I'm a little late to the party, but the general opinion of most of my wheeling buddies is that the 4 cylinder is fine for offroad as long as the tires and gears are somewhat matched. On the highway though, the 4 cylinder is just too slow to get out of anythings way. I don't know much about the reliability of the 2.5, but the 4.0 is a very reliable engine. It's not uncommon to see them with 300 or even 400 thousand miles on them and still running strong. The rear main seal leaking on the 4.0 is a common occurrence. It's a 2 piece seal that can be replaced with the engine still in the car, though.
Originally Posted by NevadaWheeler View Post
2019 Jeep Compass Sport FWD,
2.4L I4 M-Air Engine,
6 Speed Automatic Transmission.
My modding and hacking days are behind me as far as lifts and big tires go. If someone offered up a 2.5L 4WD XJ or Comanche tomorrow for the right price I"d buy it no problem and keep it mostly stock with exception of some armor and maybe a front locker and daily drive that thing. If I want to go fast I have motorcycles for that haha.
1995 Jeep Cherokee Country 4X4 Stock
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