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Old 06-04-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:50 AM   #2
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:54 AM   #5
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I've owned both 4 cyl and 6 cyl, both with manual transmissions.

Even with extra $$$, I would choose the 6 over 4 any day

4 cyl sucks even when driving up a slight hill, especially if you have 30+ inch tires
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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.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:10 AM   #7
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Go with the 6 especially if you run an A/C, larger tires and drive over 55.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the advise. Hope to close the deal any day Now i know what i'm looking for.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #9
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4 cyl sucks even when driving up a slight hill,
You missed the part where he said he's from Florida!
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There could still be hills in Florida! haha
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There could still be hills in Florida! haha
Yeah, the overpass. I had to teach my wife how to use the parking brake when she moved here to Georgia.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:22 PM   #12
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dude, just go with the 6cyl, you will regret it if you dont.
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x2 resale value in I6 is better.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:49 PM   #14
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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)
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+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.
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Cool

There is a hill in Florida, it's on Interstate 10, going east just before Crestview, FL. =]
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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.
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I love going out to Clermont on my R1 for Sunday morning rides.

Take it from someone in Orlando, with a four cylinder, and no AC. GET THE 6!!!!!
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If you plan on swapping get the 4 and put the money into the swap..

I went with the best condition jeep I could find and it was a 4 and I knew the owner so I got a good deal, and completely stock is the way to go.

Yeah I wish I would have got a 6, but oh well I love my little 4 and eventually I'll have my new little 4 that works on compression and has a turbo

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