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dnuccio 06-07-2013 06:20 PM

buddy wants a ZJ, cant decide what engine
 
my buddy wants a ZJ, but he cant decide what engine he wants. obviously im biased towards the 5.2 so thats what i told him, but hes still unsure. what do you guys think, and why?

jm8881 06-07-2013 06:24 PM

I wanted to get a 4.0 when I first started shopping for a zj but once I drove the 5.2 my mind was made up. The only downside I've found from the v8 is the lack of room under the hood.

dusterdude 06-07-2013 06:26 PM

V8

AaronButler 06-07-2013 06:27 PM

whats he want it for? thats the biggest question. I have the 4.0 and I love it. Its easy to work on and gets great gas mileage, but I use it as my daily driver and dont wheel much. If he wants more power and crap mileage, then you have your v8s :)

dnuccio 06-07-2013 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by AaronButler (Post 15533354)
whats he want it for? thats the biggest question. I have the 4.0 and I love it. Its easy to work on and gets great gas mileage, but I use it as my daily driver and dont wheel much. If he wants more power and crap mileage, then you have your v8s :)

it will be his DD/weekend wheeler, occasionally towing his jet ski or his dads small pontoon boat

Xpress 06-07-2013 06:59 PM

I voted 5.2L, seems like it's just a slightly better choice if he's going to tow stuff with it.

a70eliminator 06-07-2013 07:19 PM

I had both 4.0 and 5.2 both with 3.73: surprisingly the 5.2 mileage was only slightly worse could easily get 300 mi per/tank with 4.0 the 5.2 could squeeze just 280mi per/tank. Both vehicles have identical BFG All Terrain 31's. The 5.2 was way fun to drive and the 4.0 felt lathargic on the highway. Didn't do much off roading with either one.
I got rid of the 4.0 and now have a 5.9 to compare to my 5.2 only have not yet had it long enough to get a feel of the extra cubes, my wifes been running it.
DEFINATELY V8

BuzzZJ9er 06-07-2013 07:27 PM

V8! I have a 5.2 and 5.9. I haven't really drove the 5.9 much(blown trans). My 5.2 is awesome in the hills and mountains of northern VT!

Erbo1Kanerbo 06-07-2013 07:31 PM

the gas mileage between the two is not that big of a difference were talking maybe 2-4 mpg

dnuccio 06-07-2013 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Xpress (Post 15533456)
I voted 5.2L, seems like it's just a slightly better choice if he's going to tow stuff with it.

i mentioned that to him as well

SLOspeed 06-07-2013 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Erbo1Kanerbo (Post 15533599)
the gas mileage between the two is not that big of a difference were talking maybe 2-4 mpg

That's a HUGE difference. That's between 50 and 100 miles difference in tank range.

PolkaPower 06-07-2013 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by SLOspeed (Post 15533716)
That's a HUGE difference. That's between 50 and 100 miles difference in tank range.

Highway miles would be near the same range. City driving would be worse in the 4.0 with stopping and going. If you want to put larger tires on it the 4.0 is a real dog. You need to spring for gears and that starts to get costly too.

Cherokee95kid 06-07-2013 09:15 PM

I have the 5.2 and love the power 5.9 would be awsome to have. I just find it hard to find engin parts at a Jy every now and then for the V8s... the 4.0 I6 parts you can find with your eyes closed around me.

David97 06-07-2013 09:24 PM

My 98 5.2 gets easily 300+ a tank. Average around 17-18mpg on the interstate at 70mph. City is where I consume the most fuel, at usually around 14ish mpg. 2" BB, with not so good 31's, on 87 octane.

In my opinion id go for the V8's. Decent gas mileage and the power is there.

Texas ZJ1 06-07-2013 09:27 PM

V8 or walk.


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