Anyone have buyer's remorse for ordering the 3.6 instead of the 2.0 Turbo.

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4.0 anemic? My brother had the 2.5 (lived in Durango, CO) - awful.
Meaning it was the slowest thing Imaginable to drive. I called it my lunar rover because it just barely floated along. So in comparison to my 2005 Jeep the 2022 with the 3.6 and 4.88s wants to pop wheelies and burn rubber.
 

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Meaning it was the slowest thing Imaginable to drive. I called it my lunar rover because it just barely floated along. So in comparison to my 2005 Jeep the 2022 with the 3.6 and 4.88s wants to pop wheelies and burn rubber.
I had a 98 2dr manual 4.0. It felt pretty peppy for its time. But, my 3.6 Auto feels like a sports car compared to the 4.0.
Now, to do it all over again, I would choose a 4.0 manual TJ. Reason being, I have friends who have had this engine/tranny combo. They have put over 350,000 trouble free miles on them, with basic maintenance. I don't think I will have this luck, with this 2018. Too many issues already.
 

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I had a 98 2dr manual 4.0. It felt pretty peppy for its time. But, my 3.6 Auto feels like a sports car compared to the 4.0.
Now, to do it all over again, I would choose a 4.0 manual TJ. Reason being, I have friends who have had this engine/tranny combo. They have put over 350,000 trouble free miles on them, with basic maintenance. I don't think I will have this luck, with this 2018. Too many issues already.
The Pentastar will easily go 350k with basic maintenance. There are a number of them in my Jeep clubs that are there and run great.
 


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IMO, The 3.6, with the auto trans, and the 4.10 Ratio, is as good as it gets..I would not consider the 2.0, here in our AZ. Heat.
 

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IMO, The 3.6, with the auto trans, and the 4.10 Ratio, is as good as it gets..I would not consider the 2.0, here in our AZ. Heat.
I like your thinking Old Dogger! I'm thinking of changing the diff gearing in my Willys to 4.10.
3.45 gears are just too tall IMO.
4.10/3.6L/8-spd... Perfect "everyday" Jeep! 🙂
 

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I had a 98 2dr manual 4.0. It felt pretty peppy for its time. But, my 3.6 Auto feels like a sports car compared to the 4.0.
Now, to do it all over again, I would choose a 4.0 manual TJ. Reason being, I have friends who have had this engine/tranny combo. They have put over 350,000 trouble free miles on them, with basic maintenance. I don't think I will have this luck, with this 2018. Too many issues already.
Yeah. Wish I still had my TJ with the 4.0L/MT. Made a few bucks in life and traded it in on a 911 like an idiot.
 

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Yeah. Wish I still had my TJ with the 4.0L/MT. Made a few bucks in life and traded it in on a 911 like an idiot.
Also, I just sold my 2017 Porsche 718S with a 4 cyl turbo. Had to have the turbo replaced under warranty. When I saw what it would have cost, I decided "no more turbos"
 


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No regrets here. 3.6 and a manual. Only issue I have is the Willys gears so hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will be getting my 4.56 gears installed.
 

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The Pentastar will easily go 350k with basic maintenance. There are a number of them in my Jeep clubs that are there and run great.
The older 3.6 yes. The newer JL's 3.6 has been lightened up, not as heavy duty. Time will tell.
 
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When I selected Mojito! as my color of choice, the only Rubicon that had the options that I wanted was a 3.6L. I did a 3,186 mile "test drive" of a 2.0T Sahara the month prior to buying it (you can read my review here - https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/anyone-have-2-0-turbo-regret.17142/post-773758).

I don't regret buying the 3.6L, but it took a serious HP/TQ hit when I moved from sea level to 7K ASL and the 2.0T would have helped there. I did re-gear from 4.88 to 5.13 and the altitude is less "felt" that it was with the 4.88's. I also have the non-etorque 3.6L and I did want to simplify as much as I could so the 2019 3.6L fills that order all the way around.

Given that a 3.6L made 650K miles and maintenance on it is a snap, I am happy overall with it, but I do wish that FCA would not have wasted that compression increase--it is pointless with the tune/octane requirements that are in operation. 325HP and 300TQ would have been nice instead of a worthless compression ratio--seriously, who builds an engine with 11.3:1 compression and then specifies 85/86/87 octane AND even goes so far as to say that more octane is not needed.
 
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I'm old school and a Jeep needs to be v6. Preferably that inline six that wouldn't quit. I've had turbo vehicles, and it's cool when it spools up and gives you a boost, but I just couldn't buy a jeep with one. Then there is the higher price in gas if you want to run it at peak performance. The turbos I'm used to had to cool down at the end of each trip. If you didn't it would shorten it's life. I'm sure they've come a long ways though. And last but not least, a small engine with a turbo works harder. I don't know anything about the 2.0 but it gets higher temps and pressure.
 

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I couldn't decide so split the difference and got the 3.0L
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