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radtexas 05-04-2012 01:43 PM

Looking to get first Jeep and have question
 
I am looking to get a first jeep. Just wanting something to daily drive some and have for fun. For dollar range I am wanting to stay with TJ series 1997-2002 year range. What gas mileage can I expect for the 4.0 auto compared to the manual. I have a friend that has an 02 that is completely stock auto 4.0 that said he gets maybe 10-11 highway. What are others by comparison? Not set on either way but auto would make driving more of a convenience for when my wife would drive.

If yours is not stock and you post please post lift and tire size for comparison.

Thanks and looking forward to getting in the jeep world.

tbensor 05-04-2012 01:49 PM

I have an 03 4.0 Manual and I get 14 to 16 in town. Not sure what I get on the highway.

Dextreme 05-04-2012 01:51 PM

Probably 13-16MPG is a typical range. Many will install big tires without changing the speedo gear to compensate (speedo is off), so by math it looks like they get 10-11 mpg when the reality is they are getting slightly better.

Davidicus1 05-04-2012 01:52 PM

Have a stock 06 manual and get comparable.11-13 hwy. i do drive like a granpa do to this. max speed 62mph. city driving i shift at 2500 rpm and dont use 1st gear. i am a bit sided in this but i believe Jeeps should be manual.
if MPG is a concern look at something else. these things dont like to pass many gas stations:rofl:
but if you want something that is one heck of a drive, this is it.
good luck in your search.

Peepers 05-04-2012 01:52 PM

98 Manual 4.0 w/ 3.07s, 1" body lift, CAI, performance exhaust, high flow cat, header, heavy front and rear bumpers with tire swing and a winch.

I've been seeing about 15-16 lately with mixed city/highway driving

SinfulDragon 05-04-2012 02:31 PM

01 Auto 4.0 W/ 3.07s 2.5" spring lift, heavy front bumper and winch.
15.5MPG is my average city.

Peppers, what size tires are you running on those 3.07 gears? I'm on 29s looking to hit up some 31s, wanna know how much of a dog this will transform my jeep into.

JVLemur 05-04-2012 02:50 PM

01 4.0 5 speed manual. Gets around 15mpg mixed, I have 31x10.5 without a lift, no re-gearing needed and although gas isn't a pleasure to get, it's worth it.

URascal 05-04-2012 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by radtexas (Post 2334922)
I am looking to get a first jeep. Just wanting something to daily drive some and have for fun. For dollar range I am wanting to stay with TJ series 1997-2002 year range. What gas mileage can I expect for the 4.0 auto compared to the manual. I have a friend that has an 02 that is completely stock auto 4.0 that said he gets maybe 10-11 highway. What are others by comparison? Not set on either way but auto would make driving more of a convenience for when my wife would drive.

If yours is not stock and you post please post lift and tire size for comparison.

Thanks and looking forward to getting in the jeep world.

1998 4.0 manual trans with stock tires and suspension. Just got 19.2 hwy and I don't baby it. Just took the hard top off, prolly get even better. We'll see. :dance:

JRoweMDN 05-04-2012 03:14 PM

My first 2 tanks in my 05 Rubicon w/ 6 speed manual were around 15mpg with stock tires.

Brian123456 05-04-2012 03:15 PM

2000 TJ, auto, stock except tires
 
My 2000 TJ is all stock except for the tires (Yokohama Geolanders, AT/S, 31x10.5 R15), automatic. 50%+ of my driving is dirt/gravel roads, 30% highway at 65 mph or less, & 20% city. I use only Shell 87 octane because it runs so well in this engine, and average 16 - 16.5 mpg. When I add 3 oz of Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant Gas Treatment to a full gas tank, I get 18 mpg. Driving in windy weather makes a BIG difference in mpg! I agree with others that say if you're concerned about mpg, then don't get a Wrangler. But, if you want the most fun driving, put Wrangler at the top of your list!

radtexas 05-04-2012 05:09 PM

Thanks for all the replies.

Gas mileage was more of a research question than a deciding question. I got rid of recently a 2001 Ford Supercrew 5.4 that got 13-14 highway. I was mainly wondering for comparison with what my friend stated. I am not sure he really put the math to it and is guessing. From what I am hearing 13-16 is a good average to think of and does not sound like the manual gets a lot better than the auto but gains some. Auto is easier but manual could be just as fun for me. My wife not so much. :-/


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