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Unread 01-01-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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1997 TJ 4cl auto opinions?

Pros and cons? Looking at one locally this week. Any help would be great!!!
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Unread 01-01-2008, 05:39 PM   #2
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I've got one myself with 31's and love it. It kinda sucks on the highway as far as acceleration goes, but it will maintain highway speeds easily. It performs great offroad, just as well as a 6 cyl. I love the automatic. I get horrible gas mileage for a 4 cyl, but that's jeep, so I'm not complaining. I paid 5500 for mine with 96k miles on it. I love the thing, I say if it runs well go for it. If you want to run big tires, you'll have to regear but again, 31's run great with my 3.73 gears, which you probably have. Hopefully welcome to the jeep family.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 05:44 PM   #3
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What is your MPG? Thinking of getting a TJ or an XJ. My son has an XJ,had a CJ5 project,I have a J10 now and used to have a YJ. Can't get enough Jeeps!!
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Unread 01-01-2008, 05:58 PM   #4
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my mpg is probably 12-14 on highway, 10 street, but the whole engine could use some work to clean it up. Definately go for the TJ, there's nothing like being able to wheel with the top off. Just my .02
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Unread 01-01-2008, 06:04 PM   #5
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How much? Unless it's a killer deal, I would hold out for a killer deal on a 6 Cyl. or at least a manual trans, 4 cyl.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 06:06 PM   #6
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A little less than 5k w/80 k on it...
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Unread 01-01-2008, 06:10 PM   #7
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A little less than 5k w/80 k on it...

I say go for it. I have a 97 the same way, except 4.10's and 35's. Its no speed demon, but I didnt buy it to be either.....
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Unread 01-01-2008, 06:17 PM   #8
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Didn't 4cy TJs come stock w/4.10 gears? Or is that manual trans?
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Unread 01-01-2008, 06:25 PM   #9
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Didn't 4cy TJs come stock w/4.10 gears? Or is that manual trans?
If I remember correctly what the factory options booklet for my 98' 4 cyl TJ said it was 3.11. I think the 4.10 was the tranny.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 06:42 PM   #10
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Didn't 4cy TJs come stock w/4.10 gears? Or is that manual trans?
The manual 4-bangers have 4.10 gears. The autos can be 3.73 or higher.

The bad thing about the 3 sp auto is that you have to match the gears closely to the tire size or you end up really screamin' on the highway.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 07:20 PM   #11
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I like the 2.5L engine and I like automatic transmissions on Jeeps but together those two are a bad combination, I wouldn't go for it. The 2.5L just becomes too gutless when connected to an automatic.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 07:28 PM   #12
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It is pretty gutless trying to scream down the road, but on any trails and mud I've encountered here in FL, I cant say I've got too many complaints. Its pulled up and through everything I've tried to go through.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 07:36 PM   #13
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I have a 97 TJ Sport with a 4.0 and an auto. I have 30's running on a 3.07. I zip around pretty good on country roads and off road. On the highway I have just enough power to be safe. I think a 4 banger with an auto might be a mistake. I drove lots of 4's before I settled on the six. No regrets at all, even if I had to pay more. Just my 2 cents.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 08:21 PM   #14
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I've got an 02 with a I4 and an auto trans. It sucks running on the highway with all the mountains her in North East PA, but it's great around town. Off road, I've never had a problem. I'm only running 235 BFG A/T's.
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