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I am new to this forum. I have been driving Ford Explorers for the last 17 years and currently drive a 2002 Eddie Bauer 4X4 with a V8 engine. I tow a boat that weighs approx. 3,000 lbs with all my fishing equipment.

I am currently doing research into purchasing a GC Limited. I am undecided with regards to the engine. I like the gas mileage of the V6 BUT I also am a long time fan of the V8 Hemi! I have talked to many mechanics and they say there have been problems with the cam inside the Penestar V6?

Looking at the Mineral Gray exterior with the black leather interior.

Any suggestions related to the possible purchase of my GC Limited would be grateful appreciated.

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Old 12-18-2011, 01:00 PM
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problems with the cam in the V6? First we have heard about it and we are the top WK2 site on the net.


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Never heard of a cam problem. Drive both. I got the Hemi. Wanted the power. I like the saddle interior more too. That's the color combo I have and it rocks. If you can get the saddle I would definitely look at it. Black carpet so you don't have to worry about stains but reallly rich looking leather and wood.
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welcome! check out the WK2 forums, but i dont think that problem has been reported on here
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Re: Jeep GC Research

Thank you for all your inputs! It's very much appreciated. The cam problem was told to me by a Service Advisor in Illinois. He could not give me any more info other to say, he would go with the hemi! Maybe, this is just his opinion? Also, is it worth while to wait for the 2013 so I can get the 8 speed ZF transmission? I like the idea of the hemi teamed up with the new ZF tranny from Germany! I have a 2002 Ford Explorer and there is no rust whats so ever. Living in a SNOW & SALT state, hows the reputation with Jeep sheet metal? I'm very particualr about washing my vehicle every week, twice during the winter months. Just curious about the thickness of the sheet metal? Thanks for all the feedback!
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There are several Jeeps in my family ranging from a 98 Cherokee to an 11 Overland and not one has any rust on it and they older ones have been driven through multiple Chicago winters. Keep is clean and you'll be fine.
As far as the Pentastar issue, the only thing I recall reading was regarding the export models that had an issue where some were being replaced.
Personally, I would go with the hemi, especially if you are going to be doing some heavy towing. If you're just doing primarily normal driving, I've heard that the 3.6 is adequate.
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