I am looking into buying a jeep wrangler. I like both the TJ's and the new JK Model aswell. I can go either way honestly. If i get a TJ it's gonna be an 06', and if i go JK maybe 08' or hold off till 09'.
My question is, which is better? I don't offroad really at all, the beach, but that is nothing hardcore. I want to compare engines. Which is better? I know the JK's have only been out for a couple of years, but how does the new 3.8L engine compare to the older Inline 6?
Anyone who has knowledge on this subject, your help is greatly appreciated, thank you.
I could have easily gotten a JK, but liked the looks of the TJ better. Well actually the LJ to fufill my scrambler lust from when i was younger.
There are some nice things on the JK suspension, like the shock and other bracket placements but if you aren't gonna wheel it that won't really matter. JK will cost a lot more to modify, if that matters to you.
Test drive them both...
- 06 LJ Rubicon 34" LTB's / 33" MTZs, OME Springs/Shocks, RE FTB, JKS RTB & 1.25BL, Brown Dog MML, Fabtech F Bump, Warn M8000 on AtoZ plate, ORF R Bumper & Rack, AR CAI, Banks Catback, Hi-Lift, Midland 75-822, Dual MF1050 Comp, Clayton Skids, Kilby Gas Skid
- 94 Firebird Formula, 02 Softail Deuce, 86 GSXR750
- RIP 97 TJ, 83 CJ7, 87 TType
Go with the TJ....also get the Dana 44 rear and 30 in front. I drove a new JK, but I found a used TJ I liked much more that only had 22,000 miles and all documented maintenance....and I saved almost $10,000
4.0L is old design, outdated and inefficient. Yet it seem to be very reliable and has garnered quite a following. 190 hp @ 4,600 rpm and 235 ft-lbs of torque @ 3,200 rpm
The 3.8L originally was in the Dodge Caravan and 215 (5000 rpm) HP and 245 (4000) ft-lbs of torque. The version that is used in the JK has been re-adjusted to 205 hp and 240 ft/lbs of torque- probably because it is a high reving engine. Its not a bad engine, but like I said earlier Jeep (IMO screwed up) buy making the JK heavier, thus negating any advantages to this engine.
there are so many reasons why I perfer the TJ over the new JKs other than the fact that I have a TJ. The I6 a breeze to work on, if you are into doing maintance yourself, the engine is "bulletproof". You can also get a better deal on a used TJ than a newer body style JK. Just like any other vehicle when a new body style comes out the price of the older body style will be negotiated easier. Whatever you decide do yourself a favor and get the Dana 44, or even better yet get a rubicon. If want to lift it and get bigger tires down the road even just "just for looks" it comes with 4.10 gears and it will save you money on gears and such. Besides you never know if you will get the wheelin bug after you get a jeep, and you will already have a lot of upgrades that some of us are still working on getting.
i've recently test driven the 08 4dr and an 06 unlimited... both felt as if they had the same amount of power to me. both were manuals. i've been reading alot of negative comments about the JK's power... but, zband said it best referring to the weight/power ratios. xlr8n is right... just test drive both and see which one you like.
my personal deciding factor is going to be the fact that i can upgrade the pee pee out of the TJ unlimited cheaper than i can a JK.
If you don't plan to offroad, might as well go with the JK. It's the fav of the soccer moms and nothing crawls the mall better.
I second that! Saw a new one yesterday lifted and tricked out which might see a little light beach sand duty. With all the new trinkets it has...all designed for creature comforts but stacked to roll like thunder. You will have the most capable of grocery getters and then able to play hell on rocks if you so should choose.
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