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Posted: 7/31/2004 3:09:36 PM EST
How underpowered is a Jeep Wrangler with a 4 cylinder and AC?

(Late 1990's era.)



Link Posted: 7/31/2004 3:20:21 PM EST
Depends on how you define "underpowered".

Crawling over rocks on a trail in 4-Low will be no problem, in fact the 4 bangers get 4.10 axle ratios which gives them a better crawl ratio.

Keeping up with traffic on I-80 going over Donner Summit or some other mountain pass, well, you will wish you held out for the six-cylinder.

-Gator
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 3:24:55 PM EST
Pretty anemic if you're doing interstate driving, not to mention going uphill at the same time. I've read /heard from jeep rags to avoid the 4cyl for mechanical problems the 4.0L doesn't seem to have.

I've also been told the 4cyl were strictly foe females too.
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 3:27:56 PM EST
I own a 1994 with a 2.5 4 cylinder and 5 speed with no A/C, I cannot see it with much power running the air.
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 3:31:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By Derek45:
How underpowered is a Jeep Wrangler with a 4 cylinder and AC?

(Late 1990's era.)



EXTREMELY. When I had one I said NEVER again. That was a dog.
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 3:35:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 3:47:01 PM EST
have fun topping 70 mph unless you're going downhill. these types of jeeps are for high school girls.
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 5:07:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By Sierra_Hombre:
have fun topping 70 mph unless you're going downhill. these types of jeeps are for high school girls.



Link Posted: 7/31/2004 5:18:52 PM EST
You arent planning to drop a big-block V8 in it the moment you buy it?

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 5:20:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By Derek45:
How underpowered is a Jeep Wrangler with a 4 cylinder and AC?

(Late 1990's era.)






Don't do it! Friends don't let friends buy 4-cyl Wranglers.
Link Posted: 7/31/2004 5:27:55 PM EST
I had the Cherokee Sport with the 4 cylinder. I would have to turn off the AC to pass anything at over 65mph. In four years it needed 2 timing chains, 2 exaust manifolds, steering gear, power steering pump, 3 alternators and I found several factory defects throughout the vehicle. It takes just about every wrench in your toolbox just to change the alternator and is a pain in the ass to work on.

Don't buy a 4 cylinder Jeep unless you have plenty of spare time to work on a vehicle that has dangerously low horsepower.



Link Posted: 7/31/2004 6:14:23 PM EST
The 4 cylinder S Model is a better trail jeep than the 4.0 inline six.

I guess that's why the high school girls like it so much.

It is true, though, those are dogs on the interstate, uphill and loaded.
Link Posted: 8/1/2004 4:39:07 AM EST

Originally Posted By Rabid_Coyote:
The 4 cylinder S Model is a better trail jeep than the 4.0 inline six.



Why?
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 5:07:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2004 5:08:01 PM EST by mic214]

Originally Posted By Powelligator:
Depends on how you define "underpowered".

Crawling over rocks on a trail in 4-Low will be no problem, in fact the 4 bangers get 4.10 axle ratios which gives them a better crawl ratio.

Keeping up with traffic on I-80 going over Donner Summit or some other mountain pass, well, you will wish you held out for the six-cylinder.

-Gator



I got to agree with Gator..... I have a 93' 4 banger, 5 speed, and while it does great off the road, there are many times that I wish I had the 6 cylinder when I am on pavement. But then again, a 4 cylinder Jeep is better than no Jeep at all! I think the addition of A/C would put you in the slow lane pretty much all of the time.

My kid gets my Jeep in a couple of years and my next one is going to be the Rubicon Unlimited (Whenever they decide to finally build it) with the 6 cylinder AND A/C!
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 5:47:33 PM EST
Is the 2.5L engine the old Dodge 4-cyl that they used in minivans?

GunLvr
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:20:24 AM EST
My name is Mk1III and I have a Jeep TJ 4 cyclinder with AC. I'm so ashamed

Just kidding! but really it's not so bad. The mice under the hood work hard but they get her done. Once in the Pocano's Mountains during the summer it went something like this.

AC off going up hill
AC back on going down hill

Repeat as needed

Ok, my TJ has no ass what so ever on hills but it does fine on the highway (cruise at 70-75) and gets fair gas mileage. It's a 15 gallon tank and my gas light comes on right at 180 miles with three gallons to spare. I run that bitch another 45 miles on the nose before refilling. 46 miles and she's empty.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:21:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By Derek45:
How underpowered is a Jeep Wrangler with a 4 cylinder and AC?

(Late 1990's era.)








About the same as haveing a 3 cylander motor.

SGatr15
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:24:24 AM EST
BTW, always buy motor. SIze does matter.


SGtar15


PS Paul, my Ford SUV has no problem accelerating up the montains her in Cal...you must be talking about the Chevy SUV's


SGatr15
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:38:18 AM EST
Get the six. The four is way too weak, and they get about the same fuel mileage.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:39:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:41:18 AM EST
"Is the 2.5L engine the old Dodge 4-cyl that they used in minivans?" No, it's a leftover from the AMC era. So is the inline six, but the six is a better engine.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:47:30 AM EST
What you have to remember here guys is that these engines were designed 40 years ago. Chrysler had no choice but to carry them over when they bought AMC, because they didn't have anything designed to replace them. They are not very fuel efficient because of the ancient design, and because they are way overbuilt. What I mean by that, is that the block, heads and rotating assemblies are made of thicker, heavier material than a normal engine, due to the original design intentions, which were primarily as an industrial engine. These engines will last forever, but they will cost a fortune in fuel because of it.
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