Re: Hemi questions
Interesting and very legitimate set of questions.
I also totally get where you see the similarities between an early eighties diesel but would stop short of saying they sound alike.
With the launch of the WK2 I am sure that there are a lot of people who are contemplating a jeep for the first time in their life and would be sharing these concerns. If Hungary is any indication the Mercedes dealership which also owns the Jeep franchise is set to sell more WK2 in 2012 than they sold WK since 2005 … and the overland sticker is $99,655.
My experience of the MDS (in the 2003-2009 HEMI) is that it just does not deliver on its intended purpose of fuel efficiency. I tried really hard to make it work for me but ended deactivating it without have any increased fuel consumption.
I do not think that there is anything to do to tone down the noise short of altering the exhaust system. Everybody has an opinion on the exhaust sound but I think its fair to say that its part of the HEMI “experience”.
My first thought on hearing it idle was that it just was not going to work for me. I totally understand your concern but I came (quite fast) to the conclusion that the Jeep’s HEMI only exists to put a big smile on your face each and every time you hear it. I am never going to tow anything and would prefer double the mileage but that’s another car and I like arriving at any destination with a smile on my face. If it doesn’t do it for you I would think that you would benefit from an extended test drive with the V-6 before making a final call.