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01-17-2012 12:58 PM
thecheezman I bought a 03 2.4l. I got a steal of a price on it so I went for it. I dont regret getting it bc of the price, but the 4cyl is very underpowered for me. If I paid book value Id be a little disappointed. Its fun for cruising around in the summer and in the snow, but for a dd I couldnt deal with it. Once winter is over I will probably sell it and get something different.

If I were you Id go with the 6, unless you already know you want to do a v8 or diesel swap then get the 4 to save money.
01-17-2012 12:27 PM
Missourian
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Originally Posted by gryph View Post
Hmmmmmm..... let me put it this way:

The 6cyl is like an energenic squirrel

The 4cyl is like a panting chipmunk
Lol that is some funny shit but true. I still love my 2.5
06-03-2010 06:10 AM
CMEvans79 4.0 6 especially if you plan on going with bigger lift/tires ... gotta move that meat.
06-03-2010 06:09 AM
lambdatoys Guess it all comes down to what you can afford. If you can afford a 6, get it. I could afford a 4cyl/5spd, and I'm happy with everything except the 80mph top speed (lower that is there is a headwind, or hill, or....) and I'm running 31x10.50x15 tires. Off road it does fine except in deep sand, where I just use 4L and have no problems.

I test drove both, and really wanted a 6cyl automatic, but also didn't want payments so I went with what I could buy outright. The 4 is slower, but it has done fine for quite a few years for a lot of people.
06-03-2010 01:28 AM
cavediverjc Don't forget, the 6 has a higher resale value over the 4 if you ever decide to sell. Same with hardtop over a softtop and full doors over half doors.......
06-03-2010 01:23 AM
Samsrubicon x1 on the 6cyl, just save yourself the hassel and another thread down the line asking how you get more power out of a 4banger.
06-03-2010 01:11 AM
cavediverjc 6 cyl all the way. As it's been said a million times already, you'll never regret buying a 6 over a 4 like you will a 4 over a 6. Not saying there's anything inherently wrong with the 4, but if you're looking for a Jeep to buy, go with the 6. You won't regret it.
06-03-2010 12:56 AM
16Inches I think the 4cyl was rated for maybe 1 mpg more in the city, with the same highway. so what is the benifit? The only way I'de by a four is to swap with a V8. Ooohh, maybe a hemi!!!!
06-03-2010 12:47 AM
tmbrdr69 I have had my 4 cylinder up to 80 mph. Not something I even realized until my wife called me on the cell phone and told me. Speedometer was reading between 65 and 70 mph. It does not accelerate all that fast but then again its not a Mustang. Its made for offroad use not flying down the freeway. Gear it properly for the tires, engine and transmission and it will handle fine. This is what they mean by building your Jeep just my two cents worth.
06-01-2010 09:20 PM
allenoffroad2009 I currently have both. My 4 cyl has 4.88 gears. I did that so that it would climb well off road. Even then when not in 4x4 low, it still bogs down in first on steep inclines.

My 6 cyl is a "joy" compared to my 4 squirrels.

But I guess their all slow compared to my Brabus Mercedes.

Get the 6
06-01-2010 09:08 PM
drivebytruckerz
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Originally Posted by deathphoenix99 View Post
I've driven both the 4.0 ford (03 ranger) and 4.3 chevy (99 silverado, 95 4x4 blazer, 00 Safarri, and many more). The Chevy had the most power and get up and go from my expieriences. And all had autos, so that's similiar. The ford came in second for me, the jeep's 4.0 disappoints me, it does fine once at speed, but accerleration sucks IMO. I prefer a 99 extended cab full size chevy with a 4.3 over the wrangler, but I can't beat the "fun" factor in a jeep.

On topic: The jeep gets about 16-17 mpg, mostly highway. So it's not really worth it to get MAYBE 3mpg better with a 4-banger. Get the bigger engine and if you need it, you have it. Especially if you do decide to go offroading or need to pull a trailer, you have the options.
Of the three, the 4.3 does have a little more starting power. But that also depends on what it's in. The thing about the 4.0 I-6 is it's dependability. It's hard to break one.
06-01-2010 09:02 PM
harleyharv 4.0 six is what I would recommed too. My Ford F-150 gets better milage than my Jeep but its not as fun to drive!!!
06-01-2010 06:24 PM
bigjay0512
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Originally Posted by 4jeepn View Post
6
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06-01-2010 06:16 PM
Bobthegod I have the 4 cyl. for my needs it works great. Can do 75 on the freeway if I need to. I mostly use it to tow behind the motorhome and then drive around when I get some place. As far as off roading....it goes just fine for the trails I do. I not a rock crawler or mudder so it's perfect for what I do. I would have gone with the 6 but this one came along, was real clean, drove real smooth, looks like new paint.....and was the right price.

If you plan on a daily driver or doing more crawling or mods....I say go with the six, but if it's just for fun the 4 is fine.
06-01-2010 05:45 PM
sevenservices I would say 4 for city/highway/normal use, light off roading, etc...

I6 if you want to haul anything, wheelin',boggin', pullin' a boat, etc...
06-01-2010 05:16 PM
NeitherFanboy
Makes no sense

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Originally Posted by drivebytruckerz View Post
4cyl doesn't get better mpg.. it has to work harder and therefore uses more gas.
This makes no sense to me ... the 4 banger has to work hard to do what? Accelerate to 75 in the same amount of time the 6 could do it? I don't drive it like a race car, nor do I floor it every time hoping the 4 will accelerate as fast as the 6. Anybody got real statistics on what the MPG is between the 4 and the 6 (I'm gonna start tracking mine, and if I don't get more mileage than the 6 I am gonna be seriously annoyed).
06-01-2010 04:46 PM
deathphoenix99
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Originally Posted by drivebytruckerz View Post
Mine is a 2000 Sport 4.0 Auto with 31" tires and I don't have any problems. If the AC is on it's a little sluggish on a large hill from 0-50 but nothing major. I mean it's not GT Mustang, but it's as good as the 4.0 Ford or 4.3 GMC I used to have.
I've driven both the 4.0 ford (03 ranger) and 4.3 chevy (99 silverado, 95 4x4 blazer, 00 Safarri, and many more). The Chevy had the most power and get up and go from my expieriences. And all had autos, so that's similiar. The ford came in second for me, the jeep's 4.0 disappoints me, it does fine once at speed, but accerleration sucks IMO. I prefer a 99 extended cab full size chevy with a 4.3 over the wrangler, but I can't beat the "fun" factor in a jeep.

On topic: The jeep gets about 16-17 mpg, mostly highway. So it's not really worth it to get MAYBE 3mpg better with a 4-banger. Get the bigger engine and if you need it, you have it. Especially if you do decide to go offroading or need to pull a trailer, you have the options.
06-01-2010 04:18 PM
tktj my 2.5 gets 18 to 20 mpg with 31"s I guess it depends how you drive. i have had both too and i picked the 2.5 for the better gas mileage.
06-01-2010 03:53 PM
drivebytruckerz Mine is a 2000 Sport 4.0 Auto with 31" tires and I don't have any problems. If the AC is on it's a little sluggish on a large hill from 0-50 but nothing major. I mean it's not GT Mustang, but it's as good as the 4.0 Ford or 4.3 GMC I used to have.
06-01-2010 03:49 PM
deathphoenix99
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Originally Posted by drivebytruckerz View Post
How is yours geared? Mine gets plenty of power.
It's a 2001 Sport, and I want to say it has the 3.73 in it. But it's on 31's and not 30's.

But as far as gas mileage, it's non-existant in a jeep. They all get crappy mileage.
06-01-2010 03:16 PM
drivebytruckerz 4cyl doesn't get better mpg.. it has to work harder and therefore uses more gas.
06-01-2010 02:56 PM
530ktm
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Originally Posted by NeitherFanboy View Post
Shocked by how many people say the 4 banger is underpowered. Mine is stock, and will probably stay that way, and I have no problem doing 75 on the freeway (and frankly, in a gardening shed on wheels, I don't want to go faster than 75). I slow down some pulling hills, but not bad ... and I sure as heck HOPE I am getting better mileage than the 6 cylinder.
The 4 cylinder does not get better mileage than the 6. I have had both.
06-01-2010 02:50 PM
NeitherFanboy Shocked by how many people say the 4 banger is underpowered. Mine is stock, and will probably stay that way, and I have no problem doing 75 on the freeway (and frankly, in a gardening shed on wheels, I don't want to go faster than 75). I slow down some pulling hills, but not bad ... and I sure as heck HOPE I am getting better mileage than the 6 cylinder.
06-01-2010 02:45 PM
4Jeepn 6
06-01-2010 02:33 PM
drivebytruckerz How is yours geared? Mine gets plenty of power.
06-01-2010 02:29 PM
deathphoenix99 meh, even the 4.0L is sluggish as hell. It doesn't help that the one I drive is attached to a 3 speed auto, but still, it sucks. I think my s10 with a 4-banger will accelerate faster.

But between a 4 and a 6, I'd NEVER go with a 4 again. Leave the 4-bangers in economy cars.
06-01-2010 01:51 PM
drivebytruckerz 4cyl will give you the power you NEED to pull your vehicle.
06-01-2010 01:32 PM
dkswift Take it from someone WITH the 4banger... get the 6. I hate how slow my 2.5 is sometimes. It's cool because I'm never really in a hurry to go anywhere, but that doesn't take away from the fact that I'm starting to get my list together of stuff I will need to put the 4lt in my tj this summer. It is bad enough that I am putting my turbo R1 project to the side.
06-01-2010 01:07 PM
530ktm I bought a 4 cylinder and no air conditioning because I was only going to use it once in a while for some fun. I liked it so much I started driving it a lot. However, I wished I had the air conditioning for the the hot months and the 4 cylinder was extremely underpowered. I sold it after 4 months and bought my 99 with the 4.0 and all the other options and love it. Go with the 6 cylinder.
05-29-2010 10:42 AM
jgorm Go drive the 6. when you see how much of a dog that is, you wont consider the 4.
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