Originally Posted by Morax
Good luck Echo! let us know !
It's after 1am here and my wife and I just got home from a 350 mile test drive of our rig. I rode her hard, I rode her soft, (the rig not the wife), we did some 4-wheeling, and I did some aggressive and fast driving. We crawled over steep dirt hills (J-1 / Panoche Road between Hollister and Firebaugh; also Griswold Hills and Tumey Hills, for those who know the area).
No MIL. No sign of the MIL. So far so good!
Gotta say, though, that I LOVE LOVE LOVE
that CRD engine! While my rig was in the shop I had a loaner, a 2015 JGC with the 3.6L and for 700 miles I drove it, it got only 16 MPG overall.
Around town the CRD is much much peppier than the 3.6L. On the freeway, passing speeds are pretty good although the 3.6L is also decent, but the 3.6L is louder while the CRD sounds more refined. The 3.6L's exhaust note sounds more "growly" while the CRD again is more refined.
Then there's the fuel economy and I know we all know about that, or most of us.
Measured fuel economy during this 350 mile test today:
► 28.6 MPG during stop&go, slow&go freeway commute rush hour, then when things opened up I cruised at 80 MPH (70 - 90 MPH) with a light, gentle foot for a total of 122 miles
► 22.8 MPG on the freeway cruising at 80-90 MPH (hey, it's California and I-5 where the limit is 70) with a heavy foot meaning harsh accelerations, stomping the pedal to pass, for a total of 169 miles
► 24.1 MPG overall for the entire 350 mile test today, including a little 4-low action and Off Road 2 height on the Quadra-Lift (some, not a lot)
For those who know the area I crawled up and down the steep switchback bypass a few times shown in Google Maps here: https://goo.gl/maps/fDK0v
. That's definitely 4-low, high clearance action.
Like I said, so far so good!