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Unread 09-28-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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Which engine is better in an 04 WJ?

Hey guys well I'm making the move (as long as my TJ sells) to the WJ side

I'm looking for an 04 GC freedom edition at the moment and had a question on engines... I know they either come with the I6, or the v8 and wondering opinions on each...

the reason I'm leaning towards an I6 is because they're cheaper, and it's the same as my TJs engine so I already know how to work on it (big plus IMO)...

v8 would be nice for the added power, plus comes with the tow package...

let me know what you guys think and what your opinions are AND if anyone you know is selling one too... that'd be great
(silver/ black/ grey only)
thanks guys!

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Unread 09-28-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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V8. Me personally with my I6, she's a dog. A very slow dog.
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Unread 09-28-2009, 10:06 PM   #3
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The tow package is always a good thing with the added tranny cooler and HD engine cooling. Plus the TJ is a lot lighter than the WJ, so go with the v8
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Unread 09-28-2009, 10:08 PM   #4
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I know the I6 very well.. my brother had the jeep I'm looking for and didn't mind the "lack of power" or there of ( never really noticed if there was or not) but if I can find a v8 I would jump on that if the price is right..
bump for more opinions and I6 guys??
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Unread 09-28-2009, 10:43 PM   #5
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get the V8. much more power and gas mileage difference is negligible than the I6. plus, if maintained right they will last awhile. only downside with a V8 is quadradrive, unless you get lucky and get one with select-trac
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V8 if you can.
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V8. End of story.
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Unread 09-28-2009, 11:14 PM   #8
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V8's trannies are more robust

Get the 8 banger.
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The tow package is always a good thing with the added tranny cooler and HD engine cooling. Plus the TJ is a lot lighter than the WJ, so go with the v8
V8 for sure. HO preferably. Also the tow package on the V8's after '99 didn't have an external added tranny cooler but do have a big powersteering cooler.
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get the V8. much more power and gas mileage difference is negligible than the I6. plus, if maintained right they will last awhile. only downside with a V8 is quadradrive, unless you get lucky and get one with select-trac
that would be a freedom edition or a Laredo sport
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get the V8. much more power and gas mileage difference is negligible than the I6. plus, if maintained right they will last awhile. only downside with a V8 is quadradrive, unless you get lucky and get one with select-trac
Please explain what is wrong with the quadradrive/quadratrac-II?
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Unread 09-28-2009, 11:54 PM   #12
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You beat me to it Grakee99....
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Nothing is essentially wrong with quadradrive, its just some of us prefer the option of being able to put it in two wheel drive. Personally when im offroading I dont engage 4wd unless I cant do it do it in 2wd. 2wd allows you to test your skill at picking lines on terrain where 4wd makes it with ease. I've wheeled Bronco Peak In a 2wd XJ doing the same trails with two tj who had to engage their lockers. Learning to wheel in 2wd makes you unstopable in 4wd.

So x2 on the v8 with the 242.
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Nothing is essentially wrong with quadradrive, its just some of us prefer the option of being able to put it in two wheel drive. Personally when im offroading I dont engage 4wd unless I cant do it do it in 2wd. 2wd allows you to test your skill at picking lines on terrain where 4wd makes it with ease. I've wheeled Bronco Peak In a 2wd XJ doing the same trails with two tj who had to engage their lockers. Learning to wheel in 2wd makes you unstopable in 4wd.

So x2 on the v8 with the 242.
I like your style, as i do the same thing. I don't switch to 4wd until i cant go any further in 2wd!...it's kinda like a test...especially in mud!
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Unread 09-29-2009, 10:02 AM   #15
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V8 hands-down. As a bonus you'll also be getting a kickass tranny in place of a crappy one and a decent rearend in place of a crappy one. There's nothing wrong with the 4.0 itself, but Grands are just too heavy for them.

The blend door problem was also addressed in '04.


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