Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Could be. I've always maintained that in a trail Jeep a wide torque band and good throttle response are more important than horsepower. I do very well with my 258 even though it doesn't have as much torque as most engines because a usefull amount is available at almost any engine speed.
Every modern engine I've driven has throttle response in spades. If the Ecotec has a wide, flat torque curve it should be a pretty good little engine for everything except deep mud and soft sand, where there's no substitute for lots of power.
No four-holer will never keep up in the sonic drags, though.