Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Crestview, Florida
I've never driven a 4-cylinder, but by looking at the numbers it appears that it has about the same horsepower as my old 4.2 I-6. No, it's no powerhouse, but it gets you down the road and I drive 85 on the freeway everyday (I did drop down to 30" tires because of the highway miles I drive--probably the only person in jeep history to ever actually put smaller tires on one!). Anyway, at $2500, if you take care of it, I don't see how the value can drop any further--therefore I agree that you should just drive it a little bit and if it has no major mechanical problems, stick with it until it gives you a reason to dump a bunch of money into the engine. There are plenty of add-ons like rims, tires, lift, etc. that can be done as an alternative to replacing a reasonably-good engine until you decide which direction you want to go with it (6 cyl, V8, etc).
Currently an '86 CJ-7 and a '77 CJ-7 Golden Eagle---#4 and 5 following a '01 Sahara, '90 Sahara, and '85 CJ-7....