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Old 12-16-2015, 07:23 PM
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Nervous about purchasing a 2.5l jeep

I found a 98 wrangler with 54k miles, I love it....except it has a 2.5l engine. I plan on putting on a small lift and tires for looks mostly. I'm sure I will off road from time to time aswell. For the most part it will be my daily driver. I'm ready to pull the trigger but would like some advice from current or past 2.5l owners on what I should expect. I would like to keep it for a while as I will be financing. Don't want to get something Ill hate.

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Old 12-16-2015, 07:29 PM   #2
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I currently have a 2.5L

If the one you're looking for is an auto, i'd pass. If its a manual then i feel they're great vehicles. The gears in the auto (3.73) are awful for the low power of the motor but if its a manual you'll have 4.10's stock and will be able to select your gears vs the auto.

I have a 2.5L with 35's and 4.88's - does great in town and fantastic offroad

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Old 12-16-2015, 09:29 PM   #3
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I've had my SE in several locations I never thought she would pullout of. 4 inch lift and like Owen 4.88s running BFG MTA 35s. I get asked all the time about the power issue. Yes at times I wish I had the 4.0 but I don't travel the Interstates. I would much rather spend the extra 15 minutes traveling down a 2 lane, gravel road or logging trail taking in the sights.
Its all up to the individual if you plan on Long distance interstate travel stay away from the 2.5 in my opinion if your going to through on muddlers with a lift>
regular tires you would be ok.
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I drove a lifted 2.5l YJ to Las Vegas running 31" tires, and I was fine. It was a 5 speed and was a blast to drive, btw.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:28 PM   #5

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What elevation are you at? Auto/manual? What size Now consider 3 years from now when occasionally going off road becomes every weekend? Don't consider if you can tolerate the 2.5 L engine today. The real question is can you tolerate it 4 years from now when you get into off-roading & find some other friends with jeeps that built them bigger take harder trails and you don't have the low-end power or torque to do the same. If I had a dollar for every time somebody says they're not going to do this or that and this will work for them I would have my jeep build done 2 yrs ago. Did you fall in love with this particular jeep or did you fall in love with the idea of a jeep it's a very very important question you NEED to ask yourself. And will the answer be the same four years from now?
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