Hello, I'm a YJ owner, and from the YJ forums.... An addition to the family has dictated that the YJ goes. I'm interested in buying an affordable GC...
I have a few questions about them. First I like the 99 and newer body styles.
Which drive train do you guys recommend.... Ive seen AWD versions wtih a v8
Is the AWD a bad choice, or do you guys receommend the verion where I can select 2 or 4 wheel drive.... I dont plan on doing any heavy off road use in this vehicle, but I like the idea of having all wheels turning if i get stck in the snow as my YJ does often.
Is the v6 that under powered? Can i get a awd in a v6???
IM SO CONFUSED..... but like i said the YJ must go..
For snow, the AWD (Quadra-Trac II) with a 247 transfer case is great, but the Progressive couplers will go. ( I have 140K on mine and no issues)
The 247 transfer cases have a transfer case selector with 4 Full time, N, and 4 Lo.
The 242 is a Select-Trac transfer case and is ideal ( especially the HD version) Its tough, rugged and no progressive coupler. The shift bezel will show2wd, 4 part time, 4 full time, N, and 4 lo.
IF you get a Quadra-Trac, when test driving do some tight, slow figure 8's. If the wheels hop, shimmy or chirp your progressive coupler is bad or going bad. Or, if you need to give it much gas to keep it moving. The Quadra-Trac is expensive to rebuild, most replace it with a Select-Trac (242)
I have driven a 6 and own the V8. Unless you tow, you may not notice a difference. Expect 3-4 MPG better in the 6. IMO, the Select-Trac (2wd mode) MPG gains are minimal.
I have the V8 and I have driven a friends (edit) I6. I like the V8 in mine better but I have been driving it for a while. The best thing I could think of to do is if you can find a 6 and 8 to test, then drive them both. That way you get to try both out to see which one best suits your needs. Also, some newer ones have a 4.7 V8 H.O. will has more power than the regular V8.
Also, blend doors can be a big issue on the limited with dual climate control so look into that very closely. It is anywhere from 900 to 1500 to fix at the dealer and is a very common topic and problem on the site. If you search blend doors in the forum, you will find tons of examples.
Anything else just check on wjjeeps.com for info. It is basically the bible for WJ owners.
you got to know that its a I6 not a V6 someone fought me on that there 00 GC had a V6 I just wanted to laugh
94 ZJ I6 Second 4.0 as of 226k Aftermarket Intake, Flowmaster 40 series, Rear Discs
05 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 just ridiculously fast
96 Nissan Altima 5 speed stock and probably keepin it that way aka the beater or commuter car who wouldnt buy it for a grand with how gas is
You can't go wrong with a laredo basic ac and a V8. I would say get a newer one so you can find the option of the 242 instead of the 247. The 247s dont burn out like the 249s do, however the 247 requires some expensive fluid from the dealer.
if you eventually plan to wheel it, know that the v8s have a d44a which dosen't have any traction options still in production. you might be able to find an aussie lockers second hand down the road. the d35 is pretty fragile as i understand it. the WJ's have wider axle's than any other previous jeep so axle swaps and using diffrent parts is out of the question.
Just think about what you want, how long you want to keep and what your willing to spend to make it trail ready if you choose to do that.