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Old 05-08-2006, 12:28 AM   #1
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inline 4 or 6?

how does the 4 feel with a manual transmission? enough power?

i am coming from some fairly high horsepower cars. i am not looking for a hotrod in a wrangler, but just trying to see what the owners thought. is the 4 underpowered for day to day use?

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Depends on what your every day use is, and how extreme you want to go. My 4 cyl gets me around town just fine, and is fine for decently long trips (next state over such as CO, NM, or CA since I live in AZ) and gets agood mileage; this is on 33"s with stock gearing. However - I do drive my Jeep for what it is, a slower vehicle in the right line, which I'm perfectly content with; so seeing how you're coming from a high HP crowd, I'd go for the 6.

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I'd recommend the I6 if there is any doubt about the 4cyl at all. It does depend on the driver though. Its easier to get the extra torq/hp now, then trying to get it later. Some people get the 4 cyl and love it, others are looking for more power. They are all capable rigs. - Chris
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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thank you both! i kind of like the idea of a docile 4. just worried that it felt way underpowered... like on highway merging, or when you want to pass.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:56 AM   #5
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Depends on what your every day use is, and how extreme you want to go.
honestly, i will never go off road. just in town driving mostly.
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Then stay with the 4 cylinder....You'll be happier with the fuel mileage more than the power!
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:02 PM   #7
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I am quite happy with my 4cyl stick. Enough power to do what I want and go where I want. I agree these are very capable rigs in any drive line combination.
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Old 05-08-2006, 07:43 PM   #8
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I am quite happy with my 4cyl stick. Enough power to do what I want and go where I want. I agree these are very capable rigs in any drive line combination.
what about high merging, and passing at speed? thanks.
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I've got the 6 and the manual merging is tough and passing is pretty non existent. make sure you test drive it thoroughly and know what your getting . that said I still love my jeep.
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:27 PM   #10
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6CYL.....The 2.5 is fine with LOTS of gearing but other than that, well...its a 4 cyl. period. I love mine for Offroad use only, but its driveable on the street, but then again, mine is WAAAAAAAY geared...get the 4.0.


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I've got the 6 and the manual merging is tough and passing is pretty non existent. make sure you test drive it thoroughly and know what your getting . that said I still love my jeep.
hmm, very interesting. thanks for the heads up.
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6CYL.....The 2.5 is fine with LOTS of gearing but other than that, well...its a 4 cyl. period. I love mine for Offroad use only, but its driveable on the street, but then again, mine is WAAAAAAAY geared...get the 4.0.
thanks. i think thats what i will do.
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i am looking to buy a stripped down model. all i want is ac and possibly disc brakes in rear (if I can get it without buying other options too).

only option i was really up in the air about was the engine. cause the dealer is telling me that if i want the 6, i have to buy other options first.
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The extra $1200 for the 4.0 was enough for me to want the 2.5. Drive them both...you may be happy with the 4cyl.
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hazmat, what do you mean you have a six and can't merge or pass at speed? My 01 sport with 33's has no problem at all merging or passing unless i'm climbing a steep hill then i have to downshift to fourth. I have plenty of power and it cruises around 70 on the highway in fifth gear.
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I had a stock basic 4 banger and was very happy with it.On and off road.I ended up trading it for a Dual top 2006 sport 6 cyl with all the options.For me the extra power and options are well worth it.Plus my wife is a sissy and likes to ride with the Air conditioner blasting when she comes wheelin' with me.
Id go for the 6-Its really not that much more $$ in my oppinion.
either way they are both great rigs.
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thanks everyone.

any other options that everyone thinks i should really get besides ac, manual, and 6 cylinder? thanks.
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even for a nonoff roader like me?
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I drive the roosevelt blvd in philly every night home from work and philly drivers are the biggest pack of idiots! Between the'not so fast and the ridiculous" with their import crap racing everywhere and the road ragers I'm more inclined to just let them pass me than beat the crap out of my own vehicle trying to race these idiots. I did'nt wan't to infer tha jeeps wer slow but coming from someone who's used to high horsepower and performance you just have to know what to expect w/ a jeep. that said I still love mine !
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:01 AM   #21
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my 6 cylinder has plenty of power and it is easy to pass with and merge

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