Yes it is great and do not regret it, however it is not the same power as a diesel. I did look at the 2.8 Cummins and if I was willing to invest the money I believe that is a great if not best option for repowering a JK (or any Jeep for that matter). But it came down to money and availability. When I did my swap the Cummins was not available readily and expensive (I did my complete Hemi swap for about the same as just a crate 2.8) apples to oranges or grapefruits but it got the job done. Enough about that though, I am a VW fan and owned a MK6 TDI Jetta for a while until VW made me an offer I could not refuse during the whole buy back deal. Great engine and excellent efficient power. I did consider swapping one of these but wasn’t interested in figuring everything out at the time and again concerned about power. I look forward to seeing how this works for you. From my Jetta days a stage 2 Malone tune and an exhaust yielded quite impressive numbers, like tq north of 400 if I remember correctly.A Hemi swap must feel great! All that power on tap!
My reasons for going TDI are less dramatic, I am looking for maximum range, fuel economy, light weight and simplicity.
I don't feel that I will miss the horsepower, and the extra torque at low speeds will be very welcome.
I will shave off about 150lbs going TDI.
Land rover sold Defenders with a similar engine to a small TDI, and though they might not slam me back in my seat with acceleration, I think they will give me what I am looking for overall.
Did you consider the crate engine 2.8 Cummins? It might have been a good balance between the hemi and a TDI?
I seriously considered that one, but I think I can have two rebuilt ready to go BHWs for about the same price... So I am happy where I ended up.
good luck with the project. Look forward to reading!