I just want to wander off on decent dirt roads and some dual track....with the open fun of a Jeep...

Now....without any fights, is a 4cyl really THAT bad of a choice??

What say you owners and 'experts' on the subject....4 or 6?

THX in advance!

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Old 11-21-2006, 10:19 PM   #2
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welcome to the forum! i guess if its just dirt roads a 4 cyl would be ok. but it would be less fun with bigger tires. i like my 6 cylinder though.

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Old 11-21-2006, 10:22 PM   #3
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My 4 banger does just fine for my hunting and fishing needs. It is also my daily driver. I run 31 inch tires and it is an automatic. I, for sure, am not going to blow anyone's doors off at a light, but for my needs it works just fine.
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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I had fun with my 4 cylinder up to a point. For the easy stuff it was great and even took me onto some harder obstacles. They are cheap to insure and cheap on gas. Mine was a horrible daily driver and now owning a 6 cylinder I would prefer it any day over the 4 cylinder no matter what you are using it for.
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Mission is simple, trails, forest roads, lite 4-wheeling....

NO rock climbing, hill climbs, crawling or mud bogs (this is AZ)...

I just want to wander off on decent dirt roads and some dual track....with the open fun of a Jeep...
Hi there and welcome aboard. Great that you are going to be picking up a wrangler. It's funny to see you say above what you did. There are so many people that start off just like that and then their rigs turn out as bonafied rock crawlers. We have probably the best rock crawling in the country here in AZ, give it time and you will get the urge.

As far as the 4 or 6 goes well you can mod a 4 up to a certain point or you can gear the hell out of your axles to make up for it. But there's no need for all that when you can just pick up a 6.
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Hi there and welcome aboard. Great that you are going to be picking up a wrangler. It's funny to see you say above what you did. There are so many people that start off just like that and then their rigs turn out as bonafied rock crawlers. We have probably the best rock crawling in the country here in AZ, give it time and you will get the urge.

As far as the 4 or 6 goes well you can mod a 4 up to a certain point or you can gear the hell out of your axles to make up for it. But there's no need for all that when you can just pick up a 6.

^^^What he said.
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I must offer some support to the 4 cyl side. My last was a TJ with 33's and I never had any problems on or off road. Gears were 4.10's. I did have a throtle body from a 4.0 and a K&N filter though. I could cruise at 60 with no problem but over that and a stiff breeze held it back. Off road was even better. I never did any extreme stuff but I never got stuck (pulled others out or over though). Of course, I'm not doggint the 4.0, when this motor is beat up I'll put a 4.0 in.
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I would hold out for the six as long as you can. Given the choice between the two you won't find many people that would prefer the 4. If you find the right Jeep and it happens to have the 4, maybe you should buy it. It will still accomplish what you want to do with your Jeep. As 1blkjp said, owning a Jeep is a sickness that grows over time. What you think you want to do with your Jeep now will evolve into something else once you realize how capable these things are. Once you start getting deeper into this you would be glad you had a little more motor.
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:32 AM   #9
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OK, good thoughts.....the 'right one' may be sold out from under me already, which leaves me with two other contenders....

BUT....

Both are 6cyl, AND automatic tranny...

More thoughts??

Now it is Auto vs. Manual....

(I can drive both competently)
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:47 PM   #10
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i hear everyone say that a manual is more fun, but i would just rather put in drive and go.
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I still can't get rid of the twitch I have from being yelled at when I was taught to drive stick. Amazing, someone screaming clutch isn't that helpful.

When I see a manual I curl up in a ball and rock back and forth. Mine's auto.
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Old 11-22-2006, 06:10 PM   #13
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Hmm. I learned to drive a stick by "borrowing" a vehicle to joy ride in. Of course, this was 20 years ago now. My parents were amazed at what a natural I was at driving a stick. Little did they know I was quite experienced...
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Old 11-22-2006, 06:18 PM   #14
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just wonderin, where in phoenix do u live?
theres a bunch of people on here from AZ
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:15 PM   #15
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stay away from an auto 4cyl.
can't get out of its way
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Old 11-24-2006, 10:45 AM   #16
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Thx for the replies guys.....all info and jabs are appreciated...

I am looking at a couple this weekend, both 1990 models, both have 6cyl and automatic.....

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