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Old 09-24-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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Question 4 cyl. TJ's - enough power?

I am still shopping for a nice TJ, and those with a 6 cyl seem to say they'd never go for a 4 cyl., yet I see 4 cyls. for sale that seem ideal for us, we really want a fun 4x4 for exploring beaches of Baja, not rock krawling.

anyone render me an opinion about the 4 cyls.??

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Old 09-24-2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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They are not speed demons thats for sure, I have both, the 2.5 works for me, will do 65-75 with 30's, gets 20mpg and works. The 2.5 is easier to work on.
The 4.0L gets 16-18, has more power and is better on the highway.

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Yeah, if you don't mind going slow on the highway, even with a lift and slightly bigger tires they do well offroad, plenty of fun if your not into the crazier stuff
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X2...I bought the 4.0L as I head to the mountains for my wheeling haunts and wanted the power to climb.
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No, the 4 banger sucks. We have both.
The 4 banger is fine running around town or crawling around on trails but it's a joke on the highway.
BTW, You need more power running in sand than you do rock crawling.
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Both TJ's I've had were 4 bangers and even though I like the 4.0, I'm fine with the 4 popper. I don't want to drive 80 anyway, too much to see.
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sounnds like very valid answers, thanks
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sounnds like very valid answers, thanks
Oh, with my current 4 banger I haven't been off-road much. I had a 99 before and it had seen a lot of trails. I went everywhere the bigger motors went. Some have said it is a little better off-road with the gearing. Just what I've heard.
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While I don't have any experience with the 4 cyl, I can tell you about my 4.0 Liter. I just moved from Fort Irwin, CA to Kansas. I towed approximately 2200 lbs between a trailer/motorcycle and all of my belongings. I never had any problems maintaining the speed limit average of 70 mph and I still averaged 16 mpg once I got through the mountains. I only averaged 13 mpg through the mountains, but once again, didn't have any problems maintaining the speed limits. Power was never a problem even with the Jeep loaded to the gills. Oh, my Jeep is an automatic, too. 4-speed to be exact. It seems to me that the 4 cyl may be a little easier on the gas mileage, but the 6 cyl sure seems to have enough power to do about anything you could want it to do........
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Fort Irwin to Kansas.....Garden spot to garden spot! At least you got out of the desert!
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Fort Irwin to Kansas.....Garden spot to garden spot! At least you got out of the desert!

Yeah, I hated those 130 degree days. I'm on PCS leave right now at my parent's. I report to Fort Riley in a week and I'm enjoying the hell out of the entire month of September that I've had off!!
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I can't relate TJs, but I had two friends who had YJs. One had the 6 and the other had the 4 - both manual trannies.

We went to the Smoky Mtns a couple years in a row, and everybody was impressed at how well John's 4 banger went. Off road, it went everywhere everybody else went, and it wasn't all pansy stuff. He had tall, skinny military type tires on it. I'm sure the 6 would fare better in mud and sand, but the 4 would actually probably be better in rocks and crawling situations, as it's not as easy to overpower in a situation like that.

Just my thought. I currently have a '95 2.5l
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yeah, one thing to note- if you get the four banger grab one with a manual tranny, i heard the autos are REALLY terrible on the highway....
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yeah, one thing to note- if you get the four banger grab one with a manual tranny, i heard the autos are REALLY terrible on the highway....
My 95 4banger auto does just fine on the highway. I am not a speed demon in my jeep. About 70 is all I want to do in the jeep. I can maintain that pretty well on the highway. I am not in a hilly area though.

Now the wife's BMW is a completely different matter!!!
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The 2.5 or 2.4 4cyclinder will do everything the 4.0 6cyl does, it just takes longer to get there.

I've had and 03 and an 06 with the 6cyl, yes they have more grunt. But my 97 2.5 does everything those 2 did.

On the beach however its better, because it weighs significantly less in the front end and floats on the sand a bit better. Also better over rocks not being as nose heavy.

If you need more grunt. Regear or swap the motor later.

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