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Old 10-30-2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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Jeep has 2.5 L but VIN shows 4.0 L

I bought it and looked it had a four cyl. but i ran the VIN and it came from the factory with a 6 cyl. any ideas of why? it only has 27,000 miles so its not that, but it did have a snow plow on it, in Buffalo, NY.

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I would expect salvage rebuild,etc.-someone might have built it from scrap/theft/total.Nobody in their right mind would ever downgrade engines!In NY,rust probably came into play,and the body is likely from somewhere else,with the lesser 4 cylinder chassis.That's what it sounds like to me,IMHO!
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Maybe blew original motor? or
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I would expect salvage rebuild,etc.-someone might have built it from scrap/theft/total.Nobody in their right mind would ever downgrade engines!In NY,rust probably came into play,and the body is likely from somewhere else,with the lesser 4 cylinder chassis.That's what it sounds like to me,IMHO!
it doesnt have a Salvage/theft/ total on its record. and all the VIN's match on everything
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Well,I believe what you are saying,but I am having a hard time understanding why somebody would ever do such a thing!Kind of like buying a hot rod Camaro with a V-8 and deciding a 6 cylinder engine would be better!WTF???????! Not to mention how difficult such a swap would be,to reduce power.Gains would be less than zero!
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Could of just been because the 2.5L was a cheaper/lower mile option which he stumbled upon instead of the 4.0
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Well,I believe what you are saying,but I am having a hard time understanding why somebody would ever do such a thing!Kind of like buying a hot rod Camaro with a V-8 and deciding a 6 cylinder engine would be better!WTF???????! Not to mention how difficult such a swap would be,to reduce power.Gains would be less than zero!
That was my thought. i would much rather have had the six and might swap it back if i can, maybe i just dont wanna believe that it was a salavage
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2000, from a guys front yard.. it was his son's car
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Real suspicious! I agree with GoldTJ why all of the effort for less power??? If it only has 27k why and engine swap? I assume you have done a car fax, but you may want to try autocheck. I have heard it finds more. Also, if you have purchased recently I would suggest contacting one of two people... the owner and ask him or the authorities because something does not add up. Good Luck!
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you probably read the VIN wrong....

trace the VIN to determine what the vehicle was
originally equipped with.

check your title and with MVA
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you probably read the VIN wrong....

trace the VIN to determine what the vehicle was
originally equipped with.

check your title and with MVA
I have traced it. It should have a six
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Look in the Glove Box maybe the other two are in it ??

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Look in the Glove Box maybe the other two are in it ??

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ROFL i checked thats where they were! right next to my soft top and hard doors..
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are you confusing a I6 (straight inline) with the V6 ?

sure you see only 4 spark plugs
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are you confusing a I6 (straight inline) with the V6 ?

sure you see only 4 spark plugs
yeah its a Straight six and i thought i might be, but when a buddy came over i asked him to look and he only saw four also i just counted how many there were on the distributor..
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there is a large shroud between the front of the 4 cylinder engine
and the radiator.

do you have that ? or is it missing.

how about posting a picture of the engine compartment

again checking your title with MVA records
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Where did you run the vin?
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I am guessing that the original owner replaced the engine and gauges, to include the a new odometer. It's a 2000, 27k miles is pretty unreasonably low it it is the original motor. So since it was probably cheaper to put a 4 cylinder in it, they did it.
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Where did you run the vin?
Carfax
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I would think thats wrong it be more work and money to switch it to a 4 when it was a 6 .
You would have to switch alot of things cpu, harness , motor mount s . Be same as going from a 4 to a 6 .
Just seems like alot more work to put a 4 in it if it had a 6
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I am guessing that the original owner replaced the engine and gauges, to include the a new odometer. It's a 2000, 27k miles is pretty unreasonably low it it is the original motor. So since it was probably cheaper to put a 4 cylinder in it, they did it.
That really concerns me but i agree, that is why it seemed like a great deal but it was owned by a school in buffalo, Ny to plow their parking lot and then driven to Illinois and the kid drove it 10 miles back and forth to school for two years
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Could they of just put a body from a 4.0 on the 2.5 chassis?
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Stolen maybe and VIN# changed?
Check with the Dealer re the VIN# and ownership.
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pictures or it isn't true.....
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Wait he said it's a 2000 model with a distributor?? I thought they changed to the coil packs in 99 or 2000 and up??
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No its a Distributor, there is a tag i just found on the engine that shows a manufacture date of 2001, its the last picture
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there is a large shroud between the front of the 4 cylinder engine
and the radiator.

do you have that ? or is it missing.

how about posting a picture of the engine compartment

again checking your title with MVA records
No i have that gigantic shroud, see pics down at the bottom
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Your carfax was wrong, that vin shows it with a 4 cylinder.

Year/Model: 2000 JEEP WRANGLER SE 4X4 SPORT UTILITY 2-
Last Odometer: 7,328 Miles on May 8, 2003
Body Style: TJJL77
In-Service Date: July 18, 2000
Engine: EPE-2.5L I4 Power Tech Engine
In-Service Odometer: 38 Miles
Transmission: DGD-3-Spd. Automatic 30RH Transmission
Odometer Type: Miles
Color 1: PBT-Patriot Blue Pearl Coat
Car Line: Y
Color 2: QBT-Patriot Blue Pearl Coat
Build Date: June 29, 2000
Current Market Register: U
Hour: 10

Thats from the dealer build sheet

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