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Old 01-13-2012, 06:32 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

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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!
I'm with you. I remember just a few years ago, GM was touting the new V6's putting out 200 hp! And Ford had a 235 hp V8 option for the Explorer.

I have the V6. and I drive it like I stole it most of the time. I never have a problem getting off the lights and putting a half a block between me and everyone else. I drive on the highways 85 and 90 mph with no trouble and I pass cars and trucks to be in front and can stay there as long as I want to. And because it's the V6, I get 18-19 mpg's all the time. So I actually can drive it hard, with out any thought to gas mileage. Especially in the city. Everyone else just drives to dang slow. I can't tell you how many times I've driven in a 45 mph zone and for whatever reason, people are going 35 mph and just happy as can be. I need to be places and get things done. The V6 pulls me around them and down the road no problem.

So my question, which I'll ask the V8 owners again, when you say how slow the V6 was for you and that's why you needed the V8, what is the V8 faster than? I'd be willing to challenge any V8 owner to a race across town. We'll see how all that extra HP and Torque help you,,,or not.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

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I'm with you. I remember just a few years ago, GM was touting the new V6's putting out 200 hp! And Ford had a 235 hp V8 option for the Explorer.

I have the V6. and I drive it like I stole it most of the time. I never have a problem getting off the lights and putting a half a block between me and everyone else. I drive on the highways 85 and 90 mph with no trouble and I pass cars and trucks to be in front and can stay there as long as I want to. And because it's the V6, I get 18-19 mpg's all the time. So I actually can drive it hard, with out any thought to gas mileage. Especially in the city. Everyone else just drives to dang slow. I can't tell you how many times I've driven in a 45 mph zone and for whatever reason, people are going 35 mph and just happy as can be. I need to be places and get things done. The V6 pulls me around them and down the road no problem.

So my question, which I'll ask the V8 owners again, when you say how slow the V6 was for you and that's why you needed the V8, what is the V8 faster than? I'd be willing to challenge any V8 owner to a race across town. We'll see how all that extra HP and Torque help you,,,or not.
I'm a member on so many different vehicle forums and I have never seen a more defensive bunch than the V6 WK2 owners...quite comical! No one really cares how big of a dick you drive like in heavy traffic.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:28 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I'd say hp is not what really matters, torque does and low end torque is a great thing to have and there's no replacement for displacement.
V6 with both compressor and turbo would be nice but my company wouldn't put that engine on the company car list...
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:35 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

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I'm with you. I remember just a few years ago, GM was touting the new V6's putting out 200 hp! And Ford had a 235 hp V8 option for the Explorer.

I have the V6. and I drive it like I stole it most of the time. I never have a problem getting off the lights and putting a half a block between me and everyone else. I drive on the highways 85 and 90 mph with no trouble and I pass cars and trucks to be in front and can stay there as long as I want to. And because it's the V6, I get 18-19 mpg's all the time. So I actually can drive it hard, with out any thought to gas mileage. Especially in the city. Everyone else just drives to dang slow. I can't tell you how many times I've driven in a 45 mph zone and for whatever reason, people are going 35 mph and just happy as can be. I need to be places and get things done. The V6 pulls me around them and down the road no problem.

So my question, which I'll ask the V8 owners again, when you say how slow the V6 was for you and that's why you needed the V8, what is the V8 faster than? I'd be willing to challenge any V8 owner to a race across town. We'll see how all that extra HP and Torque help you,,,or not.
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I pulled out to pass two cars in front of me today on the highway, I went by fast with no problem at all. I had pedal left too... no need to hit the floor.
Off the line It pulls hard and smooth with plenty of power.
I am very happy I went with the V6, plus the excellent milage is a welcome after driving an H2 for almost 9 years.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:46 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I don't know why people bother challenging me in the city. Check my plate buddy or woman, it says 2QK4U2C and you'll have dual exhaust in your face before you can figure out what that means. bu-bye vrooooooooooooooom!
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:41 AM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

Sure, but the sad part is that even my 4cyl 2.0T VW Passat does Vmax (km/h): 232 or 145mph and 0-100 km/h (sec.) 7.8, admittingly this is only relevant on the Autobahn but nethertheless technology will win long term over relatively old school V8 stuff. Still a dream of mine, I think realities will prevail. Canada only has that much oil :-)
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

Hey there. New to the forum.....

I am looking to buy a '12 GC.

Today I drove a Limited v6 and a used '11 Overland v8 (dealer had no new ones).
Although the v6 had plenty of power, the v8 felt "stronger" and had me grinning!

My decision is to go with a Limited: Stone White, black leather, v8, 20's and 730N.

Personally, you can't go wrong with either, but I'll take the 8!
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

Test drove both the V-8 and the V-6. If I was hauling a lot I would buy the V-8 (only would haul a 3500lb trailer occasionally) but I have an old work truck for hauling. The V-6 seems plenty so ended up ordering that. Plus the wife was tired of getting 16mpg in the Surburban. The torque was nice in the V-8, but wasn't all that for a daily driver. And I couldn't justify spending 60K on the SRT8 since I have a Charger SRT8 sitting in the garage. Wife would have been mad.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I love my 2012 4x4 V8.

It comes in very handy when I haul.

Haul A$$ that is!!

BTW, have any of you Speed Demons figured out how to bypass, disable, or override that damn Speed Governor that kicks in at a meesly 110 MPH?!?!

The Speedometer goes up to 140 and I really want to see how much of that she will do!!
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

The V6 is adequate, and will get the job done. The V8 is pure pleasure. Kind of like low fat ice cream vs. Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:28 AM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

When I set my cruise control in hilly central Connecticut, the HEMI has enough torque to hold a gear longer than the Pentastar would. I drive between altitudes of 300 feet and 1,500 feet fairly often, so this really helps my driving experience. What do the guys who regularly drive in REAL mountains think?
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:53 AM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I am disappointed with my V6 because I see very poor gas mileage. I mostly drive in downtown Washington DC and average 9-12 mpg. I have never gotten above 20mpg and I try to keep it in ECO as much as possible. Any suggestions from those who are getting good mileage? I have a '12 Overland. Thanks!
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