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Old 05-08-2009, 04:20 AM   #1
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Would you buy this 4cyl Jeep?

I'm considering buying this TJ:

Up for sale is a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. It is Burgandy in color. Has ~115000 miles. 4cyl, auto. Very nice Jeep. New valve cover gasket, transmission lines and air filter. Has 2 tops, Hardtop and softtop both are tan colored. Jeep is dependable, reliable and runs strong. $5,500

I've done some searching of past threads on the 4 cyl versus the 6 cyl. Seems the general thought is to find a 6 cyl. I'm thinking it's the same engine that's in my Cherokee, which is a great engine. Is the 4 cyl pretty solid?

I personally don't care if it's 4 or 6 from a power standpoint but am concerned about miles and longevity of the engine. This particular Jeep is in really nice condition and everything works.

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Old 05-08-2009, 05:37 AM   #2
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I prefer the six, and it's pretty much bullit proof. These motors can go 200k plus if the maint. is generally done. My 2 cents.

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the engine itself is good, many last as long as the 4.0L. I think the 98's hd a bolt issue on the manifold of some kind.
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Ask if the owner would take it in for a compression test if you went in half?
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:21 AM   #5
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i got the 4

the 4 will (if all goes well)
last a long, long time
but if you plan on over size tires, such as 31" or larger
the 4 isnt enough power to get you at a descent speed on the highway
heck for me on the access ramp i gotta floor it to get to a descent speed and that is it best

it revs high and that hurts the engine and take away it life...
but if you plan on staying around stock tire size, or re gearing...then go for it
that is a pretty good price
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:50 AM   #6
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I have the same year model, and engine, but have the manual tranny. I can't imagine what the power would be like with an auto tranny. Slow. Might be better on the trail with an auto, not kill as much on the big rocks.(I need a hand throttle).

Very dependable. I have about the same amount of miles. No sign of problems with the engine. I have 33's and they rob the power, have had the stock wheel/tires on (for long highway trips) and it runs much stronger. It really depends on what you want out of this vehicle.

I paid about the same amount as that, and have never been disappointed with the Jeep.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:07 AM   #7
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I've had 2 4cyls, both 5 spds. The 4cyl on the highway meant foot held to the floor to maintain speed in any sort of headwind. Does the auto w/ 4cyl combo hold 70mph speeds well?
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I have a '01 4 cyl 5sp , haven't had it on the interstate a lot, but it is hard to hold 70 going up inclines, on second thought, can't hold 70 on inclines. I'm going to take it to South Dakota on a hunting trip in July. So, is it hard on the engine to run it with foot to the floor on hills? Don't really want to blow something on the hiway. Maybe I should just leave an hour earlier.
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Old 05-08-2009, 03:45 PM   #9
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If its anything like my 98 i would leave 2 hours earlier
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:24 PM   #11
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the auto is great on the trail and rock/mud

i like it much better than stick
but on the interstate, it isn't much better than a go-cart
luckily for me i have a Titan as a DD
the jeep is my off road toy
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:41 PM   #12
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way back when my jeep was 4 cyl it was a rocket with the stock 27s but when i went up to 31s-then 33s it was the biggest turd in the world.....i was driving back an forth to west by god to guide whitewater every weekend and the hill were done at 55 mph tops downhills i could get up just enough momentum to get up the next at legal speed...there are plenty of deals out there to find a 6 cyl for that price....my buddy just bought one for 3500 with about the same mileage and moderately clean for the age(99) dont buy the jeep just b/c it has a couple of tops.....buy whats under the hood ...u can buy those tops for nothing on craigslist or ebay
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Just swap the 4 cyl for a 350 chevy...
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:36 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the input... I'm going to wait for the right 6 cylinder, as I plan on having it for a loooooong time. I'm in no rush, as I do enjoy driving my Cherokee but will be ready when the right Wrangler comes along

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