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Old 04-02-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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4 cylinder tj

So can anyone ( with in depth knowledge of jeeps) tell me, are 4 cylinder tj jeeps bad? I mean compared to my old Honda not alot of speed,but man I love it...the sound of engine is nice,I have had it for 1 year and only put like 2,000 miles on it( since I work like 5 miles from home) my wife has a brand new 2012 sahara,and that thing is plush but I love my 2005 tj

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The 4 bangers kind of suck going on the freeway or uphill for a long period of time. And many people prefer the straight 6 offroad but I'm fine with my 4 cylinder.

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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great motor ez to work on dam near bullit prof ...just slow and under powered with stock gears. you can change out gearing and add a chip and intake to add power.
but you will lower your mpg. to worse than what a 6 would get ..i hate mine spend 1/2 of my trail time stalling and restarting ...not fun
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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are 4 cylinder tj jeeps bad?
Nope. Just takes a little longer to get places if there is a long hill involved, but mine has always been able to do atleast the speed limit regardless.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #5
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The 4 bangers kind of suck going on the freeway or uphill for a long period of time. And many people prefer the straight 6 offroad but I'm fine with my 4 cylinder.
Thanks mon.....I can climb on that engine and work on it ,looks so simple...the oil change seems so easy.....love the soft top with the door skins.....I've had many cars with power everything and now u have the jeep that I wanted.with big tires and all black rims
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:50 PM   #6
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Nope. Just takes a little longer to get places if there is a long hill involved, but mine has always been able to do atleast the speed limit regardless.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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The I4s are great engines and can go pretty much anywhere tehe I6 can go - just takes longer (as mentioned).

Here's some constructive reading:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/love...er-128530.html
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/how-...tj-128188.html
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #8
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I have a 3/4-ton truck for hauling. My little TJ was my first new vehicle in 9 years. I specifically wanted the late model I4 for mileage and idling all day. I love it. It gets me 22mpg. It'll go in the fast lane in 6th if I push it. Honestly though, I'm happy at 60mph on the freeway. I drove my big Hemi 4x4 slow & easy for almost a decade due to it's fuel consumption, so I accustomed to going slow.

If the Wrangler were my only vehicle, I'd probably get a I6. The 4 just fit my needs better. I gotta keep the truck to haul hay and horses. The Wrangler buzzes me around town the other days.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:56 AM   #9
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Nice....man ...it must be nice out there driving that tj huh...fresh air....well I love mine cause it's so simple just like me...I'm 40 and I've had 2 jettAs,1 Nissan exterra ,a Nissan pathfinder ( with all power everything) I do miss my exterra but I would not give up my 2005 tj....I bought my wife a 2012 sahara wrangler with everything but leather ,but this thing is so plush ..it's real nice...jeeps never go outta style huh..
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #10
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I've had my 2.5L for about a year and a half now and have zero regrets with buying it...

it was amazingly clean which is what got me to buy it vs a more beat up 6 cyl...

anyway, like the others have said...its incredibly easy to work on and is pretty much bulletproof...

i havent had any issues with mine and just keep up on the maintenance like normal.

Also as mentioned, going uphill on the highway kinda sucks (especially lifted with larger tires) but i just downshift and i'm good to go
I get used to the scenic route but offroad she'll do anything a 6 cyl will do...

My only advice is to get a manual 2.5 instead of an automatic because you'll get 4.10 gears stock instead of 3.73's which come in the automatic
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:55 AM   #11
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Thanks..mine is a 4 cylinder 6 speed? That was weird to me ....all my other cars either automatic or 5 speed..and I got mine real clean no rust underneath ....got it with big tires but not lifted but no biggie,it looks cool like that... I'll do my own things to it..my way
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:44 AM   #12
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Personally,
A 4 banger in a Jeep is about as worthless as tits on a boar hog!! Same with a truck!!

A 4 cylinder in either of those, just means you did not buy the vehicle for it's original intentions. Does not mean you can't use it everyday though.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:05 PM   #13
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A 4 banger in a Jeep is about as worthless as tits on a boar hog!! Same with a truck!!

A 4 cylinder in either of those, just means you did not buy the vehicle for it's original intentions. Does not mean you can't use it everyday though.
Dang dawg.....I mean I live in the city .not in Kentucky, the Rockies , the Dakotas ....or own a ranch....Im blue collar worker......my purpose was cause I liked it..when i bought it looked and it was
How I wanted it, did not care if it had an 8 or 6 cylinder or whatever...in Cali traffic is bad you can't even go at speed limit,so that's like telling a Ferrari owner why have one? I also used to own a 914( with the 6 cylinder engine) but cops were always eyeing me out..I have friends who had the 4 cylinder 914s and those things were fast, again ......not in the city....so, to each his own.....dig it dawg.....
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I think off roading they are pretty close, unless you go to the sand dunes, then the I6 wins hands down. Around town your not going to win any red light to red light races with the I4, but you won't with the I6 either. My .02 cents.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:04 PM   #15
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The 4 bangers kind of suck going on the freeway or uphill for a long period of time. And many people prefer the straight 6 offroad but I'm fine with my 4 cylinder.

Pretty much exactly what I would say.

My 4 banger is a little slow on the highway, especially with my 31s and 4.10 gears. With the proper gearing its not that bad to drive around, it was great with stock tires. Mpgs arent substantially better than the 4.0, maybe 1 or 2 mpg but I got a 4cyl bc it was right in my budget at the time. They were thousands less then the 4.0s. When I get some extra cash I will eventually do a 5.2 or 5.9 engine swap. Pending what you can get a donor vehicle for, you can have a v8 tj for less then a 4.0 wouldve been.


Nothing wrong with having a 4cyl jeep. Theyve been putting 4 bangers in wranglers (incl, cj) since they produced them with the exception of the jk.

Look at the bright side, more room under the hood for stuff.
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Keep in mind there is a 2.4 and 2.5 in the four banger.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #17
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Keep in mind there is a 2.4 and 2.5 in the four banger.
If I remember right, the 2.4 is 2000+ models while the 2.5 is older. The 2.4 gives a little more kick, but still highways are going to suck on stock gears if you get bigger tires.
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i have a four banger in my jeep its the 2.5 with a 5speed but it has 4.11 gears in front and back and i have no probles even with my 35s on it im happy with it and get awsome gas milage
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My hot rod days are long over. 4 bangers are fine for me. Not in a rush to go anywhere.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #20
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i love mine! ....and with my intake, it sounds great! Jeff kicking up mud - YouTube
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i love mine! ....and with my intake, it sounds great! Jeff kicking up mud - YouTube
I saw your YouTube video....not
Bad....mine is a 2005 tj 6 speed....so is that a 2.4 or what? I'm going to the Joshua tree national park soon ,with my son..road trip ...my wife has a 2012 sahara unlimited ....nice
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If I remember right, the 2.4 is 2000+ models while the 2.5 is older. The 2.4 gives a little more kick, but still highways are going to suck on stock gears if you get bigger tires.
I think there was some mixing and matching then. I have a 2002 with the 2.5l.
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Bad....mine is a 2005 tj 6 speed....so is that a 2.4 or what? I'm going to the Joshua tree national park soon ,with my son..road trip ...my wife has a 2012 sahara unlimited ....nice
Mine is a 99', 2.5L auto.
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If I remember right, the 2.4 is 2000+ models while the 2.5 is older. The 2.4 gives a little more kick, but still highways are going to suck on stock gears if you get bigger tires.
I believe from 03-06 it was the 2.4l only. All other older years are 2.5l
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i love my 2006 2.4l 6 speed. im currently in the works of installing a turbo

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