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Old 02-25-2013, 12:51 PM
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v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

So, I bought a v6 '07 GC a month ago and got rear ended last friday. It's looking like they are going to total my baby. Honestly i'd prefer that at this point because the amount of damage to the body is ridiculous and I don't want my new vehicle to have that kind of damage history.

So now that I'm almost on the market for a new GC, I'm having second thoughts about getting another v6.... I bought it for the gas milage, but looking at the ratings, it has hardly better economy than the v8!

Long story short, what are your opinions on the two? I almost feel like the v6, because of it's poor fuel economy is a waste of time when I could get a v8 that has a little more oomph and towing power.

What do you think?

I'm on the market for 05-09s, under 90,000 miles and $14,000 or less. That's meeting the same market that my last one was in. And it MUST be black..... if only the v8's came in the all black that my v6 was. She was so pretty before she got banged up.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:36 PM
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

I do mostly city driving and I'm averaging between 10-12 mpg on my wk2 5.7. What kind of mileage where u getting on your v6 that was so terrible ? What will u be towing ? Unless u plan to tow, I don't think the 5.7 is worth it for extra oomph. For every 100 votes for the v8 u will prolly have 100 votes for the v6. Seems like people on this forum are pretty torn. There is plenty of threads on here that debate v6 vs v8 if u need more info.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:42 PM
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

Im planning on towing uhaul trailers in the next couple years while i move for the military. Not much, just a bed, small furniture, and my motorcycle. The bigger stuff I'll use a uhaul truck.

And that that's much less than what Edmunds and the other car rating companies say, but I'm sure they are going under ideal conditions, driving styles, and giving it the benefit of the doubt quite a bit. It pays to get the scoop from real drivers
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

I read so many threads on this forum debating the value of the V6 vs the V8. There were valid arguments on both sides. Some were reduced to name calling and insults, unfortunately. If these discussions had taken place in a bar room it would have looked like this.

But after hours of reading and rereading the threads I think the solution is clear, at least for me.

We dearly are in need of a V7

Seriously, the six should do all you need.


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If you were looking at the 3.6 the decision would be more clear cut (in terms of fuel economy) but for the years you mentioned you'd be looking at the 3.7L. The consensus is that the mileage is pretty awful for that engine. I don't get anywhere near the EPA estimates in mine.
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

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I read so many threads on this forum debating the value of the V6 vs the V8. There were valid arguments on both sides. Some were reduced to name calling and insults, unfortunately. If these discussions had taken place in a bar room it would have looked like this.

But after hours of reading and rereading the threads I think the solution is clear, at least for me.

We dearly are in need of a V7

Seriously, the six should do all you need.


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I do mostly city driving and I'm averaging between 10-12 mpg on my wk2 5.7. What kind of mileage where u getting on your v6 that was so terrible ? What will u be towing ? Unless u plan to tow, I don't think the 5.7 is worth it for extra oomph. For every 100 votes for the v8 u will prolly have 100 votes for the v6. Seems like people on this forum are pretty torn. There is plenty of threads on here that debate v6 vs v8 if u need more info.
I think this is true for the WK2, but there is a much bigger difference between the 3.7 and the 4.7 or 5.7 for the WK1 in terms of power but not that much difference in terms of MPG.
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

V-6 is what you need...
V-8 is what you want : >)
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

If i could do it all over id hands down get the 4.7
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

Hey man, sucks about your jeep... Seems you had it all figured out and were going to get that thing running real well. Anyway, since your going to be down south in a warmer climate you will immediately get better fuel economy. When i lived in the northeast I couldn't do better than 17 on the highway in the winter... Now I am getting 19.5.... At 65-70 mph. Doing 60-63 mph I get 20-20.5... And this is with winter tires that still have about 75% tread. I think I could be 21.5 if I had touring tires. Stop and go traffic I get 12-14. If you get the hemi you can drive it like you stole it, or milk the throttle for better fuel economy. Granted you milk a 3.7L you will get slightly better fuel economy.

I pulled a 12 ft enclosed trailer with all my belongings 3000 miles and was sure glad I had the extra power and weight of the hemi. A 4.7 is also a good engine, my brother had a 2002 HO overland and routinely could get 21-22 on the highway doing 70... I think the wk 4.7s don't do quite as well... Maybe they are heavier and less aerodynamic.

I'd find a v8 and undercut the dealer price siting high gas prices and how it is a gas guzzler.... And this time make them prove they have put new o2 sensors in if it has more than 75k miles
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

How much to you already pay for cable, cell phone etc. It is all about entertainment, you don't need a Jeep at all, you could get by with a smartcar or a bike, if you can afford the Hemi why get a Jeep without it ?
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Re: v8 or v6? Which is a better choice overall?

I like the V8s, but the V6 with the cold air intake system gives me a little more uf and real good MPG on highway. 290HP can go up to 310 HP with a little help
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