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Old 11-09-2011, 09:19 PM
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

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I ordered the V6. I only tow occasionally. A few times a year. A double snowmobile trailer, utility trailer, 18' foot boat, and popup camper... it tows it no problem. I tested it out on my friends before I ordered mine.
About how much are you towing max, and how is it working under the load?
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:10 PM
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

I have the wk2 2011 V6. I have 39,000 miles on her and I pulled my 5400lb wakeboat to shasta from portland or...about 450 miles through mt passes and averaged 12 mpg. The jeep pulls that weight (not easily) up serious grades. I do not like pulling with it though as I can feel the strain as I have a heavy foot...and a full size truck as a pulling option. On another note...I bought the V6 as I drive an average of 3500+ miles a month...(average 19-20 mpg)I love my jeep but I would buy the hemi if I new then what I know now. Good luck
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

Thanks for the info guys.
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

I also have the V6 and the heaviest load that I will need to tow is a 5400 lb. load (car and trailer) when I tow my Camaro to a car show once a year. I haven't done it yet but plan to this summer. Since the road is flat I don't anticipate any problems but if I were to tow a heavy load more frequently I would suggest the hemi. Around town and in the mountains the V6 is adequate but I do miss the grunt of the V8 sometimes, just not enough to justify the hemi though.
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

I also have the V-6 and tow a 21 foot Crownline Ski Boat with it, it runs about 3500 lbs. I have zero issues with towing this from 60-100 miles round trip at least 2-3 times a month in the summer. My previous vehicle I used for towing this boat was a 1500 Dodge Ram. Sure the ram had more engine power but as far as pulling, towing, gas mileage I am very happy with the V-6 on the JGC. Personally I think the main consideration is what type of terrain you will be towing in, majority of my towing is mainly flat land with only few hills here and there. If you're going to be towing in a lot of mountainous terrain then your best bet would be going with a Hemi, but if it's not I'd definitely go with the V-6. Especially since they are already saying gas will be up to $5.50 a gallon by summer that 4 MPG is gonna make a HUGE difference, basically you are getting an extra 5 gallons of gas with the V-6 compared to the Hemi with fuel economy with the difference between the two. For example if you fill your vehicle up 50 times a year with an average of 20 gallons a fill up at $3.50 a gallon, that's $3500 a year with the V-6 with overall average of 18.4 MPG thats 18,400 miles, with a Hemi averaging 14.5 MPG you are getting 14,400 miles for the same price and costing you almost an extra $1000 to get the same mileage a year for the V-6. Just look back 7 years at most V-8 models trucks, most of them had 250-280 HP, so is the 290 HP of the V-6 really lacking? I'm not thinking so, honestly the best upgrade would be the heavy duty brakes on the V-6 that you get with a HEMI. Because really its not about the pulling power under 5400 lbs but the stopping power.
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

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I also have the V-6 and tow a 21 foot Crownline Ski Boat with it, it runs about 3500 lbs. I have zero issues with towing this from 60-100 miles round trip at least 2-3 times a month in the summer. My previous vehicle I used for towing this boat was a 1500 Dodge Ram. Sure the ram had more engine power but as far as pulling, towing, gas mileage I am very happy with the V-6 on the JGC. Personally I think the main consideration is what type of terrain you will be towing in, majority of my towing is mainly flat land with only few hills here and there. If you're going to be towing in a lot of mountainous terrain then your best bet would be going with a Hemi, but if it's not I'd definitely go with the V-6. Especially since they are already saying gas will be up to $5.50 a gallon by summer that 4 MPG is gonna make a HUGE difference, basically you are getting an extra 5 gallons of gas with the V-6 compared to the Hemi with fuel economy with the difference between the two. For example if you fill your vehicle up 50 times a year with an average of 20 gallons a fill up at $3.50 a gallon, that's $3500 a year with the V-6 with overall average of 18.4 MPG thats 18,400 miles, with a Hemi averaging 14.5 MPG you are getting 14,400 miles for the same price and costing you almost an extra $1000 to get the same mileage a year for the V-6. Just look back 7 years at most V-8 models trucks, most of them had 250-280 HP, so is the 290 HP of the V-6 really lacking? I'm not thinking so, honestly the best upgrade would be the heavy duty brakes on the V-6 that you get with a HEMI. Because really its not about the pulling power under 5400 lbs but the stopping power.
You are a 100% on this Because really its not about the pulling power under 5400 lbs but the stopping power.[/QUOTE]
You can tow with a golf cart the problem is stopping.
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

Wheelin7,

Very well thought out reply! Your gas mileage analogy is right on! I am also conteplating a V6 v V8? I also look at the GVWR when deciding on the engine type.
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

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I also have the V-6 and tow a 21 foot Crownline Ski Boat with it, it runs about 3500 lbs. I have zero issues with towing this from 60-100 miles round trip at least 2-3 times a month in the summer. My previous vehicle I used for towing this boat was a 1500 Dodge Ram. Sure the ram had more engine power but as far as pulling, towing, gas mileage I am very happy with the V-6 on the JGC. Personally I think the main consideration is what type of terrain you will be towing in, majority of my towing is mainly flat land with only few hills here and there. If you're going to be towing in a lot of mountainous terrain then your best bet would be going with a Hemi, but if it's not I'd definitely go with the V-6. Especially since they are already saying gas will be up to $5.50 a gallon by summer that 4 MPG is gonna make a HUGE difference, basically you are getting an extra 5 gallons of gas with the V-6 compared to the Hemi with fuel economy with the difference between the two. For example if you fill your vehicle up 50 times a year with an average of 20 gallons a fill up at $3.50 a gallon, that's $3500 a year with the V-6 with overall average of 18.4 MPG thats 18,400 miles, with a Hemi averaging 14.5 MPG you are getting 14,400 miles for the same price and costing you almost an extra $1000 to get the same mileage a year for the V-6. Just look back 7 years at most V-8 models trucks, most of them had 250-280 HP, so is the 290 HP of the V-6 really lacking? I'm not thinking so, honestly the best upgrade would be the heavy duty brakes on the V-6 that you get with a HEMI. Because really its not about the pulling power under 5400 lbs but the stopping power.

You make some valid points. Horsepower isin't the big factor when towing. Its torque. Thats why diesels are great for towing. They are big on torque and not so big on HP.
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Re: 2011-2012 WK2 V6 questions (mainly towing)

Totally agree regarding considering the type of terrain. I have the V6 and it seems to pull my trailer and load (~2,500lbs) just fine, but it does struggle some when pushing 70-75mph up steep grades. Otherwise it pulls just fine with no issues and i am still happy I went with the V6 because it's more then fine for everyday driving.
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