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Old 06-17-2015, 02:06 PM
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95 yj 4 banger vs 97 tj 6 cyl. Both high mileag

Hey just new to the forum as I am looking to buy my first jeep. Been on Craigslist and looking at a 95 yj with 4 cyl185xxx miles and a 97 tj 6 cyl with 192xxx both around the 4k to 5k price range. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks

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What is the intended use? also provide links so we can help you make an informed decision

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Old 06-17-2015, 02:55 PM   #3
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TJ but only because of the 4.0. If the YJ had the 4.0 and the TJ the 2.5, I would say YJ.

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Old 06-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #4
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Definitely 4.0L 97 TJ.

The 2.5L is severely underpowered...
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I would say whichever one has the least amount of frame rust. I would disagree that the 4 cylinder is severely underpowered. Having owned a 4cyl and a 3.6 6 cylinder. I would own a 4 again as long as your not going with huge tires. My 4banger did fine. Even on the highway. I was running 30" tires. The 4.10 gears that come on the 4 help a lot. The 6 comes with something like 3.07 or something like that. But frame rust will kill it.
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I've only owned a 4cyl, with 31's, so i've never experienced the difference between the 2.5l and the 4.0. I feel like the 2.5 does just fine for most anything, highway included.
The only times I've felt it was lacking are on either extremely long hills, or when I had to pass someone going uphill. So long as you aren't trying to accelerate to 55 in 5th gear, the 2.5 has plenty of power.
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For either I would be saving up for a trans rebuild with those miles.
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The high mileage does concern me the most. Any idea what I can expect as far as lifespan for either?
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Well you have just seen the 4 Cyl/6Cyl debate.. and there's about 1 billion more through out this forum, If you just planning to run around with 215, 225 or 30 tires the 4 cyl should be fine... larger tires on the highway you might want the 6 cyl for better acceleration, however that requires a suspension lift, possibly new rear end, spacers, etc.

But if you going to use as a DD do your self a favor and keep it stock, this will save wear and tear on the transmission & drive train.. amongst other things. you will not believe the amount of jeeps I see that never see a speck of dirt that have monster lifts and mud tires "for looks"... it makes no sense... also take note a stock Jeep very capable already.

Here's the trick... you need to check the frame on each one (closely) and if it looks recently coated.. take a screw driver and poke around. there are a multitude of posts here about people getting there first jeep only to find that they were duped with an unsafe frame, also look under the carpet in the front seats for flintstone holes, diamond armor that's covering rust holes.

The less previous owner modification to it the better you will be in the majority of cases, patients is the key.
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Go have a look at these, 2nd one seems to good to be true.. check it good and first as its a hell of a deal if its not rotted.

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Old 06-18-2015, 12:47 PM
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Going to look at the 94 yj 6cyl tonight 98k mileage thanks for all the input. Says it had one place on the fender but frame is good. I will be sure to look it over carefully.!

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