I'm looking at purchasing a Jeep and would like some advice. I'd like to have a manual trans (5sp or 6sp is there any gas mileage difference?) with the 6cyl, hardtop and full doors. I'm looking to spend around 12K, but most of what I've seen has 80K or more miles on them. Is there anything to steer away from? I've read that the 6cyl is a great motor, but I wanted to check with the folks on here and get your opinion.
I've seen some with half doors and sliders, how do these work?
I just got my jeep in January - I found about the same price points that you did....although every once in a while you can find a great deal. I got a great deal on mine. It only had 60k miles. I absolutely love it....so keep searching. Mine is a daily driver, and it's great. The 6cyl is a great motor - judging from all of the research I did. I limited my search to the 6's - just because jeeps are somewhat heavy and I hesitated with getting a 4-cyl. Mine has full doors - which I think cuts down the wind noise a little bit...but honestly - don't worry about the wind noise. Even with a soft top, I've never thought it's been that bad. The half-doors are really easy to take off and on.
When you go to look at jeeps, look at them like any other vehicle. Check the oil, test drive, etc. On a jeep you will also wanna check around it for any rock rash, especially underneath. As far as the half doors and sliders...i have them and they arent too bad. If you wanna lose the top in the summer, but still have some door you can (the disadvantage with full doors, its either all or none). The sliders are pretty nice to an extent...most half doors come with zippers which allow for a larger opening, more wind noise, and the zippers can sometimes be a PITA. When I bought sliders I noticed a big difference in wind noise vs the zippers and they function easier than zippers. The only downside I have with them is the opening isnt as large...its about half of the normal size.
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I bought mine last June. I was on Craigslist ever day for about three months. I was searching as far away as 300 miles and I came to the conclusion that I wanted one which hadn't been abused, majorly off roaded, so I concentrated on the urban areas where people just used them as daily drivers. Finally found one.
Deffinitely go for the 6 cylinder, even it doesn't have all that much power on the highways.
What is your ultimate goal for the Jeep you buy? Do you see it as a street Jeep with stock size or maybe just barely larger than stock size tires? Or do you want to build it as a trail machine with big tires & lockers?
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I got mine last summer for $13500 with only 27k miles from a dealership.
its an 05 with the six speed.
i am not sure about any gas mileage difference but it sure is fun to be able to say i have a car with six gears and then when people see that it is a jeep they are blown away.
and definitely go with the 6 cyl unless you dont drive on the highway at all.
i test drove a 4 and it was fine around town but as soon as i got on the highway i had trouble passing and on any hill (not that the 6 keeps you up to speed in top gear on the turnpike going uphill doing about 75)
I have a '05 rubi-unlimited, W/6spd. First gear is so low, I only use it offroad. The 5 spd that is available has a better overdrive. Get whatever suits you!
Your the one who has to happy with it, like Jerry said, determine what you plan to use it for.
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Ya know everyone hates on the 4 banger. I had a cherokee with a 4.0 and it was great. I have an 06 6spd 2.4L now and I love it just as much. I drive it on the VT highway (which is all hills) and I can drive 70 in 6 gear with 31" tires no problem. Yea I have to down shift to fifth once in a while when it's windy and going uphill but it's a jeep expect that no matter what. The 4 banger does the same trails with all the other rigs in our club just as well. All I'm saying is don't rule out the 4 cyl. if you find a good deal. Most people that say don't get the little guy don't know what there talking about and probably have never wheeled or driven one. I'm not the most experienced guy you will meet but I have had both engines and both are good. Besides as long as I don't hammer on it the 4 cyl is pretty good on gas (for a Jeep).
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This will be my daily driver and I will most likely keep it pretty stock for a while (probably no lift or huge tires). We have some property in the family that I'd like to off road on, but nothing major.
Thanks again and as soon as I find something I'll be sure and add a photo.
The four cylinder is plenty peppy for everyday driving and offroading. These guys dissing it haven't driven one or they are to used to sports cars. its a jeep. they're good for off-road, not racing. My 4 cylinder 5 spd will average about 21-22 with 31" tires. Like adkjoe said the occasional downshift is the only thing you'll have to do.
You should test both before buying if your interested in the 2.5 L