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Old 06-01-2010, 09:02 PM   #31
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4.0 six is what I would recommed too. My Ford F-150 gets better milage than my Jeep but its not as fun to drive!!!

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Old 06-01-2010, 09:08 PM   #32
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I've driven both the 4.0 ford (03 ranger) and 4.3 chevy (99 silverado, 95 4x4 blazer, 00 Safarri, and many more). The Chevy had the most power and get up and go from my expieriences. And all had autos, so that's similiar. The ford came in second for me, the jeep's 4.0 disappoints me, it does fine once at speed, but accerleration sucks IMO. I prefer a 99 extended cab full size chevy with a 4.3 over the wrangler, but I can't beat the "fun" factor in a jeep.

On topic: The jeep gets about 16-17 mpg, mostly highway. So it's not really worth it to get MAYBE 3mpg better with a 4-banger. Get the bigger engine and if you need it, you have it. Especially if you do decide to go offroading or need to pull a trailer, you have the options.
Of the three, the 4.3 does have a little more starting power. But that also depends on what it's in. The thing about the 4.0 I-6 is it's dependability. It's hard to break one.

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Old 06-01-2010, 09:20 PM   #33
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I currently have both. My 4 cyl has 4.88 gears. I did that so that it would climb well off road. Even then when not in 4x4 low, it still bogs down in first on steep inclines.

My 6 cyl is a "joy" compared to my 4 squirrels.

But I guess their all slow compared to my Brabus Mercedes.

Get the 6
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:47 AM   #34
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I have had my 4 cylinder up to 80 mph. Not something I even realized until my wife called me on the cell phone and told me. Speedometer was reading between 65 and 70 mph. It does not accelerate all that fast but then again its not a Mustang. Its made for offroad use not flying down the freeway. Gear it properly for the tires, engine and transmission and it will handle fine. This is what they mean by building your Jeep just my two cents worth.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:56 AM   #35
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I think the 4cyl was rated for maybe 1 mpg more in the city, with the same highway. so what is the benifit? The only way I'de by a four is to swap with a V8. Ooohh, maybe a hemi!!!!
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:11 AM   #36
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6 cyl all the way. As it's been said a million times already, you'll never regret buying a 6 over a 4 like you will a 4 over a 6. Not saying there's anything inherently wrong with the 4, but if you're looking for a Jeep to buy, go with the 6. You won't regret it.
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x1 on the 6cyl, just save yourself the hassel and another thread down the line asking how you get more power out of a 4banger.
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Don't forget, the 6 has a higher resale value over the 4 if you ever decide to sell. Same with hardtop over a softtop and full doors over half doors.......
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:09 AM   #39
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Guess it all comes down to what you can afford. If you can afford a 6, get it. I could afford a 4cyl/5spd, and I'm happy with everything except the 80mph top speed (lower that is there is a headwind, or hill, or....) and I'm running 31x10.50x15 tires. Off road it does fine except in deep sand, where I just use 4L and have no problems.

I test drove both, and really wanted a 6cyl automatic, but also didn't want payments so I went with what I could buy outright. The 4 is slower, but it has done fine for quite a few years for a lot of people.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:10 AM   #40
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4.0 6 especially if you plan on going with bigger lift/tires ... gotta move that meat.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #41
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Hmmmmmm..... let me put it this way:

The 6cyl is like an energenic squirrel

The 4cyl is like a panting chipmunk
Lol that is some funny shit but true. I still love my 2.5
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I bought a 03 2.4l. I got a steal of a price on it so I went for it. I dont regret getting it bc of the price, but the 4cyl is very underpowered for me. If I paid book value Id be a little disappointed. Its fun for cruising around in the summer and in the snow, but for a dd I couldnt deal with it. Once winter is over I will probably sell it and get something different.

If I were you Id go with the 6, unless you already know you want to do a v8 or diesel swap then get the 4 to save money.

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