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Old 01-06-2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

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I've been driving my 3.6 for a few days now, and for me, it has more power than I need. I can accelerate with more than enough power, I passed cars with ease. My tranny seems smooth and I don't really feel the shifts.
My motor is smooth, quite and powerful. I guess to each their own... but I have zero complaints about my motor or transmission.
Same here… enough power for me with V6… No regrets… no where in chicago to show off the power of a V8… on highway, cruise @ 80 plus, smooth as silk
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

after 187k on a 5.2 1994 limited, the v-6 is 'different'

i can tell the torque curve is higher in the rpm range for sure.

where the 5.2 would 'lug it out' the V-6 seems 'weak' (part throttle anyway)

the 5.2 would hold cruise control speed within about 1-1.5 mph,
the v-6 varies maybe 3mph to 4mph

but.... nail the v-6 and you can feel things in the upper end of the rpm range.

cannot complain on the MPG though.... 5.2 never reached 18mpg in its life.
v-6 betters without even trying.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:21 AM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I don't regret my V6. I am familiar with the 5.7L and I don't miss it. The Pentastar is a pretty sweet engine. I don't tow or race. Anyway, as was mentioned, it sits up straight in the upper RPM's and the transmission program knows this when you ask for it. Whereas the 4.0L back in 2004 was underpowered for the GC, the 3.6L Pentastar is well matched and well behaved. I'm also looking forward to the turbos that are supposedly on the way. So far I'm happily behind the new engine 100%.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

Ive only had my new v6 out for about 100 miles and I'm starting to regret Not upgrading.
It seem like it bogs sifting into second. liI'm sure the v8 would not have this problem.
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Ive only had my new v6 out for about 100 miles and I'm starting to regret Not upgrading.
It seem like it bogs sifting into second. liI'm sure the v8 would not have this problem.
The V8 guys probably will rush to admonish you but I'm pretty sure you won't feel that way in a few weeks. I thought the same as you at first but I was babying it to see how high I could get the MPG. Soon I learned (or maybe the car learned) that if I gave it a little more gas it would hold on to 1st a bit longer and the shift to 2nd would not fall quite as flat. I also think I may be feeding in a little more throttle as the car gets going. In any case I'm pretty sure the problem is just a learning hiccup.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I'll take the conversation in a slightly different direction. I only regret going with the V6 because no dual exhaust. I should have just gone with V8 that would have gotten me the duals.
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I'll take the conversation in a slightly different direction. I only regret going with the V6 because no dual exhaust. I should have just gone with V8 that would have gotten me the duals.
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The V8 guys probably will rush to admonish you but I'm pretty sure you won't feel that way in a few weeks. I thought the same as you at first but I was babying it to see how high I could get the MPG. Soon I learned (or maybe the car learned) that if I gave it a little more gas it would hold on to 1st a bit longer and the shift to 2nd would not fall quite as flat. I also think I may be feeding in a little more throttle as the car gets going. In any case I'm pretty sure the problem is just a learning hiccup.
No. Just lack of power and not so good tuning.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

V8 -- something about having a Hemi did it for me.

I drove several V6 models and felt the pickup was ok (not as good as my 10 year old Highlander, but ok). But I had to drive a loaner for a week while my GC came in and they loaned me a V8 model. I called them back and switched.

The gas consumption stinks -- but it is a blast to drive and I can deal with 13 mpg average vs 17 mgg on the V6 (around town).

I do wish the MDS would kick in more, like when idling in traffic, but it doesn't.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I have the V6 and most of the time it seems to have more than enough power and I am from a high performance background.

The problem is the tuning and the lack of timing advance and poor fuel management controls mopar installed.

After driving the V8 I believe both the V6 & V8 have the bogging problem, which is a tuning error from mopar, the timing is too retarded, air fuel is incorrect and this equates to poor throttle response and hesitation at times. If you are lucky enough to hit the sweet spot, the V6 goes really well- but this is only like 50% of the time. Most will notice also, that at full throttle the V6 revs climb very slowly, mostly due to the timing issues.

One thing is for sure- once an after market, computer tuning device comes out for the V6, eliminating the throttle lag issues, I am sure this engine will scream.

Once the true potential of the V6 is unleaed then we will have to concern ourselves with whether or not the transmission can handle that additional amount of power in 1st and 2nd gear.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

Wow! a few years ago we were dancing in the streets if a V8 put out anything over 250 HP. Now some whine that a V6 at 290 HP is slow(?) and gets (in my case) 18+ MPG in mostly Los Angeles traffic . . . . Good Grief! And all this is a 2 1/4 Ton 4 Wheel Drive Truck . . . I don't know about the rest of you guys . . . but I'm suitably impressed with my V6!
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