Four cylinder or 6 cylinder thats the question. Around south florida there are tons of 4 cylinder models but I was told to stay away. Besides the obvious power difference are ther any other concerns i should have. Please forgive my lack of mechcanical knowledge.
The 4.0L are reliable motors and the gas mileage isn't too different. No real reason to stay away from the 4-banger, other than they are slower and don't get that good of a gas mileage. THey are fine for a DD is you don't mind slow.
6cyl has more power. Most of us prefer them, though there are plenty of Jeep owners who are fine with their 4cyls. Jeeps aren't known for their get up and go anyway, so the additional power makes it nicer, especially if you plan on going to a larger than factory tire size. If you can find one with a D44 rear axle they are preferred, as it is a stronger axle than the D35 that most come with. Um, as far as I can remember at the moment that's about it. Most the other stuff comes down to preference and how you plan to use it. Most will recommend you try to find one that is close to stock, and build it the way you want it, and know that it's done the right way.
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your decision to buy a Jeep, you will love it!
At the time I lived in Naples I had a 98 Cherokee Sport with a 4.0 Automatic. It was good on gas and reliable. I have a 2000 TJ with the same combo underneath in Georgia (which is different because of the hills/mountains. I suggest the 4.0 no matter where you live. It's a great engine.
"Not all who wander are lost.."
If you go the 4 banger route make sure you pay well under the 6 cyl market for it...well under! Four bangers are much cheaper going in which is the good news, but remember..when you go to sell it ...you will have to discount it to compete with the 6cyl rigs that your potential buyer will also be considering and probably wanting more than your four. Good luck.
'98 Sport 4.0 - Auto, Hard/Soft tops, Dana 44's, 3.73's, Mostly stock...
I have to disagree with those who say there are no real reasons not to get a 4 cyl. I also lived in Florida and simply trying to merge onto the interstate with a 4 cyl will make you swear off them forever. The only time I ever felt unsafe was in my friends 4 cyl jeep working to navigate highway speeds.
I had a 2004 X- 6 Cyl, and loved every minute of it. ( I now have a JK Unlimited, but still miss my TJ)
+1....Not to mention the fact that if you live in FL, you NEED AC!!!! There is no freaking way around it. Don't buy a 4 cylinder and don't buy without AC! I would also add that the 6 cylinder still is not even wonderful with the AC on let alone the 4 cylinder which I venture to say is really hard to find with AC.
you want to see hills in Florida? go to Clermont and around that area, I lived there for a couple years and my back yard literally went out about 6 feet then dropped at a 45 degree angle for about 75ft. no shit. Definitely not your "normal Florida landscape" there.