If you want ”tried and true” you should have a flat head four, and a non synchro three speed…I'm a firm believer in tried and true. That's the primary reason for me going with the 3.6. I had the 3.6 in my previous JKU. My wife has one in her current Grand Cherokee and had one in each of her last few Grand Cherokees. It's a reliable workhorse of an engine and mated to the 8 speed auto is the perfect combination for the driving I do.
Yep, and every turbo car I have owned, five and counting, are still running with no major issues. a couple of them even have over 100k on them. If it is designed well, and maintained properly, it will run well for many miles.Service life and maintenance is just a tad different. baby!
I think you’re remembering the 4.0 with rose-colored glasses. I came from a jeep with that engine and compared to it, my 3.6L JLR is a rocket ship.So true, everyone that eventually buys the new Inline-4 Turbo engine doesn't do back to the NA. We all come from the lagging power climbs and lack of power in the mountains and white knuckle passing of the NA V6. Jeep research showed that Wranglers needed more power and more of it on the low RPM range. Plus the v8 & i4 bring the FUN back to the Jeep. Like the i6 4.0 did in the TJs. Yes the NA v6 is a good SUV engine and which is why its in other Jeep models, my wife gots that covered. Now lets solve this engine sound perspective... with all the mods that Jeepers do, Im surprised to hear that the sound is still an issue when deciding. Just CHANGE or DELETE the muffler... Problem solved... GEEEZUS its like the cheapest DIY mod in the history of mods.
Like having a fun Wrangler to drive, get the i4
Like going fast in the fast lane, get the i4
Like low end torque, get the i4
Like consistent & instant power at high elevations and when rock crawling, get the i4
Like quickly passing semi-trucks uphill on the freeway, get the i4
Like getting better MPGs, get a i4
Like telling people you got a NA v6, get a v6
Like having the best of both worlds, wait for the Turbo v6... or just get the v8!