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ScubaSteve16 10-08-2012 12:17 AM

2002 4-cylinder Questions
Hey all,
looking to get into the Jeep family, hopefully by the end of this week. Checked out a 2002 4-cylinder manual and drove it. Really god shape and great on the road. Any advice on the purchase? And are 4-cylinders not good for the highway? This will be a daily driver and any help is appreciated.

Thanks everyone!


ekbergman 10-08-2012 12:29 AM

I would stay away from a 4cyl if its going to be a dd. They are fine for offroading (nice and torquey), but are really underpowered for everyday driving. You end up running at high rpms which decreases engine life. My sister had one, she wanted the 4cyl for better mpg. She ended up regretting it after she drove my 4.0, and she realized she was only getting 1 mpg better.

Lando25 10-08-2012 12:58 AM

I agree with everything besides engine life decreasing at highway rpm's. The 4.0 can handle 3k all day long. Anything lower would actually be lugging the motor at those speeds.

Dextreme 10-08-2012 01:17 AM

Well, my 4cyl has been a great daily driver and has been ultra reliable & dependable! :thumb:

ScubaSteve16 10-08-2012 01:29 AM

My usual speed on highway is around 70-75 here, will it still be okay in that aspect? I just wanna make sure I'm getting something I'll be happy with in the long run. Lol

Jeepn Again 10-08-2012 07:26 AM

I am happy with my 4. But, 70-75 is fast. Top up is not much of a problem for that speed, but top down and headwind and i would say you're maxed at 70. Much happier driving around at 60-70mph. I won't road trip in mine, so it's just city driving. I'm content and never in a hurry. Mainly, the good thing about a 4 is that it's cheaper to buy. If there's no budget, get a 6. Otherwise a 4 banger works.

Wattapunk 10-08-2012 08:21 AM

That's a good looking Jeep..Would I prefer a 6cyl? yes but I have little complaints with my DD 4cyl. Most of my driving is hwy with 32" tires, stock gears. Only issue is lack of hp sometimes trying to pass or picking up speed on highway incline. I don't see any issues if you plan on keeping it stock. Most hwy complaints are from upgraded larger tires with stock gears .Best thing I recommend is to test drive it again on the hwy going 70.

Svt1333 10-08-2012 10:41 AM

I really enjoy my 4cyl I def would like a 6cyl but my budget didn't allow that. I bought a jeep to have fun and cruise in summer with the top down. It's an se it does have AC but I will never use it. For now it has stock stereo but will change soon. I drive it to work every day it gets decent mileage considering its a jeep I knew the mileage wasn't gonna be good. If I wanted to drive a veh with leather and nav and all that I would buy a luxury veh. I bought the jeep for fun

Shoe 10-08-2012 11:45 AM

I just did a long trip with my daughter in her 98 jeep with a 2.5l and it wasn't too bad on the highway. On flat roads with a tailwind, it had plenty of power and cruised at 70 -75 no problem. on flat roads with no wind it was fine at 65, anything over 70 was tough. Into a headwind on long gradual hills it would slow down to 60 or less and you would have to downshift and hold 4000 rpms to keep the speed over 60. We spent a lot of time drafting behind trucks to keep the speed up.
And we only averaged about 16 mpg, so don't but it for the gas mileage.

smashtj 10-08-2012 12:03 PM

i like my 2.5 liter too,wanted the 4.0 but now that i own it i would do it again.

sporty95f150 10-08-2012 12:30 PM

I own a 4 banger too, ive riden and driven 4.0's as well. The 4.0's have more power for around town driving and its nice( i cannot lie). However at hwy speeds I think aerodynamics is the bigger factor. Do I wish I had gotten a 4.0, yes. Do I dislike my 2.5, No. Offroad I have no problem keeping up with anyone

Tjwrangler1997 10-08-2012 01:28 PM

I have a 1997 2.5 with 35's and my jeep runs like a boss. Have had no problems on the trail or off. All you have to do is change your gearing and you wont run high rpms.

ScubaSteve16 10-11-2012 05:12 PM

Thanks for all the help guys, turns out I found a good deal on one in even better condition. Talked them down to around 9500 after trade. Picking her up around 2:30 tomorrow :D

Used 2006 Jeep Wrangler For Sale | Amherst NY

ekbergman 10-11-2012 09:02 PM

6cyl with a 6spd manual nice! Looks like you found a good one! Congrats!

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