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I"m thinking about getting a 96 wrangler for my son.It has the 4 cyl and 5 speed.I know the 4cyl is probaly a dog,but how reliable is the drivetrain and engine?Any problem areas to look for.It is in excellent shape and low mileage and the price is right.Thanks for any help.

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There was no1996 model. 1995 was the last year of the YJ (square headlights) and 1997 was the first year of the TJ (round headlights, coil spring suspension). They ran the 1995 a half year longer and introduced the 1997 several months early.
 

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Thanks for the the heads up.originally I was told(by his son) it was a 97,his dad said it was a 96.I'll check it out.I'm assuming the 95 model was leafs up front?Also who made the engine for that model year?
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YJ's had square headlights and leaf springs. TJ's have coil springs and round headlights. Regardless, both used the 2.5L AMC 4 cylinder and the AX-5 transmission.
 

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Upon further review it must be a 97.My son has looked at it and said it has round headlights and no leafs.So how reliable is the little 4 banger?

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Rather reliable I would say....

87k on my 97 2.5l and no problems... yet.

I dont beat on it though. new drivers tend to be hard on cars, especially 4x4s (like moms suburban going places it shouldnt and then spending $20 at the coin op carwash to try and get rid of the evidence).
Also really take the time and find a 4.0.....four angry squirrels just dont cut it for me.


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The only place the four banger is lacking is on the highway with bigger tires. I have both and like them both. You just can't turn big rubber and easily maintain highway speeds (70 - which seems to be some "standard" warp speed).

I would say that if your son intends to do any highway commuting and use it as a daily driver ..AND intends to put on the taller tires ..that he should look for a 4.0 (as others have recommended). On the otherhand if he just wants a jeep and isn't going to put 33" tires on it (235/75r 15s do nicely) ..OR is willing to assume a "slower" technique getting from point A to point B ..then I think the 4 banger will do fine. It does fine in most off road situations (some conditions and restrictions apply)

Neither has anyting to do with economy. It's a matter of poor and rotten. Both the 2.5 and the 4.0 are reliable engines.
 

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Hmmmm something that might slow down an 18 year old with a lead foot,that does'nt seem too bad.
Really I'm just looking for reliable transportation and something 4 wheel drive.Kid loves to hunt.Decent gas mileage is a plus.Were'nt really hung up on a jep,but ran across this one and the price is right.Plus chicks love jeeps right
Should be right up his alley.I think it's sportin 30 or 31's with a minor lift right now.Compared to the gas hogging bronco he's driving now,anything will be an improvement.
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I have a 97 with a 2.5 and other than Highway speed I really have no complaints. Engine has been reliable. Only problem I can find is the cat's commonly go bad. But crysler will replace them up to 80,000 miles..
 

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Ur damn right on that one, when the top comes off the Jeep in the summer time, u can count on the Jeep being loaded down with honeys wantin to go to the river. Gotta love Jeeps
 
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If it is for an 18 year old, the 2.5 is plenty of power. There is no need for the 185 hp of the 4.0 in a 1 ton vehicle. They are crazy fast! The 2.5 is reliable, slightly better gas mileage and there are tons of parts. Plus, if your son chooses to upgrade later, he already has 4.11 gears!
 
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