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4.0 TJ 7 100.00%
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Unread 04-23-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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Been to long, time for a new jeep

Two years ago a sold my 98 wrangler to get better mileage while in college. I've regretted it ever since. I just got a good full time job and my trucks on its last leg so time to go back to the jeep side. I love the 4.0 TJ's but i was wondering about the new JK's and how they compare in power and reliability. Im gonna go test drive one this weekend. I would like to hear from someone who has owned both and what they preferred.

Thanks, Looking forward to owning a jeep again

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Unread 04-24-2014, 06:01 AM   #2
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TJ's are pretty good units. Of course your decision will be based on your desires, so lets see some of the things you are looking at. As in all cases, some year models are better than others, as are engines, etc. Tell us year, miles, condition, and someone on here can help you. Always remember rust is the #1 enemy, followed closely by hacked lift jobs and mods.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 10:15 AM   #3
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TJ's are pretty good units. Of course your decision will be based on your desires, so lets see some of the things you are looking at. As in all cases, some year models are better than others, as are engines, etc. Tell us year, miles, condition, and someone on here can help you. Always remember rust is the #1 enemy, followed closely by hacked lift jobs and mods.
It will be my daily driver but its only 10 mins of highway driving to work. Im looking for something with less than 75,000 miles. Ill do some wheeling but not allot. also yeah im trying to stay away from rust and ones with lifts i would rather put one on my self.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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Don't know what your budget is, but you should be able to find a later model, say 8 to 10 years old with that kind of mileage on it. Remember NO RUST. Oh yeah. Be sure to do your own lifts.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 07:06 PM   #5
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I've had a couple TJs and one JK. Personally, I hated the JK. The 3.7 was sluggish, not like the snappy 4.0. Also, the shifting was difficult. All my jeeps have been manuals and this was by far the worst.
I'm in the market now for another Jeep and won't consider a JK.
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Unread 04-24-2014, 07:59 PM   #6
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I've had a couple TJs and one JK. Personally, I hated the JK. The 3.7 was sluggish, not like the snappy 4.0. Also, the shifting was difficult. All my jeeps have been manuals and this was by far the worst.
I'm in the market now for another Jeep and won't consider a JK.
The JK had a 3.8L the Liberty had the 3.7L. The 3.8L had 202hp the new 3.6L has 285hp. And the 4.0L had 190hp.

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Unread 04-27-2014, 03:08 PM   #7
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The JK had a 3.8L the Liberty had the 3.7L. The 3.8L had 202hp the new 3.6L has 285hp. And the 4.0L had 190hp.

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Yes, the JK had the 3.8L (2007-2011) or 3.6L (2012+). Also remember that a 2-door JK is about 500 lbs. heavier than a TJ, that combined with poor gear ratios (especially with the auto) made 3.8L JKs absolute dogs compared to 4.0L TJs despite the 3.8L being slightly more powerful on paper. The 3.6L Pentastar (2012+) JKs are pretty quick, but the 3.6L is a modern DOHC engine which will make maintenance and repairs more difficult/expensive.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 04:34 PM   #8
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Yes, the JK had the 3.8L (2007-2011) or 3.6L (2012+). Also remember that a 2-door JK is about 500 lbs. heavier than a TJ, that combined with poor gear ratios (especially with the auto) made 3.8L JKs absolute dogs compared to 4.0L TJs despite the 3.8L being slightly more powerful on paper. The 3.6L Pentastar (2012+) JKs are pretty quick, but the 3.6L is a modern DOHC engine which will make maintenance and repairs more difficult/expensive.
the old cj2 was like 2200. but could not get to 60mph
2005 weight of a tj 3200
Curb weight of a 2010 jk 3782
the main reason for the 42le being slower was the first gear in that auto was just not enough gear
Curb weight of a 2012 JK 3760 is the fastest jeep made ever stock
2 doors, the 4d is about 500 pounds more. But that would be expected with the long wheel base and extra doors
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Unread 04-30-2014, 03:08 PM   #9
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I've been really busy i ended up forgetting about the thread. I went on a bunch of test drives and to a bunch of dealers looking For a TJ and had no luck they have been wheeled to much, bad lift, or rust. So i figured ill test a few JK's and see if i like it. Well long story short i got a 2007 2dr JK last night its a manual with 62K. Its a much better fit for what i'm wanting right now, i'm not gonna be doing any wheeling (want to eventually get a Cherokee for that) its just a daily driver. To me it felt about the same as far as power goes as the TJ. So far i love the jeep and im glad to be back in a jeep and out of my old ranger. ill post some pics tonight.
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Unread 05-01-2014, 02:01 PM   #10
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Thats what i ended up getting
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Unread 05-07-2014, 11:28 AM   #11
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Thats what i ended up getting
Sweet, nice color.
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