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Unread 05-05-2008, 08:09 PM   #1
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About to buy a Wrangler, but which one?

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.

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Unread 05-05-2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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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.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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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...

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Unread 05-06-2008, 04:24 AM   #4
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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.
and the interior is purdy too.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 05:27 AM   #5
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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 cant agree with you more. The weight (porker) and the design (trying to look like a hummer) seem to appeal to the soccer moms. Stick with the TJ- the last wrangler, IMO.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 05:29 AM   #6
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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.
the 4.0L inline 6 has been a good engine for the TJ. the V6 in the JK is basically a minivan engine.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 05:41 AM   #7
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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
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Unread 05-06-2008, 06:10 AM   #8
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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.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 07:31 AM   #9
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you're in the TJ forum, you're going to get a biased opinion.

personally, I say get an LJ

you'll have the D44 and a better ride, plus more space for beach goodies.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 07:44 AM   #10
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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.
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Unread 05-06-2008, 08:39 AM   #11
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Go for an LJ .. if I could do it again, that's what I'd get. Enough room for a backseat and junk in the trunk!
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Unread 05-06-2008, 09:58 AM   #12
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Drive both. Pick the one you like best. It's a personal preference thing as they are both good off-roaders and both have their pluses and minuses.
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Unread 05-14-2008, 09:05 PM   #13
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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.
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Unread 05-15-2008, 04:55 PM   #14
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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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