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Old 04-07-2012, 07:03 PM
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

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....theres an 05 limited(upscale interior and 4wd system) with a 5.7 hemi on there for 13,569....
Not sure if I want a Hemi. But I have seen that one and its nice but the Hemi, I'm iffy on.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:23 PM
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

I just got done trading an '06 3.7 Laredo for an '05 4.7 Limited. Right off the bat I can tell you it's a much more satisfying drive, and so far we are seeing the same mpg out of the V8.

I drove two different Hemi's before finding this one and it was apparent that both had been driven hard and were not worth the $14k asking price, 40% more than asking price on mine.

Best of luck in your search!
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

The Hemi is the only way to go qwith a WK, and gets similar mpg as the 4.7. Driving any used Hemi that is not owned by an enthusiast, it will be slugigish, mostly due to the gunked TB and sticky lifters, etc.. Those issues can be remedied easily with one Seafoam treatment, and removing and cleaning the TB, costing a total of about $6. That alone will really bring it back to life, and it will run like new again in most cases, as the Hemi is very robust.
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

I still say the 4.7 Gen 2 is the "one" outside of finding the Hemi VVT in the WK. My reasons for this is mainly the price difference on any one any model with this engine vs the regular 335bhp Hemi can be substantial. Case in point mine was $4800.00 dollars cheaper just because it did not have the Hemi. I have 305bhp to boot I also can run E85, which where I live has been as much as .52 cheaper per gallon at times. Although the Hemi does have MDS, which works as advertised. Yes, the Hemi will crush my Jeep in the stop light drags, and has more mid-range punch. But I'm telling you straight up that with the 335 Hemi vs the 4.7 Gen 2 at 305bhp when they are both doing 70mph plus and you "roll race" from there to the limiter (Factory is suppose to be 112mph, mine cuts the engine at 114mph) the 4.7 Gen 2 will stay right with the Hemi, and I mean right there with it. If modding is important to you, then by all means get the Hemi, there is a ton more aftermarket support for it. I just like how the 4.7 Gen 2 is a 106% volmetric efficent engine right out of the factory. If the Hemi at 5.7 liters is close to or right at 350 cubic inches, it would be at 371+ bhp at that efficency level
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

I've been keeping an eye out for Grand Cherokees still and I have found one thats a really good deal. Its a 2006 V6 (yeah...a V6 :/) lifted 3" leather interior with only 57k miles. Its listed at $10,500.

I like it quite a bit, just have to go take a look at it! I will report back on this Jeep.
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

I'm also looking into getting a new WK in the next few weeks. I currently drive a '92 Laredo, still going strong and perfect condition! Time to upgrade tho (still keeping the old one for keeps). I found a '06 4.7 with 79,000 miles on it, super super clean, leather seats, sunroof, and its all black with no chrome (exactly what i've been looking for) and the guy is asking $11,500 for it, prolly will talk him down a little because i'm a college student. So hopefully this week my dad and me are going to go take a look at it. I've been reading these forums for months (just made a name tonight ) and from what i've gathered, the 4.7 is the way to go. One comment I have seen is "you don't hear people who have the 4.7 say 'I wish I got the 3.7' you hear it the other way around." So I guess it's just personal preference, but from what i've gathered, the MPG isn't even really that noticeable between the 2. Like my dad said, your MPG is going to heavily depend on how heavy your foot is! Good luck tho!!
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

Thanks on the good luck! And good luck to you as well. Picking the right vehicle is key. Out of the 3.7L and the 4.7L, the 4.7 kick ass. I figure if I can snatch a good deal on a 3.7L I can eventually upgrade to a 4.7, or to a 3.6L WK2.

Keep us updated on your search too!
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Re: New guy needing advice on picking a WK

Well I decided I won't be getting a WK, instead a WJ. I think I will benefit more from 2 solid axles than IFS. Thanks for all the help though!
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