I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: se or sport tj??(long)
Go with the 6 cyl. It's my recommendation anyway, you can always do what you like. We looked at TJ's hard before ordering ours, I'd say for about 4 months. We looked at all the options and dealerships (in the end the dealership screwed us anyway), and decided on the sport. There were a few reasons for this:
1) The 6 cyl gets 2 mpg worse mileage than the 4 cyl but has a lot more power and torque.
2) The 5 speed with the 4 cyl is the AX-5, the 6 cyl has the AX-15, a much stronger tranny. You mentioned swapping the motor later, the AX-5 isn't up to the task of the V8.
3) The Trac-Lok isn't available with the 4 cyl, and we planned to go wheeling and use it as a daily driver as well.
4) The ABS and A/C, I don't believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong), were available on the 4 cyl.
5) The 6 cyl is now available with 3.73 gears and the 35 or 44 (both with the Trac-Lok. Standard ration is 3.07. Standard ratio on the 4 cyl is 4.10, which isn't far from 3.73. Ours with 3.55's does very well, I have no complaints.
If you're going to have a payment on a vehicle, get a vehicle you don't mind having a payment on. This might sound strange, but get what you want. A $3,000 difference is only $50 over 60 months (I'm not taking interest into account, I know, but the idea is conveyed), not a huge difference. Our TJ took 4 months to get after ordering it, and cost $24,000, but we don't mind the payment becasue it's <font color=red>exactly</font color=red> what we wanted.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I know money is tight, hell, it's tight for us, but we'll have this TJ for a lifetime (unless it's totalled), so it's an investment and well worth the money. I hope this helps.
'97 TJ Sport
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
'71 Commando SC-1