If your secure with yourself a 4cylinder is perfect. Need to feel more Manley than a 6 cylinder is you ticket. Trying to be the big shot on the block and say f yeah I'm a rebel then its gotta have a V8. (And were not talking about tomato juice). Were talking about gas suckin, wallet draining,axle snapping V8.
When I was shopping for jeeps last summer, I was at this crossroad as well. I figured may as well get an I6 as it would less harder on the engine for highways, the additional power (not by much) is handy at the expense of a few MPG's. Tho I'm not by any means a hard core off-roader, we get lots of thick, heavy snow here so again it was more practical for me living in a rural area. I have nothing against the 2.5L, you just need to weigh out your needs and wants and based on all the opinions above, you should be able to make that decision OP.
The difference is 65hp and 76 lb. ft. of torque for the 2000 engines. The fuel mileage between the two is negligible and, as stated, resale for a Wrangler with the I6 is greater than one with the I4.
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Thanks for the advice. I live in north jersey and we do get some snow in the winter how are they when it comes to driving and handling in the snow?
1.) Where abouts in NJ? I'm around the Mt. Olive area.
2.) If you EVER have to do the stretch of 287 between 80 and 87, do NOT get the 4-banger. 18-wheelers in the SLOW lane cruise about 80 through there. The other lanes are a blur.
3.) How wranglers are in the snow is a complicated question. They will go through almost anything you point them at, but sometimes they don't point in the direction you want... The short wheelbase and part-time 4wd system makes them "antsy" in the slick stuff, and they will spin on you if you aren't careful.
I bought my 2000 SE a month ago. I was really looking for a 6cyl automatic , but I found this 4 cyl manual and fell in love with it . I drive the freeway with no problems , ya sometimes it's a little sluggish around the 65 to 70 but it's a jeep , if you want to go fast get a sports car .
I bought a 4 cyl for a decent deal, all 6 cyl's would cost a lot more. However like mentioned if you run big tires, keep stocking gearing being on a highway sucks ( i currently do it ). However it is fun getting further places in a 4 cyl sometimes and watching the v8's and I6's stuck