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Old 02-13-2007, 12:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys and gals i've been looking at used jeeps and i can find plenty of good deals on jeeps with 4cylinders. Are they really that bad. I plan on using the jeep for a little bit of street and a little more off road. It won't be a daily driver. I would like a 4" lift and 33x12.50 And i don't mind to regear. Would i be better off to just pay a little more for a 4.0. Thanks

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Old 02-13-2007, 12:38 PM   #3
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Hey guys and gals i've been looking at used jeeps and i can find plenty of good deals on jeeps with 4cylinders. Are they really that bad. I plan on using the jeep for a little bit of street and a little more off road. It won't be a daily driver. I would like a 4" lift and 33x12.50 And i don't mind to regear. Would i be better off to just pay a little more for a 4.0. Thanks
I drove both before I got my jeep and ended up buying one with a 6cyl. I wouldve hated having the 4cyl.

But everyone is different, you might be fine with the 4cyl. The best thing you can do is drive a couple jeeps with the different motors.
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In my opinion, I would go with the 4.0. Yeah, regearing does help with the 4 popper to turn bigger tires, but you still just don't have the power a I6 will. I have had both, both turning 31s on stock gears, and I don't know why I ever did a 4 in the first place. I say go for a 6
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:45 PM   #5
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I'm a big fan of my 6, but mine is a daily driver. I put 60 miles on each day on a major highway, being able to go 80 and still have some power on tap is very important to me. If, however the Jeep was a 3rd vehicle or I didn't have to do highway every single day, I would strongly consider a 4. It is much cheaper to purchase leaving you a lot more money for mods. The 4 is very reliable. The power put out by a 4 is plenty when you are in 4 low and you are much less likely to brake something. For a trail rig, weekend toy, around town runner, a 4 with trail mods would be great.
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:52 PM   #6
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the 6 is great but if its not a DD you may be fine with the 4 banger especially if you regear. if you regear low enough you will be fine on the trail. highway power will be a different story though.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:54 PM   #7
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I am very happy with my 4 cyl. I run a 2.5" lift with 32's and do not have a problem off road. To each his own I guess...
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:06 PM   #8
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I agree with most of the statements made. I too have owned both a 6 and a 4. Currently I have the 4 banger and it is not a daily driver. I do not have any issues with the highway, although the 6 is noticably better on the highway. I can do 60-70 on flat highway depending on wind direction with a "little" throttle left to give. Mods that affect this statement are:

2" lift
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Stock 4.10 gears

So take these mods into consideration (not counting all the armor, bumpers and winch) when making your decision. My final statement is: Since you are not planning on a DD, then the 4 would be fine for your needs.

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Old 02-13-2007, 05:00 PM   #9
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consider the 4cyl is also a 2.5L and has good torque.. I loved my TJ4. I had a Geo Tracker before I got my 4cyl TJ and the Jeep 4cyl will run circles around that 4cyl. The 6cyl has more hp which is mainly good for passing speed on highway.. I have had both 4 & 6, i'm driving the 6 now 'cause it 'effing hauls ace.. for off road and climbing applications though, the 4 may be a better bet...
i would prefer a manual 4 for mostly trail... an auto 6 for daily & highway...
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I have a 4cyl and it gets me around just fine, struggles up hills though. If I could do it all over again I would pay more and get a 6cyl.
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:57 PM   #11
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I, too, own a 4 cyl. I would say since it's not a DD, then the 4 should be fine. However, I wouldn't look for much improved fuel economy just b/c it's a 4 banger
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If you're not going to drive it everyday, then go with your budget. If you only have the budget for a 4cyl, then do it. If u are just going to wheel it, then you will probably be happy with the 4cyl. However if you were going to drive it daily, then I would wait for the 6. Even if you think it MIGHT become a daily driver, go for the 6.

But if you have the budget for a 6, and are just going with the 4cyl to save some cash, then go for the 6. If you have it, spend it. If not, don't sweat it. It's a Jeep either way.

Fuel economy shouldn't be a factor here, because once you lift it and put those big tires on it, they all suck. I mean, you are driving a vehicle with all the aerodynamics of a refigerator box on wheels.
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Old 02-14-2007, 05:42 PM   #13
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if you go for a four cyl, get a manual! I have heard that the 4 cyl's with auto are really slow..... I love my 4 banger!!! Its not great on the highway, but it does its job.
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ya, the four cyl manual does accelerate faster than the auto.
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:29 PM   #15
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Depends on what you plan to wheel. If you're planning on playing in sand or mud go with the six. Otherwise the four will do you fine but regearing is a must. Do not get the auto.

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