If you had ever spent all of five minutes working on a full size Chevrolet van, you wouldn't have one bad thing to say about the engine bay in a Zj. The one we used to had must've had something like a 16" hood.
This one takes the cake. I've worked on some stupid cars in my past
2002 VW Bug--Wheels and fenders have to come off to get at the radiator
2001 Mini Cooper--PS Pump... This one still gives me nightmares
2001 Hyundai Elantra--Tried to eat me alive. I have scars up to my elbows from replacing the timing chain.
1999 Nissan Maxima--To remove the alternator, the car has to be up in the air, front wheel removed, wheel wells removed, AC compressor totally removed, PS pump relocated
2009 Chevy 2500 Van--**** that van. There's a V8 somewhere under there...
So... You know you own a ZJ when you can appreciate just how spacious the engine bay is. It's not quite like my old truck where I could sit on the bumper, put both feet on the frame rails, and just work on the 318 all day long, but it's really not that bad.
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No, it was rear-ended. We had to cut the downpipes because there's no getting at the bolts that connect them to the manifolds, normally, and the bolts were rusted shut anyway. The downpipes kept catching on the UCA mounts and passenger side motor mount. The 4.0 would have come out with the whole exhaust still attached, I reckon.
Problem with the V8 is it was added as an afterthought. It was designed for a truck big enough that you can sit in the engine bay and change the spark plugs, not a midsize SUV, and that fact shows. Hell, it was such an afterthought, they didn't even have production sorted when the ZJ launched in late '92. It wasn't until, I wanna say, February '93 when they started rolling off the line with V8s.
The ZJ was designed around the 4.0 platform and it shows. It may not be as powerful or torquey as the V8, but it fits better, and a forced induction L6 is less passe than a blown V8.
When a vehicle lands on the dealership lot has nothing to do with how ready they are. It's largely to do with assembly line capacities. Hell, we just started receiving 3.6 rams a few weeks ago. And let me tell you, that wasn't an afterthought