I am new to the forum, but not new to Jeeps or 4x4s....and I felt I had to chime in. I have the 4.0, and I can already say I am glad it is the six, not the eight. I have been reading some history, and AMC designed these things to take the 4.0 six, Chrysler stuffed the V-8 into them to keep up with the Explorers and 'Burbans. There was a story on the web a while back about some guys who took a pair of ZJ's all the way to Central America, and they had 4.0s. Everyone I know says the 4.0 is the engine to have, and there are a ton of them out there for parts.
My vote is 4.0, and I shopped for one that way. I wouldn't get a ZJ with a V-8, it seems like overkill. Mine is quick and powerful, and comes off the line with plenty of power. Does 70 on the highway without breaking a sweat, and has oomph for passing.
On a side note, I am doing the valve cover gasket soon...and I only have to do one!
I wouldn't get a ZJ with a V-8, it seems like overkill. Mine is quick and powerful, and comes off the line with plenty of power. Does 70 on the highway without breaking a sweat, and has oomph for passing.
youve never driven a v8 ZJ have you.
Reliability is relative
Good point...I haven't actually driven a V-8 ZJ. Still dig the six.
I guess it is all what you want. Haters gonna hate.
Agreed. Not trying to hate. But seriously, once you drive the v8 you will wonder why you didn't get one sooner. And if you lift and do bigger tires then you will save big money in not needing to re gear right away. So a lot depends on the plans you have for your jeep too IMHO
95 zj 5.2 np242 3.5'' IRO lift, IRO adjustable arms, KOR front trackbar, steering stabilizer and box brace, IRO rear adjustable trackbar, bilsteins, Hughes plenum plate, flow master 40, 31x10.5s on 15'' dc-2 rims
Mopar or no car!
Since when was any Jeep in the same market as a Suburban?
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