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Unread 09-29-2009, 09:49 AM   #16
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onto next question I guess I got my answer as far as engines...

locally (NY NJ PA) I CANT find one with a V8 in it... only 2 with inline 6s...
also my worry is that the 8 is going to cost more... I'm not looking to put more then what I sell my wrangler into a WJ and I'm potentially getting 6800 for the wrangler... and found a WJ freedom for 7000 with 110,000 miles Black with the I6... what are prices I can be looking at?

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Unread 09-29-2009, 09:54 AM   #17
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I bought an 04 WJ with the 4.0 because I was very familiar with it and it was cheaper. I regret it now. I wish I had the V8, better tranny and tow package.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 10:12 AM   #18
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I have a few performance upgrades and 4.10 gears and the I6 too me is just fine. The biggest problem withthe I6 is that it does not have deep enough gears fromthe factory unless you get a tow package that has the 3.73 already in it. 4.10s made a huge improvement and I havenot noticed any decrease in gas mileage romthe upgrade.
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I don't plan on towing/ off roading much with this... it will be my DD to just drive more or less and routine maintenance... lower gears would be ideal for towing? or just every day driving


what are the stock gears 3.07s?
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Unread 09-29-2009, 10:29 AM   #20
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I don't plan on towing/ off roading much with this... it will be my DD to just drive more or less and routine maintenance... lower gears would be ideal for towing? or just every day driving


what are the stock gears 3.07s?
They are either 3.55 with the I6 if you don't have the tow package and if it has the tow package, it will have 3.73.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 10:42 AM   #21
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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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Unread 09-29-2009, 10:50 AM   #22
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Blend doors were fixed in '04? Yea! Good news as I'm looking at an '04 Laredo 4x4 V8 tonight.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 11:19 AM   #23
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onto next question I guess I got my answer as far as engines...

locally (NY NJ PA) I CANT find one with a V8 in it... only 2 with inline 6s...
also my worry is that the 8 is going to cost more... I'm not looking to put more then what I sell my wrangler into a WJ and I'm potentially getting 6800 for the wrangler... and found a WJ freedom for 7000 with 110,000 miles Black with the I6... what are prices I can be looking at?

thanks

Around here anyway I've found that the V8s generally weren't much more than 6s. The biggest price differences I'd found were between Laredos and Limiteds, but even that was marginal.

And even though fuel mileage between the two motors is negligible, I have a theory that the very badge "V8" is avoided by many uniformed people. I can't tell you how many WJ ads I've seen with "Economical V6". Those are usually dealer ads.


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Blend doors were fixed in '04? Yea! Good news as I'm looking at an '04 Laredo 4x4 V8 tonight.
Laredos weren't subject to the problem anyway. Only Limiteds with the dual climate control.


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I am happy with the I6 in my ZJ. I had it in a couple of XJs in the past. IMHO it is a more reliable and long lasting motor. I agree though the mileage is not going to be much better with the I6 than with the V8.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 01:42 PM   #25
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I don't plan on towing/ off roading much with this... it will be my DD to just drive more or less and routine maintenance... lower gears would be ideal for towing? or just every day driving


what are the stock gears 3.07s?
I'm sure you've driven one by now with the I6. You know what it's got to offer. It's a little slow, but adequate for a daily driver, it's easy to work on, and reasonably bullet proof.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 07:48 AM   #26
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Go for the V8, you will be very happy.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 03:16 PM   #27
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Get the V8. Well worth it. I know you've looked there in NY, NJ and close, but open up your search. You can do Auto trader and put higer distances. Lots of times, you can find a better deal somewhere else and buy a $59 southwest ticket and go pick it up. I have a 99WJ with the V8 and tow package. It's been great.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 04:40 PM   #28
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I went through the same dilemma with my current WJ. I had 2 4.0s before with great luck was was hesitant to go to the 4.7. I found a great deal on one so I went for it. Unfortunately I found out later that one of the heads was cracked and covered up with some block sealer. I replaced both heads myself which was not an enjoyable task...but i'm very happy with it now, no regrets.

Bottom line, if you're interested in being able to move at all go for the V8. Just make sure you look it over very good. If you really don't care at all about power and just want something that will be easier to work on than stick with the 4.0. Now that I've gotten used to it, the 4.7 isn't too bad to tinker with. The FSM I picked up on ebay for $30 was money very well spent.
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My girlfriend has the 4.0 in her WJ, and I hate driving it after being in mine all of the time. It just feels like the engine struggles so much to propel the car forward compared to mine with the HO V8. Don't get me wrong though, the 4.0 is still a great engine, I had both an XJ and a TJ with it. It just seems that the WJ is too big and heavy for the 4.0 and is much better suited for the 4.7. It would be a no brainer for me to buy a WJ with the V8, but I would just go out and drive both, and see what you like better.
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Unread 10-01-2009, 10:49 PM   #30
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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.
I have an '04 with towing pckg. and I do have both a tranny and PS cooler on mine .

One more vote for the V8, get a HO one if you can find it, better tranny, plenty of power.
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