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Old 10-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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New to the forum, I am looking to buy a used jeep on road purpose 90% of the time. More worried about automatic vs standard. My wife and I have no preference on transmissions other than reliability and cost of repairs in the future. Looking at the following two units. I have looked thru many of the threads and just cant get a feel for this. Thanks Greg

2002 Jeep Wrangler- Blue -Sport 6 cyl auto Apex ed. Leather seats, soft top A/C. 115k miles.

2005 Jeep Wrangler- White-SE 4 cyl 6 spd. No A/C 80k miles, soft top. Have extra top in box to go with jeep-

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:39 AM   #2
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I would get the 6cyl. If your going to make it a daily driver.

Better fuel economy esp. If you go with bigger tires in the future.
As far as the auto vs. stick it's a personal choice.

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:49 AM   #3
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I would go for the 6 cylinder and a/c Cause I'm a wuss and have to have a/c during the summer. Gets hot here in the Mojave desert.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:56 AM   #4
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Forgot to mention that with that many miles on the 6 you might have to replace the rear main seal. Check for a oil leak and maybe talk him down on the price.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments

Most of the Jeeps I have looked at are six's with a 100,000 plus and most seem the be very oilly at the trans to engine join. We live in Louisiana so AC is always a plus LOL. Thanks again
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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Most of the Jeeps I have looked at are six's with a 100,000 plus and most seem the be very oilly at the trans to engine join. We live in Louisiana so AC is always a plus LOL. Thanks again
Hey! Another Louisiana jeeper. We are growing by the day. Btw, my name is Jon. Oil on the bottom of the engine indicates a leak(obviously) and its usually at the oil pan, and it needs a new gasket, or the rear main seal. It's nothing major. Just if you don't want a small oil leak, you need to fix it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:02 PM   #7
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Hey a fellow Louisiana man! Down here, I'd say a/c is a must. I don't use it all the time, but I'm really glade I have it during the summer.
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I'm from PA and the main reason why I wanted A/C is so when it rains during the topless season. It gets really hot inside the box w/o it!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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IMO it would be the '02. It is hard to find anything bad about an engine design that was around for over 50 years....the I6 is hard to "break" with regular maintenance. Mine has 160K and still no oil use between changes but has started a small drip now and than in the garage. '04 "water pump and other wear items" only issues and I do wheel it some.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:48 PM   #10
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Go for the 02. The 6 will run for a really long time even if it leaks a little oil. My Wrangler has the carburated ancestor of the 4.0 with 190k on it and my daily driver Cherokee has the 4.0 and auto and has 236k on it. Either will take me anywhere I want to go.

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