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Old 03-31-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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2004 2.5 4cyl vs 2001 4.0 6cy which shoul I buy?

So I'm struggling between 5 cars.

1.Wrangler, 2004 has 78,000 miles, 2.5, 4cyl, automatic, 1/2 doors, clean $9000 (dealer)

2. Wrangler 2001 has 72,000 miles, 4.0, 6cyl, automatic, full doors, clean $9000 (pvt seller)

3. Wrangler 2001 has 89,000, 4.0 6cyl, automatic, full doors, clean $9000 (dealer)

4. Wrangler 2002, has 160,000, 4.0 6cyl, full doors, clean $8000 (pvt seller)

5. Wrangler 2004, has 83,000 miles, 2.5, 4cyl, automatic, clean $9000 (pvt seller)

What do you think. I wanted a s new a year as I could get but the 01's have a better engine. I am a city driver should I go for the older year better engine? or newer year and a 4cyl engine? Help!!! Thanks!

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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Get the six or you will be sorry...not a big diff in gas mileage. A 4 with an auto you will be double unhappy. I'm sure there are those that love their 4-bangers, but all my friends that have them consider swaping out. Hope this helps...good luck.

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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You should get the six. It has 70hp+ and the gas mileage is nearly identical! You will surely see the difference while driving in the road or better yet, off-roading!
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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You should get the six. It has 70hp+ and the gas mileage is nearly identical! You will surely see the difference while driving in the road or better yet, off-roading!
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:20 PM   #5
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You mentioned city driving as well, presumably with city parking? Full doors and a hard top would help with piece of mind. #3 looks promising; dealer cars are USUALLY (not always, get a carfax/inspection) a safer bet, as they have to operate with more transparency that private sellers.

The rear main seal is probably leaking a bit on all of them; take a test drive long enough to warm up the pan and make a point to check it when you get back. Hem and haw about it being a $700 job to have it replaced to get them to knock a few bucks off the sticker, then either put that towards having a trusted mechanic give the whole vehicle a once-over, or set aside a weekend to do the inspection yourself. The seal and replacement gasket materials are only $50. The other $650 is elbow grease.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:45 PM   #6
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Go for a 6,in the city living I'd get hardtop full doors for security reasons
Don't worry about older or newer,it's a jeep
My 98 sport daily driver has zero leaks and all the seals are original
Don't fall fool for the 4 cylinder especially since there all in the same price range
4.0 hardtop.....a softtop is cheaper to buy than a hardtop
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:29 PM   #7
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#2 sounds about like mine, 2001 Sahara 6 cyl, auto, hardtop full doors, with 60,000 miles. Have owned it since new with very little problems. Great vehicle, other than sorry gas mileage which all Jeeps seem to be gulity of. Wouldn't shy away from the private party, can always get a mechanic to give it a full inspection for a nominal fee.

Good luck on your decision.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:34 PM   #8
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i would not get an automatic 4 cyl...i currently have a 4 cyl but in manual so i've got 4.10 gears which is the only reason i got it.

Out of the 5 mentioned, i'd get #2
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Don't waist your time with a 4 cylinder. The 6 is the only way to go. I have owned both and my 2000 with the 4 banger sucked compared to my 98 with a 6 .
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Get the six or you will be sorry...not a big diff in gas mileage. A 4 with an auto you will be double unhappy. I'm sure there are those that love their 4-bangers, but all my friends that have them consider swaping out. Hope this helps...good luck.
x2. 4.0L 6 cyl all the way. I prefer standard transmission but that's just me. Depends on what Auto tranny is in the TJ's. I know a lot of people complain about the TF-999 that comes stock in there, but don't know why.

I have a 98 w/ 4.0L 6cyl and 5 spd ax-15 trans, it's got 149K+ change on it and for the last 5 years it's lived with 33x12.5's, a winch, and a about 200 lbs (estimate) of extra armor and tools for trails. Despite this I still got about 14mpg all highway on my trip to NH last year. 6 cyl is the way to go!

EDIT: ou812 is right too, get a hard top/full doors if you can. Soft tops are way easier to get second hand and even aftermarket. They have some soft tops that don't need a frame now for under $500 and from the reviews i've heard they're just as good in the summer and half the cost. check out www.quadratec.com and www.4wd.com if that's something you're going to be interested in!

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