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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Default TJ 2.5 daily driver?

anyone here have a 4 cyl TJ as your daily driver? thinking about trading my silverado 2000 6.0L for a 99 TJ with a 5 speed 2.5. Good or bad idea?
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I had one and enjoyed it. Good solid engine, always ran well. Everyone complains about the AX-5 trans so make sure it's in good shape, mine was and I loved the way it shifted. I got around 17 MPG city and 18 highway on 31's. Highway speeds were fine, just takes a while to get up to speed, but i took several long highway trips with mine and didn't have an issue cruising at 70 fully loaded with a hard top and full metal doors.

People on the internet often overreact about the power of the 2.5l, but I found it to be just fine with a 5 speed, but you might feel differently. Take it for a long text drive and you'll know if you like it or not. It's certainly slower than a 4.0, but it's a perfectly acceptable setup in a mild (31's or less) jeep.
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Been DD'ing one for almost 3 years now and I also beat on it on the trail. It does just fine on the road, as long as you're not in a hurry to get anywhere . The only time is really is a drag is merging onto the highway. Be prepared to have to cut people off sometimes. But once you get on the highway you just cruise the slow lane. On the positive side I don't have to worry about speeding. I don't get the gas mileage the guy above me claimed however I am on 33's. I believe I get about 14mpg but I also probably drive it a bit harder than most would. Now offroad it hangs just fine with the 4.0 for the type of wheeling that is done in michigan. Almost never have I wished for more power other than when I go to the sand dunes. And once I fully locked it, it did great there too. So my advice would be if you don't do a lot of highway driving it is sufficient.
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