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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

Is the explorer available with eco- boost? My wife really wants a 4x4 one.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

I don't understand why the OP bought a Laredo if you were disappointed with the features, performance, and sound quality. Sounds like a Overland V8 would have been for you. I have a V6 and it does fine, but I have never once been disappointed with the stereo. Sounds incredible, and the Overland has features you can't even dream of on the Exploder.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

I detailed a 2011 Explorer for a family friend.

The engine has a weird knocking sound with less than 12,000 miles on the clock
The projector headlights have less range than the Grand cherokee with reflector style headlights
It made me feel closterphobic with the high doors, which makes it hard to manuever
It is huge and I can't see myself driving one without a backup camera.

This one didn't have sycn and the dash had a bunch of destracting animations showing the power going to the front wheels primarily.

I wanted to like it but I couldn't

If you can make it work for you go ahead and buy one.
Some may say get a Durango if you want a three row but I am not sold on the durango's styling either they could have done a way better job on he durangos styling but you can't beat its driving dynamics.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

I test drove the Explorer limited when I was shopping around and ended up with a 5.7L Overland. The Explorer had no power from a stop. To get decent acceleration the trans has to downshift. The GC has similiar trans issues with keeping you in high gears but at least the v8 gets you moving. I was very impressed with the Explorer and technology but it's underpowered if you're looking for some get up and go. However if you want good fuel economy I recall it being pretty good.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

I just looked at all of these trucks before buying my lil laredo which has the Boston system in it. Three of my friends are Explorer fans, and were surprised by it when I brought it. They especially enjoyed the looks,base options, the ride, the stereo, and I told them the new one was even better. One of the guys recently let it slip that he test drove one, and his next vehicle would be a GC.
I came from Chevy full-size trucks, and the mid size trucks are garbage. I've worked on, and driven enough of them to not even consider them.
I didn't consider any foreign makes I'm keeping my money where it belongs. JMO
BTW-The jeep interior looks like what?-HUH
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

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Is the explorer available with eco- boost? My wife really wants a 4x4 one.

Yes thats what the 4 cyclinder is. Can you believe they have a 2.0 turbo engine or ecoboost as they call it in a vehicle that big. From what I have heard its a dog and the milege is not much better than the 6. Not only that its an extra thousand for the 4. That has to be one hard working engine. I wonder how those will be running after 80K miles.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

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I test drove the Explorer limited when I was shopping around and ended up with a 5.7L Overland. The Explorer had no power from a stop. To get decent acceleration the trans has to downshift. The GC has similiar trans issues with keeping you in high gears but at least the v8 gets you moving. I was very impressed with the Explorer and technology but it's underpowered if you're looking for some get up and go. However if you want good fuel economy I recall it being pretty good.
I found the Explorer to be underpowered as well but what really got me was the fact the Explorer just felt heavy. Not only did the added weight (admittedly I just felt it was heavy) cause poor acceleration but it also had an effect on braking performance. The GC has a much better braking system and still "feels" light on it's feet compared to the Explorer.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

I like Fords and would have bought the explorer if the tow rating was higher. The V6 in both are about the same, slow and worthless. I like the interior of the Explorer more than my Jeep. Ford's SYNC is light years ahead of Jeep's UConnect also.

It's a tough choice if you are shopping for a v6 only. If you do a lot of offroading, the Jeep "can" be optioned better but for an everyday v6 suv, the Explorer is right up there.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

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Yes thats what the 4 cyclinder is. Can you believe they have a 2.0 turbo engine or ecoboost as they call it in a vehicle that big. From what I have heard its a dog and the milege is not much better than the 6. Not only that its an extra thousand for the 4. That has to be one hard working engine. I wonder how those will be running after 80K miles.
For some reason I thought the eco-boost was used in the f150 truck and was a turbo v6 with good power for towing, not a 4 cylinder.
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For some reason I thought the eco-boost was used in the f150 truck and was a turbo v6 with good power for towing, not a 4 cylinder.
ecoboost has a lot of configurations. If Ford put the f150 ecoboost motor in the explorer, it would destroy the JGC hemi as far as power and MPG and speed.
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Re: Jeep GC 3.6 or Ford Explorer 3.5?

Until it destroyed itself...

My neighbor hates his F150 eco boost, just no guts.
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Until it destroyed itself...

My neighbor hates his F150 eco boost, just no guts.

The ones I drove were nice. Didn't sound that great but...
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