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Old 11-24-2011, 03:33 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I had the V6 then 8 months later traded it in on the Hemi.

The V6 was quite good but over time I found myself missing more instant throttle response and also found it had a few flat spots in the power delivery that caused more gear shifts than usual - especially on hills. It's still a great powerplant and for the majority of drivers would prob fit the bill nicely, but if you enjoy spirited driving or having torque at the tip of your right foot the V8 is the way to go.

Pentastar deserves respect - the HEMI demands it

In terms of fuel I am seeing a difference of about 4mpg in mixed city/hwy.

I should also note that with the HEMI the GC feels a bit more truck like than the V6. This might be due to engine sound alone but is noticeable. I would suggest taking a fairly long test drive in each (at least an hour) to get a real good feel for what's best for you.

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Old 11-24-2011, 05:00 PM
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I have the V6 but I have also done quite a bit of amateur racing so I guess I am an 'enthusiast' driver. I also had a Ridgeline back when I towed my ITA car. Compared to the RL the V6 Cherokee has better power and gets better mileage even when not broken in yet. I've even seen 22 in a mixed trip with only 200mi on the clock. I would always like more power but I realized that I could rarely put it to use anyway since the land is flat here and I no longer tow. I mostly just cruise to work and run errands so no real need for the Hemi for me. You just have to be honest in evaluating what you need. My only regret is not getting the heated steering wheel in the lux pkg! ;-)
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I got the v6 and no regrets. I had v8 Overland for 3 month, I feel v6 much lighter and quicker in the city. I only miss the dual exhaust on v8.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:58 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

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Have my vehicle for two weeks, Got the 6. Plenty of power for me. Even travelling up long steep hills it has more than enough. As far as the Hemi. Great engine. Had it in my '05 "C", and my of WK. While the mileage was great in the "C" the WK wasn't so great.

Also remember, that the maintenance on the Hemi is more. It takes 16 spark plugs that should be changed every 30,000 miles vs. the 6 which should go to about 96,000 miles, even though I wouldn't wait that long.



what's the 0-60 and 1/4 specs of the 6 and 8?
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I took both the V6 and the Hemi Overland for a good test drive. Sure noticed the added torque from the Hemi. Purchased the Hemi. 20k kms later, no regrets.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:15 PM
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V8 and absolutely no regrets. I am doing between 13 15L/100KM. 50% high traffic, 50% cruise speed on highway. 110$ a week it cost me on average. not cheap but worth every penny.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

Should mention that the cast iron v8 makes the Jeep quite a bit more nose heavy than the aluminum v6.

You can feel the weight of the v8 when cornering or braking.

I had 3 previous v8's and rarely need to floor the v6 in normal driving, so it is good enough for me. Miss the easy torque of the v8 though.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

We just had a V6 as a vacation rental for 1000klms and feel that it had adequate power, I previously tried out a V8 Overland and was less than impressed with the feel of performance compared to my WK Hemi.
Since that test drive I am considering the V6.
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Only regrets is NO diesel! V6 is great and enough for my needs, I prefer not to pay lot for gas and V6 is very good on this. In fact it was better than my former G37 coupe, much lighter and smaller car. But again, I wish to see twin turbo diesel on Grand Cherokee, that would be my next car.
Agree. Diesel would be nice, CRD in 2013...V6 for me (company car).
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

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Should mention that the cast iron v8 makes the Jeep quite a bit more nose heavy than the aluminum v6.

You can feel the weight of the v8 when cornering or braking.

I had 3 previous v8's and rarely need to floor the v6 in normal driving, so it is good enough for me. Miss the easy torque of the v8 though.
Great point. In identical configurations, the Hemi weighs about 300 LBS more than the V6.

After test driving both, I ordered the Hemi. With the poorly spaced gear ratios and lazy electronic throttle programming, the V6 felt lethargic to me. The Hemi has the same issues, but to due significantly more torque, it does fine.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I drove an I6 on my 2001 WJ for 9 years. It was pretty good, but there were times I would have liked a V8. When I stopped driving it I was getting about 13mpg in the city and 18 to 20 on the highway. I got 16mpg average. When I got my new Jeep I made sure it had the V8 only because I wanted it. I didn't need it since I don't tow or anything like that. It was just something I wanted. I test drove the V6 and even though it had 100HP over my old I6 it still felt exactly the same. I wanted something different.

With the V8 I get ECO and I've been getting about 18 mpg on the freeway and 13 or so in the city. I get about 16 - 17mpg average. In other words I wasn't gaining or losing anything by going with a V8 other than the 25 gallon tank vs. my WJ's 21.

Love the power and the lack of hard downshifting when going up a long hill on the freeway. I think it was well worth the extra money.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

My last jeep was an 08 Larado V6 and I regretted it. I currently have a 2011 Overland V8. The feel of the car is completely different and the extra power is obvious. I tend to modify most of my vehicles but not my Jeeps (don't know why). I recommend that you drive both a V6 & V8 and determine the difference for yourself.
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